BABY SAFETY DURING YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT

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BABY SAFETY DURING YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT

Newborn photography has been a growing industry, but there are currently no safety regulations in place.

Anyone who owns a camera can take photos of newborns without any training and with absolutely zero knowledge. This could potentially put all infants at risk because no one has any training or knowledge on how to properly care for them!

Safe Posing with Composite Images

A photographer is an artist capturing the beauty of your child in their own unique way. They are responsible for creating breathtaking portraits that you will treasure forever! The beautiful images these professionals produce often depend on composites, made up of two pictures that ensure the safety and well-being for your child such as risk of imbalance, risk of asphyxiation, risk of overheating, etc.

Potato sack

Baby in Potato Sack pose

Potato sack pose

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Froggy pose

Baby in froggy pose

Froggy pose

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Siblings

Girl posing with baby sister

Sibling pose

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Suspended

Babies in suspended pose

Suspended pose

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Safety Checklist

As per APNPI (Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International)

BABY SAFETY DURING YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT

These are some items to keep in mind at your session.

While taking pictures of your new baby should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, it’s important to remember that nobody owns or controls these moments but you. If something makes you uncomfortable as a parent, then do not hesitate in speaking up and letting us know so we have time keep them from happening again!

  • Room temperature – most photographers will heat the room so that baby is not cold.Watch for signs of overheating – sweaty neckline, mottled skin, redness in the face, irritability.
    • Watch for signs of overheating – sweaty neckline, mottled skin, redness in the face, irritability.
  • Air quality:Props/blankets look and smell clean. Musty and mildewy smells could indicate the presence of mold growing in a damp, warm studio. If you are concerned about your baby breathing in mold toxins, don’t hesitate to choose to leave with your baby.
    • Props/blankets look and smell clean. Musty and mildewy smells could indicate the presence of mold growing in a damp, warm studio. If you are concerned about your baby breathing in mold toxins, don’t hesitate to choose to leave with your baby.Essential oils are trendy right now, but can cause allergic reactions and sensitivities. Don’t hesitate to ask your photographer to remove the use of oils if you are uncomfortable with them.
    • Essential oils are trendy right now, but can cause allergic reactions and sensitivities. Don’t hesitate to ask your photographer to remove the use of oils if you are uncomfortable with them.
    • Other environmental allergens such as dust, pets, foods, etc.
  • Tripping hazards
    • Cords are taped down, rug grippers are used with flokati and floor boards. Props are put away. Waste and spills should be cleaned immediately, without delay.
  • Antiques and propswatch for splinters and nails
    • watch for splinters and nailsProps are weighted properly.
    • Props are weighted properly.
    • Newborns should never be positioned in or on glass containers or objects that can break or shatter.
  • Posing surfaces should be an adequate size to prevent accidentsbiomechanical supports should be in place to lessen the chance of ergonomic injuries
    • biomechanical supports should be in place to lessen the chance of ergonomic injuries
    • wooden backgrounds should be secured to avoid tipping and falls.
    • Sandbags are used to weight props and light stands.
  • Your newborn is supported by human hands at ALL TIMES throughout risky poses.
    • This ensures that babies will not be at risk of falls, central cyanosis, or positional asphyxiation – three very dangerous scenarios that can result in very seriously injury or even death.
  • In the absence of an assistant, parents, especially mothers, should never be asked to stay further away from babe as is sometimes requested due to the idea that the smell of mother’s milk will cause the baby to become unsettled. Should the baby show signs of hunger such as the rooting that can occur when they sense and smell their mother, they should be given appropriate time to feed. A satisfied baby will not be unsettled due to the smell of milk, and it is better to have an extra set of hands close by than not.
  • Your photographer, assistant or other people present are not ill.
  • Your photographer does not touch, move, or attempt to remove any medical items such as belly button clamps, circumcision gauze, etc.
  • Your baby is not showing signs of central cyanosis – the bluish discoloration around the core, lips and tongue. This can be quite dangerous. According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, central cyanosis is never normal in the newborn period, and is almost always linked to a lower amount of oxygen in the blood. For this reason, the photographer should be concerned regarding the cause of deoxygenation whenever central cyanosis is present.
  • Your photographer has hand sanitizer available.
  • Adequate seating and changing areas are available and suitable for new moms and those recovering from C-sections.
  • Easy access to drinking water.
  • Your photographer is insured in order to protect you in the event of accidents.While taking pictures of your new baby should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, it’s important to remember that nobody owns or controls these moments but you. If something makes you uncomfortable as a parent, then do not hesitate in speaking up and letting us know so we have time keep them from happening again!

While taking pictures of your new baby should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, it’s important to remember that nobody owns or controls these moments but you. If something makes you uncomfortable as a parent, then do not hesitate in speaking up and letting us know so we have time keep them from happening again!

Questions to ask potential photographers before hiring one:

• HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH NEWBORNS?

• DO YOU HAVE AN ASSISTANT OR SPOTTER?

• DO YOU DO COMPOSITE IMAGES?

• IS YOUR BUSINESS INSURED? ARE YOU A LEGAL BUSINESS?

• IS YOUR STUDIO SANITIZED BETWEEN SESSIONS?

• WHAT PRECAUTIONS DO YOU TAKE TO KEEP BABY SAFE AND COMFORTABLE?

Article written by Vicky Knowler

Newborn Photographer - Champagne Photography Studio Inc.

And Owner of My Baby Photographer Design app

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