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!

 

 

 

 

Leila and Chris Engagement Session | Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Leila and Chris Engagement Session | Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Last week I woke up so excited to finally get to meet Leila and Chris! When I got downstairs to pour myself a cup of coffee, it seemed so dark in the house! I looked outside and sure enough it was dark! I checked the weather and as soon as I did, it started to downpour! I was so confused. I’ve been checking the weather for this day since it was in the 10 day forecast! So, I checked again. It said rain!  I texted Leila and we both decided to keep the session as is, and continued to check the weather throughout the day.  As it got closer to the time we planned to meet the weather was looking good. We met at Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA and could not believe how amazing it all was!

We had so many different kinds of lighting happening during our session together, it just made my heart so happy! These two not only looked like models but the location and different views of the ocean plus the amazing light we had, had me screeching with excitement though out our time together! These guys were up for a long walk on the beach to start in the perfect spot with not too many people. I loved getting to know them and hearing all the things they have planned so far for their Granite Links Wedding next August!

Chris proposed this past July 3rd on Cape Cod after taking a long walk on the beach. It was so sweet to hear them talk about the night they got engaged and the celebration with family they had that night! I am looking forward to meeting all of them! Just as they were telling me about their proposal, I noticed a rainbow in the sky behind them! I had them take a minute to look at how amazing it was! I could not believe it! It was just so beautiful and it 100% added on to how amazing the night was! As soon as our session ended and we got in the car, the skies opened up and there was a downpour! If you can’t already tell I am still in shock and so excited about this session and the light/weather we had! Just check out their photos and you can probably feel the excitement through them!

Leila and Chris, THANK YOU! You guys were so much fun and so awesome for walking far, getting your feet wet and mastering all the poses I taught you! I am so excited to see you guys again for your wedding day! Until then, enjoy these images together and good luck choosing one for your Save the Date! I had way too many favorites and I have a feeling you might too! xoxo

Marie and Matt Engagement | Duxbury Beach, MA

Marie and Matt Engagement | Duxbury Beach, MA

If you have followed me now for quite some time, I think it is safe to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing on the beach. It does not matter to me what beach it is, but gimme the ocean, salty air, amazing light and a gorgeous couple and my heart is happy! I met Marie and Matt at Duxbury Beach last week and my goodness we were all in for a treat! Duxbury beach is so pretty during sun set with lots of different areas to talk around so we had nice variety in location and lighting.

I just loved hanging with them and learning about who they are as a couple and all about their wedding day! They are getting married May 29, 2021 and I just know that their wedding day is going to be amazing just like how this session was! They had me laughing when they were telling me all about the proposal and they said that Matt was so nervous that he said ” I just can’t take it anymore” and he asked. I just imagined that moment and then she said yes and the rest is history! Here they are, two high school sweet hearts, planning their wedding day.

Marie and Matt, Thank you so much for such a fun night! I can not get over how the sky looked toward the end of our session and I am for real when I say you guys could be models! You 100% nailed it and you now have wayyyyy more than just 1 nice photo of the two of you together. I am so excited to see you again for your wedding day but until then, I will just continue to look at these amazing photos of your engagement. It was really hard to choose just a few favorites so get ready…. 🙂

Katelyn and Ben Engagement Session | Barr Farm, Duxbury

Katelyn and Ben Engagement Session | Barr Farm, Duxbury

Can I just tell you that when I saw Katelyn get out of the car, I was so excited to meet her and when I saw her beautiful dress, I said Girl! We match!! I was wearing a light pink shirt with stripes so I felt like we all matched for our session together so if we got separated, someone could have helped point us in the direction of the other one wearing pink stripes! haha.

Katelyn and Ben were so much fun! I just loved how much he made her laugh! They have the sweetest personalities and it’s evident how in love they are. Katelyn’s daughter Alexa joined us for this session and it was so amazing to see how much Ben loves her too! The way he looks at both of his girls made makes my heart smile! What an amazing story they have and an amazing little girl who will be in their wedding standing next to them as they exchange their vows.

Katelyn, Ben and Alexa, Thanks for hanging out with me on the most perfect August night! The location you picked is one of my favorites and I am so thankful for you guys getting in the quick sandy waters for an epic family photo! I hope you love your photos and I can not wait to see you for your wedding day!

Ashley and Jesse Maternity Session | Londonderry, NH

Ashley and Jesse Maternity Session | Londonderry, NH

 

 

You may be thinking, ” What?! I didn’t know Alex does maternity sessions!!” and you would be correct! I usually do not get to shoot maternity sessions however, long story short, I was contacted by a photographer friend Veronique Photography  who reached out to see if I was available to take this session on as she was not able to, and I was! I am so glad I was able to capture this season of Ashley and Jesse’s lives before they welcome their little boy in July.

With lots of chatting back and forth we decided to have their session at Mac’s Apples in Londonderry! I am so thankful they were open to coming to this location. It was such a beautiful place with lots of areas on their grounds we were able to go to and the light was perfect! The night was perfect for a session and I just loved getting to know them and seeing how cute that little bump is!

As I scroll through these images I can’t help but remember being pregnant with Ethan and then again with Henry and wondering how our lives would change when we had one, and then again when we had another. Nothing could have prepared me for the joy that we were about to experience then. Taking these portraits felt so different after experiencing pregnancy myself and I loved it!  I don’t miss not being able to see my feet or the sleepless nights and indigestion, but I do miss feeling the movement and kicks inside of me. It’s just such a miracle and a precious season that deserves to be captured! I hope that one day Ashley and Jesse’s sweet baby boy will love seeing these portraits of his momma and daddy together before he was born!!! Enjoy some of my favorites!!