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What is a fresh 48? That is a question Chelsey gets often when talking to new soon to be mommies and daddies. A fresh 48 session is where your photographer is on call to come to the hospital in the first 48 hours of birth to capture a very special time. A Fresh 48 session has been increasing in popularity and we are so excited to bring this one from Chelsey Crouse Photography to you!

What We Love:

Chelsey: A fresh 48 is a completely different look and feel than a newborn session. These are the images that really take you back to those first moments when baby was brand spankin’ new. They tend to be a bit more raw, emotional and really capture the intimacy. Seriously, my favorite!

Meet The Pedersens… Party of 3! When I met Stephanie and Niels at their maternity session I knew my job was going to be easy. There was so much love, all I had to do was capture it! So when she booked me for her fresh 48 session I was ecstatic. I just knew that when these two love birds got their hands on their perfect baby girl that the love would be amplified.

Sofia Rose made her appearance a bit late, but my goodness, it was worth it! When I showed up and saw those rose colored cheeks, my first thought was, I hope I brought a big memory card! Stephanie had brought Sophia’s hand made blanket from her great-grandmother and I knew we couldn’t miss the opportunity to incorporate it. The rest was magic.

Lisa and Rachel: What’s not to love about a beautifully shot family session that incorporates love at first sight, a beautiful new baby and the glow of new parents?!  We love that Chelsey included so much information on what a Fresh 48 session is and personal tips for both the client and the photographer.  We love that she also included what lenses to use and when to use them.  Are you thinking of incorporating a Fresh 48 session into your business or are you pregnant and thinking of having your photographer shoot a Fresh 48 session? We’d love to have you submit your sessions!

Chelsey included some great tips for Fresh 48 session if you were looking to book one or incorporate them into your photography business:

A few tips for mom and dad: First, schedule this when you schedule your newborn session towards the end of your second trimester and beginning of your third. Pack yourself a pretty robe. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, if you feel good in what you have on it will come through in your images. Who feels good in hospital garb? I have shot many in soft floral robes and I LOVE the heather grey robe with pink lace detail Stephanie chose here. Lastly, make sure dad (or someone) has your photographers information and can reach out when you go into labor. You will likely be quite busy and the more notice for your photog the better!

A few tips for my fellow photogs: I know I’m usually like, 85mm! 85mm! Well for freshies pack your 35mm and your 50mm. You will want your 35mm as hospital rooms aren’t very large and to get wide shots you will need it. My struggle with only shooting with my 35mm is sometimes I forget to get in close and your 50mm will make that very easy. Remember to get some details. A shot of the hospital and a shot of the room number baby was born in. This may seem silly, but this is how you build the story and it will be special when mom and dad go back through their gallery and remember that special building and that special number. Lastly, be mindful of the time of day you are going as you will be relying on window light.

Gear: Chelsey shoots with a Canon 5D Markiii.

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Where to find Chelsey Crouse Photography:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChelseyCrousePhotography/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chelseyteagan

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What inspires you about this session? Leave a comment below!

We are always accepting submissions for possible features on the blog. Please see our Submission information for further directions. We are looking to showcase family photo sessions as well as milestone celebrations (birthday parties, baby showers, cake smash, religious celebrations) and style inspiration for both home (nursery, kids’ rooms.. ) and family photography sessions (what to wear, packaging, etc.)

Looking for more newborn photography inspiration? Check out this pretty one by Michelle Popp Photography.

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Life, Lens + Love,

Lisa + Rachel

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