Having a new baby can be the most exciting time of your life. Fresh 48 sessions are a wonderful way to capture those sweet brand new details of your new baby!

Book Your Session in Advance: Since I am basically on call for Fresh 48 Sessions I take a limited number each month. I want to ensure I have a spot for your family.

Contact me as soon as baby arrives: It is very important that you text me as soon as baby is here. I typically come up the following day for your session so I may have to rearrange my schedule. Once you text me we will discuss how everyone is feeling and then we will plan your session day and time. I shoot all fresh 48 sessions at 10:00 am or 1 pm.

What to expect: Having a baby is exhausting, exhilarating, and often becomes a hazy memory as you navigate motherhood with this new little person. Fresh 48 sessions aim to capture the emotions you feel during this amazing and impactful moment in your life, so the sessions are documentary in nature. No props or poses, just you and your brand new baby.

When I arrive I will open up all of the blinds and tidy up a few items that may be out of place. I will begin with photos of the baby on their own in the bassinet and then head into family and parent photos. Throughout the session I will be guiding you with simple prompts and will do my best to capture all images within 45-60 minutes if a full session. 30 minutes of you have booked a mini session. I want to ensure that your session is as easy and stress free as possible.

Don't worry if baby gets fussy and needs to eat, I will happily capture nursing images, or take this time to document hospital room details.

What to Wear: First and foremost, I recommend wearing something comfortable! Most moms choose a robe, yoga pant, and nursing tank tops. Pink Blush has some gorgeous floral robes which photograph beautifully. For dads, a t-shirt and jeans is great. I suggest a neutral, solid color shirt and to avoid busy patterns, bright colors, and words/logos that may distract from your new baby. Keep things simple and comfortable. Sibling images can be kept simple as well or anything that coordinates with mom and dad. Stay away from super bright colors for them as well. The lighting in a hospital can be a little challenging and bright colors can leave a color cast on baby.

Baby only needs to wear the hospital shirt, diaper and hospital blanket. I like to keep baby in these items as they best document their life in the first few days of life. If you have a special swaddle or hat you would like to incorporate, I will happily include those items at the end of the session.

Mom's don't worry about looking like a movie star the day after you give birth. Toss some tinted moisturizer, mascara and dry shampoo in your hospital bag and you'll have everything you need!

Before the Session: Notify the nursing staff that you will be doing your photoshoot for 30-60 minutes and to please keep the interruptions to a minimum during this time. Give baby one last feeding before I arrive so they are nice and sleepy . Have the baby in the hospital's white t-shirt or a neutral onesie and wrapped in the hospital swaddle blanket when I arrive.

After the Session: Within 8 hours I will have a sneak peek for you to share on social media if you wish. Within 14 days your gallery of 20-50 images will be delivered to you via digital download. I want you to look back on these images and feel the weight of your new baby snuggled on your chest, feel the softness of their sweet fluffy hair, and feel the love for your partner as you watch them sway your baby to sleep for the first time. These are the moments I want you to remember :) 

What happens if my baby doesn't arrive on their due date? 
Don't worry! Babies rarely arrive as scheduled and I am prepared for early or late arrivals. When you book a Fresh 48 Session, weeks 38-41 are blocked off on the calendar, meaning that if your little one arrives anytime during that window, I will be available within 48 hours for your session. If there is a conflict around your due date I will discuss that with you prior to booking.

Can older siblings be in the photos?
Absolutely! One of my favorite moments to capture is big brother or sister meeting the new baby for the first time. I suggest having dad or grandparents bring siblings in towards the end of the session after the individual images are finished.

How do I contact you when baby arrives?
Most clients have a list of friends and family they want to contact when the big day arrives: add my number to that list. That number will be emailed to you when you book. Once you head to the hospital in labor, have your support person contact me and then contact me again once baby arrives. Most sessions will take place the morning after baby is born and all sessions must take place during the daylight hours.

I know this is a very hard time for all you new mama's. Fresh 48 sessions has always been my favorite session and it just breaks my heart that I can't be there with you at this time to capture these beautiful images. I want to help in any way that I can so I have created a few tips that will help guide you through your session. If you are a client of mine and want me to edit these photos for you just contact me and I will direct you on how to send them to me. Your edits won't look exactly like my work since you will be shooting in a different format, but I will try my best to replicate my style for you :). If you want more direction while you're shooting I would love to setup a time to FaceTime or Zoom with you and I will walk you through the process as you go! And remember iPhones take great photos so if that is all you have that is totally fine. Use what you have. Any photos are better than no photos!

Outfit Tips:

  • Keep your outfits very simple and neutral. Mom's just make sure the top will fully cover you and you wear something that makes you feel comfortable. Dads wear a plain shirt with no logos or any large print. Stay away from bright neon colors. These will create a color cast on baby's face when photographing them.
  • I love just keeping baby in the white onesie that the hospital provides. I think this keeps the photos timeless and I just love the look, but of course that is completely up to you.

Shooting Tips:

  • You want to make sure you shoot during the day when the light is best in your room. Over the years I have found around 10-1 is pretty good at most hospitals. But it also depends on what room you are in. Just go with your best judgement.
  • Turn ALL lights off in the room. Trust me here! The lights throw a yellow tint and will make your photos look terrible so turn them off. If it's a little dark in the room that's okay!
  • Clean up any stuff that might be in the photos. Cups, bags, phones, phone cords, anything along the window should be moved. If you have flowers I do put them in the background for a nice touch, but you want to keep things clean where you are shooting.
  • Make sure you push the baby's bassinet right up against the window. You want that light going down one side of the babies face. Here is a photos that I stepped back from and took. I keep the bassinet like this when getting all of those up close shots as well!
  • Walk around baby and shoot different angles. You will see below that I get a variety of different angles and shots.
  • Get up close and get some detail shots of their tiny fingers and toes.
  • Make sure to get shots of mom and dad with baby! Ask a nurse to get a photo of both of you together. You can see below how I pose parents. Nurses are so great and they will be more than willing to help.
  • I typically start with baby swaddled and then I slowly un-swaddle them. If you are having trouble swaddling have a nurse help. They are wonderful at that!

 View Fresh 48 session images here

I want you to have a successful session and get those sweet images you deserve!
If you have any questions at all during this time facetime me and I will help.
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