Baby Shower Gift Guide 

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of newborn sessions. I absolutely LOVE capturing your sweet new babes and the special glow of new mamas + dadas together. And even though I have a 9 month old, it’s giving me all the baby fever. So in the spirit of baby love, I’m rounding up all of my best ideas for baby gifts you (and your friends) will obsess over. 

Newborn family picture session. Newborn pictures

My Top 5 Favorite Baby Shower Gifts 

All of my favorite baby gifts follow the same formula – it combines something practical with something fun! As a mom of 3, I know how important the useful registry item gifts are AND I know how much fun it is to pick out something cute for your friends. 

Collage of newborn pictures.

  1. Diaper caddy stuffed with diapers, wipes, a cute swaddle and some fun late night feeding snacks for mom! 
  2. Bathtime favorites: the necessary soaps and lotions plus a cute towel. I still cannot get over this little infant robe I saw at Target the other day. 
  3. Any ‘boring’ registry item (infant’s tylenol, baby thermometer, diapers, you get the gist) and a cute new outfit. 
  4. Bottles + burp rags and a gift card to mom’s favorite restaurant so she doesn’t have to make dinner. 
  5. A family picture session to capture all of those special newborn moments! This is a great group gift that people can contribute to that mom will LOVE. Your newborn family pictures will last long beyond the diaper years to be cherished forever. 

Daddy + baby family picture poses. Mom + baby newborn family picture poses.

How do I book my Newborn Family Photo Session? 

I would LOVE to take pictures of your growing family!  If you’re interested in shooting with me, you can reach out to me here and we will get a time set up. I usually like to shoot within 2 weeks of baby’s birth to make sure we get all of the beautiful tiny baby details! 

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Some of my FAVORITE Newborn Sessions 

Fresh 48, Lifestyle Newborn

January 15, 2019

Fresh 48

Brytyn reached out to me, wanting to chat about booking a Fresh 48 and Newborn Session for her first baby. Her and her boyfriend Ben were incredibly excited to be waiting for their sweet baby boys arrival!

The thing I love about Fresh 48 sessions, is that you’re on baby watch, and it’s just so fun waiting to find out when that new baby is going to arrive. Sweet baby Jayce just wanted to join his mama and dad sooner, and came a couple of weeks early!

I’ve always got sitters who I can call for when babes come early, but this time my cute in-laws were in town, so this was perfect and going to be even more fun for my son!

Excitedly I drove to the Hospital to officially meet Brytyn, Benjamin and sweet Jayce for the first time! Oh that new baby smell, and that sweet beautiful boy. My heart just about melted when I met little Jayce for the first time. I’m a sucker for new babies, which probably explains why I love, and specialize in Fresh 48 + Lifestyle Newborn Sessions.

I quickly began to just think Brytyn is the cutest, and sweets person. She stepped into her role as a mother so beautifully and effortlessly. The whole session went by so quickly because both her and Benjamin were just the easiest, funniest people to hang-out with.

All I can say is this was such a BEAUTIFUL Fresh 48 Session, filled with so much love.

When the time came to leave, I sure did not want to! But that good news was that I would be able to see them again during their Lifestyle Newborn Session, so that was something to look forward to!

Don’t worry, there is a beautiful Newborn Session to come, but for now…..

Meet Jayce, 6lbs 13 oz of perfection.

Want to learn more about Fresh 48 Session? Checkout my blog post detailing what they entail! 

Fresh 48, Newborn

February 6, 2018

Fresh 48

What is a Fresh 48 you ask? Well this is not an uncommon question by any means. The first time I had even heard this term, I was shocked that people booked these types of sessions. I quickly fell-in- LOVE with these sessions. I can tell you, you will too!

A Fresh 48  takes place in the first 48 hours of life. These sessions are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason! Many moms want to keep the birthing experience between her and her partner, they do not want a photographer in the delivery room. Some moms simply can’t afford the cost of a Birth Story. Some moms want to have a chance to shower before the photographer shows up! I mean, let’s be honest – the first shower after having a new baby is the best there is. Some moms want the WHOLE package – a Birth Story + Fresh 48 Session. One thing all of these mothers have in common is that they do not regret booking these sessions because those tiny details of a new baby change in the blink of an eye!

Our baby boy had the biggest cone head I have EVER seen when he was born. We quickly put a little hat on his sweet head. Thankfully our photographer Hunter K. Fowler took the time to get all the details she could during our Fresh 48 Session, and boy am I glad! If it weren’t for her, that small – fun detail of a cone head would not have been captured because within 48 hours his sweet head had a become a rounded head.

Since having my own baby, these sessions have become even more special to me. I want to be there to document those first moments with your little one. We all know those babes grow far too fast!

Xoxo, Chelsea

Family, Fresh 48, Newborn

November 2, 2017

Fresh 48

Remember that beautiful Fresh 48 session I talked about a couple of weeks ago? Well, I had the pleasure of being able to do a Lifestyle Newborn Session for The Darling Family and I could not be more obsessed! 

Knox Darling is the definition of perfection. This little man has the sweetest “coos” while he is sleeping. He is peaceful and oh so kissable! I mean, look at those cheeks! 

Lifestyle Newborn sessions are my jam, and this one made my heart soar! Kat Darling is beautiful and the way she looks at her little boy is everything and the way Danny looks at her, you know she and Knox will always be loved and protected! 

Knox has the most beautiful itty bitty features. Being able to be let into real moments with a new family is special, and I am so blessed to be able to have had the opportunity to spent time with The Darling Family! 

Family, Fresh 48, Newborn

October 18, 2017

Fresh 48

I first met Kat Darling through instagram, and I love when instagram friends become REAL friends! She’s kind, sweet, friendly and easy to laugh with. Kat was expecting a little one, and I could not have been more thrilled to be able to do their Fresh 48 session. 

Kat and Daniel welcomed their sweet little boy, Knox Darling into the world in Anaheim, California at Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical. The room was small, but had the most amazing, wide window, with incredible light. All of that dreamy light flooding into the room during those precious moments was a DREAM. To say their sweet boy is darling would be an understatement! Knox Darling has the most perfect little features. Sweet nose, wide eyes, dark eyebrows and the tiniest, long fingers. My favorite aspect, were his sweet little feet! Those baby wrinkles are seriously everything! 

I LOVE Fresh 48 Sessions. New life. New love. New family.

  1. Kristie says:

    Thanks, it’s very informative

  2. Thanks for the terrific post

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