A Fresh 48 is a photography session that treasures your babies first moments of life, the first 48 hours. Professional photography is taken in the comfort and convenience of your personal hospital room. You lay back and rest while the photos are taken by an experienced professionally trained newborn photographer. ~ Please inquire for prices if you are seeking an "At Home" Session.
Call or email. We would like to discuss your exact needs prior to placing an order. Please always check with your medical staff if it is safe for the baby to be photographed before scheduling.
A clean basket, small assortment of clean swaddle blankets in neutral, pink and blue, as well as various colored ribbon, and of course cameras. Everything that is used next to the baby's skin has been pre-washed in baby laundry soap. Happy to use your personal baby items in pictures. Safety and cleanliness is the main concern when using props and handling your infant.
Your online gallery of photos is up typically within the same day - two at very most.
Yes! Prints and announcements are an additional charge to the session. Custom 5x7 Birth Announcements & Holiday Cards with Envelopes Begin at $59.95 for a set of 25. When ordering, you order them directly with the printer through our website. Our system is very convenient and prints are excellent Kodak quality and come in many finishes. Large assortment of products are offered. Prints begin at $3. Anyone you give gallery access to can see pictures and order for themselves and for you!
Anyone you want photographed! The main star is the baby so every photo will include that star! The baby will have "portraits" taken in the basket. Various poses will be done including details of hands and toes. At no time will the baby be put in unsafe poses or positions. Parent's hands, wedding rings, stuffed animals and other safe props can be used next to the baby to help personalize the session.
No. The photography session can be just about the baby. Mom is requested to stay present during the session at all times.
Yes only with nurse and doctor approval. Typically, they will tell you when the baby is scheduled to be discharged and when it is safe for the baby to be photographed. This type of photography session would be in a spare boarding room at the hospital or in the presence of NICU, whichever the NICU nurses prefer. Even if the baby is weeks or months old, we are happy to still provide the same service for your baby that is in the hospital.
Typically it is 20-45 minutes to capture all of the photos needed for the session. Depending on the quanitity of images wanted a longer time would be spent to achieve that quantity.
This is a mutual discussion made during scheduling for your needs and our availability. We do our best to work within your desired time frame. Daylight is always the best time for baby pictures. Natural light is ideal for newborn photography. Mornings are preferred so that there is no harsh sunlight on your baby. If a flash is needed, it is bounced and not used directly.
Not at all. We suggest the larger packages since babies will be photographed seperate and also together. It will take a lot of pictures to achieve all of those looks. Two or three babies from one birth can split the session.
Happy to do an in-hospital session whenever requested and available. Last year more than 400 babies were photographed by Cher Charest under this business as well as several other photography companies as an independent contractor that service babies and families. Photographer is up to date within hospital regulations for all necessary vaccines and flu shots as well. Properly trained on how to handle newborns and safe posing. Hospital gloves are always worn when handling babies.
Babys cry! -But a sound machine is used during the session to help sooth. Same with a pacifier if you allow, and the heat will be turned up to make sure the baby stays warm and happy.
Please feed the baby! We can still do pictures.
Always ask your Medical professional if it is still okay to do pictures. Usually not a problem a few hours after the procedure. The baby would not be positioned on the belly and only photographed on the side or from above.
It's your choice if you would like to wait until that is removed and we can do the photos afterwards at the hospital. If you want the first 48 captured regardless, the baby's arm can be wrapped so that the IV isn't seen in photos or the baby can wear a hat. Many babies have been photographed this way and it is very hard to see any difference in photographs. Can't repeat this enough, but please always ask your Medical professional if it is safe for the baby to have a photography session. The great thing about hospital sessions is that they are done quickly so that the baby stays happy.
Letting us know your due date so that we can be better prepared is ideal. After ordering, simply call and tell us "The Baby is Here!" and we can schedule the preferred day and time for photos. Telling us the due date helps us with scheduling and expectations. If your baby was just born and you would like the service please call immediately so that we can schedule your session.
If for any reason the doctor or nurse request that the pictures are done later due to medical reasons. We can reschedule for a later date and time in hospital with schedule permitting. Please give an immediate notice if this occurs so that we can properly reschedule.
Thank you for reviewing the In-Hospital Photography Packages & Congratulations your New Bundle of Joy!
Hope to see your smiles soon! ~ Cher Charest Photography.