Baby sessions are fun and a great way to preserve memories of those first months of life before they become history. There are a few things to keep in mind and your baby’s safety is one of them.
The image above was done with a weight inside a basket AND the moms hand holding the basket. The hand was edited out using photoshop. I would never attempt this shot unassisted, keep on reading to find out why.
Baby Photoshoot - The Key to Safety and Comfort
90% of my baby sessions are done with the parent sitting right by the baby’s side. New environment, outfit change, stranger with the camera make most babies anxious during the session. Having a parent sitting next to them is for safety and for comfort. It also helps with a separation anxiety that all babies go through.
Infant Photography - Prop Safety
Photographers use the cutest little props! Some props are from antique shops and home decor stores that are beautiful, BUT they are not meant for the infant photo sessions. While it is photographer’s responsibility to acquire safe props, it is the parents’ job to make sure that the items used are safe for their baby. Here are a few pointers help:
You do not want very young babies that haven’t been vaccinated yet coming in contact with RUST. Rust can produce rather sharp edges and can cut or puncture a little one. Who knows what kind of bacteria lives on it. So I know that antique or distressed look is in style nowadays, but try to stay away form rusty props.
Try to scan every basket for Sharp Edges and Wires. It is possible that they come loose over time and the photographer misses it.
Make sure that the Tall Baskets where the baba is going in are not only weighted down but you are (or an assistant) also close by spot for safety and to support a prop. These might tip and a fall like that is a photo session killer.
Some of the cutest baby shots are done with babas sitting in a bowl. Be on a lookout for Unstable Bowls that might rock and tip over. Never be too shy to express your concern to the photographer.
When the babies are super excited they tend to kick their feet and wave their arms. Their head is very large comparing to their body, so this motion might tip over a crate or basket and have the baby fall back possibly hitting their head.
So here you have it. These are some of the basic safety practices I use in my studio when photographing young babies over 3 months of age. Hope they were helpful to you.
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