Newborn Photography Safety

Often when I go to a home and am showing mum or dad how I achieve an image or a pose they say  “Oh I had no idea that’s how it was done- I thought you just balanced them like that!”. I am passionate about newborn safety. It is scary to realise that anybody with a camera can call themselves a newborn photographer- without any training at all in safe posing or even experience with babies. I pride myself in continuous training to make sure that I am always improving. I have trained with some of the best newborn photographers both here and abroad to make sure that I am attaining industry standards of safety.

I take safety very seriously. I’m sure all my past clients can attest that sometimes I am over-cautious but to me there is absolutely nothing more important than the safety and comfort of your precious baby. So for example, when you see an image like this:

Newborn baby head on hands pose.

You may be surprised to learn that it is a composite image. Baby is never left unsupported in this image. Mum’s hands are holding her little head at all times.

picture newborn baby with head on hands. mum holding head for safety

Photograph baby with head on hadnds with mum holding baby for safety. Dublin photographer Tickle Toes

Being a newborn and baby photographer requires a unique set of skills (and patience) and there is a worldwide organisation that exists to support photographers who wish to have access to safety training and resources that we can use to provide clients with a better service. I’m delighted to be a member of BANPAS (Baby &Newborn Photography Association)  and you will be able to find me on their directory of photographers here . They also have a fabulous Facebook Page for pregnant and new parents here.  I have been a proud member of BANPAS since I first began my journey in newborn and baby photography.

If you are in Dublin or surrounding areas I’d be delighted to talk to you about how I can create a beautiful gallery of images for your newborn and very happy to chat to you about how I do that safely. Please contact me for booking and availability information on 087 7552092or at siobhain@tickletoes.ie. I look forward to hearing from you.

standardmember-300px

 

Please don’t worry about your session!

What an exciting blog title but this is such an important topic to me. I have had a few mummies say to me in the past few weeks as I arrived that they had genuinely considered cancelling their session that morning. Baby hadn’t slept/ they hadn’t slept/ baby was unsettled/ their todddler had gone crazy/ the house was crazy. Honestly I have heard every reason before. I am genuinely so impressed when I go to a house and somebody who is dressed (and just brought home a baby) answers the door. Go you! You have put clothes on. Bonus points if you have brushed your teeth. That is my level of expectation I have from my clients. Your life has just gone through a massive change and I think you are doing amazing just letting me through the door!

I had a baby with terrible silent reflux so don’t worry I am used to unsettled even cranky babies. I have a crazy toddler. I still haven’t lost the baby weight (he’s three!). So please, please trust me I understand. I do not judge. I have trained with amazing newborn photographers both here in Ireland and abroad to ensure that I have the highest standards in posing and safety. I adore being a newborn photographer. I love coming to your home in Dublin or further afield in Leinster to create beautiful professional portraits of your baby and your new family.

Sleeping newborn baby with flowing wrap

Here are some words from some of my wonderful, previous clients that may help to put you at ease.

Siobhain was an absolute pleasure to deal with, so calm & gentle with baby, and she made the whole process so easy and enjoyable for us. And all in the comfort of our own home. We were absolutely thrilled with the beautiful photos she took. We were so glad to have captured that very special time in our lives and we will treasure them always (Rosie).

Baby girl swaddle family heirloom dublin Ireland family portraits Dublin Ireland

Could not praise Siobhain enough,from her patience with our son when he wasn’t having any of it,to her attention to detail. So in love with all the pictures (Tanya).

You were so good with Caiden and made it a very relaxing experience (Edel).

Gorgeous sleeping baby

I could not recommend Siobhain enough, she took amazing photo’s of both my newborn son and 3 year old daughter and even convinced me to get in some which I am so happy I did, as she captured some amazing photo’s that I will treasure forever. I was not sure if my daughter would get in the photo’s as she can be quite shy but miraculously the opposite happened, we couldn’t keep her out of them, this was all down to Siobhain. She was also amazing with my newborn son and so patient. The best bit is that she comes to you which makes it all so relaxed (Denise).

If that’s not enough to convince you then let me finish with this. While I am minding your baby you will get to drink a HOT cup of tea with BOTH hands- and really what more could you ask for!

Mummy- Be in the picture!

newborn baby pictures dublin wicklow kildare mammy and newborn

This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.
___ Jodi Picault

When you bring your baby home for the first time you are living in a constant state of disbelief (what you’re letting me take this baby home?) and wonderment. You can lose hours to eyelashes and days to tiny toes. It is a sleep- deprived, special, magical, amazing time. Days are long, nights are longer but trust me the weeks will fly by!

That is where I come in. It is my job to freeze time. To capture your pure, perfect love. Trust me your baby will never fit in your arms again like they do in those first few perfect days. You will be tired. There is no hiding that. But I am in an in home photographer based in Dublin who travels around Leinster. I come to you. I will do everything in my power to make your portrait experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

It is my job to capture your beauty and this new, breathtaking, all-encompassing love. I will make you beautiful (sshhh I don’t have to work very hard- you are beautiful and have never been more powerful).

I often tell my clients who are reluctant to get photographed a week after having a baby that they have no choice. Let me try and then they do not need to choose those images of themselves if they do not love them. Every mum falls in love with them.

When your child is grown and goes looking through family albums looking for pictures of the two of you- what will you tell them? I was tired/ hadn’t washed my hair/ wanted to lose some weight? Your child does not want you to lose weight to have these memories with you. You are perfect to your child RIGHT NOW! As you are, at your weight now, tired and in elasticated pants. You are mummy now and that overcomes all those objections.

Get in the picture! The next time your husband picks up his phone to sneak a quick snap of you let him! It doesn’t matter if you are in your dressing gown, if you haven’t slept in days. Capture this time. There is no going back. You deserve to exist in photographs. You are a mother. You are a woman. You are powerful beyond measure. You can give life.

I cannot wait to help you capture this special time in your life. Enjoy every moment.

mum and baby pictures dublin photographer

Picture of beautiful mother and newborn baby

Picture of beautiful mother and newborn baby

 

Tongue Tie, Breastfeeding and Newborn Babies in Ireland

Baby Pictures Dublin Leinster Tongue Tie

I do all of my newborn session in my clients homes. With set up and the session I am often there for 3-4 hours. While mums are free to potter around the house many stay to watch me at work. And so we chat. About the cuteness, the tiredness but nearly always about feeding. Many mums have trouble with baby latching or feeding for hours.

I usually tell of my own feeding experience. I was determined to breast feed. I had read all the books, bought my Lanosil, nipple shields, breast pads. All the glamorous accoutrements!

In hospital my poor little man could not sustain a latch. He would latch on and lose it again after two sucks. And it was sore. Not just uncomfortable- sore. But I persisted for days and in fairness the midwives were very supportive for the first 2 or 3 days. Having done my research I asked every single medical person who came through the door to check him for tongue tie. They all said no (over 10!) and the pump was wheeled in. Finally, days later a wonderful paediatrician confirmed tongue tie and insisted the lactation consultant visited me before we left.

Contrary to what I expected the lactation consultant said that his terrible latch had nothing to do with the tongue tie and it was not to be cut. And so I was left to pump and pump and pump. We visited the lactation consultant several times and still baby would not latch and I was told to keep doing skin on skin and to continue pumping.

No other choices were given to me and I could not find any information anywhere. The wonderful paediatrician had given me the name Dr Kirsten Fitzgerald so I had my GP refer me to her. I finally had it cut when my son was nearly 12 weeks old but it was far to late and he never latched. My body decided enough was enough and my milk dried up and while I was disappointed part of me was so relieved that I could throw the pump in the bin never to be seen again.

I had my son’s cut by Dr Kirsten Fitzgerald in the Department of Dentistry in Crumlin Hospital. This was public but I wasn’t given an option to go privately which I would have done to speed along the process. She was lovely but it was far too late. The procedure itself is so simple and straightforward. Another client of mine had her child’s done in Blackrock Clinic by Dr Súin Murphy when baby was less than two weeks old and subsequently latched and fed successfully.

I have no idea why it is so difficult to get this procedure done here or even to find any information on it. So hopefully this might help some other mums who just do not know where to go. It is very common in Europe and is typically done in the maternity hospital. Ireland has terrible breast feeding rates so maybe instead of focusing in guilting mothers for not breast feeding there could be more support for mothers who are trying and struggling.

A Newborn Photography Session with Me

Newborn Baby Photography in Action

From this to this…

baby photography dublin newborn photos baby pics leinster cake smash family portraits at home 6 months session newborn -6

Well this is my first blog ever so I’m going to keep it nice and simple. I thought I’d explain more about a newborn session with me. I cover all of Dublin but I do my sessions in the comfort of your home. I do travel so please enquire if you are that bit further away.

As newborn sessions are best done when baby is between 5-14 days old this means that you don’t have to try and organise yourself for an excursion. With the first baby making it out of the house with everything can take a bit of practice so I like to make it as easy as possible for my clients. I will bring absolutely everything that I need so you don’t have to worry about a thing. All I need is a room with a nice, big window. I have shot everywhere from apartments to country cottages and have always made enough room.

When I arrive we will have little chat. Mum can feed baby while I set up all my gear. When baby is fed Mum and Dad can go and have a cup of tea or a rest while I work with baby on my beanbag. Then I move on to parent shots. I always shoot parent shots in black and white. It is classically beautiful and very flattering. If there are sibling shots I will always include family portraits and all the siblings together with their new little brother or sister. Finally I do my prop shots. I have a variety of props available that you can choose from.

I allow up to 4 hours for a session to make sure that baby has plenty of time to feed and snuggle. My aim for your session is to create an environment for baby to be totally comfortable in and to capture those tiny details- those chubby cheeks, those side rolls and little tufts of hair. I want preserve the wonderful connection between baby and parents- this overwhelming new love that has just blossomed. I want to give you an experience that is a million miles away from a rushed chain studio. I want you to enjoy your session as much as the beautiful images that will come from it.