If you have been following along on the blog, you might already know that this week is Newborn Safety Week. It’s been such an honour to represent the Learn Shoot Inspire forum in newborn safety. I truly hope that my contributions will inspire photographers near and far, inexperienced and experienced alike to give a little extra thought to their newborn subjects and begin or continue to photograph with safety first and foremost in their minds.
I urge you, if you are a photographer, an aspiring photographer, a hobbyist or just really interested in babies, to head on over to the Learn Shoot Inspire Blog to read the article on Newborn Safety. I’ve included many tips and thoughts on keeping your tiny subjects safe during your photoshoots. It’s not a bad read for expecting parents or those with new babies either. It’s just as important that you know what to expect and allow at your newborn’s first session!
As an added bonus, I’m also including an example right here of a composite image. There are many clients who come to me looking to achieve beautiful suspended shots of babies in slings and apparatus. One thing you should know about me is that I’m a stickler for safety and will take any precautions necessary to keep your baby safe. It takes but a few minutes in photoshop to merge together a series of images to create an amazing outcome, all the while keeping baby safe and sound. I challenge ALL photographers to consider ways in which they can deliver amazing imagery while keeping babies safety a top priority. It just DOESN’T MAKE SENSE to subject a baby to potential dangers for a picture. A PICTURE. I certainly wouldn’t trade a baby’s life for that. Ever.
It’s true. Sharing these images may mean you will begin to see this setup on every second photographer’s blog (near or far). It’s a bit like revealing how the magician saws his assistant in half. But unlike magic, photographers out there ARE trying to suspend newborns using unsafe methods without investing in learning the proper techniques for doing so. Can you imagine sawing your neighbour in half because you saw David Copperfield do it on TV? Unfortunately, that’s where our industry has been heading lately. I’d rather reveal a few tips and tricks than see a baby injured at the hands of a photographer. For more on choosing the right photographer for your sweet precious new babe, please also feel free to head on over to the NAPCP Blog to read this posting.