What is a "Fresh 48" Photography Session and Why You Should Do It!

When I was pregnant with Rufus, I sort of knew what a fresh 48 was. I got that the gist was a photography session in the hospital right after your baby is born. The only photos I had seen from fresh 48 sessions though, were of bloggers and influencers with their hair and makeup done (usually professionally) looking fresh and perfect and frankly, unattainable. At the time those images and the idea that Rufus would just be a little squishy maybe not cute newborn was enough to turn me off of the idea.

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An Energetic and Joyful Motherhood Photography Session in a Seattle Studio | Seattle Family Photographer

I am bringing you another mother interview! Jessie won a session around Christmastime, and I photographed her family early in the new year. I now follow her on Instagram and ask for parenting tips constantly (actually, now that I am really thinking about it, I might be obnoxious. She is at home with her THREE kids full time and seems so content and like she has her shit together!

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Five Reasons to Wear Your Baby in Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

Not all parents are into baby wearing. David wasn’t interested. I was a diehard. I loved wearing Rufus. I had a sling, a wrap, an Ergo…you name it. The first year of his life babywearing happened every day, and I continue to wear Rufus in the ring sling even now!

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Caitlin's Motherhood Story : Addiction, Light, and Showing Up

This week I was thinking about all of the beautiful mothers I photograph. They teach me so much. From weird parenting wins to feeling seen in this modern day motherhood thing, which can be isolating and scary at times. I have decided that my new goal is to share more of these stories. I want to learn more from these mamas. One of the biggest things that I think we lack these days is community. Yes, there is the internet and books, but knowledge and fb groups are not the same as the tight knit communities we used to raise children in, filled with many generations and support.

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Come As You Are: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week | Seattle Family Photographer

Come as you are. I love this message. I love it for so many reasons. When I was 24 my life fell apart. I had been struggling for years. As I child, I worried constantly that I would die. I tried not to sleep because I was terrified of dying at night. I also remember being around eight or ten and not wanting to wear jeans because I thought I looked fat. Hating swimsuits. Hiding the sweets I wanted to eat.

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Baby Gabriel Best Thing Ever: An Adoption Story and Newborn Photos | Seattle Newborn Photography

This is one of the most meaningful newborn sessions I have ever had the privilege to photograph, but let me back up. Katie and I went to college together in Switzerland. It turns out we were actually next door neighbors in our first dorms, but we weren’t close at school. We had friends in common and our school was microscopic, so we knew each other, but it wasn’t until years after that we really connected. Katie started blogging in the early days of fashion and interior blogs and then started Matchbook Magazine with another college friend and through blogging, a love of design and antiques, and both being more than slightly neurotic we became long distance friends.

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