The most common question I get from mom’s who have booked a Fresh 48 session with me is what do I pack in my hospital bag for photos?
Before I continue, I want to say, if you’re in labor now, or just had your baby wanting a Fresh 48 session, just contact me now so I can come photograph your baby. Do not let not having the “right” thing stop you from documenting this fleeting time for your family.
However, if you’re expecting and working on your hospital bag, this is the perfect post for you.
Pack a comfortable and neutral tops for you and your husband.
It is so easy to think about baby, but trust me, your baby will be adorable in nothing but a diaper. So focus on you and your husband first. I suggest packing a nursing tank or t-shirt that is just for photos. After having a baby, just changing putting on a fresh clean shirt will help you feel photo ready.
Toss in a plain, casual shirt for your husband. I know that if I left it to my husband to pack his shirt, I’d end up with a bright shirt or one with a logo right across the front. A plain top allows the focus to be on baby while giving you clean, classic, and timeless photos from your Fresh 48 session.
An open sweater or robe for mom are great accessories.
After giving birth you may want to feel a little more covered up. I totally get that. After each of my children were born, I had marks from all the IVs and tape holding those IVs. Having a robe or cardigan helps cover those up a little more during your session. They can also help you feel less like you are in a hospital.
I have seen many beautiful robes that are printed. While you’re looking keep in mind that bright colors or “loud” patterns can distract. The mom featured in this post is a beautiful example of using a robe as gave her a more feminine feel without taking away from their sweet baby boy.
You do not have to pack anything for baby for a fresh 48 session.
The point of your session is to capture those details of your brand new baby. In the hospital baby will be in just a diaper, swaddled in a blanket. That is perfect. We can unwrap him, capture his toes, the umbilical stump, little fingers, and then wrap him up warm like he prefers to be. The swaddling blanket with the animals is a staple at hospitals and something we will want to capture.
With that said, if you bring a swaddle from home and a hat, we can capture that too. Again, neutral is key again. If you pick a floral print, think about a pattern that has a light (white/grey) background with the print on top, over something that is bright and floral.
Pack a Siblings Bag to help Grandparents dress your kids.
If you have kids coming to meet their sibling, packing a bag with what they should wear will help grandparents (or whoever is bringing your kids to the hospital) big time. Before my youngest was born I packed a bag that had clothes that were neutral and would photograph well in the hospital. I had even told my kids I had set up a special bag for grandma so that they knew what to expect and were excited to put on their “hospital clothes.”
The key is to coordinate not match.
Whether you’re packing for just you and your husband, or planning for your kids to meet their newest sibling, remember you want to coordinate not match. Everyone in white t-shirts and jeans can feel very 1990. Just like a normal family session, I lay out outfits ahead of time. Of course, they are more casual but I still don’t want anyone to clash or blend in with each other.
When in doubt, send me a photo and I will help you.
If you’re packing your hospital bag and still unsure, send me a photo. I am here to help you.