First and foremost, Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Tiny baby toes, sweet little cries, and that fresh newborn baby smell- holy ADORABLE! I absolutely love the pureness and newness of Fresh 48 sessions. There is so much love in those hospital rooms it's almost palpable. I would absolutely love to capture this precious new season of your life.
These sessions take place within 48 hours of your little one's birth, and tend to vary in length. I honestly try to keep them as quick and efficient as possible! Anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour usually- all depending on your newborns mood and feeding/diapering/sleeping needs. I know exactly what it feels like that soon after giving birth, and I try my absolute best to be quick to allow you and your family to rest, recover, and bond with your new baby. Mom, dad, and any siblings are more than welcome- definitely encouraged- to participate in the session! I also grab plenty of shots of baby alone as well. Your newborn is typically swaddled and held or placed on their back in the isolette baby bed for photos. I always rely on that gorgeous window light so I usually turn any overhead lights off. These sessions are very relaxed and casual with very simple and natural "poses".
All Fresh 48 sessions take place in the hospital you deliver at! So you don't have to worry about going anywhere or tidying up your home. When you contact me to book this type of session, you let me know your due date and I mark it on my calendar. From there, you keep me as updated as possible (I'd even recommend delegating that job to someone who will be with you at the hospital!), when there are any changes at all! Such as major changes in your birth plan (c-section plans or induction date set, etc.), when you are heading to the hospital, and once baby is actually here! Then we pick the specific date/time once your bundle of joy arrives!
Whatever you are COMFORTABLE in, mama!!! A robe, comfy top and yoga pants, or something similar looks perfect. Remember you did just give birth to a brand new baby, no need to be fancy! As far as your newborn, I try to keep them swaddled as much as possible, so we can utilize the hospital blanket for several shots! You are also welcome to bring a few of your own blankets to swaddle your baby in as well! You are welcome to add in bows, hats, and anything cute like that to add personal touches to your session. A small stuffed animal or letter board to announce a name or something would also be totally fine! You are more than allowed to switch swaddle blankets, bows, hats, etc. throughout your session for your baby! Dads tend to look the best in solid neutral t-shirts or solid shirts and jeans or something! Really casual and laid back! Please feel free to reach out with any questions about this or if you want additional advice or tips specific to your family! I would love to help!
Fresh 48 Sessions are $400, and payment is due in full at the time of your session. I accept cash, checks (payable to Emily Metcalf), or Venmo @heyemilymetcalf. You then receive your fully edited gallery within about 2-3 weeks of your session! Clients receive anywhere from 100- 150+ images- woo hoo! I also give you color and black and white options! Anything I make black and white (which is just up to my creative discretion), I also give you the exact same image in color! Just because I like it in black and white, doesn't mean you do. So I make sure to offer my clients both options! You will receive your gallery via email where you are free to download/print/share as you please! Easy peasy!