Covid 19 has impacted our lives in so many different ways. For instance, you may have lost people near and dear to you, had to stay home and quarantine, or have your newborn session at home! However you are coping with this pandemic, please know that small businesses are able to still help you with your needs, however, we are operating a little bit differently as of late.
This beautiful baby girl made her appearance a little bit early, and during this pandemic. Therefore we couldn’t have an in studio session because of social distancing, however – we found a way!
I spoke to Mom about expectations and how the session would go. I dropped off newborn fabric wraps and headbands and directions ahead of time on how to wash and sanitize the items to protect her baby and the fabrics as well. She was able to select which colors she wanted to use, and then when I showed up we were able get to work!
Because of social distancing and the delicate immune system of a newborn baby, I advised Mom that I can not touch her new bundle of joy. The health and safety of newborn babies and their families is always my number one concern. Therefore, Mom had to wrap her little one on her own (Which honestly, made for some beautiful images that she will remember forever!) She wrapped her like a pro! I am so proud of her, and how well she was able to listen to direction and help make this session even more beautiful!
How did I protect the baby? Good question!
1. No contact at all!
2. I stayed 6ft-12ft away at all times
3. I shot with a 70-200mm Lens (I shoot Nikon, you can find the exact lens I shoot with by clicking here, and the exact body I shot with by clicking here).
3. I allowed Mom to pre-wash the materials in her own laundry soap and/or lysol the day before the session. I prefer Dreft for all of my wraps.
4. I wore a mask the entire time. I highly recommend whichever mask you get, you should also purchase filters and cut the back of your mask open and pop in a filter. Not all masks are made to prevent viruses from getting through the fabric. Having a filter helps with that.
5. No hand shaking Mom, Dad or Kids! No contact at all!
6. I also keep hand sanitizer on me as well as disinfectant wipes.
In addition to all of this hard work (Thanks Mom!), I also snuck in some composites too! Composites are digital images that give you that studio look, but are purely digital. That is where my photoshop skills come in handy! (Thank you college education and the Digital Art and Design Program at LIU!)
Anyway, let’s get back to this newborn session at home! It’s not every day that your clients front yard looks like a park! How gorgeous is this! Check out the images and just look at how adorable this little one is, and how perfect their family has become.
If you are planning on having a baby, or if you are approaching your due date and you need a newborn photographer, I would love to photograph your newborn session at home! Once we have the clearance to go back to studio sessions without social distancing, then newborns will be okay to photograph! Until then, we will do our very best to stick to the guidelines set by NJ.
Having a baby is hard work! I know, I’ve had 3 babies myself. So having to wrap your own baby, during your little one’s newborn session is HARD! But during the time that we are going through right now, things are so unknown, and scary, that we really need to think about the safety of our children. Newborn babies especially, do not have their immunizations yet, and can’t fight off a virus that lets say you or I could fight off. Therefore, if Mom is able to wrap her own baby, it’s safer all around for everyone. We have to come together as much as we can right now to keep each other safe.
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