The Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI) recommends asking the following questions when shopping around for a newborn photographer:
1. How many years have you been working as a newborn photographer and approximately how many babies have you handled up to this point?
I have been photographing newborn babies since 2012. All my life I've loved working with children, especially babies. I was a nanny, lifeguard, and swim coach growing up and it was only natural as my photography progressed that I move into photographing newborns. Since 2012 I've photographed around 100 sweet little babies. I have a newborn photography studio located right here in Hood River, Oregon.
2. Have you received any newborn specific posing training and with whom did you train?
Jennifer Gulizia of Gorge-Us Photography is a highly trained, certified, and educated newborn photographer. In 2016 I decided to hire a mentor to help me grow and learn more about newborn photography. I was fortunate to train under Robin Long Photography from Salem, Oregon. Robin is regarded as one of the best natural newborn photographers in the country. Since my one-on-one training with Robin, I've also completed many hours of newborn photography online trainings from some of the world's best newborn photographers.
3. What are the safety practices you have in place in your studio specifically geared towards the newborn client?
Safety is my number one priority when it comes to photographing newborns and babies. Babies are spotted at all times and never left unattended. Certain "popular" newborn poses are only done as composites and when working with multiples, I always use an assistant. At the beginning of each session I will discuss with parents newborn safety for the studio.
4. Will my newborn be supported by human hands in all upright positions as well as any poses requiring suspension?
Absolutely! Safety is my number one priority. Certain poses that require suspension are done through composite only.
5. 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?
Yes, I do work with an assistant and when I don't have an assistant in the studio, I do use a spotter (often the parent) for specific poses and set-ups. A baby is never left unattended in the studio.
6. What will happen in the case of illness, your own or otherwise?
The health of your baby and your family is extremely important and we will reschedule a session due to illness. I also ask that no sick persons enter my studio so that I keep it germ free for other families as well.
7. Are you currently up to date on the necessary vaccines needed when working with a pregnant or newborn population?
Absolutely. Jennifer is up-to-date on all necessary vaccines and goes in annually for the flu shot as well.
8. Can you point me towards online resources from which I can learn about safe practices when photographing newborns?
The Accredited Newborn Photographers Association International has a great site dedicated to newborn safety. You can learn more at: https://apnpi.com/newborn_safety/
9. Are you a member of an organization or association directly servicing newborn photographers and their educational needs?
Yes, I am a proud member of the Accredited Newborn Photographers Association International
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