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"Bumps & Babes". Natural Maternity Photographer Dublin

Updated: Apr 2

The Bumps & Babes Package

From January 2024, Introducing the "Bumps & babes" package. Book a maternity photo shoot with me & have a voucher towards your newborn session with me, with no expiry date. So you can plan a baby photo shoot with me within 2 weeks of birth when baby is still all curled up. Or later if you prefer, when baby is a little older! Outdoors or in the comfort of your own home & garden.

Plan a natural maternity photography session at home

I am an all-natural-light family photographer Dublin, so family photo shoots are done either at an outdoor location, event venue, or in the peace & comfort of your own home.

For maternity photography, your own home & garden can provide the relaxing surroundings you need for beautiful pregnancy pictures.

As ever, natural window light is a great place for maternity portraits by the window. Just pull up a favorite arm chair.

The use of props, such as baby clothes can make a portrait really special.

pregnant woman cradling baby bump in green silk dress in front of tree
Pregnancy bump

This maternity photography session was done late in the pregnancy to make full advantage of the pregnancy form. As well as couples pictures (above) it was lovely to focus on mum to and dad in park, with late summer golden sunlight.

pregnant couple, pregnant woman in pink dress holding puppy and leaning into her husband in golden end of day light
Radiant maternity

If it's a pregnancy session outside, earthy colors can work really well in a natural setting, including textures such as suede, leather, sheep skins etc. white is also a great choice in any setting, indoor and outdoor. White particularly pops out in a black & white portrait

mum and dad to be looking at each other and smiling in an outdoor location holding puppies. pregnant woman with braided hair and her husband
Happy pregnancy

I always treat a maternity session rather like a couples, engagement & surprise proposals photo shoot - after all, romance is where a pregnancy first started. It is important to celebrate the love. (couples, engagement, surprise proposals & maternity)

couple holding hands in golden sunlight

For this particular session, I also did a series of baby bump pictures in closer detail, for the couple's personal album. (Natural maternity photographer Dublin)

Natural At Home Newborn photography

Within less than two weeks of doing this at home pregnancy photo shoot, I was back to do the most adorable newborn photo shoot. Here are just a few precious pictures from this session. Below, new baby boy still all curled up, getting dressed on the bed.

adult hands reaching to dress newborn baby boy on master bed. natural maternity and newborn photographer dublin. bumps and babes package
Dressing baby

Making the most of window light again (below) as mum & dad cradle their newborn next to a vase of dried flowers .

mum and dad cradling newborn baby boy by the window. pregnancy photo shoot followed by newborn at home photo shoot by cara hodge. best maternity photographer dublin
Newborn by the window

Focusing on newborn baby all on his own too (below). I love how he looks like a champion! The master bed makes the perfect backdrop of white for baby portraits.

newborn baby with hands and fist in air like a champion
Little champion

At home newborn photography is traditionally done within the first couple of weeks after birth. When baby is still all curled up. The newborn baby portraits I capture are as authentic as possible. Where classic portraits merge with documentary, unscripted family photography where I record life as it is with a newborn.

The master bedroom is a preferred place for newborn at home pictures providing a soft, comfortable setting for baby to lie on. There is no need for a big clear up. Just open the curtains & blinds and let in the light! This is fuss free, no frills at home newborn photography! Other rooms in your home - as well as your garden - can help tell the story of what your life is like as a new parent.

Outdoor Maternity Photography Dublin

As well as in home maternity photography sessions, you can choose a favorite outdoor location around Dublin. Warmer seasons are good for showing off the pregnancy in a summer dress.

Below, a maternity photo shoot Dublin in August. 38 weeks & counting the days!

A last minute request to document the last fleeting days of pregnancy.

The maternity bag is packed for the hospital. These really are the last days of count down for this excited couple!

This couple had two adorable Daschund dogs. Bright eyes, inquisitive, lots of fun. We went to a location in Blackrock. It is a garden I also use for my mini seasonal family sessions. This location has beautiful autumn color and spring blossom. Perfect for natural family & maternity sessions.

The bright pink dress gave a lovely celebratory pop of feminine color.

It sometimes helps to treat a maternity photo shoot like a romantic couples & engagement photography session.

pregnant woman with braided in pink dress looking down at her baby bump under a leafy tree with dark red leaves. natural maternity photo shoot dublin. by cara

husband with arms wrapped around his pregnant wife with hands on baby bump as she looks up at him smiling
Last days of pregnancy

As with all my family & lifestyle sessions, I like to go for natural portraits with this couple interacting authentically with each other and their dogs.

I wanted to take some portraits at a distance with the large ornamental trees catching the golden hour rays. Turning green leaves to gold. Photographing maternity portraits between the branches over overhanging trees created an interesting framing opportunity.

I really liked how the black & whites turned out in this maternity with Daschunds session. Black & white portraits have a timeless, classic feel. They work particularly well in high contrast, light & shade. I always include classic black & white in my family galleries.

pregnant couple kissing as they hold to minature daschund dogs in their arms
Maternity kiss

laughing pregnant couple looking at each other and laughing as they hold two daschund dogs in a park
Maternity with Daschunds

pregnant woman holding her husband by the arm under a big canopy of trees catching golden hour light. outdoor maternity photo shoot dublin by cara
Golden Hour Maternity

couple with pregnant woman laughing and leaning into each other as they hold their dogs. natural maternity portraits by cara
Joyful Pregnancy

I have family photography packages that include edited digital pictures in a professional online gallery you can download from, as well as beautifully handcrafted print products. Luxury albums & mounted print boxes. Giclee pigment prints & framed Giclee pigment prints are also available. After any photo shoot package, it is easy to order prints & albums a la carte. That way this couple can treasure their maternity pictures forever.

Contact me for more information on "Bumps & Babes"

Contact me for more details on Bumps & Babes: Cara Hodge Photography: one of the best natural maternity & family photographer's in Dublin, and avail of the special offers.

new mum holding newborn baby girl on the sofa as she wraps her in a white cotton blanket. at home newborn photography dublin by cara

newborn girl in onesie on master bed with hands fanned against her face.

Also if you're just not ready for a newborn at home session when you're still stuck in your PJ's and feeling that you can't even think about being photographed, no worries!

There is no expiry on the Bumps & Babes package. You can opt to have the second half of this photo shoot package done when baby is a little older. For example, you can also wait to have an outdoor family photo shoot with baby in warmer weather - and when she's walking.

mum walking baby girl across a daisy lawn. baby and newborn bumps and babes package can also be done when newborn is now a baby.

For more couples, engagement, surprise proposalt maternity & newborn photography sessions in Dublin, Contact me.

Cara Hodge Photography. Award winning, internationally published family & natural maternity photographer Dublin. Including outside on location maternity photo shoot Dublin. Also, bumps & babes new maternity & pregnancy packages.

Have a great week, Cara x


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