DIY Fresh 48 Pictures: 10 Tips and Sample Shot List | Chesapeake, Virginia | Jess Nicole Photography
The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all in some way. Myself and my family are doing our part to flatten the curve. Unfortunately, that means not taking on any clients. Photography is not an essential business and is not vital to life (although my soul would disagree). This is totally uncharted territory for us all.
My heart especially breaks for those mother's in their 3rd trimester, due to deliver any day. They won't be able to have maternity, birth, Fresh 48, or newborn photos- among a whole host of other things. All of these are once in a lifetime events. My heart truly breaks that I won't be there to capture these moments for you so that you can focus solely on your baby and your family. Remembering to take photographs during this time is just one more thing a new mama will have on her plate.
So, I've been thinking and I've tried to come up with some tips and tricks to help you document these precious days. Whether you have an iPhone or a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, the principles are the same.
DIY Fresh 48 Shot List
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I just wanted you to have a helpful resource and something to help guide you through. Everyone is tired after labor. The adrenaline wears off and everything becomes hazy and dreamlike. This is part of the appeal of having a professional photographer come in and do this for you- you don't have to think about it. Hopefully having a guide will help you get those once in a lifetime shots. Use your imagination. Everyone's story is a different and unique, just like them. Did this blog help you at all? Did I leave anything out? Want me to add something? Tell me in the comments below!
So, I'll just go ahead and say, this little guy is so lucky to be born to these parents. He is going to be so loved, so cherished, and he will be surrounded by art every day of his life. Mom is very talented musically, teaching herself to play guitar and singing in church weekly. She said that baby boy even "dropped" and engaged while singing in church! I can imagine his life in the womb, being gently rocked and swayed to the rhythm of beautiful music while listening to the voice of his mother lull him to sleep.
When I did their maternity session (you can read more about that here!), we talked a lot about music and how baby reacted to it. He's been surrounded by the rhythm and beat of music from day one, tapping and kicking along inside his mama's belly. Dad mentioned he could put his hand on her belly and feel him dancing around when they played music and sang to him. And sure enough, when he was fussy during his newborn session, Mama put on some music and he quieted down and became so curious about his surroundings.
Dad is a very talented videographer here in Hampton Roads and I am so glad that this baby's life will be documented and memories recorded from Dad's perspective. What an awesome blessing to be able to go back and see such heartfelt videos produced by your own Dad when you're older? I think seeing your childhood through your Dad's eyes will be absolutely priceless. And the boy will be no stranger to the camera!
These are first time parents, but you wouldn't be able to tell it from looking at them. I was terrified as a first time mom (many people can attest to this!), but they approach parenthood with such an unmistakeable joy, calm, and confidence. I was in awe at their laid back demeanor.
But let's talk about this baby! What a hunk of of chunky goodness! Holy macaroni at his sweet, precious little rolls! I couldn't get enough of him and they were even awesome enough to let me snuggle him for a second. Could my job get any better? I mean, seriously. I don't think so. After a long and rather eventful labor, Ryker was born at 37.5 weeks weighing in at a whopping 9lbs 11oz and 21.5 inches long at 2:07am. His parents are staying busy loving and kissing and cuddling every ounce of him, rightfully so.
Here's a few more of my favorites from their session. If you'd like to schedule your own in home newborn session with me, use the contact tab above or find me on Instagram @jess.nicole.photography or see some of my work or tag your favorite photos by me at #thebravestoryteller !
What? You don't use props or put babies in cute poses? No baskets? No backdrops? No little hats?
I know, it's okay. I get that question sometimes. And the answer is no, I don't really do that. Yes it's cute and it's totally okay if that is something that you are interested in. But for me, I am more interested in documenting the relationship that is forming. The head-over-heels, breathtaking, all encompassing obsession with that mini-you. The way that daddy looks into that precious face with such wonder, pride, and amazement. The way the mother cradles that little head into the crook of her neck and inhales the sweetest, most intoxicating aroma that ever was- the newborn smell. Once they are finally here and you look into that perfect face, it's all over. You know that no matter what, you will never be the same. This love has fundamentally changed you.
And THAT is what I'm after.
Your world has completely changed, completely spun off it's axis. You're tired, you're running on fumes and you may not even know what day it is. Your new postpartum body may be not exactly what you had expected and everything is sore. I get it. I truly do. I feel you mama. I've been there and I know exactly what it's like. But above and beyond all of that is the wonderful new adventure you are embarking on. Let's focus on the beauty, the magic that is happening right here, right now. A new story is unfolding and it's full of excitement, twists and turns, fear, hope, and at the root of it all- love. It's always been about love, hasn't it?
So, what can you expect for your Signature Newborn Session with me?
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.