I have been a Maternity and Newborn photographer for a long time now. Probably the longest in the area. I am proficient with my use of light and I have great skills with babies and their parents. So why after 7 years in this business did I decide to qualify in a safety certification with the Master Photographers Association? Well, suffice to say I love training, I have trained photographers myself and I under the training at least three times every single year, Newborn posing training, Safety Training, first aid, lighting training, business training. I want to give my very best to my clients at every stage of their experience.
So, recently there has been quite a surge of photographers undertaking newborn photography without any training, which is fantastic, however I have seen some scary stuff, Facebook lives where baby is left on their own in a basket, unsupported and could leapfrog out at any minute, photographers attempting the Froggie pose, where the Childs head is sat upon their hands – see image below. This image is particularly tricky as it is a composite image, the baby is held by a parent in two different positions and then blended together in photoshop for a seamless image. Do it wrong and you could have all sorts of issues, the one I see a lot is the child has their hands too far back and restricts their windpipe!! Probably not very good for baby right.