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  • Cara Hodge

At Home Newborn & Baby Portraits

Updated: Jan 5

More from my recent newborn photo shoot that included two babies.


That's not twin babies but two baby sisters born not more that a year apart!


I specialize in natural authentic family moments. Moments of genuine connection. BUT


SOMETIMES. If you want it...


Sometimes an "all together, all eyes on me" family portrait to hang on the wall is very much desired.

A traditional family portrait for wall hanging or showcased in a favorite frame.

This is less candid, more orchestrated. But I always try a squeeze at least a couple of these in my newborn at home session (it's just a bit less natural here)


A few weeks old baby can't sit up yet, and the one year old sister just wants to...PLAY. And who can blame her? That's what babies & toddlers do BEST.

However I did my best to get the sitting family portrait I was asked to do among my shots of the family interacting naturally


The trick is to start with the group photo.

If I start photographing one baby, if they then tire of the camera there is NO WAY they will sit for the family portrait after. Babies tire quickly and want to move about


So I'll say it again (even just to remind myself): If the whole family together shot is the most important one, it absolutely has to take precedence.


Decide on how & where everybody will sit. This means that those precious seconds to get it right won't be wasted with unnecessary adjustments


Then know you will have maybe, at best, 10 seconds to get this right.


You can see in this series that the first couple of shots, everyone is looking - and then, seconds after - everything has changed. Slightly older baby sister has had enough:

I want to CRAWL & JUMP & BE ME!

This is the natural, candid family photography I crave


However in these portraits, there are some delightful moments with newborn baby girl, her hands clasped.

I love paying special attention to hands and feet, they convey so much emotion & expression.

I also love her cute white wool hat!


My special offer for newborn photography Dublin is at present 15 complimentary minutes. This allows time for newborn baby to settle, feed, and just be cranky.


As ever, there is option to purchase a full gallery of 60 edited pictures or the half gallery of edited pictures. 60 makes a handcrafted family album.


All pictures are soft edited for color, contrast & temperature.

After the chosen selection is made I go in and do any retouching. This usually means slightly smoothing skin. Seeing to any slight stains and blemishes.


The pictures look wonderful printed on a mat finish, but if there is a large gallery of favorites the handmade fine art book is a wonderful way to look back at your precious memories. Available in a variety of covers and colors, from organic material to leather. Also with different engraving styles.

A real keepsake to treasure your baby's first weeks in the world


Professional family photographer Dublin. Natural newborn at home photographer (well, with some more traditional family pictures mixed in if you're keen!


Have a wonderful week x


family portrait with baby and newborn

family portrait with mums and two babies, at home on bed


big sister kissing mum portrait

newborn at home session, group portrait with baby and newborn together with mums












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