Ok, so by now you probably know someone personally who has had their child's birth photographed, and if you haven't you've most likely seen birth photos sprinkled around the internet. If you love the idea, emotion and rawness of birth photography but are not sure it's the right fit for you and your partner, there is another increasingly popular session, that might just be the perfect alternative. That is the "Fresh 48". Read on to learn what its' all about. I absolutely adore shooting these sessions and hope to keep continuing booking more and more!
What is a Fresh 48 session? It is essentially an in hospital newborn session, that is shot with a documentary/lifestyle approach. It is done at some point before mom and baby are discharged from the hospital, usually about 48 hours, hence the name!
What is captured in a Fresh 48 session? The short answer, anything you want. Lots of families like to use this session to capture older siblings meeting their new little brother or sister for the first time, as well as grandparents meeting their grandchildren. Some couples that are on their firstborn I photograph just as their new little family of three.
What pictures can I expect? The aim of the session is to capture the newness or "fresh-ness" if you will, of those first couple days with your baby, so I photograph all the little things that will serve as reminders of this magical time. This usually includes lots of family snuggles, skin to skin, nursing, burping, swaddling, diaper changes, hospital bracelets and the details around your room--like your view from the window, the board with your nurses names on it, the hospital bag you packed and the balloons and flowers friends and family have decorated your room with. I love getting that classic picture of baby in their hospital bassinet, the card place at the head of it with their birth date and stats, and of course close ups of all the little things that make newborns, newborns; tiny fingers, toes, ears and noses!
When do you come and what should I wear? Some moms call me to come up to the hospital just a couple hours after their delivery and are photographed in their hospital gowns, or a robe they brought from home, Other clients choose to have me come on discharge day after they are able to get in a shower and put on an outfit they brought from home, that they feel more photo ready in. This is all up to you, your vision, and what you feel the most comfortable in!