What is a Fresh 48 session?
A Fresh 48 session is a style of newborn photography held within 48 hours of your baby's birth, generally in hospital but home births can be catered for too.
There is something so real and intimate about Fresh 48 sessions, when your little one is so incredibly new. The emotions, the love, it's all so immediate. There are gorgeous details to capture - those little baby wrinkles and toes, stretches and yawns, when they wrap their tiny hand around your finger - but it's the look in the parents' eyes that gets me every time. It's not until you hold your baby in your arms, you realise how much the world has now changed. That moment, that feeling, that's what I want to preserve for you.
This beautiful Fresh 48 newborn session with baby Millie was held at Melbourne's Austin Hospital. It wasn't my first time meeting this lovely family, as I've photographed a Fresh 48 and in-home newborn session for big brother Leo when he just a baby. I always feel like it's a privilege to share in and document this precious time for a family - it sounds corny but it's true - and getting to come back and meet another new addition to the family is just my favourite thing about being a photographer.
What is the difference between a Fresh 48 session and a 'normal' newborn session?
Simply, Fresh 48 sessions are more real and emotional while newborn sessions are a little prettier and planned.
Newborn photography ranges from very posed, studio photos through to in-home lifestyle sessions. Newborn sessions are generally held 10-14 days after the baby is born, with timing being more important for more posed styles. Although my heart (and newborn sessions) fall on the in-home lifestyle side, there are amazing photographers across the spectrum.
If you are debating between a Fresh 48 session and an in-home newborn session, I wouldn't want to direct you either way. There are advantages to each and I think they can compliment each other perfectly. (I even have a Collection specifically for people interested in both.)
A Fresh 48 session could be timed to capture first meetings with siblings, even grandparents if you wanted. There are so many firsts happening in these initial days as you discover more about your little one and being parents. It's real and emotional and wonderful.
Within two weeks, the general time of a newborn session, a baby has already changed so much. They feel less fragile, you feel more confident. An in-home lifestyle newborn session captures a peek into your life at home with a newborn. Feeding, settling, the nursery, snuggled up all together. It's loving and relaxed and wonderful.
If you were debating between a Fresh 48 session and a very posed, studio session, I would suggest the Fresh 48 session every time. Personally, it's the photos that capture the emotion and experience that mean more to me. I booked a studio session when my oldest was born and although the photos are beautiful, they don't reflect how I remember her as a baby. (I didn't bother when I had my second child.) The posed newborn style relies heavily on the baby being asleep, while the baby looking up at Mum or Dad, making eye contact with the camera, interacting in any form, are just incredible moments to capture in my mind. And don't even get me started on the value of getting ourselves in photos with our loved ones!
How do I book a Fresh 48 session?
Get in contact!
I suggest booking in 3-4 months before baby is due. Although I try never to say no to a newborn client, my session availability does fill up.
This is the stage that we get the formalities sorted, including a questionnaire that allows me to get to know you a little better, so that when you go into labour a quick text message is all that is required. I'll get my camera ready, schedule cleared, so that we're all set to schedule a time when your sweet little baby is here.