Fresh 48 Sessions
Capturing baby's first hours
Fresh 48 Sessions are on-location, one-hour lifestyle sessions designed with the brand-new family in mind. Held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life, this lifestyle session is perfect for remembering that first day forever.
About Fresh 48 Sessions
On-location lifestyle photography
I LOVE fresh 48 sessions because it’s all about capturing that new bond of parents with their newest family member. If there’s a sibling, it’s a great time to capture their first meeting or the first time they hold their brother or sister. Shots of your little one’s first yawns, cute little baby feet, fingers, belly button will be documented. First feedings. Diaper changes. All of those amazing family meetings. Also, I will capture those quiet moments between you and your new little one. I like to use the hospital blankets and never try to hide the hospital bracelets.
Your baby’s Fresh 48 session will happen right after birth when those emotions are still high and everything is brand new. 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 and natural way! While possibly only days apart, your baby will barely even look the same by the time of your newborn’s portrait session (typically held within 7-14 days of life). You are welcome to have family and/or siblings come up during this session… it’s a great way to capture everyone meeting your new little one! OR just have it be your immediate family for some sweet new family photos. These are candid, emotional, and amazing images!
Fresh 48 Sessions are on-location, one-hour lifestyle sessions designed with the brand-new family in mind. Held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life. Brittney is currently only booking Fresh 48 sessions for Sugar Land and Katy hospitals.
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 or birthing center) They are scheduled within the first 48 hours after delivery during daylight hours.
What 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 Newborn session?
Yes, please! They are perfect complements to each other. One is no substitute to the other.
Do you do actual time of birth photos or just after?
I offer Birth Stories and absolutely believe they are one of the most essential sessions everyone should book if becoming parents. Please contact me for more info.
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 bug 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.