Amateur photographers and parents are being warned of the dangers of producing creative arty photos of newborn babies.
Bruce Nisbet, a specialist newborn photographer from Baston, has issued the warning after two new mums were left horrified when a baby rolled off a posing stand and another baby’s head dropped in an attempt to create a head in hands pose.
Mr Nisbet, who has been professionally trained and works in the safe art of newborn photography, said these images should only be created using edited, composite shots, where two or more images are morphed together to allow the baby to be held gently in position and kept safe at all times.
He said: “Having six children of my own I know how delicate newborns are. Forcing babies into poses or expecting them to hold themselves in unusual positions is unforgivable.
“It is essential that parents are informed and confident about what is good practice so that they can intervene and stop a photographer if they feel the situation is unsafe.”
He said if parents feel a session is being rushed, it’s a sign the baby’s safety is “not paramount” because baby photography sessions usually take longer than other types of portrait photography.
Mr Nisbet added: “Babies are being put at risk and I’m very keen to raise local awareness about this issue – we might not be able to monitor substandard photographers, but we can drastically reduce the problem by making parents more aware and putting them in control.”
Mr Nisbet is a member of the Baby and Newborn Photographers Association (BANPAS) which has advice for parents and photographers at www.banpas.co.uk.