Questions To Ask Your 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 close to 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 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 the number one priority at Gorge-Us Photography. I am highly trained in handling newborns and I am never willing to compromise the safety of a newborn baby to get a "specific pose." Babies are always spotted and a baby's arms and hands are never used to support the head. I discuss safety at the beginning of each session and throughout the session with parents. I use a spotter and when necessary, I also work with an assistant in the studio.
4. Will my newborn be supported by human hands in all upright positions as well as any poses requiring suspension?
Absolutely. I will never put a baby in a pose that requires their hands to support their head/neck. If a parent wants "froggy" pose then we will do a composite where there are parent or assistant hands supporting the baby's body at all times.
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. Jennifer of Gorge-Us Photography likes to work with an assistant or have the parent spot during the session. Babies are never left unattended and a spotter is always present at all times.
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?
Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI) has a great resource guide available at: https://apnpi.com/for-parents/
9. Are you a member of an organization or association directly servicing newborn photographers and their educational needs?
Yes, Jennifer Gulizia of Gorge-Us Photography is proud to be a member of the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI).