So you've heard the term "Fresh 48" - but what is it?
Baby Kai, here, is going to help me with a little show and tell session, today.
(Everybody say hi, Kai!)
A Fresh 48 session is a session I perform at the hospital, within the first 48 hours of your baby's birth. We document every little moment from skin-to-skin time with mom and baby, to meeting dad, all the way through siblings and family meeting the new little price or princess for the first time. I love photographing this time, because there are so many wonderful, meaningful moments packed into these first few days. These sessions are for couples who want beautiful images of the first few hours of their baby's life, but may not opt for a full birth session.
Check out a few of my favorite images from Kai's Fresh 48!
Sharing nursing images online is completely at the family's discretion - but I'm so glad that mom Leigha wanted these beautiful images shown! Mom and baby do some magical bonding during this time.
It's okay, Dad. No one really knows how to swaddle at first. ;)
I live for this look on new dads' faces when they *finally* get to hold their baby for the first time!
Moments like this get me every time. I love dad being so gentle in touching Kai's soft little nose. <3
The moments in which babies look for their mom when hearing their voice are among the most magical of those first 48 hours!
Checking out the hair sitch!
The first of many pacifier applications, I'm sure!
Documenting the little things that make your baby unique is so important - they're going to do such funny little things, and you won't really remember so many of them!
Those moments of connection are always there - if you know how to look for them!
I just love this image!
Meeting the Nana that's going to spoil him rotten - they'll always have these photos of their first opportunity to plot together!
Lemme tell you about Bailey and Dustin, y'all. I can't even explain how much I loved spending the day with these two and their crew. When I say Bailey is "my people", I mean that I was amazed all day long at how similar we are to one another! She got my "Friends" jokes, we laughed all day long together, and SHE EVEN SUN-SNEEZES JUST LIKE ME!
If you don't know what a sun sneeze is...it's a genetic (AND TOTALLY REAL THING, which my husband still doesn't believe, even after years of marriage to me and my sun sneezes) thing that causes you to sneeze when you walk out into the sun. It's such a rare thing, it was totally hilarious to me that we BOTH do it. (SO, THERE, HUSBAND).
High five for working with your "people." It's the little things. ;)
These two got married on one of the most gorgeous days of all of the days in South Louisiana, at White Oak Plantation. Dustin was SO adorable, misting up a bit while watching Bailey walk down the aisle, and they exchanged vows under a stunning flower arbor in front of all of their friends and family. After the ceremony, we got some stunning portrait images, then partied the night AWAY at the reception, y'all. It was so much fun.
Check out some of my very favorites from the day!
Venue: White Oak Plantation
HMUA: Verde Beauty
Cake Artistry: Fairy Dust
Flowers: Jake's On the Avenue
When hairspray starts flying - the priority is to protect the mimosa. ;)
Sewing a pence into the garter! <3
The "looks" that went into this champagne popping - priceless
Loved this emotional reaction of two friends reuniting. <3
I love that the guys wanted to hang out at The Chimes before getting ready!
Superhero socks for the groomsmen!
I adore this moment between Bailey and her dad, just before walking out!
When the flower girl forgets the flowers until she's already down the aisle! The best! ;)
I love photographing parent reactions during the first dance! So sweet.
A little secret: not one person ever knows "how" to do the twisty-arm-toast-thing. But it's almost always hilarious, trying to figure it out.
Bailey + Dustin = MARRIED!
I'm so excited for these two, and am all giddy with excitement, sharing Bailey's bridals. She looked so perfect for her bridal session at White Oak Plantation, and I can't wait to show you guys their wedding images! Check them out! Make sure to scroll alllll the way to the end to get a glimpse of what Bailey's little brother was up to during her session! ;)
LAWD, I love a good black and white silhouette in a gorgeous dress!
THIS GIRL and that infectious laugh of hers! <3 <3
Bailey's little brother may or may not have darted by behind her right before this frame, waving a fishing pole in one hand and a freshly caught worm in another.
Okay, so there's a fish-able pond on White Oak's property - which is something I *somehow* never knew. Bailey's little brother is fishing OBSESSED, and had to bring his fishing pole to the session, in hopes that the White Oak staff would let him fish. Lo and behold, this kid pulled up fish after fish, the whole time we were there! It was nuts. I've never seen anyone with such luck with fishing! So funny!
Oh, Baby Corbin...you couldn't possibly be any more loved!
This little bit right here made his grand entrance into the world last Thursday at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, and I had the very great pleasure of being one of the first people there in the room to welcome him to the world. As always, the wonderful staff at Woman's was phenomenal, and after a relatively easy labor (even though he did drag his feet just a little bit there at the end), Corbin was placed, safe and sound, into the waiting arms of his mom and dad.
Speaking of Dad...how amazing was Josh's reaction to seeing his baby boy for the first time? He told me before we got going that he was probably going to get emotional - and mannnn, he did NOT disappoint! Seeing him get choked up made me tear up a little bit!
And then there's Mom, Holly - if there was ever a more natural mother, I don't know who it'd be. She snuggled little Corbin into her arms and in no time at all, he looked like he'd always been a part of their lives. She was a total natural!
Anyway, enough from me - check out a few of my favorite images!
I love this quiet moment between Holly and Josh, just holding onto one another in the calm before the storm!
A mother is never not anxious about her baby - no matter how big she gets!
I love this love of joy overflowing, right before Corbin makes his debut!
Annnnnd, there are the tears. Thanks for pulling it out for me, Josh! ;)
Probably my favorite image of the whole bunch! I love that lone tear rolling down Josh's cheek, and the moment of connection between the two of them. <3
That baby smile! How perfect!
Wait. That voice - it sounds familiar, somehow.
Holly's brother didn't get a chance to meet baby Corbin - the family lost him not long before the birth. This was a special image to show that he'd been there in spirit that day. <3
I have an awesome wedding for you guys tonight. I love photographing weddings in downtown Baton Rouge, and Mallory and Alex's wedding at the City Club of Baton Rouge was such a wonderful experience. The girls got ready at the Hilton Downtown, and the boys had some fun on the upper floors of the City Club. The ceremony and reception were so well thought out and every detail was perfect for these two wonderful people and all of their friends and family.
Speaking of friends and family - I often talk about how a wedding day is all about the people in it, and not so much about the "stuff". Mallory and Alex were surrounded by some wonderful people all day long this day - and they all made for some great images with the two of them. The ceremony was made extra sweet when Mallory and Alex each gifted each others daughters with special necklaces declaring their promises to always be there for them. How wonderful is that? The girls are only one month apart in age, and they were the best of friends all day long - it was so cute.
At the reception, I am not kidding when I say I've never had a father of the bride who tore up the dance floor quite like Mallory's dad did! It was so fun, watching the whole crew have such a blast, all night long. Check out some of my favs from this incredible day!
The littlest girls get ready - I loved seeing how excited Alex's daughter was for Mallory to see her fancy hair!
A really sweet, fun group of girls, supporting Mallory all day long!
Emotions run high on a wedding day, but Mallory had no shortage of support from her girls!
A sweet mother daughter moment. <3
Mallory's dress, all ready to go!
There are three kinds of drinkers, I am told...the varying degrees of OJ to alcohol ratio in these drinks was pretty funny. ;)
Makeup by the uber-talented Taylor Anderson!
Mallory's family apparently has a thing for sweet potato fries. Mallory's mom may or may not have been a tad preoccupied with her room service order. ;)
A little last minute face timing!
Look at that beautiful face! <3
Hair by the talented Jessica Richard at SOHO Salon!
I love getting a nice portrait of Mom on a wedding day. This is where Mallory gets that stunning beauty from, folks!
The boys - cutting up just a little bit. ;)
A little rock, paper scissors on the way to the ceremony
Love this sweet moment between these girls. <3
Most supportive group of girls ever!
The looks between these two! <3
The preacher had the parents--and the girls--bless the rings before Mallory and Alex exchanged them. So sweet!
The necklace gifting!
Bustling when you don't have your glasses on is hard! ;)
Alex's mom *may* have gotten a tad bit emotional during their dance!
She was so patient, waiting for the cake to be cut. Or at least she acted like it. ;)
PS - this is exactly the way that *I* look at cake, kid.
These two crazy kids, right here... <3
Checking out the new bling!
It's possible that the bouquet toss was rigged. Maybe. But I'll never tell.
A sparkler exit to end the night!