Newborn Photography Safety and What You Need to Know
Something my client's often mention to me in their Newborn Portrait sessions, is how much time and patience goes into each set up and more often than not when I am setting up for a pose and explaining to mum what i'll be doing and how, they say they never knew that's how the photographer's got that image.
I can't stress this enough, what you see on your screen with that beautifully curly baby dangling from a tree branch, or resting its head on its tiny hands, or even sitting beautifully in a bowl... I can assure you the image as it was taken on the day of the newborn session looks very different!
A good friend of mine was telling me about their first newborn photography experience, they had taken their first born to a lady who was just beginning her photography business. My friend watched on assuming this lady knew what she was doing as her precious newborn fell over (on a soft bean bag) as she attempted to rest the newborns head in his little hands. A newborn baby's head so over-sized for their body, they cannot support their head in this way, even when balanced beautifully we shouldn't be putting the strain on their hands or wrists to do this.
My friend assumed this photographer, although new, wouldn't be doing anything to put at risk the safety of her baby. Her baby was fine, by the way, but it shouldn't ever be risked.
Now I want to talk to the mum's and dad's thinking about hiring a newborn photographer, you need to be aware of some basic newborn safety before looking at all the beautiful pictures, before asking about pricing.
Before all that, you need to visit this website - BANPAS
BANPAS are are UK based organisation but their website is full of amazing useful information for parents and photographers alike. They go through safe ways to pose a baby and what images should be done using composites.
How to tell if your chosen newborn photographer is up to date on baby safety when posing and photographing
There are few things you can do, firstly look through their work, is it consistent? Does the baby look awkward or uncomfortable? Are they producing good results? You will get a pretty good feel for the quality and knowledge of the photographer by going over their images on their face-book or website. Current trends in newborn photography require a lot of knowledge and skill in editing software, so if they are producing clean polished images while it's not a given it's a safe bet to think they are also using composites to create their work.
Secondly, while again, it's not a given, price is an indicator of experience and skill level. So you found someone offering newborn sessions for $100? Chances are they are just starting out, they are not skilled, and you need to be asking for more information.
You can get beautiful images while not going outside your skill level with newborns, so a cheap-o-grapher isn't always a bad choice! ( I was a cheapie too once!) But if you're looking for professional newborn portraits, it costs more than $100 to produce professional quality newborn portraits.
If you're unsure, if you have doubts, you could always ask. I say that as a mum and not a photographer, because no one wants to have their work practices questioned, but as a mum, I say trust your gut, if you're in doubt then ask them - do you utilize composites to create your final images? Do you have much training/experience with newborns? If their answer doesn't satisfy you then you know you need to look for another photographer.
Hopefully this will help you to choose the right photographer for you, once they check all these boxes then you can start to look at who has a style to suit you and your family :)
2016 Family Photography Openings
It's the middle of winter, apart from a few days the weather has been miserable so why am I talking about booking your family photography in? Because last year November and December were crazy for Family Photography bookings and with more and more families coming to me with their precious Newborn's I will have very limited availability for Family Photography bookings this year.
Family Photography often makes the perfect gift for Christmas presents so please don't leave your booking to the last minute!
On top of my busy schedule I have my own family to think about and as of a few months ago I am no longer taking bookings on weekends! What better excuse for a day off than getting your family portraits taken, you don't even have to take the full day off!
I offer a range of packages that begin at just $400. If you'd like me to capture your family this year and have some beautiful keepsakes of you and your family please get in contact with me via the contact page ASAP to discuss your booking.
Alternatively, if you leave your email below I will send you our family price list and you can get back to me if you'd like to discuss a time for your session <3
Lisa and her beautiful family contacted me after seeing her sisters beautiful images they wanted me to capture Lisa's growing baby bump and I just love their relaxed studio styled Maternity Photography session with me.
I always love talking to siblings about what's in mummy's tummy, I often wonder if they think we are crazy saying there is a baby in there, I often have trouble comprehending the wonder of life inside a pregnant tummy, but it must be ten times more wondrous to a toddler <3
Aside from that, toddlers always make my photography sessions fun filled! Little Blake was no exception and he had a heap of fun looking at all the pretty fluffy things in the studio while we tried to coax him to pay his mumma some attention ;)
This was my personal favourite image from Lisa's maternity session - a big smoochy kiss from Blake and that little belly poking out. I was so happy to see this selection in Lisa's favourite images!
I also got some beautiful portraits of Lisa and her bump is some of my maternity gowns. I have such a big selection and I hadn't yet used this red gown and when I saw Lisa had dark red hair I knew it was a perfect fit! She looks stunning here!
If you'd like more information on our pregnancy and newborn photography collections and are located within the Albury and Wodonga region please use the "contact" tab at the top of this website to get in touch to discuss.
I am taking bookings right up to December at the moment and 2017 bookings arn't far from opening!
Last minute bookings are always welcome to inquire however to avoid disappointment please contact me before your baby is born <3
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Cake Smashes have arrived at Captivated Photography, after much asking for many a year, I have finally caved and so glad I did! I've fallen down a rabbit hole of buntings, and decorations and cakes and so many wonderful things that make these Cake Smash sessions just a brilliant way to celebrate your little one making it through that first year of life!
Little Ivana was in the studio this morning christening my new Cake Smash Flooring, and our Cake Smash Bath. Every Cake Smash Photography session includes pre-smash portrait photography of your little one, as well as a post smash bubble bath right here in my Wodonga home based photography studio.
I hope you enjoy a few images from Ivana's session, I am just in love with how these have turned out and I can't wait to see all my Newborn Photography clients bringing their babies in for cake smashes when the time comes! I love to see these little ones grow and blossom into beautiful little humans!
Carris Geyer - Photographer and Owner at Captivated Photography in Albury Wodonga.