8 Tips for DIY Fresh 48 Sessions

8 Tips for DIY Fresh 48 Sessions

 

In honor of Ethan’s birthday coming up tomorrow (9/5) and wanted to share a post for all of you expecting moms out there who were hoping to have a fresh 48 session once the baby was born. I know that Corona Virus has stopped us from having these amazing sessions from happening and it makes me so sad because I just LOVE them! I love getting to see you and your new little growing family and meeting your precious little one for the first time just a few hours old! It’s so heart warming and I just love everything about it. So, here I am, bringing you my love for Fresh 48’s right into your own hands. You can do this, and you can do this with just your cell phone!

Capturing these first days of your baby’s life is so important! You don’t get that time back! Come their first birthday…. and even their 6th, like Ethan will be, I always look back on his actual birthday and it is just so amazing to see the little person who he is growing up to be! I want the same for you. Do no be scared. I promise, I will give you tips to get the best images of your sweet little baby and even though you just had a baby, I want you to also hand the camera over to dad and have him snap a few photos of you with that little person who has been kicking you for 9 months!

When you go into labor the last thing you’re thinking about is that you want to tell a story. So here I am to tell you, that is what you are doing with these photos. You are telling YOUR story. your BABY’s story. A story that you and your family and even that baby can look back to years to come.

TIP 1:  Take a photo of the outside of the location you will be having your baby. You will most likely not remember to take this photo on your way into the hospital, but if you can remember to take one on your way out, you should. This photo is the start of where your family started. 

Tip 2: Hospital Details- The Room, The board with your nurse info on it, the hallway…. maybe even the ice dispenser because hospitals have the best ice chips! Your favorite snack you had during labor. I know what you are thinking… Who does that…. well… I do. I do my friend. And when I look back at the snack and the hospital rooms, wow, you better believe I get ALL THE FEELS! 

 

TIP 3: When a nurse comes in to check on baby. Get them in a few photos caring for your little one. 

 

TIP 4: Open the window shade and let that natural light inside. Turn OFF the lights in your room. Bring the baby close to the window and position him(her) so that the natural light is coming from the side or at an angle on the top of the head. The light like this will help highlight those beautiful baby features. I suggest taking the photo “Into” the room where your back is to the window. This lights up the room nicely. 

Tip 5: If there are siblings coming to visit, this is a must have shot! Notice the natural light coming from the side where the window is and babies are facing the window lighting up their faces. 

Tip 6:  Take them out of the bassinet and onto the bed for a different view/look.

 Tip 7: Baby Details! THESE are MUST have photos! Take a photo of the name tag on the bassinet. The baby will have the sweetest little features- capture them! Their fingers, feet, hair, eats, nose, lips! You can never have too many detail photos of your baby!  

Tip 8: prop the phone up on a table ( or order a cell phone tripod) set it up where you and dad are together looking at baby. You can set a self timer OR you can get this remote

 

Here is the list of all I mentioned for you to see a little clearer without the images incase you need to copy and paste easily to make notes.

Must have shots:

Overhead shot of baby in the bassinet (full body)

Overhead shot of baby in the bassinet (from the waist up)

Details of his nose, ears, hands, feet, and bellybutton

Dad holding baby, giving Eskimo kisses, or attempting to swaddle/change a diaper for the first time

Mom nursing her new babe or snuggling, standing up

Hospital Details- Front of building, hall way, bed, snacks, etc

Nurse coming in to check baby

any cute outfits and accessories

** Remember to keep the lights off and use the natural light from the window. If you can shoot INTO the room that will give you best light. If not, thats fine- you have a cute baby so really just take the photo!

 

Here are s a few editing apps I love to use! I always brighten up all of my phone photos before sharing them especially on instagram. Some of the photos on my feed are an iPhoto shot edited to my style in Lightroom! Lightroom is my #1 editing app!

MY Favorite Apps to edit with:

Lightroom Mobil

PIC TAP GO

VSCO

I wish I were able to capture these moments for you, but I know you can do it! Do not stress out- if you can not do it, thats okay. Just take as many photos as you can to have forever and do not put your phone in the washing machine like I did a week after I had Henry. Let me be the first to tell you, you will cry a lot if you do this! I hope these tips are helpful for you!! If you have any questions I am happy to help!

If you need help in photo editing your fresh 48 photos, I would love to do this for you! Contact me and we can chat about editing.

Congratulations, momma! Motherhood is the best, hardest, life changing gift in the world!

 

 

 

 

Cornell Family Milestone Session | Quincy, MA

Cornell Family Milestone Session | Quincy, MA

Each year I get to see so many returning faces that I just LOVE seeing but what made this session so special to me was that I got to see these guys 3 times this year! Aiden was born August 8, 2019. I captured his newborn session at their home where my goodness he was just the sweetest and his big brother was adorable with so much energy! His personalty was so fun to photograph! I saw them again for Aiden’s 6 month session back at their home where he was JUST learning to sit up.

This session was their one year milestone session with “baby’ Aiden! We met at the beach this time and it was so much fun to see how much the kids grew in the last 6 months! Aiden is starting to stand on his own and take steps. He was not so sure about the feel of the water but he did like to play a bit in the sand. His smile is so contagious and I just love all of this little features! Big Brother Owen always succeeds in making me laugh. These boys are just so much fun and I loved getting to spend time with them! Mom and Dad, you did it! A year with two! That deserves a celebration!

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your first year with Aiden. I am so thankful for you all and I just love watching them grow! Here are some of my favorite photos from our session together! Happy 1st Birthday Aiden!! xoxoxo

Pinto Family | Middleboro, MA

Pinto Family | Middleboro, MA

Family sessions have been in full swing this season and I am so excited to share this beautiful little family with you! I have been taking family photos for these guys for the past 4 years! It is so amazing to watch them grow each year and now, they have a little bundle of love, Mary.

Big Brother Benjamin was a baby when we met. He and Ethan are very close in age, so Jen and I became close friends as our boys were growing up together. I love that we are still friends, our kids are growing up together and I get to capture their family milestones each year.

Tony, Jen, Benjamin, Mary, Jay and Echo- You guys are the sweetest! Thank you for trusting me year after year to document your family photos for you. I love seeing your Christmas cards with images from our session on them. I am wondering what ones you will choose this year, because as you will see below, I had a hard time choosing a favorite! :- ) Can’t wait to see you all again soon! xoxo

Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

It is not everyday I get to capture these precious moments of a new baby with their family! This year seems to be the year of babies and I am just loving it! I met Jen and Jason on their wedding day last summer at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith NH. I loved getting to know them and their sweet friends and family then and I was so excited when she reached out and told me they were adding to their family this June! We originally were going to have a fresh 48 session in the hospital, but at times, the hospital can be very busy so it worked out where I was able to come to their home for photos.

Their beautiful daughter Harper was the flower girl in their wedding and she is getting so big! She was so much fun to play with and she was a wonderful helper, a true aspiring photographer I believe! 🙂 Baby Eleanore was just as sweet as can be! She was perfect though out our session, only needing to stop and eat once. She slept the whole time- I think I have a few shots with her eyes open but they were not open for longer than 5 mins. the whole time I was there. Harper is an awesome big sister and did a great job being gentle with her when it was time for them to be together in photos. It was so nice to see Jen and Jason again and I am so excited for them and their newest addition to their little family!

Jen, Jason, Harper and Eleanore, Thank you so much for trusting me to capture these first few days with your new baby girl! It was so much fun and I hope you love these photos as much as I do. I can not wait to see you all again at Gina and Kevin’s wedding this August! xoxo

 

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Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

CUE THE BABY FEVER OVER HERE! Look at this precious little baby, Paige Aryn! She is just the absolute sweetest and made our session together probably the easiest newborn session I’ve ever had! She was just so content to be close to her momma’s. She was snuggly in her baby wraps and swaddle and really just wanted to be in either of her mom’s arms! She melted my heart the whole time and I am not going to lie, my baby fever is in full force while looking at these photos of her!

Baby Paige has 2 fur sisters who you also love her to pieces! Her fur sister Lola wanted to be close by as did her other fur sister, Emma! While we were not with the pups the whole session, we did get a few family photos of them all together at the end which are just adorable! I love it when we can get the dogs in a few shots! They are family too!

Kristin and Alexa, Congratulations on your perfect baby girl! I am so thankful I got to meet her and capture her first 2 weeks of life. She is beautiful and I still can not get over how great she was the whole session! Welcome to the world Paige Aryn! You are loved!