FIVE TIPS TO A DIY FRESH 48 SHOOT
Having a CORONIAL baby? Unexpectedly not able to have your Fresh 48 photographer come capture these precious first moments? THIS IS FOR YOU!
I'm really feeling for the expectant mamas out there currently. I get it, it's for everyone's safety, but you can feel bummed that you're missing these special moments you hoped for. It's okay, those feelings are valid and do not feel bad for having them!! But trust me, I'm here and I feel for you. Which is why I'm hoping these tips and tricks can bring some joy and make your postpartum stay a little more of what you had planned.
1. LIGHTING IS YOUR FRIEND
I'm pretty sure most professionals will agree with me, lighting is everything and can really make or break a photo. While hospital rooms typically have the worst lighting on the planet, there are things you can do to help. First, turn off the hospital lights. I personally dread these lights and it's the first thing I do when I'm setting up. They have the most unflattering coloring and won't do you much good. You're now probably wondering "what the heck? what am I supposed to use as a light source then?" The answer is the window! Open the blinds and move to the natural light!
2. THINK ABOUT YOUR ANGLES
Do not shoot up the baby's nose, I repeat, DO NOT SHOOT UP THE BABY'S NOSE. You've gotta move to get the right angles. Try to shoot from an angle where you're shooting down the face or even from the side of baby! Think of it as a selfie, when you take a selfie you shoot a little higher than your eye line and angle it down towards the rest of you. Same goes for these little ones, they tend to look better from the same angle!
But whatever you do, just make sure you aren't blocking the window so you don't lose your light!
3. DRESS IT UP AND MAKE IT YOURS
There's a handful of things you can incorporate into your Fresh 48 to make it uniquely yours. For your bassinet photos, get creative to add personality! Bring in those items you've been collecting for your session: swaddles, coordinating outfits, hats, headbands, the stuffies, the cute pacis, and the most popular, letter boards! You can line the bassinet with all of the items to add your own little touch.
Helpful tip: Use a swaddle blanket to create your own crib sheet in the bassinet! Having a coordinating outfit or a different patterned swaddle can make for a super cute set up.
4. TIDY UP
If you're anything like me, your hospital room is bound to look like a bomb went off. I mean literally, my bags coughed up all of my clothes and items and they were everywhere. Snacks were on anything that could hold them, chargers plugged in, food trays that hadn't been picked up yet, you name it...it was spread across the room.
The VERY first thing I do after washing my hands in a session… is clear the clutter. I fold up blankets, I move all of the food and drinks and loose items onto the rolling table and send it to the other side of the room. Take a few minutes and tidy the room, the difference it makes in photos is worth it.
5. GET THE DETAILS
Toes, hair, ears, hands. These are the small things that will quickly change in the days after your baby’s birth. Waiting until your babe is sleepy is the best chance to grab a sweet picture of those little parts. When a baby is a bit fussy, having your partner hold your baby’s feet is a great trick to help keep them still.
I hope this helps...
In a time of such uncertainty, I hope this helps take one stressor off your plate. Having a baby in this strange time in the world is hard enough and I hope you can find some ease in this guide.