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It has been a fun few weeks of first birthday shoots at the studio! I jumped at the chance to photograph this gorgeous boy and his curls when his mom called me about a Star Wars themed first birthday shoot.

He was such a sweet little baby who was scooching himself around the floor throughout the whole session. As soon as we set up some of the props he'd knock them down and have us laughing. These one year old's always keep me on my toes! 

I love how creative his parents are - they blog over at 2NerdsAndABaby where they provide tips and stories for first time parents. They brought so many props with them - everything from superheroes to a cardboard cut out of Yoda that they keep proudly displayed in their home. We spent an hour chasing after little Oscar and had so much fun.










Soon after his session he had his first hair cut and it's amazing what a difference it makes! He went from being a curly haired baby to a little boy overnight. I'm so glad they asked me to capture portraits for his first birthday.

If you're thinking of booking a birthday shoot for your kids and want to talk through ideas and possibilities then please contact me or mail me on hello@nessarobinson.com

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I love doing first birthday shoots because they are such a milestone in every parents' lives. You made it! A whole year!

It's so fun to see these babies because it really just goes to show how different they all are. Some are standing by themselves while others still need the help of mom and dad. Some are walking by themselves while others love nothing more than running away from me and my camera. Some are full of smiles and giggles and others are a little more shy and reserved. 

This little girl graced my studio when she was 10 months old for her first ever Christmas portraits and it was so lovely to have her back for her first birthday shoot and see how much she had changed in just a few short weeks! 

It was even more lovely because her parents brought with them all of these beautiful props for the shoot including an upcycled rocking chair made for her especially by her grandmother when she was born. I love when parents bring sentimental items because not only does it help make the portrait all the more unique and special - but it helps to capture things like height for future comparison too.








Already looking forward to having this beautiful girl back in the studio with her parents for many future occasions! 

If you're thinking about booking a first birthday shoot then please contact me or email on hello@nessarobinson.com

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It's hard to believe that today is the last day of January already. In some ways it feels like forever since Christmas yet in others it feels like the year is just racing ahead.

Mother's day is only 4 short weeks ahead. This holiday has taken on a whole new meaning for me since becoming a mother 4 years ago myself. My children are my absolute world - but it's so true how much you can lose sight of who you used to be or you currently are when your day constantly revolves around meeting other people's needs before your own.

One of the things that absolutely breaks my heart is how many women shy away from the camera when they come to me for family pictures. Too often they only want images of their children or they spend their time telling me how terrible or tired they look.

I get it. It's exhausting. But we have to remember that we ARE somebody's everything and the job we're doing is hard but worth it. One day you'll want to look back at your family photos and remember who you were and how hard you worked for your family.

When I had my daughter's first birthday portrait taken, I spent the days leading up to it making sure she had the right clothes and that my husband's clothes were somewhat presentable and matching in colours. On the day of the shoot of course it was a big rush and we arrived at the studio and I felt an absolute state with messy hair and rushed make up. I remember feeling disappointed that the photographer barely knew our names and spent 30 minutes taking photos before cutting off the session. When we went back for our reveal, I felt horrible about myself but I bought the images anyway.

I decided then and there to make these sessions as easy and stress free as possible. By offering hair and make up and time for you to get ready and relax, you're guaranteed to not only enjoy the experience but end up with images that you feel beautiful in and are proud of! We do your make up the way you like it done so you still recognise the woman that you are.

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Why not give the gift of a styled photo session to your mother this year? Treat yourself and your family to a legacy of portraits and experience an unforgettable day out together. We'll do your hair and make up and you'll get to choose from a selection of outfits on the day so you don't have to settle for just one look. Want some black tie images mixed with comfy casual shots? 

Someday these photos will be your most treasured possessions. Let me help you create your dream portraits.

Session fees are €190 and include hair and make up.

Mail me on hello@nessarobinson.com or call me on 087 610 3505 for more information.

I can't wait to photograph you!

Mother's Makeover Shoot - YouTube
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I had such a blast this weekend doing a makeover shoot for the lovely Fiona.

Fiona is 4 months pregnant with baby number 3 and is also a yoga instructor and Vlogger. She has only ever had professional photos taken of her once before and that was the day of her wedding. So it was my absolute joy to get her into the studio, sit her down for some hair and make up and get her to put on the clothes she feels her best in - a mix of bright colours, super glam dresses and her casual yoga gear! - and put her in front of my lens.

Make up was done by the amazingly talented Sarah of The Studio Dublin who has recently opened up her own studio in Rathgar. 

The images we got at the end of the shoot speak to the amount of fun we had on the day. Watch the video to see a little glimpse of what went down!

Mother's Makeover Shoot - YouTube

And finally, a little before and after. Beautiful in her natural, fresh state and beautiful after a little make up and direction in front of the camera! 

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It's hard to believe that today is the last day of January already. In some ways it feels like forever since Christmas and it others it feels like the year is just racing ahead.

Mother's day is just 5 short weeks ahead. 

Why not give the gift of a styled photo session to your mother this year? Treat yourself and your family to a legacy of portraits and experience an unforgettable day out together. We'll do your hair and make up and you'll get to choose from a selection of outfits on the day so you don't have to settle for just one look. Want some black tie images mixed with comfy casual shots? 

Someday these photos will be your most treasured possesions. Let me help you create your dream portraits.

Mother's Day 2018 Styled Family Portrait Sessions - YouTube
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I've been working as a photographer for almost 4 years now. Time is really flying past! It's been hard to juggle everything - being a mom and wife first and wanting to start my own business second. Why is it that we get our best ideas when we're our most stretched? With 2 kids not yet in school and next to no sleep, you would think I would give myself a break. But photography is something that I'm just drawn to and it's what keeps me going. I'm happiest when I'm documenting people with my lens - whether it's my people or the lovely clients I've had the pleasure of working with over the past few years.

But I haven't always been able to commit myself to the business as much as I've wanted. There have been ups and downs and major life distractions (not to mention our growing family!). But these past six months in particular I feel like I've been overflowing with ideas of where I want to go. I wrote down a list of business goals for 2018 in October of last year and one by one I'm working my way towards them.

One of my first goals for 2018 was to apply to be accepted as a member of the IPPA. To have my work reviewed by industry giants and accepted as a high enough standard was my goal. Only I couldn't find the time to pull together a portfolio because I was so busy with clients in the lead up to Christmas! So on January 1st, I finally sat down and pulled together a sample of images that I felt represented my best work and I filled in the application and hit send. I quickly tried to forget all about it.

Today, I'm absolutely DELIGHTED to let you know that I've been accepted to the IPPA. I am now an accredited member and as such will be head to the industry Best Business Practices and Code of Conduct.

2018 is on track to be the best year yet for Nessa Robinson Photography - and I cannot wait to start making all of the other things fall into place and share them with you here soon.

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Have you booked your newborn session with me yet?

Contact me now to find out more: hello@nessarobinson.com

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Earlier this month I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Kellie in her home to take some beautiful newborn portraits of Baby Kadie of My Little Babog.

In case you missed it, Kadie made quite the stir when she was born! It’s not every day that you have to have the fire services out to the house to help you deliver a baby. You can read more about Kadie's birth story here.

Clearly Kadie is a little lady who knows what she wants. She must have been exhausted from all the excitement though because when I first walked into the house, I didn’t even see her sleeping peacefully in her rocker. She stayed just as peaceful for the entire newborn portrait session and I was so impressed with her. She's an absolute natural.

Kellie has two other beautiful kids (I’m always amazed at how easy people make it look having more than one kid!) so we were able to have a lot of fun throughout the portrait session. I was impressed with how at ease Kadie was even with her bigger sibblings running around! You can head on over to Kellie’s blog My Little Babóg and read all about how she found her newborn portrait session experience too. Thank you Kellie for the kind words, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to capture Kadie while she is still just so new to the world!

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How did this happen?? My little baby girl turned one two weeks ago. I’m sorry for the delay in the update but between the emotional build up to her birthday and then her getting sick I’ve barely had the time.

My sweet little baby is a whole year old. I can’t believe it. She’s starting to stretch out and is looking so grown up. Her face is changing quickly too. Most mornings I look at her and notice something slightly different than the night before. Her hair is getting fluffier too. She really is sprinting towards the toddler phase.

To celebrate her birthday we had a little family gathering at the house – we got balloons and bunting and cake. She had the best day and so did I! It went by too fast and looking back on it I kind of feel like i was so busy rushing around making sure everyone had cake and Baby G was happy that I missed some of it. I also organised a photoshoot with some of her baby friends to mark the special occasion. I'll update you on that when I can because we've something big in the mix going on for that.

Weight: 8kgs or 17lbs 10 oz (wow! 10lbs more than when she was born!)

Feeding: We have been successfully down to 2 feeds a day – first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. She got really sick on her actual birthday though (how unfair is that!) so we went back to feeding on demand for about 5 days. But once she recovered we got back to two feeds and just these last 2 days she’s only had a morning feed. She isn’t looking for evening feeds – she really is weaning herself.

Sleeping: Oh, sweet joy, it’s happened. My baby is finally FINALLY sleeping through the night. I can’t believe it. For a whole 6 weeks now we’ve put her down to bed around 7.30pm and she wakes around 6.30/7am the next day. Sometimes if we’re moving around upstairs she’ll stir. But she mostly just falls right back to sleep. I did it!! I got her to sleep through the night before she turned a year old!!

Routine: Our routine is pretty easy these days. When she wakes up she has a milk feed and then we go downstairs for breakfast. She usually takes a nap for 40 minutes around 10am. Lunch is at noon and then she’s ready for another nap by about 1/1.30pm. She’ll have a bit of a snack around 4 and some days she’ll have another nap after but now she’s pretty much stretching from her earlier nap to bedtime. Bedtime is anywhere from 6.30pm-7.30pm depending on her naps for the day. If we’ve been out and about a lot, she’s usually ready for bed at the earlier time.

Milestones:
  • She took her first step!!! She pulled herself up with the couch, let go, turned around and took a step!! She promptly fell over…but she did it! She’s done it once since – but I put her 9 days of illness down as the barrier to her mastering the skill. She’s really ready to go now!
  • She’s climbing! She’d never shown any interest in the stairs really but the other week she took off and climbed the whole lot! We were right behind her obviously and that was the day we finally installed the stair gate. She’s a determined little thing!
  • She’s talking more. She knows now that we’re momma and dada. She has also started saying “what’s that?”, “yes” and “what’s this?”. She’s so good at communicating.
  • She has started associating sounds with things. Last month she mimicked clocks, but we’ve taught her that cows say “moo” and she smacks her lips to blow us kisses. She also opens her mouth when you say the word kiss too – it’s so sweet!
  • She’s developed some serious arm dance moves. I can’t describe them. She opens her arms right up and just bends them at the elbow repeatedly out of rhythm. It is the cutest thing.

Likes/Dislikes: Still loves music. She dances and sings along. She goes looking for it now, particularly from one musical book she has.

Still loving books. She repeatedly asks “what’s that?” and points at them and flips the pages open and closed. You could leave her alone in a room full of toys and if there’s a leaflet or anything in sight she’ll be straight over to open it, examine it and talk to it.

She loves her front facing seat in my sister's car! She looks so grown up in it too and is all chuffed with herself being a big girl. She’s going to stay rear facing in our car though, but every now and again she gets to have front facing adventures.

She isn’t a big fan of direct sunlight. I think she’s inherited my sensitive eyes. Mr G never wears sunglasses but I can’t really drive on a bright day without them. She seems to take after me. If the sun is directly on her face she isn’t happy. i bought her some sunglasses which she seems intrigued by, but she keeps pulling them off and I think that might be a safety hazard so….we’ll see.

She is starting to show a little bit of a dislike to certain foods, but overall she’s still a great eater.

I think overall we’re in a good phase at the moment. She’s lovely and bright most days – though I think she’s just happy to be over the tonsillitis.

That’s it for my one year update! Hope you’re all keeping well.

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