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When Should I Book My Newborn Photos | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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When Should I Book My Newborn Photos | Seattle Newborn Photographer

If you’re anything like me, as soon as you saw two pink lines on that pregnancy test your brain went into overdrive planning and dreaming about life with your newborn baby. Baby names, nursery colors, and what to put on your registry list are top of mind during those first months of pregnancy. I remember having so many questions about when it was too early to start a registry, or when to even register for the hospital (did you know you are supposed to pre-register at the hospital you plan to deliver at? It is supposed to help the hospital with staffing and planning around your due date).

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The best time to book your newborn session is during your second trimester to early third trimester.

A good rule of thumb is after you have your 20 week ultrasound to get your newborn session on the books. Why? Because when you book ahead of time, I am able to provide you with information to help you prepare for your session. When you hit your nesting phase, you’ll have something to prepare and focus on (instead of scrubbing the tub with a toothbrush!). This also allows plenty of time to do a maternity session or even prepare for a Fresh 48 session as well.

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Booking early allows you time to prepare your outfits ahead of time.

Once baby arrives, the last thing you will want to do is worry about what everyone (including baby) will wear. Knowing you will have a newborn session, you can set things aside ahead of time. In addition to providing tips on What to Wear for a Newborn Session, families often send me photos of their outfit ideas for my input. I can help mom decide on clothing that is not only comfortable for her but that keeps the focus on baby, ensuring your newborn photos are timeless.

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You book your due date not an actual session date.

Babies are unpredictable. They can come early, late, or right on time. I don’t expect you to know exactly when you will deliver and/or feel ready for newborn photos. Instead, we put your due date on my calendar to reserve your spot. The last month of your pregnancy, you just keep me in the loop, and as soon as baby is here we can pick a date. Most couples finalize the date in the hospital or once you are home and settled in. If your delivery was smooth and you’re feeling great and ready for photos 3 days after birth, wonderful. Or if you had a C-Section and need a little more time to heal, we can schedule closer to two weeks after delivery.

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There is no “perfect” time to book your newborn session.

I want to finish by saying there is no right or wrong time to book your session. I have had couples book me at 3 months along, some book during those final days waiting for baby to arrive, and others have booked as soon as baby is here in their arms. I simply am providing a guideline of what couples have found most helpful and relaxing when booking their newborn session.

If you have suffered from pregnancy loss, I understand how hard it is to truly believe everything will turn out okay and thus make real plans. So if you need to wait, that is okay.

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Are you expecting and ready to book your newborn session?

I’d love to chat with you about your little one and get your due date on my calendar! You may also learn more about Newborn Photo Sessions and see my Newborn Portfolio to make sure I am the right photographer for your family.

And because I can’t help but share a few more favorites from this newborn session, I have included them below!

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Relaxed Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Relaxed Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

You know those people who just exude love? Like you meet them and are immediately just drawn to their love. These are those kind of people. They not only love their kids and each other, but they love the world. This mama was supporting her husband (which meant going on runs pushing her preschooler in a stroller) as he trained for a half marathon right up until the day she went into labor. Then just weeks after he was born, she was right there at the finish line. Oh and did I mention that this half marathon was to raise money for Team World Vision - bringing clean water to people across the globe. Yup, I told you, you love them already.

By the time I had shown up at their house for their newborn session, I had already met their newest addition in the hospital (peak at their Fresh 48 here). Even though it had been a couple of weeks, big brother was still ready to snuggle up with his baby brother, and even sing him a few songs. I could have spent the entire day just chatting with mom and dad while photographing their beautiful boys. It was a relaxed lifestyle newborn photo session full of snuggles and love. I apologize for the major image overshare (okay, I’m not really sorry!).

Are you expecting? Contact me and let’s get your due date on my calendar! (And if you a friend who’s expecting, a newborn photo session makes the best shower gift - hint, hint!)

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What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session | Issaquah Fresh 48 Photographer

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What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session | Issaquah Fresh 48 Photographer

What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session?

A Fresh 48 Newborn Session is a photo session that takes place shortly after baby is born, while you are still in the hospital. 

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But doesn't my hospital have a photographer?

It is true that many hospitals have a photographer that comes to the hospital each day. However, these photographers are rarely professionals, and they are coming on their schedule. I speak from experience when I say the experience with the hospital photographer left me feeling they were rushed. When you book a Fresh 48 session with me, we discuss when is best for me to come, whether that's to be there as siblings meet for the first time, or after you've had a meal. There are no surprises when I will show up. You not only will have a better overall experience but the photos will be higher quality and more meaningful to your family.

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What does a Fresh 48 Session capture?

There is nothing quite like those first hours with a new baby. You will be amazed how quickly your baby changes those first weeks. A Fresh 48 Session captures your brand new baby and all of those tiny details found in the hospital. The hospital bands around his tiny ankles, those hospital swaddles, the clear bassinet, and of course, your intense love for this little being you just brought into this world. 

Fresh 48 sessions are also the perfect time to capture siblings meeting for the very first time. Having me present to photograph the first meeting means you can enjoy this time together as a family, soaking up your new little one.

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Why would I want photos hours after giving birth?

Birth is an amazing process no matter how it happens. However, it can really take it's toll on us. You may be exhausted, uncomfortable, trying to figure out nursing, and even still sporting IVs. Yet you also couldn't be more radiant as you snuggle your sweet new babe. Trust me, plenty of pictures will be taken. 

When my first son was born my dad, an excited new grandpa, took plenty of photos with his iPad. Though he had the best of intentions, they were either out of focus, blurry, or made me look awful. And as you know, iPad photo quality isn't great in itself. I had also been so weak and pale that I hardly took any photos myself those first days. I wish I had more photos from those first days. 

When you have a Fresh 48 session you can not only rest easy knowing your family will be well documented, but rest assured knowing I will be using light and angles to highlight your love for your child and not those less beautiful postpartum aspects. 

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What if my baby is in the NICU?

Should your baby need to spend time in the NICU we can still document that part of his story. The session may look a little different, and it may take a little longer, however, I promise you won't regret having photos of that time. I had one client even tell me that she did not plan on a NICU stay, but is so glad that we went ahead with her baby boy's session. Years later and she can look back on how far he has come now. 

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How long is a Fresh 48 Session?

A Fresh 48 session lasts about 30 minutes. The goal of the Fresh 48 session is to photograph your sweet babe and all his details allowing you time to get back to resting. Of course, should we need to pause for a nurse check up, or any interruptions like that, we are able to do so without leaving you feeling rushed.

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What if I want my other kids included in our session?

We can not only have your kids present at your session, but we can plan it so that I arrive before your children. I can document the first time they see their siblings, the first time they hold baby, and your first family plus one photo. You can sit back and take in the moment, leaving the documenting all to me.

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What Should I Bring to My Fresh 48 Session?

You do not have to bring anything to your Fresh 48 session. However, you can. Often I will suggest moms pack a neutral nursing tank (black, grey, white) and loose sweater, and leggings in their hospital bag. Of course, you're more than welcome to wear the hospital gown, yet a fresh change of clothes helps you feel refreshed and picture ready. 

In the end, a Fresh 48 session is about documenting that fleeting time in the hospital as you are enjoying the first hours with your newest family member. This session allows you to relax while having a professional worry about capturing all of those special details.

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When do I book my Fresh 48 Session?

You can book your session anytime during your pregnancy. Typically the end of the second trimester to early third trimester is the best time. Do to the nature of the session I am only able to accept a few per month to ensure I am available when baby comes. Of course, if you are reading this and in labor, contact me and I will do all I can to come for a Fresh 48 session.

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If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out, or leave a comment below.

 

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What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Plan your outfits before baby is born.

The first tip I give to expectant moms who book a newborn session with me is to plan their outfits before baby is born. Once that little bundle of joy arrives, you won't want to be running to the store, or digging in the closet for something to wear. And I'm sure you don't want to be sending your husband out shopping for clothes either! By having some things planned in advance, you can focus on snuggling your sweet little baby.

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Keep the family outfits clean and classic and comfortable.

A newborn session is about capturing your family with the focus on the newest addition.  You will be snuggled up on the couch and/or the master bed. Of course you want to look nice, however, you want to be comfortable. You just had a baby! This isn't the time for fancy dresses, or bold colors.

Mom, get a grey, white, or black nursing tank and a sweater to go over top. The tank top allows for those beautiful and intimate skin to skin shots, while we can throw the cardigan over for a little more formal shot with the family. Jeans (maternity are still most comfortable) or leggings are perfect pairing, too. You can also wear a soft, casual dress if that's more comfortable, too.

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Dads and siblings should dress in neutral colors too. Again, this is the time for the focus to be on baby. Black, grey, white, cream, navy are all great for newborn sessions. Patterns are okay as long a they are simple and not distracting. 

Swaddle Baby in a diaper.

Newborns, as adorable as they are, don't do well in "outfits." Now isn't the time to put them in huge dresses or stiff outfits. They just can't hold it up and often get lost in all that material. Newborns are beautiful just as they are, so I suggest stripping them down to just a diaper and swaddling them in a blanket. 

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If you really want to dress baby, a well fitting onesie or sleeper are ideal for photos. While I'm the mom that sizes up when I buy clothes for my kids, newborn photos is not the time for this. Since babies love to blow out diapers and spit up, having a couple of options allows for back ups, just in case! A few favorite brands for neutral newborn clothes are L'oved Baby and Hanna Anderson.

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Have any specialty items ready for your session.

While I do not use any props for my sessions, you may have a special item you want included in your session. If you have a special christening gown or handmade blanket from grandma, by all means, I'd love to include them in a few photos. Families also often like to have something to use as a size marker for their photos, like a special stuffed animal or toy. Again, planning these things in advance means less to worry once that sweet baby arrives!

I'm here to help, just ask.

If you're still unsure, I'm available to help any of the families I photograph. 

Are you expecting and ready to book your newborn session? Contact me and let's chat about your upcoming little arrival!

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