La Grande Birth Photographer // 48-Fresh // Baby Monty

48-fresh sessions hold a particular magic for me - they viscerally remind me of the hours after my own births, when the world completely stopped outside the door and all that existed was the scent and feel of this tiny new life (well, my babies were whoppers, but you get the point). It’s this beautiful and bittersweet bubble of existence - because from the moment that baby is placed in your arms, the countdown begins to the day they step out of your arms and into the world.

This is what 48-fresh sessions are meant to achieve; to preserve that bubble for the rest of your life. So that on the day your child leaves for college, you can look back to these images and feel the weight of your baby in your arms, and the scent of their newly birthed hair permeating your senses. It all comes rushing back, over and over and over - birth is something that your body and your heart never forget.

Little Montgomery’s 48-Fresh session was absolutely wonderful. His parents were so calm and collected, and trusted me to help them capture this intimate moment in their life as a new family of four. Big brother Oliver was full of energy and not particularly interested in having photos done, but I firmly believe that engaging small children and asking them questions (or letting them examine my camera) does wonders in creating a calm environment where they can step into the photos on their own terms. Which, honestly, makes for the best images anyway!

Here are some things I want everyone to know about 48-Fresh sessions (as I do them):

1.) It is absolutely normal and okay for your older children to have a hard time participating. They did, after all, just meet a tiny new person who is changing their life and their relationship with YOU. It generally works best if you let me take the reins and do some gentle guiding and conversation with your kiddos. They usually respond really well to neutral person who engages with them, rather than focusing on just baby.

2.) It is absolutely normal for there to be multiple diapers/spit up changes. This is okay! While I vaguely suggest an hour for 48-fresh sessions, in reality I will be there until I am satisfied that we’ve achieved a wonderful session. Which usually means plenty of breaks for baby to nurse, poop, etc. Don’t feel a need to entertain me during this - I am a mom, and I’m no stranger to newborns. I’m perfectly content to hang out and even lend a hand. I’ve been know to change quite a few diapers during sessions, and to teach dads how to swaddle correctly.

3.) It is absolutely okay for other family members to be present (grandparents, siblings, etc). If they are, I fully welcome them to be involved in photos - I will simply ask them, at times, to step out into the hallway and give baby a break or to create more space. MOMS! If you are feeling overwhelmed during this process, tell me. I have no problem being bossy and telling people to skedaddle. It is also okay to not have family present at all. In fact, for some clients this is just preferable. I leave this entirely up to you!

4.) The goal of this session is to just snuggle and soak up your baby. We will do some shots of baby by themselves, but that is not the primary focus. I will be there for one thing: to document this moment of your life. It goes by so quickly, and your baby changes so fast even in the first week.

5.) Last, but not least: last year I started a tradition of crocheting newborn hats for all the babies I photograph. You are in no way obligated to use them for the session, but so far - everyone has! I coordinate them with the colors you prefer for your little one.

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