Newborn sessions | Cleanliness + Health policy
Newborns have a vulnerable immune system, so my policy around cleanliness and health is very important to me, even more so because of the recent pandemic.
Below are some of the precautions I currently have in place to keep myself, my family, and my clients safe. I am also adding additional precautions while Covid-19 is still a health concern to the general public.
• Before and after every session, I personally clean and disinfect all items that are used the session. I use hospital-grade antibacterial wipes to disinfect hard items and props and launder soft goods.
• I wash my hands regularly (almost too much!), and use hand sanitizer throughout the session, and before handling the baby.
• I do not wear shoes in your home (I will wear socks to cover bare feet though).
Additional precautions added due to the Covid-19 pandemic:
• I will be wearing a cloth face mask during newborn sessions, and I encourage others present to do so as well.
• A 48 hour window between newborn clients.
• Only the immediate family (mom, dad, siblings) can be present for the session.
Newborn Training + Education
I continually invest in current my education of best practices in the handling of newborn babies and small children. I have completed numerous newborn posing and safety courses by Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI), and attend annual, safety workshops to stay current on best practices.
Safe Newborn posing
I know it can be a little concerning to have a stranger handle your precious new baby. I take this very seriously, and the safety and health of my clients– especially the teeniest ones– is the most important element of any photography session I do.
I always utilize a spotter in newborn sessions. Their job keep both eyes on the baby at all times, as well as a hand on the baby in case they move or startle.
I only will pose newborns in the positions that they are visibly comfortable in, and I will not push a baby to pose in any way that is unsafe or causes pain.
Some more complicated newborn poses I will only do through image compositing (PhotoShop). This means that I take 2 or more photos and merge them together so that there is always one hand holding baby safely in place.
Props and tools
I use various photography props in my newborn and milestone sessions, like little beds, buckets, crates, baskets, bowls, etc. These items are purchased through professional prop vendors for photographers. Each and every item is inspected for sharp edges or rough elements that could come in contact with baby or child.
Inside the Newborn Props–
For any prop that is not very low to the ground, I use weights at the bottom to counter the baby's weight and prevent tipping. I also use soft, weighted posing beans underneath the pretty layers to assure the prop stays in place and baby is never resting on a hard surface.
The Pretty Things–
The wraps and prop outfits I use are made of quality materials and are hand-washed with baby-safe detergent to prevent skin irritation. I also use natural furs and woven wool layers to create texture and layering in props, and these materials are also cleaned after each use.