To Times Past and New Beginnings

When I found out my friend was going to have a baby, I was truthfully shocked.

Emm, sorry Pet??

You are having a baby??

We surely cannot be old enough to start having babies can we? Well, yes Dena, we are certainly old enough, wise enough, and totally capable of having babies.

This whole thought process happened within seconds of my friend telling me over the phone that this was all happening so I had to pull myself out of my inner monologue, realize that in fact, I was 31 and not 21 and sincerely congratulate him.

This little baby was to be the first of the next generation of our extremely close group of friends. Of course, people have babies all the time, family members have babies and we just go with it but when our close friend’s have a baby its different. Where has the time gone? When did we all grow up? It really feels like yesterday we were all ringing in sick because we were still at WAX on Fitzwilliam Street wishing the night would never end. And now, 10 years on we have all moulded into successful ambitious people who are on the journey to the next big stage in our lives, Parenthood.

Now, I must admit, photographing babies for over two years now has certainly brought out a little broodiness in me but not quite enough to actually want to have a baby.

Upon hearing the good news, I naturally jumped at the chance to shoot this new little person that was going to be my friends child and offered it as a gift as soon as I could. It would be an honor of course. What I wasn’t prepared for was the stirring of emotions that I felt when I saw all three of them together.

I was in awe with the pure, unconditional love that I saw before me. This is what they are all going on about!

Seeing my friend, his partner and their little baby was like meeting them for the first time. They were so natural and relaxed. Nothing in the world mattered to them except the little girl that they were cradling in their arms. I was incredibly proud and happy for how far my friend has come in his life and excited for him in this exciting new chapter that has just begun for them.

I left the shoot and for the first time I really felt that I could and wanted to be a parent. Not now, no there are a few bits to do first, but soon.

Who knew?!?! xNewborn photography, newborn photographer dublin, family photography, family photographer dublin

Happy Mothers Day

“There is no greater heaven the heart of a loving mother”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Your cups of tea and soft and words never cease their absolute power of making me feel great again..

To have you proud of me if what I strive for..

My happiness means the world to you..and now yours means the world to me!

Although 80% of the time, I do not listen, you are ALWAYS right..

You are The best Human in this world to me and I have had the most wonderful life being your child..

I Love you MUM xx

Top Tips for Newborn Shoot

Thanks so much Michelle for allowing to showcase these beautiful images of baby James, he took a little while to settle but once he finally did, we got some beautiful shots. This gave me an idea of writing up a little blog of useful things for mums to know when arranging to have a photo shoot of your precious baby.. and with me as your photographer.

1). This will take a while!! Really, at least two hours.. Even the youngest babies I have shot have taken at least 40 minutes to relax and if we think about it, about why wouldn’t they take so long?!?! Wouldn’t you take a while to calm down if you are exposed to such bizarre surroundings? I have this theory that babies sense a stranger and they have to take time to settle around the stranger before they relax. So, rule no 1 set aside at least three hours for your shoot and be prepared for feeding and calming time.. Having said that I do feel that Newborn shoots are most certainly better shot when baby is no older than 12 days.

2) I come to your house, which is great cause you do not have to pack up the small holiday load that comes with taking baby anywhere in a car. Plus, its the environment that your baby is most used to. So keep things as they usually are on a normal day living in your house, that is, if you usually have the radio or tv on, keep it on. Silence is not always golden in this respect.

3) I bring with me a big baby bean bag for baby to be on during shoots, stand and backdrops so arrange a room with the most space and have that space close to a window. This room does not have to be tidy and prestine, just a long as I have that space and light, we are onto a winner. Natural light on the baby is lovely and soft.

4) Have the master bedroom or a spare bedroom with the most light clean, neat and tidy. Clear away the deodorant bottles, the hair dryers and basically have it looking its best.. most importantly clear of clutter. Clutter can be very distracting in a photograph and we all want the focus to be on the subjects at hand. These rooms are the I will shoot family shoots with the baby and more of your baby along. They show for some nice and natural family time.

5) Pre-shoot discussions, I believe, are very important to achieving what we both want-a great photoshoot. I definitely will explore my creative ideas with you and will hope that you go with them as I love to give you something I have not done before with anyone. It is just as important for me to know exactly what you want from the shoot and then we can discuss the best way to execute this. This also gives us a chance to get to know each other and when the shoot comes have a great time working together.

Key things to note:

Keep your house (or rooms that we shoot in ) SUPER WARM!!! Baby will be undressed and the warmer they are the better.. Cozey time is best!

We may not get all the shots you want.. Sadly, well happily actually, your baby is a living breathing growing human being who already has likes and dislikes so we have to understand that sometimes your baby just might not be in the mood for all this fuss or might just be having a bad day. I do try an organise a re-shoot at a very low cost to accomadate this situation.

As much planning as we have and planning is great! Things might veer off plan depending on a bunddle of factors and that’s ok, we might get great shots that were never expected.



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Flower Power 70’s inspired Pregnancy Shoot

If you haven’t been to Mount Usher Gardens in Wiclow..Go!I came across it researching for places to go for Aoife and Glens shoot and I am so glad I did, what a hidden Gem. Aside from its astounding beauty its so peaceful and you feel as is you have really escaped the rat race of everyday life. I knew that it would work so well for the theme that we wanted and although we had to postpone the first time due to bad weather, it was worth the wait because the day we had was incredible. Having know Aoife and Glen for quite some time now and watched their lovely relationship grow I was so happy to photograph them before they start this wonderful new chapter in their lives. Aoife you look so beautiful and you the love between you two really shows. Thank you for such a great day and letting me share such beautiful photos that I hope will be cherish for a long time.

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Revisiting Clients in London, The Doherty’s

Two years ago my cousin Kirstie asked me to go over to London and do a family portrait for her. It was great, we had loads of fun in the garden as we were blessed with a beautiful day and Caitlin was just so good! So I was very excited to go back to meet their new arrival, Charlotte and do some family/newborn shots. Tea, coffee, cake and more cake later we managed to get a good variety with all involved. Thank you guys for thinking of me again and I am so happy you love the pics. Its so great to be a part of a family growing up! xx

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Tribute to Girl Power xxxx

Anyone who knows my beautiful sister, Debbie and her adorable daughter, Hannah knows that this past year hasn’t exactly dealt them the best hand.. I have been meaning to do a portrait session for sometime now but I’m glad, that a year on, much stronger, happier and more beautiful than ever, I waited. These two young ladies are testament to how love can help us move from the most painful of situations we will ever experience. Their love for one another is eminent in their everyday lives and of course will be in their portraits. Debbie, you are SUPERMOM and Hannah, you are just the cutest little thing who is growing up SO FAST!

Aside from being my family and I love you unconditionally.. I have so much respect for you and will always be in awe of your strength. Go girl power! Women rock!!! xxxx

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