A Fresh 48 session is great when you’re not comfortable enough to have someone present during birth, but still, want images of all the little firsts with your newborn. Here’s what to expect from a hospital or in-home Fresh 48 session with me:
I’d love to talk to you on FaceTime or meet you for coffee. I will be documenting an intimate time of your life, and I want to make sure you are comfortable with me.
When to Contact Me:
Get in touch with me via email or cell (texting or calling) once you are admitted to the hospital. I know A LOT is going on at this time, but when your partner gets a chance, have them get in touch with me. This will give me a nice heads up to adjust my schedule, if needed, for your Fresh 48.
Once your sweet babe arrives, shoot over a text or give me a call so we can lock down a day and time. Fresh 48 sessions are done within the first two days after baby is born at the hospital (keep this in mind when planning when you will be checking out of the hospital). When you have a minute after things settled down, get in touch so I can get you on the calendar. Please keep in mind, Fresh 48’s take place during the morning hours or first thing in the early afternoon.
Prepping Day of Fresh 48:
If your planning to use any special items for the session such as hats, headbands or swaddles. Please have them on hand and ready.
There really is no need to prepare other than doing your hair in a way that keeps it from falling onto your face when you’re looking down at your little one.
You will be tired. And baby will be tired. Don’t worry about baby sleeping and not being awake for pictures – the sleepy squishy phase is just the best!
Fresh 48’s last around 30-60 minutes. If baby needs to eat or be soothed, I follow baby’s lead.
I focus on the experience. What this means is I’m documenting baby how she or he is in the hospital. I do not bring props or blankets. You are welcome to provide a swaddle blanket if there is one other than the hospital blanket you would like me to use. I photograph all those tiny details of your baby and some of those shots will be of them in just their diaper.
If siblings are joining for the session, I recommend having them come 15-20 minutes after I am set to arrive. This gives me time to get all those shots of your sweet baby by his or herself without big brother or big sister getting antsy. Arriving halfway through also makes for sweet photos of siblings seeing their new baby.
I might talk to you every now and then. I want to get to know you so I can get a feel for what is important to you.
Don’t mind me! I might be climbing on chairs or getting close up and personal with my camera. You just concentrate on your loved ones.
There may be gaps of time when I don’t take pictures. This means I’ve already taken some great shots of the scene, and am now waiting for a moment to happen – perhaps a delicious baby yawn?
I typically edit your images in 2-3 weeks. If you urgently need a photo or two for an announcement, I can edit a couple within 24h. I will let you know if I have any plans that may change the delivery time.
What to Wear (Not a must, just a guide)
Baby does not need an outfit, but if there are headbands or little hats you would like to use, please feel free to bring them.
Go with what you are comfortable and feel good in. Whether it's in robes, jeans and a tee, dressed up or just about everything in between. It’s your session. You do you!
I do recommend steering clear of bright and neon colors as they color cast onto skin and can be distracting in photos. Neutral, earthy tones or jewel-tone colors and one or two family members wearing a simple print.
Shirts with lettering or distracting graphics or patterns take the attention away from that new bundle of joy in photos. Unless that piece of wardrobe has a super special meaning, I always recommend keeping it simple.
I am more than happy to help! Reach out to me as you plan your wardrobe for the Fresh 48 session & I can answer any questions, help you get started or send some links your way with ideas.