Now you’re wondering, “What is a Fresh 48 Session?” right? A Fresh 48 session is a newborn session that is taken within 48 hours after the birth of your baby. If you deliver in the hospital, the session will be the day after a natural delivery and two days after a c-section delivery. “But don’t most hospitals include a newborn portrait?” well, yes and no. Most of them have contracted with a company to provide the photography service, but it does not include any products. They are usually taken by people who have never touched a camera before working for that company. They usually have a few poses that they’re taught to do, and just point and shoot their camera for those poses. I say “usually” and “most” because in addition to my own business, I also work for an in-hospital newborn photography company. They are currently only in one hospital in Orange County, and they only work with established professional photographers who know how to use their cameras, and know lighting and composition. Working for this company has given me the opportunity to photograph over 650 newborns and their families within a few years time. A Fresh 48 Session is a session that is meant to tell the story of the beginning of the new family. It is photojournalistic in style, and captures the setting as well as the people that are there. This may include the parents and siblings, or even friends and extended family visitors. These sessions aren’t meant to replace the posed newborn session that is usually done at 7-10 business days, but instead it is meant to compliment it. Newborns change so much from those first few hours to the first few weeks. Fresh 48 sessions require less flexibility on my part than a posed newborn session. Once you deliver, I need to be at the hospital within 48 hours. With a posed session, if you deliver on a Tuesday, and I’m not available the following Tuesday, I can photograph your baby on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. For this reason, I don’t book as many Fresh 48 sessions as I do posed sessions, so it is important to check on my availability as soon as you think you might be interested. I offer both a mini-Fresh 48 and a full-Fresh 48. The mini is 15-20 minutes shooting time, and include a minimum of 15 digital images for download from an online gallery. The full session is 60-90 minutes of shooting with a minimum of 40 digital images for download from an online gallery. The images will be a mixture of both color and black and white. Don’t forget to contact me now for my availability around the time of your due date!