Princeton WV Children & Portrait Photography by Autumn Branscome Photography » Autumn Branscome is a childrens and family photographer based in Princeton WV serving Princeton, Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston and surrounding areas in WV.

It’s time for part 2 of our Why Lifestyle? series! This weeks post is all about fresh48 photography! Being the lifestyle photography junkie that I am, in the past year I have also started offering another type of lifestyle newborn photography… Cue the fresh48! 😉 Let me tell you a little about how my fresh48 journey began… Last year a wonderful client of mine text me and asked me if I had ever done a fresh48 session and if I would be able to try it with her new baby who was due in December. I’d never done a fresh48 but I have a few photographer friends in different parts of the country who offer fresh48 sessions and I always fall in love with those images. I said that I would certainly give it my best shot!

Once again, it was love at first click y’all.

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Yep, those are images from my very first fresh48.

Okay, so some of you may be wondering what in the world is a fresh48 session? A fresh48 session is a lifestyle newborn session done in the first 48 hours of life, typically at the hospital or birthing center. I know firsthand how foggy those few days immediately following your little ones birth can be. Not only are you trying to figure this new addition out, visitors are coming and going, the restless nights set in, and not to mention dealing with everything that comes along with delivering a baby. You know what I mean!! 😉  I barely remember my first few days with my Hannah. I was relieved she was here, uncertain about how to care for this little one, thankful she was healthy, utterly exhausted, and the list goes on. I can’t put into words the amount of emotions that flooded me, you guys. The only way I can describe those first few days is just… foggy. I don’t remember them but I wish I would’ve found a photographer to come to the hospital and take professional and timeless images of her that I could treasure for years to come. I would give anything to have images of her tiny wrinkled feet, an image of her in the hospital bassinet, a shot of our brand new family of 3. I don’t remember any of those moments now and I want to give my clients images of those times so they always remember. I strive to capture those special moments that the fogginess of a new baby can cause us to forget. The wrinkled feet, baby’s tiny head in dad’s hands, the look of wonder in big sisters eyes as she looks at her new baby brother, mom taking in that sweet newborn smell as she kisses her new baby’s forehead. All of these sweet memories disappear too quickly in time.


You may be wondering why all of these images are in black and white? If you know me, you know I love black and white images. There is just something so timeless about a black and white image! Let’s think back to the 80’s… What colors defined fashion in the 80’s? NEONS!!! Neon pink, neon green, neon blue… Fashion was all about neon and neon was cool! Now we’ll travel to the 90’s… What colors defined the 90’s? Those bold primary colors! Reds, blues, yellows… It was all about bold colors! Which colors will define present day fashion? Who knows! My point behind all of this is that colors date photos! When photos are taken in black and white, there are no colors to distract from the emotion of the image. This is why I photograph fresh48s in black and white. When your baby girl is getting ready to graduate high school and you pull these photos out of an album for her to see, you’ll see the emotion you felt on the very day that she was born. That’s what these sessions are about, remembering that raw emotion you felt on the day your sweet baby was born.

I really didn’t mean to write a book, you guys. fresh48 newborn photography is just something I am extremely passionate about and so excited to bring to our area! Not only will you treasure these images for years to come, your kids will treasure them. And their kids, and even their kids after that. It’s not completely about you, it’s also about them. Give them a gift they will treasure for years down the road.

If you missed part 1 of our Why Lifestyle? series, check it out here!

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You guys know how much I love fresh48 sessions. They are truly my passion. Meeting sweet Cainan was no different. Cainan was the best baby I have ever photographed. He didn’t make a peep, even when I took the piggie shots! (I unwrap my newborns when I photograph their feet and most of them get highly upset with me!) I also got to take some sibling shots of Cainan with his big brother Liam. There is nothing sweeter than photographing a new big brother or sister! The look of wonder and amazement in their eyes is the absolute sweetest. Thank you “B” family for trusting me with these precious memories!Princeton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerNext week I’ll be continuing my Why Lifestyle? series with a post on fresh48s!!! Be sure to stay tuned!

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I am frequently asked if I photograph newborns. When I respond that I do but I only offer lifestyle newborn sessions, I immediately feel the resistance. I know, I know… You want those gorgeous newborn photos with baby in a basket or wrapped in a blanket with a dainty little headband. They’re beautiful. I even had my daughter photographed with a traditional newborn photographer. There’s nothing sweeter than looking back on those images and seeing how angelic she was.

Princeton WV Newborn Photographer

See, I told you she was beautiful.

From the very start of my photography journey I wanted to be a newborn photographer. I spent TONS of money on hats, wraps, props, blankets, classes, etc… I absolutely love babies and I wanted to create those gorgeous newborn images so badly. I would try them every now and then before I had my daughter and thought well, maybe this will get easier after I’ve had my own baby. Guess what? It didn’t. They won’t sleep for me, won’t bend for me, won’t pose for me. None of the above y’all! (Newborn photographers truly have a gift from God, I refer to them as baby whisperers!) I realized I was just not cut out for the traditional newborn photography scene. And it devastated me. I wanted so badly to be a newborn photographer who could provide gorgeous timeless images to my clients! Being a family photographer, it is expected that you photograph newborns as well and I really struggled with the fact that I just couldn’t do newborns. Enter lifestyle newborn photography…

It was love at first click y’all.

From my very first lifestyle newborn session I knew this was something I wanted to offer my clients. When my clients look at their newborn images, I want them to feel the love they had those first few weeks with their brand new baby. I want them to see the wonder and amazement in big sister’s eyes. I want them to remember how tiny baby’s head was in their hands. There’s something so special about capturing a new baby in their natural environment. Things are so relaxed and we get to capture all of those sweet details in baby’s room. We get to capture how tiny baby looks in her crib, Mom rocking her baby boy in a rocking chair that has been passed down for generations… The possibilities truly are endless!

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There are several benefits to booking a lifestyle newborn session as well! Lifestyle newborn sessions are VERY relaxed and laid back. Because we don’t focus on posing baby, if baby is fussy or will not sleep it’s no big deal! As you can see, in most of my lifestyle newborn sessions baby is in either mom or dads arms. Mom or dads arms = comfort, security and warmth! Most of my babies stay pretty happy like this but if they’re having a fussy day it’s perfectly fine!!! If baby needs to eat, he can eat! I LOVE capturing those little moments too! Another major benefit to lifestyle newborn sessions? We can do the session even if baby is past the typical 7-10 day window most newborn photographers recommend. I’ve done lifestyle newborn sessions with babies up to 6 weeks old!!! This puts no rush on you to get your session done. We can do it when baby is a few weeks old and everyone is more comfortable and relaxed.

As you can see, there are so many reasons to book a lifestyle newborn session! They truly are special sessions that capture your sweet family with your brand new baby!!!

Check out the Why Lifestyle? fresh48 Edition here!!!

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