The top priority when choosing your newborn photographer is SAFETY. No matter how low the price is for a session, it is not worth an untrained "newer" photographer handling the most precious little one in your life. Newborn safety is of utmost importance. I have a lot of great experience handling newborns, and even though I'm a mom myself- when I first started, there was a lot I did NOT know.
There are certain things you need to be trained on how to do, and what positions you can and cannot put baby in. I cannot count on two hands how many horror stories I have heard. There are posts upon posts in newborn groups from frantic new photographers who don't know what they're doing, and have not even taken any safety courses yet.
There is a lot that goes into newborn safety. After years of busting my tail learning all the ins and outs, and I am very confident in my work. I am also very confident in handling my clients newborns!
Here are a few things to consider when booking with me.
Before each session, and after each session, each item has to be sanitized.
Wood props, buckets etc will be sprayed and wiped down with a sanitizing product, and then steamed.
Delicate knits, bonnets etc are soaked in free and clear and hand washed
My assistant and I both wash hands, and wear masks during the session, and get temperature checks before the session.
Photographer is trained to look for cues of distress from the newborn.
If the newborn is upset when in a pose, photographer will not force baby into position and will try a new pose.
Photographer is a proponent of baby-led posing.
No matter how many likes or shares a newborn photographer might wrack up on Pinterest, or social media, or even how amazing an image might look on the wall, safety needs to come first.