If you’re expecting you are probably finding yourself faced with numerous decisions. Will you cloth diaper or use disposables? Will you bottle feed, breastfeed, or a combination of both? Will you co-sleep? Will you offer a pacifier? And my favorite decisions, what will you name baby and how will you decorate the nursery?

Then there is the decision of how you will document this sweet baby's arrival. Do you do hire a birth photographer, have a fresh 48 session, do newborn photos in a studio or have a lifestyle newborn session? The options are endless, which can feel great that there is the right option and photographer out there for you. However, it can feel overwhelming, too. I want to help ease that burden by answering one of the most common questions I get;

What’s the difference between a fresh 48 and a newborn photo session?

In the simplest sense, a Fresh 48 happens within the first 48 hours after birth while you’re still in the hospital or birth center, whereas a newborn session takes place within the first 1-2 weeks (or up to a month, really) within your home.

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Both a Fresh 48 and a Newborn photo session document your love and your baby’s tiny details.

However, how they do this is different. A Fresh 48 focuses on the newness of it all. I capture those hospital details like the hospital blanket and bassinet, the hospital bands, those wrinkles toes, and the umbilical stump. We capture that glimmer in your eye as you ride on the adrenaline and joy of bringing new life into this world.

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During your newborn session we capture your baby’s tiny details, but in the setting of your home. I use the spaces where life happens and where your child will grow up, like “the big bed” or master bedroom, the living room and the nursery. I capture those special details you put into making the nursery special. We are also able to include your pets, too.

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A Fresh 48 session is shorter and more casual than a newborn session.

Of course, both sessions are laid back and relaxed as I let baby guide the pace. However, during your Fresh 48 I try to be in and out as quickly as possibly while getting the photographs you want. You just had a baby, and I want to let you get back to recovering and relaxing, so a session lasts around 30 minutes (depending on the number of nurse interruptions!). While you may change your clothes and freshen up a bit, your attire will still be casual and comfortable (looking for ideas, check out What to Pack for Your Fresh 48 Session).

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A newborn session, on the other hand, lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours. It is a relaxed time with plenty of time for a cup of coffee, diaper changes, feedings, and gushing over your sweet new baby. You’re able to dress up a little more and take a shower, overall just feel a bit more put together. For your newborn session you have had some time to settle in a little bit to life with a newborn.

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Do you book a Fresh 48 session or a Newborn session?

Now for the ultimate decision, which do you book? As you can see this family chose to book both a fresh 48 and a newborn session. They saw the value and difference in both sessions, and as you can see how much baby boy changed in even a short two week period.

Does this mean you need to book both sessions to “properly” have your baby captured? Of course not. It comes down to what is most important to you, and what fits your lifestyle and budget. I hope this helped you understand the similarities and differences as you consider each type of session for your upcoming arrival. Make sure you scroll through more peeks from this baby boy’s fresh 48 and newborn session below, they will give you more of an idea of what to expect!

Still have more questions regarding a Newborn or Fresh 48 session? Or ready to get your due date on my calendar? Contact me and let’s do it.

A few more from their Fresh 48:

A few more from their Newborn Photo Session:

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