The Real Truth About Newborn Photography smile emoticon
If you are surfing the net on a regular basis, you probably have come across a recent video attacking the newborn photography business. What was suggested in this video is so far from the truth that I feel that I need to point it out.
The whole point of the author of the clip is to suggest that newborn babies are asleep because the photographers "force" them to be asleep by using various unsavory methods.
1) What Was Said: we are said to overfeed the babies....
1) The Truth: Yes, I do ask the moms to feed their babies before I arrive, but not to overfeed them, and it's purely because a well-fed baby is happy, and a happy baby tends to sleep smile emoticon (just my 2 cents, but I think that an overfed baby would have a tummy ache and therefore be a little fussy...)
2) What Was Said: we are said to "over-heat" the babies to make them so drowsy that they sleep...
2) The Truth: Yes, we do heat the room a little (in my case, I simply reduce the A/C here in warmer Singapore), but simply because they are undressed newborn babies, and we don't want them to be cold (like in the hospital when they over-cover your babies).
3) What Was Said: the last suggestion was my personal favorite. It was said that some photographers would give sugar solutions to the babies to make them sleep...
3) The Truth: SUGAR???!!! Well, I never tried sugar on a newborn baby, but I can tell you that sugar does not make my toddlers sleep a bit! smile emoticon
So, of course I can't talk for all the photographers out there. Some are professionals--and some probably less so--but I think most ladies like me who specialise in newborn photography truly love babies, and even though you see online only the final result of a newborn session - adorable sleeping baby pics - we spend sometimes 4 hours with the babies, behind the scenes... because we don't force them to sleep! Sometimes they wake up, sometimes they eat, sometimes they cry, sometimes they even cuddle with their parents.... and the magic trick behind a sleepy baby picture is nothing more than a happy, comfortable newborn baby, and yes, newborn babies tend to sleep quite a lot when they are satisfied!!!