You have several photographers in mind. You've compared their styles and their pricing. You've asked them about what products they offer and checked their availability. But have you asked them how do they make sure your baby is safe at all times? This is your little angel you're handing to them, so you want to make sure you're choosing a safe newborn photographer. What should you ask them?
I've always said that, for me, safety is paramount while working with your little newborn baby. But unless you've been my client and seen me work, it is hard for you to know that I do what I preach. In this blogpost I'll share with you some of the measures I take to guarantee your baby's safety, along with what questions you should ask your newborn photographer.
APNPI Safety Course
Being part of APNPI is a commitment to safety. Recently, they released their Safety Course and I'm proud to say that I completed it successfully. This course trains the photographer in topics like the newborn's physiology, important environmental considerations, how to communicate with parents and some other general safety information. Babies are not only tiny humans. Their body works different from ours and we have to know and understand those differences in order to handle them in a way that won't harm them or put them at risk.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask about their training and if they're members of any association. Their answer will allow you to identify a professional from an amateur.
Newborn babies have a very fragile immune system. A cold for us could mean serious pulmonar issues for a newborn. That's why being up to date with immunizations is very important when working with babies. I'm up to date with all recommended vaccines like HEP B, MMR and Td/Tdap and I get the flu shot every season.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask for their most current immunization records. They should share them with you gladly.
Infant CPR trained
About two years ago -right before I launched lemonshoots- I took a CPR certification with AHA. This year, I decided that I needed to specialize in infant CPR to be ready for any emergency involving my tiniest clients. I took the class last month and although I hope to never have to use the tactics provided, I'm at ease knowing that I'm aware of how to act in case of an emergency mid-session.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask how would they address any emergency situation. Knowing Infant CPR is not essential, but you want to make sure that your photographer won't panic and will know what to do in case something happens.
Many final newborn images you see online are flawless and beautiful. You might wonder, how did the photographer achieved them? Some poses might seem like babies are defying gravity or that they are balancing by themselves, when in reality these looks are obtained thanks to post-processing and compositing. There are poses that are more challenging than others. Not knowing the limits of the newborn physiology can put your baby in a dangerous situation. A professional photographer poses with this in mind. But they also have to know their software too, in order to get stunning final results.
- What to ask your photographer: If you see any picture in their portfolio that shows the baby balancing by themselves, ask them how they achieved it.
Booking your Photographer
Finding a photographer that has a style that is appealing to you and that has fees that fit your budget are important. But now you know that considering safety when booking your newborn photographer is of supreme importance too. Ask your photographer about it. Our industry will be safer with your help, when you, the parents, start demanding safety measures. Now you're informed on what you need to know, so go ahead and start searching for the perfect photographer for you!