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Behind the Scenes - Safety First!

Curious about the logistics of setting up for a portrait involving kids or babies? Here are a few behind the scenes images to set your mind at ease.

To sum things up, safety always comes first!

Newborn Baby Posing (Studio Newborn Portrait)

I think sometimes it’s helpful for my clients to see photos like this, because it can be super tough to visualize how baby gets settled into a particular pose or prop. Well, we do it carefully! Yara’s mom was within reach the whole time, and I always tell parents that safety comes first. After Yara fell asleep, her mom was able to move slightly away, just out of the camera (but still within arm's reach) so I could capture the planned portrait.

A behind the scenes view of how we create these types of portraits.

Here's a final image from another similar portrait session. Mom was literally within arm's reach while this image was created.

Setting Up A Sibling Portrait (Studio Kid Portrait)

These two boys were so sweet, but they definitely had the wiggles. Mom helped me get them in position for this portrait during their session, and then was right nearby in case her younger child needed a reminder to stay seated. Sometimes during sessions like these, I'll let younger kids hold a toy or special treasure (it helps focus their energy!).

Behind the scenes - mom helped her kids get settled on the chest, and then kneeled off to the left -- where she was still able to keep her younger child from tumbling off if things got wobbly.

Mom Watching Baby (Studio Baby Portrait)

I’ve included a few pull backs from baby S's baby portrait session, so you can see how close mom is to her little one throughout the session. Depending on how well babies and toddlers can balance, I will sometimes add in cushions and extra padding just out of view as an additional safety net.

And you can also see the cute adorable mini set I have for little ones. It helps make the environment feel a little more cozy (and much less vast and scary). Plus, it functions as a containment zone if we’re photographing a mover!

Notice how mom is close enough to reassure or offer a hand. The parent's proximity always depends on child development. When I've photographed newborns on this chair, I use my computer editing skills to remove the parent from the final image. With older kids who can sit up confidently, mom can be just out of the picture, as shown here.

Baby Girl PortraitHere's one of the final portraits from this session. Mom was nearby, keeping her sweet girl safe if need be!

So relax. Just contact the studio and let us manage the details; you deserve to enjoy your portrait experience.