5 reasons to do a fresh 48 session

Those first few days are a blur. 

Between the exhaustion, the hormones, the feeling that you’ve been hit by a Mack truck (and then backed over), the visitors, the constant flow of doctors and nurses from your room and oh yeah, the whole trying-to-figure-out-what-to-do-with-this-tiny-little-human, those first 48 hours after having a baby are a whirlwind – in the best possible way. But take it from me, the most important moments of our lives, the ones we find ourselves yearning for just a moment longer in years later, are often filled with so many details that we want to remember, but tend to forget because – well, exhaustion, hormones and that pesky Mack truck! Scheduling a Fresh 48 session means that even though those precious brand new details may fade from your memory as time wears on, they will be preserved for a lifetime via the photographs from your session. 

Babies don’t keep. 

They literally grow in the blink of an eye, and your new babe will change so much in the first few days – and even hours! – of life. From that brand new fuzzy hair, to those brand new wrinkly toes, they will never be this squishy or this little again.  Now excuse me while I go have a good ole’ ugly cry…

Capture the beginning of a lifetime of love. 

If you already have kids, a Fresh 48 session is a great opportunity to capture them meeting their brand new sibling for the very first time. Some older siblings are maternal, some are curious, some are flat-out not interested in that strange little thing made of wrinkles that won’t stop crying. Whatever the case, you won’t regret having photographic reminders of that once-in-a-lifetime first meeting.

Your iPhone Ain’t Gonna Cut it. 

Yeah, I know, portrait mode is pretty cool. BUT when you hire a professional photographer, you are hiring someone who knows and understands light & flattering posing. This means that I can work in any lighting situation, while making sure your family is lit and positioned in the most flattering way possible.  So while you may not necessarily “feel” your best after delivery, you’ll at least look it. These images are your legacy; they are your child’s legacy. This is such a huge milestone for your family. A milestone thatdeserves to be captured and preserved beautifully by a professional. You will never regret investing in quality images that last a lifetime.

You get to be present. 

Piggy-backing on #4, never mind the fact that if you’re holding the camera, you can’t be in the photo yourself. As a veteran mama, take it from me: those first few days are full of so many firsts and fleeting moments that you will never get back. Ugh, I know all-too-well the struggle to live-in-the-moment but also not miss documenting the moment. I cannot encourage you enough to BE PRESENT. Soak in that brand new baby as much as you possibly can because when it’s gone, it’s gone. You can never get those moments back.  When you hire me, you get to put down your phone and just enjoy your baby.  Now that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? 



Hey there, I’m Kristin, owner and photographer at kDarling Photography located in Fisher, a small town in Central Illinois, just a few minutes from Champaign-Urbana.  When I don’t have a camera in my hand, I can be found at one of the kids’ many activities, or at the “happiest place on Earth”…which is Target, of course!!  I have 2 of the sweetest kiddos, Payton and Mackenzie and have been married to my best friend for 18 years.  Capturing the true personalities of those I photograph paired with yummy dreamy light makes my heart sing.  Film and digital photography are both my weapons of choice to create cherished memories, which makes me a “hybrid photographer.”   In studio lifestyle newborn photography is my specialty, along with children of all ages and families, with an occasional high school senior sprinkled in for good measure.  To schedule your next session, please contact kDarling Photography at by email or at 217.778.1325

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January 14, 2019

  1. Angela says:

    This is so beautiful! I regret not getting photos done with both babies!! You can’t go back! Gorgeous images!