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It's so lovely to see you here!

My name is Emily Nicholls and I specialise in capturing natural, timeless, modern newborn photography for families who want to treasure every precious detail of those first moments with their new baby. 

What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session?

These sessions perfectly capture little ones and their families within the first 48 hours of birth in either the hospital/birthing unit/home setting - wherever you choose to birth. 

These sessons do not include any provided props or studio-type styling - rather they are designed to be more natural and organic in style. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own special blankets, beanies or toys. 

Emily Nicholls Photography is available for Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions for women and their families choosing to home birth throughout Christchurch and at all of Christchurch's hospitals and birthing units, including at Christchurch Women's Hospital, St George's, Lincoln Maternity Hospital and Rangiora Hospital.

* Spaces are limited per month so it is advised to book as soon as you find out your are expecting *


It's always so much nicer being able to put a face to a name, especially when we spend most of the pre-session chat over email and text messaging.


This is me! I'm a qualified professional photographer who spent a large part of my career before starting ENP as a Medical Photographer and Videographer for Canterbury DHB (hence the scrubs!). 

I am on-call for all of my Fresh 48 clients, camera bag ready to go in the weeks before and after your due date and I can't wait to meet you and your new arrival soon!

How does it work?


Request my services prior to your stay in hospital via the online form below.


You receive an email confirming receipt of your information and a link to select and pay for your session package.

 You will also receive some handy tips and information about your Fresh 48 Newborn Session.


You notify me via text ideally when you go into labour or if it all happens faster than expected then let me know as soon as you can once your little one has been born. I keep my phone on me in the weeks leading up to due date and in the weeks after and once we know things are progressing, we will keep in touch to figure out the ideal time for me to pop in for your session.


I will travel to whichever hospital or birthing unit you are staying at within the first 48 hours of birth.

Sessions last for a maximum 60 minutes during daylight hours between 10am and 3pm at your location. 

Siblings, grandparents or close family are welcome to be present for a few photos, should you wish.

Please note: These sessions are designed to be natural and organic in style. They do not include any provided props or studio style posed shots. If you would like to include any particular personal items such as a special blanket or wrap, I recommend packing them in your hospital bag ready for when I arrive. 


Once your session is complete, you don't need to wait long to be able to share the exciting news with friends and family! Your images will be delivered to you via an online gallery the same day. From there you will be able to select which images you want to keep and request prints, albums or wall art.

$5 from every Fresh 48 Newborn Session is donated to the Canterbury Neonatal Unit Trust Fund, supporting unwell and premature babies in the Canterbury region

at Christchurch Women's Neonatal Unit.

The Fresh 48 Newborn Package

Booking deposit $200

1-1.5 hour session at your birth place or at home with 48 hours of birth.

Online gallery viewing and download within 24 hours.

A luxury linen-bound keepsake box containing your selected images as a set of 7x5 prints

and digitals on USB delivered to you within 2-3 weeks of your session.

Image Collections

(Selected after the session once you have seen your online gallery)

$85 individually 


10 for $550 

+ bonus video slideshow of your images

20 for $650

+ bonus video slideshow of your images

+ a pack of 50 custom birth announcement cards + digital social sharing copy


30 for $800 

+ bonus slideshow

+ a pack of 50 custom birth announcement cards + digital social sharing copy

+$50 credit towards wall art or albums

40 for $950 

+ bonus slideshow

+ a pack of 50 custom birth announcement cards + digital social sharing copy

+$100 credit towards wall art or albums

Keep the whole collection (typically 50+ images) - $1200

+ bonus slideshow

+ a pack of 50 custom birth announcement cards + digital social sharing copy

+$200 credit towards wall art or albums


A La Carte Products

(if purchased separately)

Custom birth announcement design + jpeg file for online sharing - $95

Printed birth announcement card prints (with a space left blank for your message + includes envelopes) - packs of 50 for $75

Baby's first photo album - 3 sizes available (minimum 20 images required)

Your choice out of a selection of linen or eco-leather cover colours.

Front cover embossing with baby's name/birth details.

The Momento Album 8 x 8" - $600

The Story-teller Album 10 x 10" - $700

The Heirloom Album 12 x 12" - $800

Additional personalised, linen covered baby memory boxes with a duplicate set of 7x5" prints and digitals on USB of all purchased image- $250

(Payment plans over 10 weeks are available through Genoapay - please let me know if you would like to use this service)

Are you ready to book your Fresh 48 Newborn Session?