Is Newborn Photography Safe?
There really isn’t a short answer for this question, unfortunately. I wish I could just say, “Yes!”, but not everyone is safe about their practices. Allow me to elaborate.
My name is shannon and I am a newborn photographer in Morgantown, WV. I am fully trained and insured and confidently know what I’m doing when it comes to babies.
Something many parents do not know is that absolutely anyone can grab a camera and take pictures of a baby, then call themselves a newborn photographer. Sadly, this happens way too often and it isn’t something that is regulated. This is not okay! I couldn’t imagine handing over my precious new baby to an untrained person, the thought sickens me. As new parents, it’s all we can think about- keeping them safe.
Safety VS Price
A lot of times, the first question I am asked upon inquiry is “What is your price?”. I understand that you probably have no idea what else to ask and probably had no idea the lack of training most others have, so the price question it is. This question really should be “Are you newborn safety trained?’ or something of the sort. Buy, why?
Babies are flexible, yes, but not every baby can do the same things, they don’t all move the same way. You have to feel for their limitations. Certain ways you move them, you must know what to look for to ensure their safety. Monitoring all of these things (airways, circulation, temperature, etc) during your newborn session, making sure there isn’t any stress on the baby, at any time, are just a few of what trained professionals are watching for.
As you’re probably realizing, there is a lot more to newborn photography to consider than even a decent photo.
Don’t be afraid to ask if they’re safety trained and insured. Price does play a huge factor in this as well. This is definitely an area that “you get what you pay for” and your baby’s safety isn’t worth a risk.
I hope that this helps you understand a little more about newborn photography and their safety. My goal is to always ensure safe babies.