{Fresh 48} A Newborn Alternative

August 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So, a few months ago, I made a decision to not take any more newborn sessions due to it just not really being my niche and feeling like I fail to meet client expectations of what a newborn session produces, image wise (see more about that here).  I love the idea of documenting babies in their fresh new worlds, though, and was looking for an alternative way to capture those first moments...  

At the end of July, I was scheduled to do my very first birthing session (yes, photographing a birth, you heard right), and I was SUPER excited about it.  And anxious about it, because I have two kids, and it was the summer, and what if my phone dies and I don't get the call to go, what if I am out of town, I mean this IS the summer time and what if, what if, what if.  As luck would have it, I WAS out of town and my plane landed in Jacksonville at about the same time the baby was taking her first breath.  I was a little bit crushed (the client had a backup, we communicated well, this was not a surprise).  But because the client is also a friend, and I wanted to meet this new little sweetie, I popped up to the hospital the next day and (of course!) took my camera to snap a few photos.  And it was amazing.  I hadn't planned it, really, but the photos I got were JUST how I'd imagined, and turned out just gorgeous.  

Here's what I liked about this {Fresh 48} session:  

Its in a hospital setting, so there's not panic about "the house not looking its best", everyone is joyful and for the most part, laid back.

Baby is enjoying his/her new world, no schedule, but baby sleeps a TON, so it's likely that she will just snooze through the whole thing.

There isn't space for 'posing'.  No baskets, no props except for what is already in the hospital (I LOVE newborn shots all wrapped and in baskets, I am just not crafty enough--or patient enough!-- to accomplish it), so there's no expectations of that style.  

It's documentary in nature: these are the moments that last for just a few days, but it is in these moments that you first met and started learning your new little one and became a family.  

The other thing I like about it is that (unlike birth sessions), they are somewhat predictable and flexible in time.  

Lastly, they are relatively short: 30-45 minutes maybe an hour if the little one needs to eat.  

 

 
 

 

 

In short, I feel that this is a great middle ground between birth sessions and newborn session.  I would love to work with you and your new family on such a session.  Please message me for package and investment details.     


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