Tips for taking Fresh 48 images during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 virus has caused lots of changes, especially for expecting parents. I know there’s so much anxiety and disappointment right now. You are missing out on so many things you had planned…baby showers, fresh 48 sessions, etc. This time is hard, but there’s still so much joy and excitement about welcoming your little one. While I can’t be there to document this time for you, I CAN give you some great tips that will help you capture sweet images of you and your baby at the hospital.

FIND THE GOOD LIGHT:

Most hospital rooms have large windows that provide beautiful natural light. Open all the curtains and blinds to let in as much light as possible. Depending on the direction of your room, typically morning and later in the evening before sunset are the best times for the really good light.

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MAKE GOOD USE OF THE BASSINET:

The bassinet is the perfect spot to photograph baby. Place baby in the bassinet and then move bassinet near the window at a slight angle.

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BEST + DIFFERENT ANGLES:

The biggest tip for taking picture of your baby is to shoot down the nose so that you aren’t looking up baby’s nostrils. Also, shoot several different angles. I always start with the “bird’s eye view” (shooting straight down at baby). Also be sure to get other angels like the profile, looking into the bassinet, from the head down, etc.

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FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO INCLUDE SIBLINGS WHO CAN’T BE THERE:

Incorporating little gifts from big brother or big sister is a small, sweet way of including them into the images.

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DOCUMENT YOURSELVES WITH BABY:

Take turns with your partner documenting each other with your little one.

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ASK FOR HELP:

Ask your nurse to take a photo of the three of you together ( I especially love images of mom and dad standing with baby near the windows and snuggle in bed together). Also, your nurses are pros at swaddling so don’t be afraid to ask for their help to get baby ready for photos.

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DON’T FORGET THE DETAILS:

Details are one of my favorite parts of Fresh 48 sessions.  I unwrap baby and position them in the bassinet and capture images of their little toes, hands, nose, ears, etc.

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SOAK IN ALL THE MAGIC:

Just breathe and soak in all the magic and newness of your little one.

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I hope you find these helpful, friend! Sending you lots of love as you welcome your little one!

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