April babies receive 10 extra images in their Fresh 48 gallery | Mary Humphrey Photography

Hey friends! I would love to photograph more Fresh 48 sessions. Dad cuddles, tiny toes, sibling giggles, and first nursing sessions. So much beautiful life happens in the first day or two. You will fall in love with these gorgeous post-birth documentary sessions.

April babies receive 10 extra images in their Fresh 48 gallery! Contact me today.

Newborn baby being held by Dad | Mary Humphrey Fresh 48 Documentary Photography | Stockton, CA

Welcome Scarlett Rose | Lodi Memorial Hospital Fresh 48 Newborn Session

I was so excited when Faith contacted me about a Fresh 48 for her second child. I had previously worked with her family for the birth of their first baby (you can see that birth story here) and I absolutely adored them! 

Scarlett was born on a stormy day, but she was so sweet and mellow. With her big brother bouncing around the room, and as curious as can be, Dad was wrangling him, with Mom and baby all cuddles. I even snuck in a few myself. Congratulations to this family and their new beautiful babe.


The Story of Gwendolyn Mae | A Fresh 48 Session

This mama is my sister, so it makes these photos all that more special to me. :)

This family waited for their sweet Gwendolyn Mae for quite a while. It turns out, that their second child was born exactly five years after their first child, which meant big sister Liliana had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER. We will see if she feels that way every year, but for now, I believe she's pretty excited to share her birthday with a new friend. Congratulations Jackson Family!

Stockton Birth Photographer | Mary Humphrey Photography | Newborn girl crying
Modesto Birth Photographer | Newborn baby girl
Newborn cuddles | Mary Humphrey Birth Photography
Fresh 48 Session | Sacramento Birth Photographer
San Joaquin County Birth Photographer Mary Humphrey | The Birth of Gwen
Newborn cuddles and mom and dad | Mary Humphrey Birth Photography | Stockton, CA
Big sister meeting little sister | Mary Humphrey Birth Photography
Lodi Birth Photography | Mary Humphrey Photography

Small Business Saturday Giveaway! | Fresh 48 | Mary Humphrey Photography

First I want to say thank you to all who have supported my little business. Those who have hired me themselves, those who have helped spread the word, and those who have been fans. <3 Thank you! My business has grown a lot in 2016 and it's been very exciting. 

Are you expecting in 2017 and a huge fan of my work? Do you know someone else expecting? Quick, grab their attention! This is going to be good!

For one lucky mama due in 2017, I'm giving away a Fresh 48 Session! 

These in-hospital sessions are done within 48 hours of birth. They are a gorgeous way to document all of those authentic newborn memories. Sessions can include siblings meeting baby, little toes and first kisses, feeding and bonding time. A beautiful way to introduce your freshly born babe to the world.

Who Can Enter?

Mamas due in 2017, with a place of birth within 45 minutes of Stockton are encouraged to enter.


How Do I Enter?

1. Like my Facebook or Instagram page.

2. Share this post on either.

3. Come back here and comment that you did both, and include an e-mail where I can reach you in your comment. 

Good luck Mamas! The winner will be announced on November 29th!

4 Tips to Dressing for Your Photo Session | Central Valley Photographer

Some people just know what works in front of the camera, and what doesn't. Maybe they have amazing style. Maybe it comes effortlessly to them, like a picture in their head.  For the rest of us, here are a few tips on keeping it timeless. These tips apply to any and all photography sessions - from maternity and fresh baby, to births!


1. If In Doubt, Go Simple.

You can't go wrong with simple clothing. Skip the graphics, logos, and shirts with words on them. Pair down the prints and plaids. You and your gorgeous family will be the focus, and your photos will never go out of style.

2. Be Yourself.

Unsure of those shoes or that dress? Don't forget to let your true personality shine through. It's ok to dress up a little, but make sure you FEEL GOOD in your clothes. Because when you're relaxed, your photos will be so much more authentic.

3. consider Neutrals.

Although I adore color, there is something about neutrals that gives your photos a beautiful, timeless quality. They just work. Charcoal, grey, tan, beige, white, cream - they're classic colors that always look good. Another bonus? Your photos will look great in ANY room of your house.

4. Matching Not Required.

Really! You don't have to perfectly match each family member. Gone are the days of crisp white button-up shirts for the entire crew. Whether it's a documentary session, or a little bit more formal, it's ok to mix and match a little. Your photos will look more natural, and the emphasis will be on Your Story.

Do you have any tips to add? Share them in the comments!