I get ideas for sessions all the time but I don’t always have the means to make them happen. A few months ago, I started hearing about Fresh48 sessions and after investigating I knew that this was something that I wanted to try. I’ve been familiar with birth sessions and even been approached to do a few. Birth sessions are exactly what the name says- a photographer documenting the birth of a child. While they can be really beautiful moments, the birth sessions don’t fit well with the rest of my life. I have reluctantly turned into quite the planner and being on call with plans changing at the last moment to make room for a baby doesn’t fit well so I was excited to hear about these Fresh48 sessions. These are sessions done at the hospital within the first 24-48 hours of birth, documenting the new family. There’s still a small amount of being on call but you have a bigger window of time to get to the hospital to take the photos. When I first heard about it, I loved the idea of it and so I started to be on alert for potential guinea pigs, err clients who would be willing to try this out with me.
Fortunately, I have a sweet friend who was expecting her fourth grandchild and her son and daughter-in-law were not only willing but also excited for this opportunity. So I found myself packing my stuff up at the last minute on a Friday morning to go to the hospital to meet Miss Maggie less then 24 hours in the world.
These sessions are meant to be more documentary style and so I tended toward keeping them black and white to focus on those precious details and not be distracted by colors.