WHAT ARE FRESH 48 / HOSPITAL PORTRAITS?
Fresh 48 / Hospital portraits are photos within the first 48 hours. During this time, you’re likely at the hospital or birthing centre still if you gave birth there. Otherwise if you delivered at home, your Fresh 48 photos would be at home. The important part of these portraits is to document the first few days getting to know your baby. You’re likely tired and full of emotions and will be much easier to remember things when you have photos of them.
Ideas about what to photograph include: hospital bracelets, how small they are, them in their basinet, learning to feed, skin to skin, c-section incisions, any siblings/family members meeting them for the first time, any tests they have done, going home in their carseat.
If you have complications and need to stay in the hospital, I would continue to take photos and write down your experience so that it can help you process your experience later on. Read my article about unexpectedly staying in the hospital longer and why I would still take photos.
WHAT ARE NEWBORN PHOTOS?
Newborn photos are portraits of your baby while they are still small. There are usually two types of newborn photos, studio or lifestyle.
Lifestyle newborn photos are the style that I do that you see all over this website. Generally, we do them indoors in your home using blankets and clothes you already own. These photo sessions document you and your baby spending time together as you normally would. For example, enjoying time together in your home, your bath time routine, feeding, taking a walk or visiting a favourite park. The goal is to document how small your baby is and the moments you want to remember forever.
DO A LITTLE INSPIRATION RESEARCH FIRST TO SEE WHAT YOU LIKE
I love to use Pinterest as a resource for brainstorming and finding new ideas. Use the link to browse through my boards for inspiration. Remember the goal is not to try and copy someone else’s photos, but use them as ideas to document your life.
MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU WANT TO REMEMBER
Before you take any photos, take a few moments to make a list of some things you know you will want to remember. I would recommend keeping it simple to start.
A few ideas to start you off: their feet, hands, a close up of their face, them next to something for size reference, a birds eye view of them, photos of them feeding, with each parent, with each sibling…
USE A FAVOURITE BLANKET OR SWADDLE AS A BACKGROUND
A really great trick is to use a favourite blanket as the background for your newborn photos.
I would choose one that is sentimental to you and that you want to remember. My favourite types of blankets to look for in clients homes are earth tones, neutral tones, lightly patterned, or one solid colour. Lay this down flat on a bed or the carpet and gently place your baby down on it. You can try to put a feeding pillow underneath to help hold them a bit better. From here, get your list and your newborn photos should be easy enough to create.
USE YOUR CAMERA TIMER OR ASK YOUR PARTNER TO TAKE PHOTOS WITH YOU IN THEM
Most people tend to shy away from the camera. I encourage you to try and get in pictures more often, especially with your baby. Declutter an area that you like to spend time in and then use your timer or ask your partner to take a photo of you and the baby. Then do the same for them. I really believe that you will treasure these.