Readers, meet Philip Oliver! “Pip” was born in late March in 2020 during a nationwide shutdown.
Because of coronavirus, it was just me and Billy at the hospital. I had booked a photographer for a Fresh 48 session, which are photos that happen in the hospital in the first day or two of life. I loved the idea of capturing our first moments when we became a family of three.
A week or two before I went into labor, the hospital changed the visitor policy to include only the “birthing partner” (dad, in our case) and no one else. No grandparents, aunts, uncles, and no photographers. We were scared of further restrictions and not even having my husband there (a few hospitals in New York had taken that step based on positive cases), so we felt lucky to have each other.
Luckily we packed our camera, and we managed to get some sweet photos in between the nurses popping in.
Pip is such a light in a dark world and he grows and changes every day. Below are some of the photos from those first few days and our DIY photoshoot plus some tips for you to capture photos of your new family!
Fresh 48 Photo Tips
- Take pictures of the room, of the view. These things will add to the memory years later
- Take a lot – I didn’t spend too much time checking to see if I got ‘the shot’ – so make sure you have 20 different ones to choose from
- Ask a nurse to shoot a few of you together – we didn’t do this and I wish we had! It’d be so nice to have a picture of the three of us
- Coordinate your outfits. We packed light blue clothes.
- Zoom in on the details, their toes, fingers and eyelashes
- Take photos before baby gets there (there can be a lot of waiting) and of course after!
We are so happy to be Pip’s mom and dad and loving our little family. Sending love to all the pandemic mommas and women expecting during this time. You are so strong!