What is a Fresh 48 session? This is a special session for new families who want to capture the details within the first few hours of their new baby's life. There are very few moments in life that are so emotional and fresh, and I'm here to help you remember them for years to come.
This is Not a session capturing the actual birth process and is Not a posed newborn session - this is a session for families who want to capture the newest moments without the intensity of actual delivery or customization of a fully posed studio session.
What is a NICU Session? NICU sessions are basically Fresh 48 sessions for little ones who had to be admitted to the NICU. In the case that your baby(s) need a little extra medical attention, you can elect to have me come photograph them in the NICU (if hospital approved) or I can wait until baby has been discharged into your arms.
Portraits are taken within the first 24-48 hours after birth/prior to discharge during the day sometime (typically around noon for best window light); your family will be documented within about an hour
I will be on-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and 1 week after your due date so that I can make sure I will be available within the 48hr time frame. Please make sure to keep me up-to-date with labor and delivery as soon as you know something so I can plan my events around your session. I accept texts, calls, or even a FB message!
Immediate family - mom, dad, newborn, sibling(s); Grandparents are also welcome if so desired
Please make sure to only have those being photographed in the room at the time of our session - nurses can help to intercept guests should any arrive during our session or they can be asked to put a sign on the door to check with nurses before entering
Your hospital postpartum room or at home if you delivered outside of the hospital
What to expect:
This is a very relaxed session and photos are meant to be more "lifestyle" in nature (less posed). If baby is sleepy, I'll photograph that way.
If baby is fussy, please feel free to nurse and love on baby. I'll plan to get photos with each parent and even siblings first looks if there are any! We will take some of baby wrapped up and just in the diaper for the cute tummy and new feet pictures.
This session is inclusive meaning digital images are included (25+ images). Any prints and products can be purchased separately.
What to wear:
For Baby: we can use any swaddles from the hospital or wraps/hats you have with you. We will also photograph just in the diaper.
For Parents/sibling(s): Wear something you are comfortable in! Neutral and natural colors are always good and mom robes work too; try to stay away from shirts with words/logos on them or bright neon colors because they can have a color cast on baby. Also, if dad wears hats all the time, let's try to get some shots without the hat on, if possible.
FAQs & What Ifs...
Can I book a Fresh 48 & a newborn session? Yes, of course. They compliment each other well. They are two very different sessions at two different times with each a different feel.
Do you photograph the actual time of birth or just after? For Fresh 48 sessions, the actual birth is Not documented. If you want photos of labor and delivery, please see my birth story offering.
Will my photos be private? My standard contract include a release allowing me to use your images for my portfolio, website, advertising, contests and more. If you want to opt-out, please let me know ahead of time.
Do you charge by time spent onsite for a Fresh 48, and how does the investment work? Nope! Fresh 48 sessions include the session itself (up to an hour) plus 20+ images. If you feel you want to purchase printed products, that is an option that's available to you. In order to book, you will pay the full session amount up front. If there are unforeseen circumstances on your end or you choose to cancel my service after booking for any reason, you will lose the originally included non-refundable booking deposit amount of $125 and be refunded the rest.
What is baby comes early or is more than 2 weeks late? My on-call time is 2 weeks prior to your due date and 1 week after. If you deliver outside this range, I will do my best to still capture the precious moments within the first 48 hours. If I am out of town or unable to accommodate, you can choose to have an in home lifestyle newborn session for the same rate or I can attempt to call a backup photographer to document this time (I will still edit all the images in my photography style).
What if we want to discharge early? I can only guarantee to be there within the first 48hrs, not the first 24hrs so if a you choose to discharge early, I cannot guarantee a session. In this case, the client will forfeit the session deposit. The more notice I get of your labor and delivery the better, and I will do my best to try to accommodate if possible.