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Fresh 48 photo sessions are growing in popularity and I can see why. Picture perfect photos of your new little darling within 48 hours after birth?! Yes, please! Those baby blue eyes that barely peek open. Wrinkled toes and fingers. The sweetest little face. It’s all just too cute for words. So it definitely needs to be captured by photo.
To help you plan this, I collaborated with Courtney Lee at Darling Life Photography, to come up with a list of what you have to know to plan a Fresh 48 session.
Find Your Fresh 48 Photographer Early!
Don’t delay! You need to set up your Fresh 48 session about 3 months before your due date to make sure your photographer is available around that time, even though you can’t predict baby’s exact day of arrival. Courtney says she always allows herself a two week window around due dates so she is easily available for whenever baby comes. You can ask what your photographer’s typical policy is on this.
Ask To See Their Other Fresh 48 Sessions
Be sure to find a photographer who’s style you are in love with since they’ll be capturing such an important moment in your family’s life. Ask to see some sessions they have previously done.
Choose The Right Outfit And Textiles For Baby
Think simple, here. Courtney says, “…the best outfits are simple onesies, sleepers or gowns. Avoid sayings and too many words, skip the cute baby shoes, jackets, or anything extra that adds layers. Don’t forget a couple of hat/headband choices!” She also mentions that you’ll want to avoid having too many patterns. So, as you pick out your blankets and your outfits, choose a solid blanket with a patterned outfit or vice versa. Make sure to get a few options of each and then your Fresh 48 photographer will help choose a couple of each that work best.
Choose The Right Outfit for Mama
Mamas, for this session, go for comfort over glam! You just did a mighty fine job bringing baby into the world and it’s time to relax. So, forget packing a huge make up bag and having your hair done just right. Instead, go for something that is comfortable. Courtney suggests a beautiful, neutral robe that can easily be put on over your pajamas/comfortable clothing. There are so many beautiful options and you’re sure to find something that fits the bill comfort wise, but also looks great in these pictures that you’ll treasure for a long time. There are even really gorgeous robe and swaddle blanket sets so you and baby can match for a pic or two. Just remember, baby will be the star of these photos, so make sure your choice compliments what they will be wearing.
For dad, make sure he has a neutral option that doesn’t have a lot of wording on it. A plain t shirt or pull over will work well.
Give Everyone A Heads Up About Your Fresh 48
After birthing baby, you may feel pretty exhausted so having this list of who you need to talk to about your Fresh 48 will be super helpful.
Make sure to tell your extended family about your photo session plans. Letting them know that there will be a couple hour window when guests won’t be able to visit will be helpful as a crowded hospital room does not work well for a Fresh 48 session. The only people who need to be present besides mom, dad and baby are siblings. Find someone who wouldn’t mind bringing the big kids and then hanging out in the waiting room during the session.
Let your photographer know about the birth of your sweet babe within 10 hours, but the sooner the better! Save your photographer’s phone number in your phone so that you or dad can easily make the call or text. And Courtney says not to worry about the time. A text in the middle of the night is no biggie as she’d rather be in the know than left in the dark.
Keep the hospital staff in the loop. Your photographer does not want to be there when your baby is having her newborn hearing screening or when the lactation consultant pops in to offer advice. This just takes away the time the photographer will have to get the perfect shot.
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Don’t Expect Too Much From Siblings
Your other kiddos will probably be over the moon about your family’s newest addition. This excitement can be hard to tame, so you may not be able to plan on any posed photos that include your other kids. Even if your kiddos have a bit less enthusiasm over the newest little show stealer, which ends up causing a bad mood, jealousy or a lack of interest in the baby, Courtney says not to worry about it. Your photographer will “…have plenty of tricks up [their] sleeve for getting those sweet interactions captured without a whole lot of help from parents.” She suggests having siblings show up about half what through the session so that they don’t have to wait around too long before they get to jump in a few photos.
What About A Fresh 48 With A Home Birth?
More mamas are rocking their baby’s birth at home, but can still use these great tips! Everything still applies and the section about who to communicate with can just be tweaked slightly to accommodate your location. Also, if siblings weren’t home for the birth, having whoever was trusted to watch them during this time bring them home at just the right photo-worthy moment will work perfectly.
Alright, mama. Enjoy this experience of planning your Fresh 48. It certainly isn’t something you get to do everyday so I hope these tips will help you out!