When a new mum (or dad) calls us about a photo shoot for their newborn baby, we sometimes get asked the question “is newborn photography safe?”. Well the short answer is “with us, yes!”. But we thought we would put together a brief post to answer in more detail, and highlight a few things we think you should look out for when choosing your newborn photographer.

If there’s any concerns we haven’t covered in this post please contact us. We would love to chat with you and answer any questions you have.

Reputation is Important

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In our opinion the first step to ensuring you have a safe newborn photography experience , is looking for a photographer with a good reputation. Asking people for recommendations is always the first tip. Once a friend or family member has gained trust in a photographer, it is much easier to do the same. A bad reputation is much harder to shake off, so tread carefully and look for up to date reviews and recommendations. Have a look at our testimonials to see what people are saying about us!

Experience is Essential

Of course experience is essential. Of course everyone has to start somewhere, but with a newborn shoot we would suggest looking at a Family, Baby or Newborn specialist. After all, a commercial photographer may have a fantastic reputation for his work, but may not be experienced in handling a newborn baby. It’s useful to know if the photographer has children of his or her own, giving them built in experience. Check out the About Us page for a little information about our family and story.

Training and Recognition is Preferred

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Many photographers start out in Photography as a hobby and decide to offer shoots as a side line. Wedding photographers often refer to the inexperienced photographer as a ‘weekend warrior’ or ‘Uncle Bob’. These tend to be a relative who is an amateur photographer perhaps with an eye for photography, but no training or professional qualifications. Of course many ‘Uncle Bobs’ are incredible photographers, however they may not be trained in lighting, editing or health and safety for example. So training and recognition is always preferred but not essential. Proceed with caution when booking a weekend warrior.

A Good Location is Helpful

outside of Chrysalis Photography studio in Stable Courtyard of Renishaw Hall

The newborn shoot is often your first trip out of the house so choosing a good studio location is helpful. For example, choose somewhere that has private parking. Also useful is a studio with good access for the pram, especially when you are still on learner plates! With us having a studio located on the grounds of a private stately home it means that your first trip with your new addition is a wonderful experience all round. No nasty industrial estate, no high street parking and no stairs to negotiate with wheels or a heavy car seat. During the open season at Renishaw Hall you can also round your day off beautifully with stroll in the gardens, or a relaxing lunch in Renishaw Hall Cafe.

Have they Got Insurance?

One of the questions you should ask your photographer is have they got insurance? As a professional photography studio we have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance. This covers for any accidents whilst in the care of the photography or in the studio.

Any Further Questions?

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So we feel like we’ve covered everything here and have hopefully set your mind at ease. But if you’re still asking the question “is newborn photography safe?” then why not get in touch with us and we would be happy to answer any other concerns you have. Having a professional photograph of your brand new baby boy or girl is one of the most treasured item you will ever own. We’re confident that an experience with Chrysalis Photography will also be one to cherish.

Are you Ready To Book?

Our assurance is that our studio is safe, warm and relaxing and we have plenty of props and blankets. So if you choose us, all you need to do is bring along your bundle of joy. As parents to two children ourselves, and with many years’ experience capturing those precious images of newborn babies, you can be confident that you and your baby will be safe in our expert hands.  We will never do something that you’re not comfortable with and you will be in the studio with your little one at all times.

If you would like to find out more about our photoshoots for your baby boy or girl then we recommend you head over to our Newborn Photography Information page, which also contains additions FAQ’s as well as some images from our GALLERY.

Otherwise if you’re keen to get your baby photo session booked in with us then head straight to our CONTACT page, pop your details in the form and we’ll be in touch right away. We can’t wait to meet you and your baby!

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Would recommend Chrysalis Photography to anyone. Friendly and thoughtful, what could have been a disaster with a 2yr old turned out to be fun and the end result is fab 5 stars from us.

Hannah Nettleship

Chrysalis Photography

The Stable Courtyard,

Renishaw Hall,

Sheffield, Derbyshire

S21 3WB