Newborn safety is taken very seriously in my studio. I truly believe that no photograph is worth endangering the safety of a human life. I take all the precautions to keep your baby safe from harm.
If someone is going to be handling your baby for photos, you want to be sure they know what they are doing. Safety should be a top priority, and I can’t emphasise that enough. With newborn photography, things aren’t always what they seem. Many of those photos where baby looks unsupported are simply composite images – the human supporting the baby was removed in Photoshop.
Glass should never be used. It’s not worth the risk. It can and does break. Even Pyrex.
The baby should never be left alone on a beanbag or in a prop. If your photographer asks you to come and spot the baby, its because they want you there to make sure nothing bad happens. Take these spotting duties seriously, this is your child! This is your opportunity to take part in the photo session and help create those magic images while keeping your baby safe. They have the rest of their lives to get into scrapes and accidents, now is not the time.
Don’t come into the studio. Reschedule the session. It can wait. Really. Photographers who are sick and contagious should not be doing the shoot. My assistant is told to stay away if she is sick – I’ll survive without her.
Your new baby has not had a chance to develop his or her own immune system yet, so for the first few days you need to be careful about who is around your baby. Making sure your family members are vaccinated against whooping cough will help protect your baby from an illness that can turn deadly. If you have concerns, ask your potential photographer if they are vaccinated.