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The first days of life | Fresh 48 | Mateo

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I knew as soon as I found out that I was pregnant with my third that I wanted to do photos of him as soon as he was born. I wanted to capture literally his first day or two of life. The first time I held him, the first time his hair was washed. His wrinkly little hands, and his peaceful, sleepy face.

How many of you REALLY remember the first few days after birth?

We all know as parents that those days that you are in the hospital after giving birth go by in a blur. You're over the moon that you created life, but you are also overwhelmed and trying to heal both physically and mentally. When I try to remember how it was after birthing my last two babies, I remember a little, but I honestly also forgot a lot. My first was a traumatic birth that ended in an emergency c-section that went horribly wrong. I ended up going under full anesthesia so my memory was definitely altered. I wish I could go back and hold my son, Manolo, all over again. He spent the first 36 hours in the NICU, and my husband took pictures with his cell phone when he could. I could not visit him until I could walk. It was a rough time for all of us. I feel like I missed out on those magical moments right after birth. I definitely wasn't thinking of taking photos.

So this past January, after my third c-section, the next day with the help of my husband, I got out my camera and captured as many moments as I could. My husband then took the ones I physically couldn't do with my direction and guidance. I may have been a little crazy, pushing myself like that, but I knew exactly what I wanted.

I had no idea what to expect as a first-time mom, didn't have enough photography experience as a second-time mom, but now I felt comfortable doing my own photos as a third-time mom. Not everyone has that luxury or the nice camera to be able to capture that and that's ok! My experience as a photographer and a third-time mom helped guide me and my husband to the photos that I can look back on and treasure the rest of my life

The first month or two goes by in such a blur with a newborn. The late-night feedings and blink and all of the sudden they are a month old. It's crazy. I've had three children, and I'm still surprised by how fast it goes every single time. You would think I would be a pro at this by now.

I want to be that photographer for parents who want to capture all of those moments. Whether that's photos right after birth, in the comforts of your own home, or whether I take them in my studio within the first few weeks of life. Photos are powerful. They stop time time, and let you relive those emotions and moments that are so fleeting. Let me help capture them for you.

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