ARE FRESH 48 SESSIONS ALLOWED IN HOSPITALS HERE IN DUBAI? Yes! But you can always ask your Doctor for peace of mind. In most cases I will be treated like any other visitor so sessions must take place during regular visiting hours.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY FRESH 48 SESSION? As soon as you know when your due date is, let me know so we can make arrangements and I can book your spot. Obviously, by nature of birth, I will be flexible and arrange my schedule to be there within 48 hours of Baby’s birth. I also accept last minute Fresh 48’s if I am available so do reach out to me at anytime!
WHEN AND WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE? The session will take place at the hospital and are scheduled within the first 24 to 48 hours after delivery, during Hospital visitation hours.
WHY BOOK A FRESH 48 SESSION? The moments just after the whirlwind of labor and delivery are some of the most precious moments for a parents. This is when you get to get to know the new addition to your family, discover the tiniest details of the little being that has been nestling in your belly for all those months! The way your baby looks, his reactions, his discovery of the world…it is all so breathtaking! The moment the family meets this little person is such an important event in everyone’s lives. It is precious to have someone else be there to capture them so you can be free to live them fully! And when you will see the images all those emotions that were in that room will come back to you…it is priceless!
DO YOU DO ACTUAL BIRTH PHOTOS OR ONLY POST BIRTH PHOTOS? I do both. Birth photography is my passion. Head over to my Birth Photography page.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PHOTO SESSION? 1-2 Hours of shooting time. Within 2 weeks you will have 30+ images sent to you via a password protected online gallery. You will get both low resolution images to share and high resolution images if you wish to print them.
HOW LONG WILL I BE WITH YOU? Usually I am there between 1 and 2 hours. I try to schedule your session in the morning when the light is best. If family is coming to discover the baby we can arrange for the session to happen during that time.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST YOU? I offer two packages for Fresh 48 sessions: with or without film. Contact me for pricing information.
WHEN DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHS? It’s best to do them earlier in the day to make the most of a beautiful natural light.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT YOU TO COME OVER TO THE HOSPITAL? As soon as labor starts let me know so I can make sure I have some time slots available in the following 1-3 days.
WHAT IF LABOR TAKES LONGER THAN EXPECTED? Birth is unexpected, unscripted…so please, do not worry. We will make it work.
WHAT IS MY FRESH 48 STYLE? I like to capture baby, mom, dad and family with the least posing possible. I am there to capture the natural interactions of your family. I sometimes will suggest a shot and am more than happy to have you ask me for some you might like, but I will try to avoid interfering with your newborn bubble of happiness!
WHAT IF MY BABY NEEDS TO BE IN THE NICU? In this case it depends on Hospital policy. We will see the details at that moment. If we are not allowed to schedule a shoot then your deposit will be applied to Mama + Me or Film session.
DO YOU SHARE MY PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR ON YOUR WEBSITE? I would love to share your story. However, I respect each woman’s culture, preferences, and beliefs. Your Fresh 48 gallery will be password protected with a unique download code. Each of my moms must fill out a contract with an extensive model release, granting me permission to share (or NOT share) your images and/or film online. As my client, you always have the option to keep your photos completely private. While many of my clients find joy in sharing their story with the world, many others keep those images and video just for their own family. Whatever you choose, I’m behind you 100 percent. I respect each woman’s culture, preferences, and beliefs. Your privacy and comfort is my number one priority.
DO I NEED ANYTHING FOR THE PHOTOS? Babies look the best the way they are. A diaper, a onesie, swaddled in a little blanket. However if you’d like to have a few shots of baby in a special outfit we can do that towards the end of the session. You can also bring meaningful objects such as a toy or heirloom that you would like included. For Mom and Dad my advice for a fresh 48 is casual, comfortable clothes, neutral colors, avoid visible branding on clothing if possible, a little make up if mom wants it, really up to you. Do try to get your sweet baby to eat just before the session so baby is happy!
WHAT IF DELIVER EARLY? I am on-call and available to you for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. If you deliver earlier than that time-frame I will make every effort to still be available to you.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? The deposit is non-refundable but we can always arrange for it to be applied to another session I offer.
IF I CANNOT MAKE IT DUE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED ON MY SIDE, WILL YOU BE REFUNDED? Yes! A full refund of your deposit will be given if I am miss your Fresh 48 for any given reason (if I am at a Birth for example). It can also be applied towards another session I offer (Mama + Me, Family Film, etc).
WILL HOSPITAL STAFF BE IN THE PICTURES? Not unless it is important to you and we have their (written) approval.