Welcoming a premature newborn into the world is a unique and delicate experience. As parents, you plan for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and bringing the baby home at the same time as mom gets to go home. But sometimes, life throw us a curve and baby arrives earlier than expected. For example, Amber contacted me for newborn photography when she was entering her second trimester. Shortly after, she let me know that she was a having a high-risk pregnancy and baby arrived three months early. Baby Sims was perfect but needed time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to grow. We photographed him at three months of age, once he was home and able to post for the camera.
In this post, we’ll explore essential factors to consider when selecting a photographer, address safety concerns, discuss the impact of NICU time on the photoshoot, and provide insights on scheduling the session.
Choosing the Right Photographer
Selecting the right photographer for capturing your premature newborn’s moments is critical. Look for experience in newborn photography, especially with premature infants. Review portfolios to gauge their expertise and ability to handle delicate situations. Client reviews offer insights into their professionalism and client satisfaction. The right photographer brings both skill and sensitivity, capturing the essence of this unique journey while prioritizing the safety and well-being of your precious newborn during the photoshoot.
Safety Concerns in Dealing with a Premature Baby
Photographing a premature baby requires a keen focus on safety. Ensure the studio maintains a warm environment for the baby’s comfort. Discuss and confirm gentle handling techniques with the photographer to prevent any stress. If any medical limitations, do poses that won’t compromise the baby’s delicate body. Prioritize the well-being of the premature newborn by addressing these safety concerns during the photoshoot, creating a secure and nurturing environment for capturing beautiful moments.
Scheduling the Photo Session
When scheduling a photo session for your premature newborn in Atlanta, prioritize the baby’s health. Allow a few days post-NICU discharge to ensure stability. Discuss with the photographer any restrictions or medical equipment, if any (feeding tubes, ostomy, oxygen requirement, etc). Timing is crucial for capturing authentic moments, so plan accordingly. Depending on how premature the baby was born, sometimes we can capture “newborn photos” a few months after birth.
Photographing a premature newborn in Atlanta is a heartfelt journey that demands expertise and sensitivity. By carefully selecting a photographer, addressing safety concerns, and scheduling the session thoughtfully, you can create timeless memories that celebrate the resilience and beauty of your precious newborn. We were able to capture beautiful images of Sims and his family at 3 months of age and they will always be treasured.