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Newborn Safety | Wichita, Kansas Newborn Photographer

It’s newborn safety awareness week so I put this post together to help spread the word.  This is something that is VERY important to me and so many others (hopefully everyone!)in this industry.  With lots of blooming newborn photographers its super important to share and get the information out.  I’m happy to help in making sure that everyone knows that safety is THE number one priority when working with these precious little subjects.  Parents trust us with their newest bundles and it is our responsibility to take all necessary measures to make sure they are always handled ever so carefully.

Here are some “behind the scenes” shots to help understand how some of the more popular poses are achieved with newborns.  Of course there are many others but these are just a few that I had on hand.  If you are curious about some that you don’t see here, there are lots of newborn photographers sharing safety tips this week so be on the look out!
Laura & I (and most photographers) do this particular pose as a composite. This is one of the more difficult poses. Not all babies are comfortable like this. For newer photographers I’d recommend trying a bit easier pose first. In these photos Laura is holding baby up every moment while I photograph her.  The few extra minutes of editing is totally worth the peace of mind we get from knowing this little lady was safe.

In this one you can see my assistant Laura’s arm behind the baby and her other arm is right below the frame in front of the baby. We are always hands on or within inches of babies at all times.

Sometimes all they need is just a little extra support because their tiny little muscles are just not strong enough. You can never be too careful!!

Here the baby was laying comfortably and safely fast asleep on her mom’s lap and then the parents hands are around her.

Most poses you will see with newborns are done in ways similar to this.  We personally always have extra hands and bodies near.  For all the newer newborn photographers, if you see a pose you like it’s best to look into how it’s done and see what the safest method will be.  Not all babies are comfortable in all poses.  If I can tell a baby is not going to like something I just stop right there and try something else. Babies will let you know when they are and are not happy. :)  Parents if you see a photographer doing something you feel is unsafe or you are uncomfortable with, please speak up.  No shot is worth compromising the safety of our tiniest clients.  This week is so important!! We’ve got to make sure both photographers and parents are aware of the safety measures that should be taken when working with these precious lives.  Please, parents & photographers, lets all spread the word and make sure these sweet tiny babes are always being handled safely!

Thank you all for reading and sharing!!

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