Newborn Baby Photography has grown hugely in popularity over the past couple of years.  Cute sleepy babies in curled up poses or propped inside baskets are enough to make most of us broody all over again.  However with this growth in popularity, there comes a sharp increase in the number of photographers offering this service.  

The sad and scary fact is anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer and as parents you expect photographers to know what they're doing - right?  Newborn photographers are the most 'hands on' with their clients than in any other genre.  They hold, soothe and pose your baby - so how do you know what they're doing is safe?

Newborns are delicate creatures; poor circulation, weak muscle control and their inability to control their own body temperature well means you should always choose a photographer who is trained and can work safely. Babies should never be balanced inside props without a parents hand supporting them (a professional photographer will be able to remove your hands from the final image), Baskets should be weighted, and newborns should never be holding their own weight.  When heads are resting on hands a profesisonal photographer will be keeping one eye on tiny fingers to ensure good circulation and toes should never be placed in such a position that the startle reflex could push them forward.

Your photographer should ensure baby is held at all times, as babies can't support themselves, by a "spotter" to produce beautiful, yet safe images

Image showing behind the scenes of what's involved in shooting just one newborn pose  |  Tickle Toes Photography

To see more behind the scenes of posing, click HERE 

As well as all of the above, newborn photographers have to work closely with new parents and this requires a special kind of person - someone who has the patience to give a new mother time and privacy to feed and soothe her baby and who respects that this brand new baby may feel just as anxious as mum when they are not cuddled close together.

Digital photography is so cheap and accessible now. Today most of us carry a camera all the time - on mobile phones and tablets. Even Digital SLR cameras are relatively cheap and accesible to the general public. 

Only a couple of decades ago professional photography was a science which involved complex light calculations, fiddly rolls of film and the mysteries of a dark room and developing fluids. However the basics remain the same as in the era of film and professional photographers understand those elements and how to use them in a digital era to create stunning art. Film has now become a digital card, you can immediately see in camera, the effects of changing any of the manual settings, and the darkroom has been replaced by editing software. With the advance of this technology, photography has lost some of its mystery and there is nothing to stop anyone picking up a camera, switching it to automatic and calling themselves a photographer. But does owning a good camera automatically make you a good photographer? 
We are now the most photographed generation - with the least number of physical prints. How much of your child's life is captured on your mobile phone - and how often do you ever do anything with those images? Will your child be able to flick through prints and albums when she is an adult and stare in wonder at the clothes you chose to dress them in or look back at how young aunty Margaret looked at Joanne's wedding?
A good photographer will treat their portfolio of work as art and should spend time with you finding out about you and your family, discussing your home decor with you, establishing what wall space you are looking to fill, whether you prefer canvas, frames, a single image to create dramatic impact, whether you are looking for a grouping of images, or a boasting album to send to proud grandparents.
Your family albums should definitely be mostly made up of candid moments, your family holidays and 'snaps' but having regular professional photography ensures you have stunning art that your family can treasure forever - heirlooms you pass down for the next generation to enjoy. Below are some examples of how professional photography compares to your own snaps - the good the bad and the well, not so good!
Beautiful, hours old baby boy taken in hospital on a mobile phone - and there's no doubt this will be a treasured memory for mum and dad, but would you put it on the wall ... 
... or would you rather have a professionally taken WOW image on your walls?  |  Sandra Cullen Photography
There's no denying newborn baby feet are scrummy ....
... but professional photographers have the skill and equipment to make every tiny detail a piece of art  |  Jodie Leigh Photography
close up detail of baby toes |  Jodie Leigh Photography
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