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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Spotlight on mums in family photography Dublin!

Updated: May 23, 2023

Last week, a blog about the wonderful contribution dads make to my photo shoots. How they are brilliant at relaxing the kids. Playing with them. Giving them attention.

And how (usually) they are natural & relaxed in front of the camera! Well, why not, they are DADS after all!


Dads tend to have a calming effect on my family photography sessions Dublin, both on location outdoors. Or at home natural newborn photography sessions. Giving mum space to be with newborn babies. Especially breast feeding them in the first weeks after birth. When there is barely time to drag a comb through your hair!


This week, the MUMS are getting the spotlight!

(That said, women like to feel more than just a "mum"of course. )


This is the opportunity to shine as you are.

Whether you are all dressed up. Or in your PJ's holding your newborn. I will chat to you before your family photography Dublin session. Over email or phone, to see what you have in mind for your look n feel. Whether there is a bit of glam, or it's really earthy documenting a slice of life! That's what my Fly On The Wall family photo shoots are all about, life as it is. No fuss or frills.


Although I love to capture natural, authentic moments in my family sessions with a documentary feel, there is still time for classic portraits which show people off in the best possible light


(And literally, THE best possible light!). I love to make the most of great natural light, in the great outdoors or at home. Making the most of rooms where the natural light is dramatic such as HERE at this at home newborn session in the heart of Dublin.

mum and dad holding newborn baby girl in the hallway of their home where a beam of light is cast across a wall in a dramtic, emotive way. at home newborn photography Dublin

When I am doing a natural newborn at home session, I like to photograph both the mums and dads alone with baby - along with both parents together. Also, with all the rest of the family. Siblings, of course. And furry family too. Pets are welcome on all my family photography sessions. I've said many times how amazing dogs are at bringing the best connection from their owners. Perfect for emotive family portraits!


I love to capture mothers with children at any age - from newborn to holding older babies & children. I always say our kids are always our precious babies. Even when they are teenagers & adults!


For the mums, there is the iconic "mum holding baby" pose that is always perfect.

I like to get in close & show the mother-child bond. The expression & gesture of unconditional love. The best family portraits are all about the CONNECTION


mum in aran knit jumper holding and kissing her baby son in her arms in a sunlit park just outside her home. for cara hodge, natural & emotive family photographer Dublin

I specialize in natural family & newborn portrait sessions in your own home. Often these are newborn sessions booked in the first 2-3 weeks of birth. For family sessions with lots of kids at different ages, I love to do outdoor sessions in Dublin as well, making the most of seasonal color & natural backdrops. There are lots of parks & gardens in Dublin that have a naturalistic feel...

mum hugging her older daughter very tightly for a winter family photography dublin session. mum in a tweed winter coat and daughter in a cream puffer jacket and matching hat. daughter's eyes are screwed shut with emotion as she hugs her mum

Here is an emotive hug from mum, and you can see more from this winter family photography Dublin photo shoot HERE . I love how the trees in the wood fall away into soft focus giving warm, earthy tones...

mum rubbling faces with her young boy in a wood. classic mum & child portrait in cinematic black & white. for award winning, profesional child, newborn & family photography dublin by cara hodge

And here are two adoring mums on this at home newborn photography Dublin session. To see more of newborn baby girl with her (still) baby sister have a look HERE.


Also I love the bond between mum & her baby son being baptized in a Greek Orthodox church in Stonybatter Dublin. As well as the joyous connection, the atmosphere of the church - color & golden lights - was AMAZING. For family portraits, the environment can make a mother-child portrait really tell an interesting story.

Mum holding her son inside a greek orthodox church dublin as he is about to get baptized. with golden ornamants and paintings and baptism urn in the background, and baby boy staring intently into the camera. for cara hodge, baptism and natural family photographer dublin

To see more of this fun & exciting baptism photo shoot in the heart of Stonybatter, Dublin, please see HERE


And here is something else exciting...Now, instead of having to pick & choose your favorite pictures from the online family gallery, I have packages that provide you with. Wait for it,,,,


QUITE SIMPLY, ALL THE BEST MOMENTS FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER!


And I am so excited about this because I think my lovely families will be happy to know they don't have to let any of the best moments go to waste. For an hour to one hour & twenty minute family or newborn photo shoot Dublin, that's usually around 70 edited pictures. For a mini, it's 30-40. You can read more about my 3 popular lifestyle & family packages HERE


I always include classic black & white pictures as well as vibrant, rich color tones in my galleries. All my pictures from our time together are hand edited & retouched for blemishes.


To book your family or newborn session, please contact me with the Contacts form HERE. I also cover lifestyle which is special occasions big, small & tiny including birthdays, graduation, communion family photography Dublin portraits, baptism & christening. Christmas, Easter...All the classic milestones in life & seasonal celebrations!


here is my family page for best family photography Dublin moments:

And here are some of my mother with baby & newborn pictures (...all with dads too of course)


Contact me to book your session HERE


Have a wonderful week,


Cara xx




mum hugging two girls on fallen log, wearing bright pops of festive colour. christmas family photo shoot dublin

mum holding baby son who looks like he is doing a karate kick in blackrock park dublin with background of early autumn leaves

newborn at home session dublin with mum holding newborn naturally by the window, beuatiful window light

natural newborn at home with mum holding baby son and newborn baby girl on the sofa

natural newborn at home dublin with mum holding newborn baby girl by window

natural newborn with mum holding baby girl on bed at home

mum holding her baby girl  on master bed with pale background and white duvet

mum holding newborn boy in phoenix park dublin

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