Early hours photography

What is Early Hours Photography?

Early hours hospital photography is similar to birth photography in that your photographer is on call waiting the arrival of your gorgeous baby, but without the being present for labour.

Instead of capturing labour and birth, your photographer will capture the moments after babys arrival such as skin-to-skin, Mum and Dad bonding with baby and the always gorgeous moments of first meetings with siblings and family.

Less posed and more spontaneous than traditional newborn photography, early hours photography captures beautiful details and of course the powerful emotions of those first hours together.

What about ‘Fresh 48’?

Some other photographers may refer to Fresh 48 photography meaning they aim to get to you within 48 hours after birth. This, to my way of thinking, this is much too late. While it’s still possible to capture beautiful images in this timeframe, in all likelhood any siblings have already met the new baby, grandparents and wider family have visited and a huge number of those “firsts” will already have occured.

Each birth is thankfully entirely different and helps define the individual birth story of your precious baby, so sometimes this 48 hour timeframe is unavoidable, however we ensure that we are “on-call” and actively moving our bookings around in your on-call window rather than just fitting you in within a set timeframe to ensure we can capture those most important moments.

The idea is to capture once in a lifetime smiles and those spontaneous moments that can never be repeated.

What about Newborn Photography?

Newborn photography is typically very different in nature. Regardless of your preference for posed sleepy newborn styling or a more lifestyle session with family holding baby and including everyone, they are both extremely different from what you’ll get immediately following babies arrival. Early hours (or birth) photography pair beautifully with newborn photography and I adore working with my clients to create striking and memorable stories with multiple types of shoots throughout their pregnancy journey. If early hours and birth aren’t for you, and you would rather capture traditional newborn, you can view my newborn photography website website at Kelly Jordan Photography for additional ideas on capturing your growing family.