This is one of the questions I and I'm sure many other photographers receive on a regular basis. My best advice is this: Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! If you're wearing something that makes you feel any bit uneasy about your appearance, that uneasy feeling may show up in some of your photos. If you're wearing something that makes you feel comfortable, your images will look natural, relaxed, and confident. This is important for your kids, too! If you have an adorable hat, bowtie, headband, necklace, or any other accessory that you LOVE, think about whether or not your child will spend the entire session pulling at it. You don't want to be fighting your child to keep that cute little accessory on for the perfect photos. Your child will end up frustrated, as will you, and that's not what you want to remember!
With that said, I do have a few tips that seem to help people decide on the best comfortable outfit for the session. If there will be a number of people in the photos, you'll want to make sure that patterns are kept to a minimum. If one person is wearing a pattern, it's a good idea to stick to solids for others in the photos. If you stick with neutrals, you can really coordinate together quite nicely without putting too much time and effort into deciding on the perfect outfits. I know some people really like to coordinate, though, so coming up with a color scheme works to keep things coordinated without being matchy-matchy.
Because the bulk of my work is bump through baby, I have some stores in mind that work well for moms in these stages. For maternity and lifestyle newborn sessions, PinkBlush Maternity and Wren & Ivory have some great choices for all different styles! Both stores have plenty of nursing-friendly outfits, and some that can be worn both during pregnancy and after, too. Fresh 48 moms tend to go for a more relaxed look and I recommend looking for robes or pajamas from PinkBlush and Belabumbum. Really, you can go with something you already have, but if you want to treat yourself to something special, I'd go looking at those stores.
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What is Fresh 48?
This session takes place within the first 48 hours after a baby is born. It is done at the birth place, whether that is a hospital, birth center, or home. The images are lifestyle images, so I'm not posing the baby or handling the baby. It is a great way to capture not only the newness of your newborn, but also the love of family members - parents, older siblings, and even grandparents.
What are the requirements?
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This all sounds great! What do I need to send you to apply?
If this doesn't work for you, but you know someone who might be perfect for it, please share with them! I'll be selecting one model session per quarter, so the sooner an application gets in, the better the chances are of being selected.
I had my second Fresh 48 session just about two weeks after the first. My first session was at a hospital that I'm very familiar with, but this one was at a hospital I'd never been to. That's part of the fun in this style of photography - not picking out the scenery and just going with what you're given. It turned out that the maternity floor was actually very modern and minimalist, which was really easy to work with.
The baby I photographed was a new baby boy, who has two older (and very excited) siblings who just went back to school, and certainly have a lot to talk about with their friends.
When I arrived, Dad had just left the hospital to get the car seat because they were heading home that afternoon!That unfortunately meant that I missed him and didn't get any photos with Mom, Dad, and baby...but I did get a few Mom & Baby photos that I just love.
This little guy will one day love looking at how perfectly he fit in his mom's arms at one point. I won't say he was so tiny in her arms, because, well, just check out his birth stats! Big, healthy, adorable boy!!
Have you ever heard of a Fresh 48 session? Fresh 48 photography is about capturing newborn babies and family members within the first 48 hours after birth. That special time can be such a blur for the parents, so this session helps to preserve those precious memories exactly the way they happened.
It's not like the posed newborn photos you see with backdrops, fancy wraps, and dress-up accessories. I do some of that, too, and I enjoy that, but I've been interested in doing something more natural looking with newborns.
Fresh 48 is just that: It's very candid, (mostly) unposed, and natural looking, much the way that birth photography is, but without all the intense images from labor and delivery. Birth photography and Fresh 48 have both been on my to-do list for a while now and I finally had an opportunity to dip my toes into this style...and, well, I loved it and can't wait to do some more of it.
Check out some of my favorite images I got from this session with this sweet little girl. She was born a day ahead of her mom's scheduled C-section because she was just too excited to meet her loving family. What a beauty!!