Thank you so much for choosing me to document your family during this sweet season of life. I consider it an honor and promise to put my heart into capturing shared moments with your family that you will cherish forever.
I've created a guide to help you prepare for your Fresh 48 session. I assure you, there's not much that you need to do! The purpose of this session is to document your growing family's love and the precious details of your sweet baby. Those first couple of days go by so quickly and it can be hard to remember some of the details you wish you could remember vividly forever. And that's my job - to capture those details and moments so you can easily recall the memories that you'll cherish forever.
What about scheduling?
I have your due date on my calendar to reserve your session.
What should we expect?
Expect the session to be very laid back and easy going. I don't like to put a time limit on newborn sessions, since newborns can be unpredictable. This gives plenty of time for you to feed and change the baby if and when it's needed. This is to be expected and something that I don't mind at all! Our main goal is to keep the baby happy. I always tell my clients that I will not be asking you to "look and smile" at the camera very often. I guide you along as you interact with one another and the baby. You can expect to have lots of snuggle time with your little one and to spend most of the time admiring your little creation.
You should also know that I won't be doing a lot of heavy posing with your family or the baby. Since this is a lifestyle session, I strive to capture what "real life" may look like for your family during this season of life. In my opinion, those are the moments you'll cherish forever, and those are the moments I'm passionate about documenting for you. I have found that guiding you and allowing you space to interact with one another, versus heavy posing, is the way to capture those moments.
If you haven't already, you can take a look at my recent Fresh 48 work to help you get an even better idea of what to expect.
What should I have ready before the session?
Since this is a lifestyle session you'll already have everything you need for the session. I recommend having the outfit(s) you would like your baby to wear set aside and ready. If you have other accessories such as hats, headbands or bows you can have those set aside also. I also suggest choosing several of your favorite blankets and swaddles to choose from during the session. Don't worry if you don't have swaddles or blankets that you want to use, I always bring several as backup!
There's no need to worry about payment while you are at the hospital. You can take care of it ahead of time by dropping a check in the mail, or you can mail it once you are settled in at home. If you would like to go this route I can give you my home address upon request.
Where will we be taking the photos?
What should we wear?
I always suggest simple clothing options, for several reasons. One, neutral and/or soft colors photograph very well and compliment the baby's skin tone. Another reason is so that the focus is mostly on the baby. If you are wearing really bright colors and/or bold patterns it can distract from the baby.
I also suggest simple, sweet clothing for the baby since it helps keep the focus on the the baby's precious details. I don't recommend having more than 2-3 outfits for the baby since it tends to get your little one fussy and uncomfortable. If you have any bows, headbands or hats you can have those set aside for us to use.
I've created a Pinterest board with ideas of types of clothing styles and colors that are ideal for newborn sessions (for both the parents/family and the newborn). Don't worry if the photos don't portray your style, but it would be helpful to pay attention to the color pallets and patterns.