I have been a professional photographer for 9 years but I discovered my passion for newborn photography about 2 years ago.
I have taken newborn posing training in person with Lizzy McMillan of Momento Studios - APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador.
Safety of the baby is my number one priority even more important than capturing beautiful photos. For that reason, I use the following safety practices, among others to keep your baby safe.
Yes. Your newborn is supported by human hands at ALL TIMES throughout risky poses. This ensures that babies will not be at risk of falls, central cyanosis or positional asphyxiation.
If I do not have an assistant available, I will always have a parent spotting baby. Either myself or a spotter are within arms reach at most at all times.
It is not safe for baby to be around any people who are ill. If any family members are sick, I would ask that they not be present at the session. If I become sick myself, your session will be rescheduled to ensure that baby is not at risk of exposure.
Vaccinations are a very personal choice but as a newborn photographer, I feel it is important to always have the flu vaccine and the whooping cough vaccine (called Tdap) to ensure I do not expose mommas or babies to these very contagious illnesses.
The Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International is leading the way in research and education for newborn photography safety. Their website has some invaluable resources for Parents: https://apnpi.com/newborn_safety/
I am a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and I am currently working on becoming accredited with the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI).
Questions courtesy of APNPI.