Even though these Fresh 48 sessions only last about an hour, and even though they take place in rather bland hospital rooms, every single one of them is unique. This Fresh 48 newborn session took place at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. I love that the pad on the bed is a foamy aqua color that paired well with everyone’s robes and headbands! I love that mom and big sister’s robes match Baby Q’s headband and swaddle! It’s an explosion of color and pattern and absolute cuteness! Baby Q was an absolute doll for her session. And I mean that figuratively *and* literally, since her big sister wanted to swaddle her, cover her, kiss her, give her a pacifier, and use her as a pillow. There are so many special parts of this job, but watching siblings interact for the very first time is one of the best.
I’ve photographed this family a number of times over the years, starting with mom and dad’s wedding. Every time is a treat! When their first daughter was born, we scheduled an at-home newborn session for her. This time around, mom and dad decided on a Fresh 48 session at the hospital, and then an at-home newborn session a week or two later. Planning a Fresh 48 session can be tricky since babies operate on their own schedules, but communication is the key. All we need to do is put the due date on the calendar and stay in touch. This little bambina was born right after the New Year when everyone is still hibernating so it worked out perfectly!
People inviting me into their lives to photograph them is inherently intimate. No session is more intimate than a Fresh 48 session. Some moms do their make-up. Some go bare-faced and wear a nursing tank. No matter what their style is, all of them have *just* given birth. They are exhausted, blissed-out, in pain, uncomfortable, delirious, excited, anxious, and everything in between. Yet they still want me to capture those early moments. Feast your eyes on the possibilities…
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