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Fresh 48

Capturing your newborn within the first 48 hours of life

Remember those “fresh” baby-ism forever.

Soft hair on her head. Wrinkly and soft skin. The yawns and the noise that your baby makes. The way you gaze at your baby. The way your partner snuggle with that baby. You’ve been waiting for her for months. And now… she’s here! These hospital or at home (if it’s a home birth) session is precious. I get to document all those little moments as you experience you first time as a family of three… or four… or five… or six. It’s celebrating your new identity as a mother to that little baby.

What is Fresh 48 session?

Fresh48s happens within the first 48 hours of the baby’s life at the place they were born: hospital, birth center or home. I come to you so you can focus on just resting and snuggling with that newborn. Sessions usually take up to an hour. 

If the birthing person isn’t feeling well enough, they can opt for a lifestyle newborn session.



What should I expect? 

Don’t worry about that. I’ll be documenting your newborn and your family with my camera. I might suggest a pose here and there but mostly, I document beautiful things as they happen. Then you’ll get photos to show off your baby the next business day.

When should I book? 

Fresh48s are usually booked in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. I take 3 clients a month for this session type. Book early to secure your spot. Then you’ll notify me when your baby arrives. Then we’ll schedule a time for me to come in the morning or afternoon after birth.


I take the honor of being a part of the early days very seriously. Let’s meet in person to get to know each other a bit before you decide to have me document your baby’s first 48 hours. Contact me to schedule a free consultation. 

Who Am I?

I am a certified Birth Doula and Photographer based in Southwest Michigan serving families. I'm based out of Benton Harbor, MI and I serve families in the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, South Haven and Holland area. I can also serve Michigan City and South Bend area.

I am an LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safe space. All families types are welcome here.

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