Currently, there are no safety regulations in place for the Newborn Photography industry. Anyone who owns a camera can begin photographing newborns with no training and no knowledge of the unique needs of infants.
APNPI (Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International) values and puts newborn safety at the forefront of our profession. For this reason, APNPI provides parents with resources to help you select a safe photographer and help you identify elements of risk throughout your session.
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At Little Love Photography, newborn safety is something I take very seriously and truly believe all parents have the right to choose their newborn photographer based on who they think will provide the safest environment for their new little one. If you are a new parent and are weeding through newborn photographers in your area, please take a moment to ask your potential photographer the following questions so that you can be sure your precious new baby is in the best of hands!
Questions to Ask Your Newborn Photographer:
How many years have you been working as a newborn photographer and approximately how many babies have you handled up to this point?
Have you received any newborn specific posing training and with whom did you train?
What are the safety practices you have in place in your studio specifically geared towards the newborn client?
Will my newborn be supported by human hands in all upright positions as well as any poses requiring suspension?
Do you work with an assistant or provide spotters at your newborn sessions? If not, will you allow me to spot my baby during a session?
What will happen in the case of illness, your own or otherwise?
Are you currently up to date on the necessary vaccines needed when working with a pregnant or newborn population?
Can you point me towards online resources from which I can learn about safe practices when photographing newborns?
Are you a member of an organization or association directly servicing newborn photographers and their educational needs?