Often when photographing babies, parents worry that I “haven’t got the shot” of their beautiful little baby in some of the more popular poses. It would seem that I haven’t taken a photo of their baby without a hand or a finger in the way, especially when the baby is capable of holding that pose for a few moments on their own. The truth is, a professional photographer will never attempt to place your baby in such a dangerous way – many babies do have the strength to support their head for short time but we have all seen how quickly they can startle. A Heart & Soul Photography session for your newborn (and all members of the family) will always place safety and comfort at the utmost importance.
As a part of the PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR BABY SAFETY group, Heart & Soul Photography believes….
There are certain poses that are popular in newborn photography that appear to put the baby in danger (eg hanging from a branch, chin propped on hands, lying across the top of a basket, etc). Non-professional or misinformed photographers might assume these poses are done in one shot and therefore in a dangerous way and this group/community is here to educate photographers and clients on the way to safely take these images.
Many of these poses can only be SAFELY achieved if they are taken as multiple images, and in each image there are hands on the baby or measures in place to ensure their safety. The images are then merged in photoshop to give the illusion of each image. If you are curious as to how the image was achieved, ask the photographer to show examples of the multiple images and how they were merged.
A professional photographer will always:
- be respectful of your baby
- put your babies comfort and safety before all else
- understand the capabilities of babies of all ages and will handle and pose them appropriately
- be led by the baby’s needs and the parents wishes.
Here is an example of how baby Levi was never left unsupported during this pose – even though the final image gives the illusion he was fully supporting himself.