There’s nothing much sweeter than watching a big sister meet her little brother for the first time. It was such an honor to document these precious moments for this family and it is truly one of my favorite parts of my job. Enjoy a few of my favorites from this Fresh 48 session in which little Liam was less than 12 hours old!
With 10 perfect little fingers and 10 perfect little toes, beautiful Miss Abigail came to join her family 3 weeks early. It was so wonderful to get that text from her mom letting me know she was here and I could not be happier for this family. Capturing these first few hours is one of the most joyous parts of my job; I am so grateful to call this “work.” Enjoy a few of my favorites from this sweet little Fresh 48 Newborn Session.
When Should I Schedule My Fresh 48 Session?
Scheduling is suggested as soon as you know you want one. I suggest 3-4 months prior to your due date to ensure availability. I typically only accept a few of these sessions per month.
When and Where Will it Take Place?
The session will take place at the place of delivery (hospital, home, or birthing center) They are scheduled within the first 48 hours after delivery during daylight hours.
What do you think makes Fresh 48 so special?
Fresh 48 is special because there are very few (if any) things more raw, important and emotional in life than having a baby. For a lot of moms and parents the first couple of hours and days after delivery can be a blur because of all the changes, actual labor and post delivery. I want you to REMEMBER how beautiful the two of you looked as brand new parents. I want you to REMEMBER how it felt to look at your brand new baby and to DETAIL how fresh and new they looked just coming into the world. There’s nothing like it.
Do I need permission from the hospital?
In almost all cases your photographer will be treated as just a visitor so it’s generally okay.
Can I book a Fresh 48 and Newborn session?
Yes, please! They are perfect compliments to each other and one is no substitute to the other. In fact, if you schedule a newborn session along with your Fresh 48 session, you will receive a 20% bundled discount!
Do you do actual time of birth photos or just after?
Just after! Birth photography is amazing, but currently my schedule does not allow for me to accept birth sessions.
How long will you be there?
Approximately 1 hour.
When do you think is the best time for photographs?
I suggest trying to plan the photo session around baby’s first bath if possible. Sometimes asking the nurses to hold off on doing your baby’s footprints is a good idea so I can capture that as well.
When should I contact you to come?
I ask that you contact me (or that someone does) after you go into labor or as soon as baby is born so we can ensure availability for the suggested time-frame.
What if labor takes longer than expected?
No worries at all! Just let me know when your little peanut arrives and we can schedule from there – regardless of labor length.
What if my baby needs to be in the NICU?
In this event we will stay in touch and it is handled on a case-by-case basis. We may need to work with hospital staff to find out what we are and aren’t able to do. In the event that I am unable to photograph the Fresh 48 as planned due to these circumstances your paid retainer will be applied to a future session.
Anything special (regarding the photos) I would need to bring with to the hospital?
Babies look great in just a diaper or a white onesie. Pack an extra shirt for dad just in case (grey, white, black or neutrals look best) and if you’d like basic makeup. You certainly don’t need to wear makeup for the session but some moms like to freshen up a little.
What if I deliver early?
I try to be on-call and available to you for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. If you deliver earlier than that time-frame I will make every effort to still be available to you.
What is your cancellation policy?
A $150 retainer is required to hold your spot, and if you cancel, this is non-refundable.
If you can’t make it due to strange timing or an unexpected emergency medical problem, will I get a refund?
Absolutely! A full refund of your retainer will be given in this situation or applied towards a different session type if you choose.
Will hospital staff be in the pictures?
My intention is to photograph immediate family only, so in most cases, no.
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered? Feel free to contact me! I look forward to working with you and capturing these precious & fleeting moments as your family grows!