I was contacted by baby Alisha’s mum during her pregnancy to arrange a session for her new baby when she was born. Having an older son, who had already had his own newborn photography session, she felt that it was only fair for both children to have the same experience. (Part of being a parent is always trying to balance the scales isn’t it?!)
Following the baby’s birth however, she was found to have hip dysplasia and was required to wear a pavlik harness for a number of weeks. Mum decided to postpone Alisha’s session until after her harness could be removed, however as the weeks passed, we all began to worry that we would miss the newborn phase if we waited too much longer.
And so, at 7 weeks old, and with her harness still intact, the day of Alisha’s newborn photo shoot came around.
I did a lot of research into correct handling of the baby, and considered very carefully the types of poses we could safely attempt with Alisha. Basically, her harness could not be removed and her legs needed to be kept straight at all times, with no pressure on her hips.
Being a slightly older newborn, we managed to shoot some beautiful ‘wide awake’ shots, before Alisha dozed off into a happy, comfortable sleep.
As it turned out, we had a really lovely, relaxed session. Alisha slept soundly and her baby photographs are a real triumph, given the restrictions we all had to work around.
And I am happy to report that Alisha is now out of her brace and doing well.
Enjoy some of the best bits from Alisha’s newborn baby photography session!
Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond.
Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.