If you googled best baby photographer in Mayo and it brought you here, chances are you want nothing short of PERFECTION for your baby photos.
If you want experienced and professional baby photographer who knows how to handle your delicate baby SAFELY and deliver FLAWLESS portraits, you’re in the right place, please get in touch!
Who doesn’t go „awww“ over a new baby! But your first days after coming home from the hospital will be a never-ending cycle of feeding, burping and changing nappies. It’s easy to forget how tiny your baby was when your life is upside down and all you want to do is sleep!
The best time for a newborn photo session is when your baby is just one week old. In fact, the best results are 5-8 days after birth. They are still „curled up“ in their foetal position, which makes for those super cute newborn photos. Plus they generally spend most of the time sleeping and are quite content.
Because the last thing on your mind after you bring your baby home will be looking for a photographer, it’s best to be organized in advance. Plus I am generally booked up for a few months, so to make sure I will be available for your date, it’s a good idea to contact me as soon as you have your scan, so I can pencil you in my diary. We all know babies are quite unpredictable with their arrival, so I’ll put your due date in my diary and once your baby arrives we’ll set a date for your session.
BABIES 3-5 MONTHS
It’s never too late to book a baby session even if your baby has already arrived. If you missed the newborn stage, the next beautiful age for your baby’s portraits is from 3 months on. Your baby starts to show their personality and loves the camera! This is the best time to capture those wide-eyed expressions and from 4 months even some real smiles.
BABIES 6-11 MONTHS
It’s amazing how fast babies change. Only a few months ago, your baby was a tiny bundle that just wanted to be held all the time, and now they’re sitting up, interacting with you, trying to feed themselves and getting more independent.
My favourite age to photograph babies is around 7-8 months, because they’re usually sitting up on their own but not crawling yet. They are so much fun to interact with and give an array of lovely curious expressions and smiles.
You might have noticed that this is the oldest age group I photograph and even if you’re thinking of booking a first birthday session, or a cake smash session, I do these at 11 months. Simply because babies coming up to 12 months and those who have already turned into a toddler are very busy, and they are usually more interested in exploring the world around them rather than sitting still and smiling for the camera (“Hey I wonder what will happen if I pull on that backdrop I’m sitting on… and look, this giant light has wheels!”) Their attention span is very short and they’re generally not too thrilled when you try to contain them in any way (hello tantrums!) If you have a toddler at home right now, you probably know what I’m talking about! So for those reasons, it’s better to take their photos at 11 months max.
Here is what you can expect if you bring your baby to me between 6-11 months:
BABIES & SIBLINGS
If your baby has older siblings, they are welcome to join the photo session.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am based in Charlestown, Co. Mayo and all my sessions happen here. I specialize in fine art portraiture and there are a lot of supplies, props and equipment that I need to create those beautiful portraits, so it’s not possible for me to travel to clients’ homes.
I work Monday to Friday only. I understand that dads are often working, but sometimes dads can get a morning off work or you can book your session for a time when he’ll be on holidays. And in a lot of cases mum just comes with the baby on her own and that’s fine too.
I do all baby sessions in the morning as from my experience that’s when babies are in their best form for photos. If you book a baby session with me, we will start at 10:15 and depending on the age of your baby, the session will last between 1.5-3 hours. By then your baby will be ready for their lunchtime nap. Afternoons are really not suitable for baby sessions as babies get overtired very quickly and nobody wants their baby looking cranky in their photos.
The best time for a newborn photo session is when your baby is just one week old. In fact, the best results are 5-8 days after birth. They are still „curled up“ in their fetal position, which makes for those super cute newborn photos. Plus they generally spend most of the time sleeping and are quite content. Once they get past two weeks, they become much more alert, therefore some of the newborn poses are no longer possible to do.
I am generally booked up for a few months ahead, so if you are thinking of booking a newborn session, please get in touch with me after your scan so I can pencil you in. I also have a cancellation list for last-minute dates when I have to reschedule sick clients or newborns that are overdue, so if you were hoping to get a last-minute appointment, I can put your name on the cancellation list.
A session with an older baby (3-11 months) takes on average 1.5 hours. A newborn session takes up to 3 hours.
No. For babies there is no need to bring anything. For their siblings you’ll just have to bring their outfits, but once you’re booked in I will send you a prep guide with tips on what to wear etc.
You will get your photos within 2 weeks from your session date.
I don’t sell gift vouchers for a lot of reasons. Choosing photographer is very personal and everyone has a different style/taste. What your sister might find adorable you might find tacky. The choice of photographer should be left to the person who will be looking at their photos every day. They shouldn’t feel pressured into having their baby photographed by someone just because their work colleagues gave them a voucher for someone’s cousin who has no experience in photographing newborns (but hey, selling vouchers is great business, right?)
I want to make sure that the parents that are hiring me went through my portfolio, read reviews or got recommendation from their friends that I photographed, and know they WANT me to photograph their baby because I am the right photographer for them, not because someone handed them a voucher. Once they book a session with me, you can pay your chosen amount towards their session if you wish.
My baby sessions are for members of the same immediate family (ie. parents & siblings only). I do not offer sessions for large family groups/extended family.
Yes, all my clients can avail of Gift Registry Service
Why is Gift Registry so great?
Because instead of getting a third steriliser they don’t need, or a fourth set of babygrows, the new parents get something that they really want!
How does it work?
1. A couple book a photo session for their baby.
2. I will give them a link they can share with their friends and family.
3. If their friends and family want to buy them a voucher towards their session fee, they can click on the link, fill in their name, choose the amount they wish to buy them (20,30,50 or 100 euro) and pay online with their card.
4. The couple will be notified every time someone buys them a voucher.
5. When the amount of gifts reaches the session fee amount, link will be deactivated.
Prices start at €199 for all inclusive photo session (including session fee, styling and your photos on a USB). Please contact me for a full price list.
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