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Coronavirus and Newborns

Coronavirus and Newborns. What an uncertain time and what a situation we are all in as photographers. Before the government put us in the UK on partial lockdown I had already made a decision to temporarily stop photographing newborns, older babies and children until the world is calmer. Those who know me know that safety is a huge value of mine. I never take any risks with newborn babies. I’m certainly not going to take a risk with an infectious disease. And particularly one when you can be asymptomatic and still contagious.

There are bookings in the diary for teaching newborn photographers. I made the decision to postpone those for the same reason. Coronavirus and newborns? Nope. I also of course have a duty of care to my photographer delegates and would never put them in a situation where they may catch an infectious disease. I am lucky in that every single newborn photographer I have booked in understands and respects my decision. And that is because they *also* take the safety of babies very seriously.

There is one common theme I have noticed about the photographers I teach. They are as passionate about newborn safety as I am. They want to learn how to photograph safely and to understand everything there is about a newborn baby. I love that. I received this from a newborn photographer I had to postpone because of the Coronavirus:

Thank you for getting in touch. I think your decision to postpone our training is very sensible and it reinforced to me one of the reasons why I chose you in the first place. You always put safety first before everything. Thank you for looking out for me and for the little babies…”

What a lovely note!

When people know your values, and they share the same values, they are naturally drawn to you. I am offering remote 1:1 mentoring for those who would like to learn with me. This isn’t a new thing – it’s been up and running for a good few months now. It’s something I offer for those who have either already been taught in person and wish to continue learning, or for those who live in another country, or for those who don’t need the “in person” training but would like to progress in terms of business or art (or both). Programs are tailor made. Do get in touch by clicking here if this is something which interests you. To read more about remote mentoring then please click here.

If you are a newborn photographer and you would like to join my Facebook group then please come along and join – available to photographers who do not live within a 50 mile radius of Bristol, UK. Click here to request to join and please answer the questions so that I may approve you!


Melanie East is a specialist newborn photography trainer and newborn safety expert. Her belief is that newborn safety should come before any shot, and that taking risks with newborn babies is unnecessary. Melanie is a published author on the subject of newborn photography and teaches newborn photographers throughout the world.


T. 07590 813858


E. melanie@theartofthenewborn.co.uk