So do you really hang babies off branches? No! absolutely not I said to the lady at the checkout, no shot is worth risking babies safety. So I was doing my shopping and the assistant and me got chatting, turns out she knew a family who I'd photographed and she was curious to know how I could do these poses safely.
One thing I feel very strongly about is baby safety, and this is a shot I'd never attempted until I had trained with some of the best and most experienced newborn photographers in the world. This one particular course, cost in excess of £3000 but it was worth every single penny when you want to be better at your craft. It wasn't the first class I've taken and it hasn't been the last because I want to continue to get better at what I do.
The shot the lady was talking about was one something like this one.
And this is partly how it is created. This is a video only shows part of the editing process. But as you can see baby is kept safe the whole time and we wouldn't do it any other way.
Above you can see the baby is soundly asleep, and very relaxed, if the baby was tense her fist would be clenched tight, she is in a 'milk drunk' state an expression you may have heard to describe babies who are very content and soundly sleeping.babies But as any well trained newborn photographer knows babies reflexes can make babies startle in the blink of an eye. It's one of the reasons I love working in the studio as I can control light, temperature and sounds, to keep babies as comfortable and relaxed as possible and make sessions as successful as possible. it also makes for a more relaxed experience for new mums and dads!
Underneath baby is a very large soft beanbag, about 3ft thick from the floor and as you can see by the shadow under babies hand, her dangling hand is just about an inch - two inches off the beanbag. Dads hand is wrapped in the 'knot' above baby, and one hand is always on her body to keep her steady and supported. We edit that hand out later and fix the backdrop.
These aren't the only considerations, babies won't be in this position for long, and the whole time I am looking to make sure babies circulation isn't compromised in any limbs, as you can see her hands are lovely and pink.
So, did you really think I hung babies form branches?