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.

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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).

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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).

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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!

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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.

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Picture of beautiful mother and newborn baby

 

Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions

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I am so excited to meet you and your family in the magical Glencullen Christmas Tree Farm for my Christmas Mini Sessions. Your little ones will be able to pose amongst the Christmas trees for some beautiful outdoor portraits. I will then have two set ups for you to choose from inside. One an elegant, neutral backdrop for some classic portraits or a fun bedtime setup to showcase their Christmas jammies.

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The session fee is €89 and this includes your session with two setups and 5 digital images of your choice from your online gallery.  Your gallery will be ready for your private viewing by the 1st December to ensure that you have time to order those Christmas cards and portraits for Nana and Granddad.

These sessions are mostly child based but parents will have a chance to jump in for some family images amongst the trees if they wish. They are for immediate family only. Babies must be able to sit independently- these are not suitable for newborns. Cousins may book sessions back to back to facilitate a larger family group photo.

Glencullen Christmas Tree Farm is 10 minutes away from Exit 15 on the M50 and is situated near Johnny Foxes Pub in the Dublin Mountains. I have bought my Christmas tree there for several years and it is a wonderful, magical family experience.

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Family Christmas Photography at Glencullen Christmas tree Farm Dublin

 

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Book NOW to make sure that your family doesn’t miss out on this wonderful Christmas event. These sessions make a great gift for that hard to but for family members and the creating some memories that will last a lifetime.

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Belly Casting and Baby Photography

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Belly Casting is one of the other services that I offer. There is something so lovely about seeing baby all curled up in a perfect model of mummy’s bump.

It is so easy for you. I come to your home and bring everything that is required. It only takes around half an hour – 45 minutes. We then have a perfect replica of your bump to place your precious bundle in at their Newborn Session. So simple but so perfect!

 

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I take the cast home after we make it (at between 36-38 weeks pregnancy) and I thicken and prime it to make it smooth for baby. Mummy keeps the cast after her session as a lovely memento of her pregnancy.

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Áine’s Cake Smash and Splash

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Last week the adorable Áine had a cake smash to celebrate her first birthday. This is a lovely, fun way to mark such a special occasion. I bring a colour co-ordinated cake, balloons and decorations for the event! It really makes for some very cute pictures of your little one.

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After her cake smash Aine had a lovely bath in my vintage tub for the splash part of her session.

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As part of every Cake Smash and Splash Session I also bring an alternative background to capture some classic family portraits. They are great fun and a really fantastic way to create and capture some beautiful family memories.

A Newborn Photography Session with Me

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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.