What Exactly is a "Fresh 48?"

Have you ever heard the term, "Fresh 48?"  Are you reading this and thinking, what the heck is a Fresh 48?  Four dozen fresh eggs?  (I crack myself up...)  Nope.  It's a newborn photo shoot taken within 48 hours of giving birth while you are still at the hospital.

I hadn't heard of it until I was working as a newborn photographer for Bella Baby Photography here in Colorado.  I was giving my spiel one day (about how we do a mini-photo shoot in their room with their new bundle of joy) and the dad piped up with, "yeah, you photographers call it a 'Fresh 48,' right?"  I looked at him blankly and he proceeded to school me on what exactly a Fresh 48 entailed.  He was pretty proud of himself ;) 

What is a Fresh 48 newborn photo session?

So what the heck is a Fresh 48?  It's photos taken of you and your family and your new baby in the first day or two after he or she has been born--when they are "Fresh," so to speak. 

It truly is my favorite type of photo shoot.  There is so much love and excitement in the air and newborns are such a miracle.  The fact that I am invited to share this moment with a family means the world to me.  I can't get enough of those tiny little creatures!

As the photographer, I'm there to capture moments big and small.  Examples of some images we could create together include:

1.  Getting a checkup from the nurse or doctor

A doctor checks on a newborn baby boy in a hospital in Denver as documented in a Fresh 48 newborn photo session by Kristiina Craven Photography.

2.  Extended family meeting the baby for the first time

Grandparents meet their grandson for the first time during a Fresh 48 newborn photo session in Denver, Co, as photographed by Kristiina Craven.

3.  Baby in his/her bassinet

A baby boy in his hospital bassinet with name card during a Fresh 48 newborn photo shoot in Denver, Co.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography.

4.  Older siblings meeting their new baby brother or sister

A girl meets her baby brother for the first time during a Fresh 48 newborn photo shoot in Denver, CO.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography.

5.  Photos that set the scene and help tell the story

A black and white photo of a family in the hospital room after their son was born during a Fresh 48 in Denver, Co.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography.

6.  Mom feeding or nursing baby

A newborn baby boy gazes in his mother's eyes during a Fresh 48 photo shoot in Denver, CO.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography.

7.  Any other moments that will help tell the story of your time in the hospital with your new baby

A little girl face-times with her aunt during her new baby brother's Fresh 48 photo session in Denver, CO. 

8.  First yawns, diaper changes, feedings, etc!  There are so many firsts to capture.

Why hire a photographer for a Fresh 48 newborn photo session

There are many reasons to hire a photographer for after you give birth in the hospital, at home, or in a birthing center.  Your baby changes SO MUCH in the first week after he or she is born, it's unreal!  Sure, everyone has a pretty good camera phone (pretty great camera phone, even), but to have a professional there to tell your story is invaluable.  They can see things you can't and they have an unbiased perspective. 

Even if you have a newborn photographer scheduled for an at-home photo shoot, you should consider asking them to come in for a bit while you're in the hospital.  I would give so much to have those first hours documented of me with my two kids---and so would my children! 

The best list of things you need for your hospital bag (for you, for baby, for your husband or partner)!
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Colorado Shines Early Learning Search and Resource

Did you know that Colorado has an incredible resource to help you find child care for your new baby, and/or a learning center/school for your preschooler?  They've created a searchable guide where Colorado licensed child care facilities and preschools are rated based on specific quality standards to better help you find a space that you and your family can trust and get excited about!

Colorado created a searchable database of child care and preschool programs for parents!

Beyond just giving a quality rating to a specific location, they give you all of the details you'll need to decide if it's a place you want to add to your list of potential care facilities. 

Colorado Shines is unique in that it is not only a searchable database for families, but it is an educational resource for providers in the state.  Their goal is to improve the quality of care that Colorado children are exposed to before they make it to Kindergarten.  The pre-K years are critical to setting up kids for a bright and strong educational foundation.

They are serious about helping child care and preschool centers reach new levels of quality service.  They have a professional development section on the website that service providers can utilize.  It's a free program that specifically educates these centers on how to be better--and in turn, up their quality rating score.  This program is a great way for care and education centers to further develop their staff which gives them an opportunity to improve on their quality level rating with specific guidelines and benchmarks.

The best part?  Colorado Shines is free for both you and the Service Providers.  There is no pay to play here.  It's a program that truly has Colorado's children's best interests at heart.  That should give you peace of mind when it comes to who will be caring for and educating your children.

Their easy-to-use website has a searchable database (you can even search by a center's name) that is accessible from their home page. 

Find a daycare or preschool for your child in Colorado using their Colorado Shines database.

You can do a more general search using your zip code, or you can type in your address to find potential programs within a 5-30 mile radius.  The results are instant and you can filter them by different parameters on the left side and above the search results.  It's very intuitive and easy to use!


You can view more details of a facility that has caught your eye:

Easily search for daycare or preschool options through Colorado government's Colorado Shines online database!

You can even view a facility's licensing history!  Through a link in the details section of your search, you can be connected with the state's provider list which will show you their licensing history.   

Search licensing history of childcare and preschool facilities in Colorado when you use Colorado Shines database.

Colorado Shine's has even created a very handy checklist and 'worksheet' of things, as a parent, you should be looking for in a facility for your child.  Click here to access their checklist and print it off before speaking with any facility representatives or touring a center.

Early Childhood Program Question and Observation Work Sheet from Colorado Shines database search.

This database blows my mind!  When my husband and I were searching for childcare for our two children (in a different state), it was tedious and stressful.  To have all of this valuable information at your fingertips is a gift.  Plus, the rating system that the state of Colorado has devised is invaluable. 

Good luck searching!



The Best Camera is the One With You--Happy 4th of July!

The best camera is the one you have on you.  A mother and daughter stand on a corner in New York City near Radio City Music Hall.  Photo by the husband of Denver Family Photographer, Kristiina Craven.

We've been on a little mini vacation to New York City with the kids and while I took my big camera out quite a bit, we used our camera phones A LOT!  And you know what?  I'm okay with that.  We got pictures of stuff I wouldn't have gotten otherwise.  Are they perfect?  No.  But we captured the moment and I couldn't be happier.  (And my back is happier, too!)

I hope you are capturing your family with whatever camera you have on you this holiday!  Happy Fourth of July!!