The thing I remember most about having my babies is that time seemed to stand still. I remember looking out the hospital window thinking that life as normal was happening out there, but it felt like we were in our own little sweet world. Nothing else matters except your baby. Things are overwhelming, you hurt, you're exhausted, but this new little baby with a scrunchy face and cute little hairs and the tiniest fingers ever is all you can think about.
I cry every time I put together a Fresh 48 video. If someone else's baby can bring my emotions of my own children to the surface, think about what you will feel 5 years from now when you watch your own video?
A Fresh 48 session takes place in your hospital room. Typically I schedule them for the day after your baby is born, usually in the morning or early afternoon. I'm there for about an hour, capturing photos of baby by themselves, mom and dad together with baby, and each parent separate. If there are older siblings, I have them come in about halfway through.
What if I can't get out of bed? No worries! We can get plenty of sweet images even if mom has to stay in bed.
Do I need to bring any special outfits? It depends on your hospital. I like the sweet simplicity of white onesies and blue/pink striped hospital blankets, so if your hospital provides those, that's all we need! However, some hospitals use sleepers and gowns that have characters/designs on them (think yellow ducks) which don't really photograph well. In that case, feel free to dress your baby in a cute outfit from home. I also bring along a white muslin blanket for you to keep that is perfect for wrapping baby in. For mom, wear what you are comfortable in. That might be a t-shirt and leggings, a maxi dress, or even the hospital gown.
I just started offering portrait sessions for newborns in May 2018. I realized that there is a need for simple, timeless newborn portraits and I am thrilled with how these sessions turn out. I don't do a lot of posing, but gently guide the baby into positions that photograph well. I will not spend hours trying to get the baby into a deep sleep - in fact, some of my favorite images happened when baby was awake.
I photograph baby on a white beanbag with neutral colored wraps using natural light. Sometimes I like to incorporate flowers and leaves into the session (I get all my floral accents from The Petal Pusher in Henderson - they are awesome!).
For an additional $75, you can add on a family portrait session! Just 20 minutes, but such a beautiful memory of the love and connection your family has with the new baby. I used to do family portraits at the same time as the newborn session, but I've found that it leaves mom feeling a little more stressed than she should be! Instead, you can wait to worry about coordinating outfits, schedules, and even getting out of the house. For family portraits, I can come to your house, or you can come to mine!
Think back to when you were born.
What do you wish you had photos of? I have seen several photos of me as a newborn, but my favorite ones are the ones that show hints of what life was like in 1983. Gold appliances, avocado colored tub, brown and cream crocheted afghans. One thing I have never seen is what my nursery looked like. What colors were prominent? Where did my mom sit to rock me? What did my crib look like? Did I have any stuffed animals?
A storytelling session can answer all those questions for your little one who, 25 years from now, is having her own baby. She'll be able to look back at your house, your life, your style from 2018.
Where do we do this session? I will come to your house! I know, it's a bit daunting to think about someone coming over while you have a newborn. However, I promise that you only need to clean 3, maybe 4 rooms: the nursery and the family room for sure, and possibly the master bedroom and the kitchen (feel free to throw everything else in a spare room or behind the couch).
Why all those rooms? You will want photos of the nursery, because that's baby's first room! The family room, because you probably spend quite a bit of time there. The kitchen, because a sink bath for baby is adorable and typically the light is great. The master bedroom (or a guest bedroom if it's prettier) if you want snuggly, on the bed photos.
What does a session look like? Much like a family storytelling session, I want you to act like YOU. If this is your first baby, we will take photos of you rocking them, changing a diaper, feeding (if desired), bath time, and just hanging out. Again, connection is the most important thing here! Lots of touching, looking, kissing. If you have older kids, we will do a lot of the same things, only the time might be a bit more chaotic and unscripted, but those turn out to be the best images: you doing the whole mom thing.
Can I add on baby portraits? I will take some time to take photos of the baby by herself. However, they will not look like the photos from a portrait session (I don't bring all the gear and things I need with me). But, they will be portraits that reflect your style! Have a cute rug or blanket? I'll put baby on that! His outfit can be whatever you like best: white onesie, adorable sleeper from that cute boutique, just a diaper, or swaddled in a soft muslin blanket. The thing to note is that these photos will be what you plan for them to be! These are both in-home portraits and see how they reflect the family's style?
You may not feel like it, but you're gorgeous. That baby bump. The way you glow. Capture this time, mamas: when it's just you and your spouse or your family before you add another member to it.