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Ways to unwind – ideas for busy mum.

relax and unwind tips for mums
Yet another busy day whirs by. Did you manage to do anything for yourself? Or, was it another day when you juggled so many plates it’s a wonder they didn’t come crashing down? When everyone wants a little piece of you, you’re like a computer with multiple tabs open and running in your ‘browser.’ With kids around, your mind never goes on standby. Finally, it’s quiet. The kids are in bed, settled and asleep. How can we wind down and sleep peacefully? We know a well-rested parent can conquer the world (of tantrums, sibling wars, and school-runs). But, it’s hard to come by. Frantic to achieve deep restorative sleep and to let go of stress, I looked for a few things to help me to...

What do you do when your baby turns two?

My photography studio is a toddler, and I can't believe we made it! It’s surreal to think two years ago I wasn’t sure I could even do it. With my baby in my arms, committing to a commercial space was scary, but in my heart, I wanted to do it. Little did I know what I would learn or how I would grow as a photographer and as an artist, too. It was not only because I had a very young family that I wanted to create a permanent photographic studio. I knew it was time for space where I could prioritize my clients’ wish for exclusive baby keepsakes. I dreamed of shooting beautifully lit photographs that captured the tenderness of a newborn; the radiance...

Your baby keepsake. Freeze-frame perfection.

baby keepsake hand and foot cast in the frame
Not on Dublin’s high-street: a bespoke baby foot and hand cast with professional baby portrait You have brought a new, precious life into the world. Can you believe how perfect your little miracle is? Your heart melts, as you fall under their spell. They reach up to you. You place your finger in the palm of their tiny hand... Their chubby, perfect foot kicks the air. You hold it gently, almost unable to believe this life is yours to cherish and protect. Those tiny hands that wrap around your finger will soon be bigger. Those darling little feet will soon try on shoes for a nursery. Don’t you wish they might stay this way forever? As a mother of two, I know how priceless baby...

5 ways to prepare for your family photo session.

family photo session in studio photography
Getting the most out of your family photography session. Preparing for your family photo session can be a real challenge. There are so many possibilities and it all looks a bit overwhelming. I know how it feels. I’ve been on the other side of a lens too. When you prepare for your photo session you are getting everything ready, but you are also wondering how will the kids like the session and whether will they be in a good mood. It is quite a challenge to predict what will the little ones do. But not to worry. I have a few tips for you and I hope it will help you to prepare for your next photography session so you get the most fantastic photos...

Who can do a lot of mess? | Cake Smash Dublin

baby boy smiling eating cake photo session dublin
Have you seen that much mess yet? I’ve gotta admit it was the first time I have seen so much mess created by only one person. It was at Dawson’s first birthday photo session. It all started so innocently. Gorgeous smiley little boy playing in my studio. We had a great time ringing the bell of the famous little red bike. Some play with toys and a rocking chair. Then the giant cupcake came. Dawson had no second thoughts on what to do with the sweet treat. The fun began and watching him having such a great time was amazing.  He had smeared the cake everywhere. All his little rolls were covered. It was so much fun. And do I need to say he wasn’t...

Hugo and Gabriel photos | sibling portrait Dublin

sibling photos dublin photography studio babies kids
Hugo was 3 months old When I met him and his family in my studio for his baby photographs. I also met Gabriel, Hugo’s big brother who was a few months short of 2 years of age at the time. I can simply say, the session was a lot of fun. Bribing, singing, and playing toddler games to get the two boys in one picture together was the only way to work that day. But it did happen, the two boys in one place at one time, and the end result, the big canvas that’s in their family home wall, is really worth it. [ess_grid alias="hugo gab blog"]

Ivy’s first birthday cake | Cake Smash Dublin photos

Ivy had so much fun having her pictures taken with her family at her Cake Smash session. Ivy and her big sister Holly Maye are just perfect little models for cute sibling photos Ivy had so much fun having her pictures taken with her family. Ivy and her big sister Holly Maye are just perfect little models for cute sibling photos After the big mess was completed there was a great clean up to do. Ivy took into the bath fun with equal joy. How would anyone year old refuse a bubble bath excitement?

The perfect gift for Nana. | Family photography Dublin

all the grandchildren gift for nana idea photography dublin
It’s been a few days since Christmas and we are all slowly getting back to a normal routine again. On my first day back I opened a fab email from a family that I had photographed a few weeks ago. Nanna got her Christmas gift. Together we have created images of all the new arrivals and updates of family portraits and some up-to-date snaps of the cheeky monkeys over the last few years. This time they have asked for a “good photo of all the grandchildren” So we collected the crowd in the studio. It was fun to work with all the children, getting them in the mood for the best snap possible. I did use some “Photoshop magic” but the final image was a...

Nan’s update of the mantlepiece photos.

When I meet Leo first time he just turned one. We had a cake smash fun session.  Leo was such a great little smasher (you can see the post about it here) Sometime before last Christmas (2015) Leo's daddy contacted me wanting to purchase a gift voucher for Leo's granny - Nan. I truly believe this is one of the most thoughtful and precious gifts you can give - the photos full of memories. I was really looking forward to the planned session. We set the date in January to capture the memories. Nan lives in Donegal and she was staying with Leo and his parents for the weekend. She was a host of the house for the day.  We decided to start the photos inside with the possibility to...
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