Newborn Safety

Newborn baby girl in a basket with her eyes wide open and a head full of hair.

Morgantown Photographer

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. 

Newborn boy in studio. He is lying on a blue background with his hand under his cheek.

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. 

Mom holding her newborn son. newborn photographer in Morgantown, WV

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?

Dad holding his newborn daughter.

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. 

Morgantown, WV photographer with a newborn baby in the studio. Baby girl is posed on a navy floral backdrop and has on a beautiful cream colored bow headband.


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.

Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer

Shannon Slemp, with Wood and Lace Photography, preparing for a newborn session in the Morgantown studio.


“Our family is just the right mix of chaos and love.”
– Unknown

Hello! I’m Shannon, the gal behind Wood and Lace. I am a full time professional photographer. When I’m not behind the camera, I am editing, working on the back end (website, marketing, etc), taking new courses to continue to grow my craft, and then all of the mom things after work is over the day. They say if you do something you love that you will never work a day in your life… I beg to differ. When you love what you do, you will work harder than you ever have in your life. The only difference is that it will feel all of the hard work is worth it.