As a NH Newborn Photographer, my new favorite sessions to document are Hospital Newborn Sessions or as they are commonly referred to as, Fresh 48 Sessions. These sessions are for families who want to capture the first few hours of their newborn’s life but may not want the entire labor or birth documented.
This 45-minute session is held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life. I will join you during your hospital stay to document your new baby in a relaxed and natural way for you to remember his first day forever.
I am looking to expand my Hospital Newborn Portfolio and am offering a model call for the months of June, July & August.
These sessions are complimentary but do require a $100 retainer due to being on-call for your delivery. This retainer is non-refundable however will be applied towards your purchase should you decide to make one. Included in the session is 45-minutes of shooting time in the hospital within the first 48-hours of the delivery of your baby, 3 high resolution digital images with a print release and 25% off all products including collections in exchange for a model release that will have to be signed. Models applying must have a due date that falls in June or July.
Hospital or Birthing Center You will be Delivering At
Doula’s name if you have one
Gender of baby (if known)
Photograph of you & your baby bump so far
Names of family members included in session
Some fun information about yourself
Applicants will be notified throughout the month of June if they have been chosen to participate in the model call. Application deadline is June 12th. Thank you for your interest and please let me know if you have any questions!
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As a New Hampshire Birth Photographer, I am asked a lot WHY would someone want to have a photographer at their birth. I have been wanting to share my reasons WHY but last night I received a beautiful letter from my last birth client and I thought it was a much better explanation. Thank you Austin, Jimmy and Baby James for letting me be a part of your big day and I am so proud to be considered family. And a HUGE thank you to the Nurses at Exeter Hospital for advocating for this mama and helping me to get into the operating room. It was truly an amazing experience.
The Birth Story of Baby James
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Lindsey and I have been friends since my middle son was just 4 months old and she has watched (and laughed) while I navigate this unpredictable and demanding life of a mom of 3. Back in November when she shared the news that she was expecting, I squealed like a little girl. I am over the moon for her and her husband Matt and I cannot wait to meet this new little adventurer.
As a Maternity Photographer in Southern Maine and New Hampshire, I have been DYING to do a session at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine and knew that Lindsey and Matt, along with their fur-baby Haddie, would be the perfect subjects. Boy was I ever right.
Mother nature had other plans and our first session date was rained out but we were lucky enough that the night we rescheduled for not only had clear skies but also one of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen.
Haddie stole the show and did not want to be shown up by Mommy’s baby bump. She is so adorable and your typical first child – LOL.
This little bundle’s gender is a secret for now but stay tuned because as soon as he or she is here, I will be knocking down their door to get a great photo of the newest member of the family. (I think it is a girl).
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The first few days at home with a newborn can be a whirlwind. You are sleep deprived and busy learning all about this new little person that you have just brought home from the hospital. AND if you already have children at home, you are learning to juggle the needs of multiple children.
As a nursing mom, this can be a difficult transition due the demands of a hungry baby. But, it can be done and if you are prepared, it is a wonderful thing. I know, I know…it is a natural thing and “everyone” does it. Yeah, well the reality is that it does not come easy to “everyone” AND every baby and mother is different. All 3 of mine were completely different when it came to breastfeeding and by #3 I had it down. Whether you are a new mom or have done this before, I hope that these Nursing Mom Must-Haves/Tips are helpful to you during your breastfeeding journey.
Set up a Nursing “Command Center” – Yes, I know another “command center” from me – if you missed my household command center you can find it here. But this one was the best thing I did. This isn’t to say that you have to ALWAYS feed your baby here but for those middle of the night feedings it is wonderful.
Soothies Gel Pads & Nipple Cream – have these close by on a small table as well so that you can get some relief after nursing (especially after a cluster feeding).
Nursing Tank Tops & Washable Nursing Pads are a must have – I loved to layer with these tanks so that my belly was always covered and the washable nursing pads are so soft and you will save money over the reusable ones.
Electric Breast Pump – once your baby is in a good nursing routine, you are going to want the opportunity to give he or she a bottle so that you can have a break and a breast pump is a must have. If you have it right next to you in your “command center” you can start nursing on one side and pump the other at the same time – this will not only help with your supply but will help jump start your storage of breastmilk for when you return to work.
BONUS: Utilize the lactation consultants in your area. I delivered all of my children at Exeter Hospital in NH and the location consultants and the breastfeeding support group were WONDERFUL. They were so helpful and talking to other moms about any issues I was having was so encouraging.
I am often asked my maternity and birth clients what they should bring to the hospital. Each labor and delivery is different but I have put together a list of my “must-haves” for the hospital.
Top 10 Must-Haves in Your Hospital Bag
Chapstick – when you are in labor, your breathing is so important and with all that breathing through your mouth – YOUR LIPS WILL GET CHAPPED!
Hair Clips or Elastics – no matter how long your hair is, in those final moments of labor it will drive you crazy if it is in your face so be sure to bring something to pull it back when the time comes to start pushing.
Flip Flops/Slippers – when in labor you will want to walk around and after you deliver, if you are anything like me, your feet will be too swollen to wear regular shoes so flip flops and slippers come in handy
Water Bottle – staying hydrated is very important for both a laboring and breastfeeding mom and I always bring my birth clients a camelbak water bottle to have at all times because the straw makes it so easy to hydrate
Phone/iPad charger – there is nothing worse than having your phone go dead when it is time to call your family to let them know you are in labor – or when it is time to call your birth photographer to come capture the delivery of your baby
Button down shirt & leggings – even though you just had a baby you will want to look cute for all of those great hospital photos – especially if you are having a Fresh 48 Newborn session while you are there. A great button down and leggings will look good and have easy access for nursing.
iPad or iPhone with a blue tooth speaker or headphones – music is so relaxing when you are in labor.
Nail File & Mittens for Baby – those little nails come out SHARP and if you are nursing, trust me you will want them cut and filed ASAP. Plus, the mittens will help them to not scratch their cute little faces.
Soothies Gel Pads for Nursing – these are the BEST THING EVER! If you are a nursing mom, throw these in the refrigerator and then stick them on after you nurse for instant relief
FOR DAD – A Sweater or Sweatshirt – While your wife is in labor and super hot – you will be freezing. As a birth photographer, I am always freezing because laboring moms are always hot and want the temperature in the room turned down.
When I was pregnant with my third child, I was super frustrated because I couldn’t take anything for my stuffy nose and I was miserable. This is when a friend introduced me to essential oils and when PEPPERMINT cleared my sinuses INSTANTLY, I was hooked.
Over the past two years, I have expanded my collection of oils for many different uses but I wanted to share my TOP 5 favorites with you all here:
PEPPERMINT – BREATHE EASY
This is my favorite for expectant mamas! I loved it when I was pregnant because it was safe and I still use it daily to help clear my sinuses and give me that pick me up when I am sleepy.
If you are super stuffy (i had this with all 3 pregnancies) inhale or apply topically under now and/or back of neck (be sure to dilute with a carrier oil as it can cause skin sensitivity.
BEWARE this will decrease your milk supply so only use if you are ready to stop breastfeeding
My personal favorite is to rub this on the back of my neck and diffuse when I have a migraine
LAVENDER – SLEEP, SLEEP and MORE SLEEP
Lavender was a game changer for me. I love it most for newborns and toddlers and almost always gift it to my newborn clients. It has the most amazing calming effect on babies.
Start with a few drops in the bath and add a few drops to bedding to promote relaxation
Dilute with a carrier oil and massage on forehead, back, shoulders, under nose and especially on the bottom of feet
For teething babies, massage on jaw line using a carrier oil
PROTECTIVE BLEND – BATTLE THE SICKNESS
This blend has been a lifesaver this winter with all of the nasty bugs going around. We use it daily in my house and I LOVE THE SMELL.
Diffuse aromatically or dilute with a carrier oil and massage on the bottom of feet to boost immunity and combat viral and bacterial threats to the body
Add to water and use as a surface cleaner
GROUNDING BLEND – STRESS AWAY
This is a new favorite for me. I started using it to calm my two year old (and myself) and it may not completely get rid of the terrible two’s but it at least takes the edge off (for both of us).
Create a roller ball with the grounding blend and dilute with a carrier oil. Rub on the bottom toddler’s feet or back of the neck morning and evening to help combat the tantrums (Terrible Two’s)
CLEANSING BLEND – CLEAN HOUSE SMELL
I like to say this is my “spring go to” oil. It is so clean and fresh smelling and I use it ALL THE TIME. Actually, it is currently in my kitchen diffuser right now!
Get rid of the dirty house smell by diffusing this light and airy smell
Mix with vinegar and water in glass bottle for cleaning
Laundry : add 2-4 drops to your wash for that fresh smell