There has been a lot of hype recently over the safety of some newborn poses on images that have been seen floating around on Facebook and Pinterest. As a photographer and a mom, I would like everyone to know that every precaution possible should be taken when taking your child’s photos! No photo should ever put your child at risk or in any potential for danger. What most clients do not know is that most shots that look “unsafe” on Pinterest or Facebook are typically composite shots or the spotter hand has been edited out through Photoshop.
Sadly, a lot of new photographers or parents wanting to take photos at home may not understand this and then try to replicate a professionals work in an unsafe way. Please, please, please, never put your baby in a glass jar, have your fragile baby’s head or neck be unsupported, have baby hanging from a tree branch (or anything for that matter) from a sling, without being properly trained in how to achieve this look safely!
With that being said, it’s still possible to achieve some of the poses you may be looking for, you just need to make sure that baby’s head be supported at all times, you are doing it in the correct way, and you always have a spotter on hand.
When I do newborn portraits, there are two ways I typically create my poses. Like I stated earlier, I will either work with composites, which means I create an image from overlaying multiple images in Photoshop, or I simply edit out the spotters hand that is supporting the baby using the clone tool.
Below are some examples:
There is a lot of good information out there on newborn safety, so please do your research and before you hire a photographer or attempt a pose, make sure you are not putting your precious newborn in harms way! No photo is worth injuring your new bundle of joy!
If you are a photographer looking for more information, I highly recommend attending a workshop! All of the images posted here are from a workshop held by Cherise Kiel Photography called Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop. If you can’t find a workshop in your area, or if it is isn’t possible for you to attend one in person, there are plenty of sites to check out to get more information. Check out You Tube videos for help with Photoshop and how to create composites or watch videos on how to pose. Also, a good site to check out is Shoot Baby!
Whether you are a parent or a photographer, please feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding newborn safety and how to achieve a certain pose safely!! I am more than happy to help!
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