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Safety in Newborn Photography

Newborn Photographer Northampton baby girl in pink basket

Is your photographer a “professional”?

I love meeting photographers who, like me, have a passion for capturing beautiful images for people to treasure.

As a professional photographer for 12 years, and a highly trained newborn photographer, I sadly sometimes see people attempting things that they shouldn’t be doing with newborn babies.

Unfortunately, newborn photography isn’t regulated in the UK, which means that customers have to do their own research into whether a photographer is ‘good’ or not. I really hate to see images of babies that are not carried out safely. These are usually by inexperienced, untrained “photographers” – who are trying to make some money with a camera they got for Christmas! They charge next to nothing because they do not have the experience or training needed to be a professional. Not long ago, I saw a photographer at an event place a baby into a prop in a way that wasn’t safe, and he fell out. It was a small fall and he was luckily unhurt, but it could easily have ended differently. I have seen videos of tiny babies in the “froggy” position – completely unsupported – because a photographer didn’t know that this image is created by digitally merging two separate pictures, without ever leaving the baby unsupported. See more about how the froggy is safely achieved in my post “how is it done?”

Newborn photography baby with dog

Safe newborn photography requires experience and training

A great example is this image of Savannah with her best friend Luna. This beautiful but VERY bouncy dog was never this close to the baby! This is two separate images that have been put together in photoshop afterwards – safety is more important than easy editing!

You can read more about how I photograph babies with dogs in another blog post here. 

I have photographed hundrends of newborn babies and their families. I have the experience to read the body language of babies and know whether they will be happy in certain poses. Some babies are super strong and are able to hold their heads in certain positions, some are not. Some poses should NEVER be done without holding the baby at all times.

I am fully trained in newborn safety and I am always happy to answer any questions you have about the poses I do, the props I use and the nifty little tricks I use to create your beautiful images. I am fully insured and I continually invest in the very best training, equipment and props so that you get the very best images.

 

Best newborn photographer Northampton

How to choose your photographer

When you choose a “professional” photographer, you should look carefully at the photographer’s work, read reviews, ask people who have used them! Ask quesitons about training and experience – this is something you will only do once! Your newborn should be in the safest of hands at all times, and you should be reassured that you will love your images!

Once again thank you to all those who trust me to be your newborn photographer. I am honoured to be able to do this as my full-time job. A newborn photographer in Cheshire that I love is Light of my Life Photography. She has a lovely, natural style that you can read more about here.

22 Comments

  1. MADELEINE ROGERS

    Well, you know how l feel about baby safety, so l love this!

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  2. Amy

    Great write up, baby safety is so important.

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    • Nicole

      This is such a good read.

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  3. Selina

    The baby’s safety comes first, always. This is a great article that I hope people will read and take in

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  4. Mya

    What a good read thank you

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  5. Jill

    100% agree with this. Safety is paramount. They’re baby’s not dolls!

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  6. Carli

    This is so interesting Emma, you cant be too careful x

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  7. Hannah Willis

    Safety is so important and you’ve hit the nail on the head here ❤️

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  8. Clare Perry

    Baby safety is SO important, fab post!

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  9. Joanne

    There’s nothing more important than newborn safety – thank you for this post

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  10. Jay saunders

    safety is soo important! thank you for the post!

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  11. Natalie Moss

    Safety is key and a number one priority for parents. Thanks for this post.

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  12. Lisa

    Thank you for the information. This is so good for parents to be aware of when choosing their photographer

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  13. louise

    Completely agree, price is nothing compared to the safety of your baby

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  14. Kathryn Hill

    such beautiful images, and great advice

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  15. Sarah Osborne

    This is so tru, anyone can say they’re a photographer these days and it’s quite frightening that parents are so trusting when they haven’t had training x

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  16. Tianna

    Baby safety is a top priority at all times, this is so fundamental to any business involving children.

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  17. Kirsty

    So lovely to see you so passionate about baby safety xx

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  18. Marie

    Lovely to read, completely agree

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  19. Lauren

    So important to ask the inprktang questions when booking a photographer

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  20. Brooke

    Baby safety is so important! I love your photos!

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