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newborn photography by award winning specialist newborn photographer Lisa at Secret Smile Photography Leeds newborn photographer Lisa Baby Safety safe baby posing composite image
 Dreamcatcher composite - baby safety
 

I posted on my Facebook page a while ago that I had made a new Dreamcatcher prop for newborn sessions. I love anything to do with Native America traditions and I have dreamcatchers in my home, their symbolism is beautiful and I have used them as a way to help my son through a nasty spate of night terrors. They may not actually work in the sense that the Native Americans believed they did but for my son they were a way explaining that dreams are not something to be afraid of and now we have them above the beds just because they are beautiful.

More about the origins of the Dreamcatcher

 

I saw a blog post from another photographer in the US who had shown how to make a beautiful Dreamcatcher prop so I set about making one from 2 plastic hula hoops, a couple of meters of stretchy white cotton fabric, a cone reel of eyelash wool and some twine. Using a hot glue gun the Dreamcatcher prop was assembled! The hardest part was trimming the eyelash wool, I just couldn't get the bits that hang down to be even on both sides! And still can't, I ended up photoshopping it on the final image.

 

Here is Barnaby, the studio bear, modelling the new prop in the studio. I added white cherry blossom to make it look a bit more girly for the client I had in mind to use the prop. This image is straight from the camera, no editing.

 

newborn photography by award winning specialist newborn photographer Lisa at Secret Smile Photography Leeds newborn photographer Lisa Baby Safety safe baby posing composite image

I had a newborn session with gorgeous baby Erin and her parents were happy for me to try my new prop out for the session. Here is Erin in the dreamcatcher - please note that this image was taken on the newborn posing beanbag and the dreamcatcher was propped up either side with rolled blankets and Mum was nearby. This was as safe as any other beanbag pose I do during newborn sessions. This image is also straight from the camera, no editing.

 

newborn photography by award winning specialist newborn photographer Lisa at Secret Smile Photography Leeds newborn photographer Lisa Baby Safety safe baby posing composite image

 

In photoshop I merged the images of the Dreamcather and Erin together, did some minor editing on the image as a whole and here is the finished result:

 

newborn photography by award winning specialist newborn photographer Lisa at Secret Smile Photography Leeds newborn photographer Lisa Baby Safety safe baby posing composite image

 

So there you have it - a baby SAFELY posed in a Dreamcatcher, I love my beautful new prop and I hope that you do too!

I am a member of BANPAS which is an organisation promoting safe baby posing. To find a BANPAS photographer in your area for your newborn photographs please see the parents area of their website here: BANPAS.

 

If you have any questions or would like to book your newborn shoot with an award winning and safe newborn photographer please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone 07760 887946 or email lisa@secretsmilephotography.com. Alternatively please use the contact me form on the website.

 

Lisa x
 
 
 
 
 

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