I think it is pretty obvious by now that I love what I do. :) I have been a professional photographer going on 8 years and still can't believe I have the opportunity to do this as my career. It is by NO means "easy" to own your own business. I don't get to lounge around photographing people while someone feeds me grapes. I have to hustle and work hard to pay my bills like the rest of humanity. But I am getting off topic... That's for another blog post. Ha! :)
As mentioned, I have been a professional photographer for 8 years. That number seems crazy to me. || EIGHT YEARS || I have loved every moment of it! These eight years have opened so many doors to be able to share one of my passions, which is safety within newborn sessions. I have had the opportunity to speak at Photography Conferences on this topic as well as teach many Newborn Workshops and 1:1 Newborn Mentoring classes. In 2011 I wrote my first Guide to Newborn Safety, which has been sold worldwide to help educate and assist aspiring newborn photographers on their journey within their career. Then, in 2014 my second guide to newborn photography was released to further on the quest to teach those who want to pursue a career as a newborn photographer. It has been a wild ride to say the least, but an awesome one at that.
I want this post to help continue that education for aspiring newborn photographers, but also help educate parents considering a newborn photographer and what to look for in finding a baby safe newborn photographer.
I remember being a new parent and practically spraying hand sanitizer on anyone who came within a few feet of my daughter. I would do ANYTHING (and still will) to keep her safe from harms way. And I approach each newborn session in this same way.
Prior to a newborn session, each client receives a copy of my Newborn Session - What to Expect PDF (available to purchase here for photographers) which answers questions from room temperature, when to schedule baby boys post circumcision, to what to wear. It also discusses our studio safety practices and how we go about sessions.
This is an awesome tool I love using with my parents because it alleviates questions and worries they may have for their new little one. The more information I can provide my clients, the better. You can never over-communicate/educate your clients. I also have a "Newborn Safety" section on my website within my portfolio to show parents the type of safety measures I take within newborn sessions. And for the photographer wanting to understand HOW a session flow might take place and the intricate details of safety, you may purchase my Newborn Guide with full details.
One of my favorite images to do is the above cradle position. This image is taken with baby laying on my beanbag while the daddy's arms in a cradle position around baby. I have had clients ask me how I get a baby to stay slung in the dad's arms, and I show them an example of the image so they understand baby is never in harms way.
During newborn sessions I also take the time to explain to parents my process for posing as I prepare and ask Dad or Mom to assist me when needed, like the composite below. I love seeing their enthusiasm to help and then see the edited version of the image later on.
My goal for each session is for my parents to leave knowing their baby was in good hands. That they came feeling prepared from the information I provided them and not anxious in having their baby's portraits taken. As new parents, they have enough to worry about, and a newborn session [with me] should always be relaxing and enjoyable. They should leave excited and anticipating their images.
I am so grateful to have photographed hundreds of these tiny humans. To be a part of such little bit of their journey into this world is a privilege and an honor - and I take it extremely seriously. I love what I do!