Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions

When most people think newborn photography they think bringing your newborn to a studio for some posed newborn images, or an in home lifestyle session (which by the way, I do those as well!).  But most new moms are not thinking about having a photographer come to the hospital to do a “Fresh 48” session (which is just a hip name for a session done within the first 48 hours of life) with their sweet new babe.  But as a Mom, I wish I would have considered this!  I think as women we get too much in our head about how we look, thinking how miserable and swollen we look at the end of pregnancy, and then also looking exhausted, and still swollen after birth.  But when I come to do a Fresh 48 session, I absolutely promise you that your images will not show your tired, or swollen self!  I take very flattering images, and am respectful of mom’s concerns and desires!  And there is something absolutely special about a new mom; there is an indescribable glow and light that speaks so much love, and maybe the hormones help with that:)! This time is so full of genuine emotion and overwhelming love that nothing can compare.  The images are magical! The time after birth and before you go home is usually just a blur, but having these special images celebrating the miracle of life are such a keepsake!! 


When should I schedule a Fresh 48

Contact me during your 3rd trimester, and we can chat about my availability, since we don’t know exactly when baby will decide to make an appearance, I do tend to block out some time near the deliver date, and I appreciate updates :).

When should mom reach out to me?

I quick text from anyone in the family of when you head to the hospital, or begin labor is very helpful.  Adding me to your people to contact list is a great way to remember to let me know.  I like to schedule the day after delivery, this gives everyone time to settle and rest.

What should baby wear?

Hospital attire is just perfect.  They are at the hospital for such a short amount of time, and will never be in that hospital wrap and cute hat again.  My Fresh 48 photography is more documentary in nature, telling a story of baby’s first moments in this world.

What should I wear?

Hospital attire is also just fine for you as well.  But some mom’s will have a nice comfy robe to wear while in the hospital which is perfect!  I do recommend more muted colors and tones.

How long does a session last?

I will try to work fast so you can get back to resting and just being with your new little one.  I plan for about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on doctor and nurse visits, feeding and diaper changes too.

How many images will I receive?

You will receive 20 images, and you will receive full resolution edited digital files so you can use your images in any unique what that you would like.  Baby Photo books are a great use of these images, a keepsake that will last a life time!!

Doesn’t the hospital have photographers, why not just use them?

Sure, you can use the hospital photography service, and it is free, but the prints are quite expensive, and you will lose out on very personal service of someone who is invested in your session that you have already established a relationship with. And you won’t have all the gorgeous images to keep and use as you please!

Reach out to me if you want to schedule a Fresh 48 session or chat about more info!

Tips for taking better images of your day to day beautiful-ness, whether you are using an iphone or a fancy camera

I love composition, and if done well, makes an otherwise so-so picture look amazing! It is that powerful. I have come to realize that some folks just have a natural eye for composition, like my teenager does! But this is something had to learn and train my eye for, and I hope you find these tips useful and you will notice a significant improvement in your pictures!

What is involved in composition? It boils down to how you are guiding the eye to a particular space in your image, and you are balancing negative and positive space, because that makes our brains really happy and content.
How do you do this you may ask?? Well, I have advice!

Notice on this impossibly cute baby perfection I posted above? Her eyes are on what is called a “rule of thirds” line. If you divided the image in 1/3’s, horizontally and vertically, you get these third’s lines, and if you can take your picture so that the main subject of the pictures falls near that third line…you are doing awesome. Even better yet, if you can get the eyes on that third line, or take it next level and get one of the eyes right near where the “third lines” intersect. Below is what those rule of thirds lines look like.

This is a screen shot of this sweetie, to show you what those rule of thirds lines look like.

And this image below is what it looked like before I did some cropping. Now I realize that not everyone has access to the ability to crop an image like I have here, but this concept is pretty easy to follow in how you move your camera before you take your picture. I still wanted to show you this before picture, because this baby had the most glorious cheeks, and her blue sparkling eyes, and I really wanted that to be the focus point of this picture.

It is still a great picture above, but if you notice when you look at this, your eyes might first look at her face, but then you will find your eyes wondering around the picture, looking at her hands, her pants, and maybe the leaves in the grass. Composition helps to keep that eye where you want it to focus!

Ahh, more cuteness. Notice this guy is centered, but his eyes are on the top third line. Below is the same image and his face is dead center of the image…and it just does not have the same power and does not feel as balanced as when I follow the rule of thirds.

Most times a picture where the subject is dead center, like this one, is not ideal. Sometimes it works, but I am a rule follower, and following the rules is a bit of a safety net to taking great pictures!

Above, her eyes are quite close to the top intersecting 1/3 lines.  I also have a good amount of negative space, and when looking at this picture my eyes settle right on her face and the sunlight.

I will discuss more about composition in my next post, and about negative and positive space. Thanks for hanging with me and reading! I hope I was able to explain this concept clearly. Start using composition rules next time you snap a image of your kiddos, and I think you will surprise yourself!!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!!

Newborn Beauty…a newborn lifestyle session.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE newborn lifestyle sessions! I may have mentioned that before, once or twice. They just explode with love and sweetness and genuine moments. These two are first time parents and just rock stars at this whole new baby thing. And I can’t figure out how these parents look so well rested, I pretty much looked like zombie for the first 3 weeks after my babies. But this little family…they are amazing and lovely, and oh the places they will go! What an honor to be welcomed into their home to capture these intimate moments.