Many new families want to capture the precious early weeks in their newborn child’s life. But it can be very hard to find a friendly, qualified, and safe newborn photographer who has your baby’s safety in mind.
As a newborn photographer myself, I have decided to share this article with 5 questions to ask your prospective newborn photographer before you hire them.
1, Are you Immunised?
This is very important and often overlooked! Please check with them! A Whooping Cough immunization is particularly important for people who work with newborn babies.
The Australian government recommends:
“All parents or guardians should be vaccinated before the baby is born if they have not received a pertussis-containing booster in the past 10 years. The vaccine should be given to parents or guardians early in the third trimester of the pregnancy.”
2. Have you received newborn training?
The newborn photography experts at capturemag.com.au recommend:
“Babies are fragile. Part of becoming a newborn photographer is being aware of what new babies can and can’t do, will and won’t do, and knowing when to cut your losses and try something different. Learning how to ‘read’ babies and the signals they are giving isn’t easy, but with much practice, you will learn.”
3. Are you a non-smoker?
You definitely do not want your new baby to inhaling smoke.
“Babies and children exposed to secondhand smoke may also develop asthma, allergies, more frequent lung, and ear infections, and are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)”
4. Are you insured?
You should check to see if your photographer is covered!
As per BizCover.com.au:
“(Photographers) have a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps for the safety of your customers, suppliers, community and their property. Public Liability Insurance is designed to provide protection for you and your business in the event a customer, supplier or a member of the public are injured or sustain property damage as a result of your negligent business activities.”
5. Do you have a working with children check?
The WACC screening process helps keeps kids safe.
The check screening process helps “prevent people who pose a risk to the safety, welfare, and well-being of children from being employed or engaged in child-related work.” AS PER policies.education.nsw.gov.au