Thanks for your interest in a Fresh 48 session! You may be asking yourself “What exactly is this?”. It is a documentary style session that is held within the first 48 hours of your new baby’s life. It's for those new families who want the first few hours of their newborn’s life captured without having the entire labor or birth documented. It will take place at the place of birth whether it be a birth center, hospital, or even home. This is not a traditional newborn session; I will not pose the baby or bring props or lights. This will just be me capturing your baby’s sweet new moments in a fresh natural way! You should schedule your Fresh 48 session during your pregnancy as they will book in advance and you want to be sure that there will be availability close to your due date.
So here’s the deal:
- The Fresh 48 Session takes place when you call, during daylight hours, within the first 48 hours of birth. The sooner the better!
- It can take place at the hospital, birth center or at home and will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
- Lifestyle photography - unposed, natural or available light. A mix of black and white and soft color images.
- Includes 25+ digital images with print release.
- Includes same-day sneak peek for you to share with friends and family.
The Fresh 48 Package is $550.
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 1-2 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?
Please ask and ensure photographers are allowed. In almost all cases they are treated as just a visitor so it’s generally okay.
Can I book a Fresh 48 and Lifestyle Newborn session?
Yes, please! They are perfect compliments to each other. One is no substitute to the other.
How long will you be there?
Approximately 1 hour.
When do you think is the best time for photographs?
It’s great to do them during the day of if possible.
When should I contact you to come?
I require you contact me (or someone does) after you go into labor so we can ensure availability for the suggested time-frame.
What if labor takes longer than expected?
It’s cool! Just let me know when your little love arrives and we can schedule from there – regardless of labor length.
What is documentary style?
Basically, it’s visual storytelling. There is little to no posing involved and the intention is to capture subjects naturally. It means that I’m not likely to interrupt a beautiful moment to move one hair out of your face or tell you to tilt your head a different way, and that’s okay. Don’t worry, I will still help guide the session but you will hear me saying “pretend I’m not here”.
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 deposit will be applied to a future session.
Will my photos/identity be private?
My standard contract includes a model release which allows me to use your images for my portfolio, website and advertising. If you would like to opt-out please let me know ahead of time and we can alter the contract.
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 such as chapstick, mascara and blush. You certainly don’t need to wear makeup for the session but some moms like to freshen up a little.
What if deliver early?
Contractually I am 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?
Full payment is required to hold your spot, and if you cancel, this is non-refundable but can be used towards a different session if that better suits your needs.
If you can’t make it due to strange timing or an unexpected emergency medical problem, will I get a refund?
Certainly! A full refund of your deposit will be given in this situation or applied towards a different session type.
Will hospital staff be in the pictures?
My intention is to photograph immediate family, so in almost all cases, no.