They’re your most precious gift, more important than the air that you breathe, more than all the stars in the sky. I’ve been blessed with two babies of my own, and I remember the early days when all I could think about was how to keep these babies safe and sound! (Even today at 7 and 9 years old, safety still weights so heavily on my mind every. single. day!) So when I decided to dip my toes in the Newborn Portraits genre, my top priority was educating myself on how to create beautiful portraits in a safe and comfortable environment.
Newborn Safety Tips:
- Age: The ideal time to photograph a newborn is between 7 and 14 days. While there are a number of reasons for this, the biggest is is for safe posing! A baby is born with about 300 bones, and before 14 days they’re made up largely of cartilage, which makes them super flexible. After the 14-day mark these bones start to become more brittle and fuse together, making it much harder, and less safe, to move them into those adorable, squishy poses that we love!
- Equipment: We’ve invested in posers and props designed specifically for newborns, keeping them cozy, safe, and oh-so-cute!
- Composites: I can’t stress this one enough! Those adorable, Pinterest-worthy portraits of baby hanging from a swing (see below for cuteness!), balanced on a prop, with their head in their hands, or sitting propped up unassisted– these images are created in the computer, not in person! Your little one should never be put into a compromising position where there is any chance of them toppling over, falling, straining their neck, etc. The image below was taken with baby laying safely on our poser, and the final image was designed in the computer.
- Training and Experience: Practice makes perfect, right? The hands-on training and mentoring we’ve done has been absolutely invaluable to bringing you beautiful portraits and a safe and comfortable experience!