I have put lots of thought & into this blog after recent stories flying around about unsafe posing techniques.
We all see beautiful images appear on the web with tiny newborns posed in buckets, swings & poses like froggy or head on hands but they are skilled poses! Babies should NEVER be left unattended & babies head should be supported by a parent or 'spotter'. I have had numerous training sessions over the past 4 years to make sure all my babies are safe at all times. The safety of any baby is paramount here at Captured by Cheryl Photography so you can rest assured your little one is in safe hands.
Unfortunately I have received a lot messages over the years from concerned families that have had bad experiences with other photographers, its awful to read these horror stories but its hard to explain that its not as simple as just putting baby into a pose or bucket.
Babies need to be a deep sleep for some poses & not all babies will do the same poses. Our sessions are baby led so we do whatever baby is comfortable with so every session runs differently. We will always do our best to achieve every pose but at the same time babies comfort & safety is top priority!
Images are not how they seem either, sometimes they are a composite which means that 2 or more images are put together in post production to make supporting hands disappear. This is very misleading for others trying to replicate a pose they have seen on the web.
You can see in my featured photo that I have a parents hand supporting baby's head. Either a parent or assistant will be either holding babies head or whilst I take the shot briefly baby's head would rest against a finger. Someone will always be next to baby to soothe & comfort when needed.
I am a member of BANPAS ( The Baby and Newborn Photography Association ) who check that I can safely achieve the newborn poses & that I am fully insured to do so. They work extremely hard to promote newborn safety & they offer constant training sessions. Unfortunately, they can not regulate the industry as it is impossible to be with every photographer while they work but what they can do is educate photographers and empower parents.
Please do your research when looking for a newborn photographer, safety is a big issue & don't be afraid to ask questions.
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