Newborn photographers need a unique blend of skills to be successful. They have to be confident handling tiny, fragile newborn babies. They need brilliant and compassionate social skills for dealing with new, and often anxious, parents. And on top of all of that, they need the technical skills to create beautiful keepsake portraits safely.
Working with newborns and their parents brings so much satisfaction and is probably the reason we have seen a huge influx of photographers moving into the genre over the last 5 years. What many don’t realise is the special safety measures that need to be considered when working with newborns.
We’re not just talking about spotters and composites either.
Have you ever considered your own safety?
~ What would happen if mum left baby with you while she popped to the loo and later when mum is undressing baby at home she notices a scratch. Do you have a policy for avoiding being blamed in an instance like this?
~ Do you have your electrical equipment regularly checked?
~ what about working with fluffy blankets – do you remind parents to check for any loosE threads wrapped around fingers or toes when dressing them at the end of the session?
Safety is so much more than knowing how to support a newborn in ‘froggy’.
With this in mind we have created a set of free safety training videos for newborn and baby photographers.
Our friends, Cass and Gary at Just Pose, present this training in a clear and concise way and we have broken the learning down into bite sized chunks. Made up of 12 short videos, we cover all aspects of working safely, including:
01. Circulation and Breathing
02. Clothing Choices and Drinks
03. Shooting Overhead
04. Taking Care of Equipment
05. Textures and Fibres
06. Safeguarding and Modesty
07. Copyright and Privacy
08. Head on Arms & Head in Hands
09. The Potato Sack Pose
10. Baby In Hands In The Air
11. Baby On A Swing
12. Baby In A Crate Prop