Family Portraits: Your Session Guide

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Don't you love when you walk into a home and instantly get a sense of who people are as a family just by seeing their family photos on display? Isn't it wonderful being able to pull out your family albums and look back through the big moments as well as the imperfect everyday moments?

Maybe you've recently moved home and you'd love to freshen up the photos on your walls. Maybe you realised over breakfast that your kids grew over night again and something about them is different and you want to capture them exactly as they are right now. You want to freeze this moment of your family in time so you have it to look back on and remember.

Whatever the reason for wanting new portraits, I would love to be the one to help you design your perfect family portrait session. 

My promise to you is that I will create an unforgettable experience and beautiful images of your family.  Your family will enjoy and thank you for these images for years to come.

What does a family portrait session entail?

Once you're ready to book your family portrait session, you will receive a pre-session phone consultation with me. We will talk about your family and what you want from your session. Maybe you have a big event coming up (a birthday or anniversary?) or maybe it's been too long since you last had pictures taken of you as a group. I will help you design a family portrait session so that you get exactly what you need from your photos.

Family portrait sessions can take place either in the comfort of your own home or in a pre-arranged location. There are so many beautiful areas around South Dublin to help frame your images. Even though we're not always blessed with good weather there are so many locations to choose from. 

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How long does a family portrait session last?

Family portrait sessions last typically between 45 minutes and an hour. 

How much does a family portrait session cost?

Session fees are €75. Please visit my pricing page if you want to learn more about my sessions and products. 

What do we receive at the end of the portrait session?

A personalised reveal session of your final images is designed and presented to you in the comfort of your home. I will then help you decide which images you'd like printed, framed or put in an album based on your budget and design needs.  A full product price list is provided to you ahead of the session and there is no minimum spend or obligation to purchase. 

What happens next?

If you're ready to start planning you're family portrait session or have any questions please go on and head over to the booking page to start the conversation! Alternatively, you can email me on or call me on 0876103505. I look forward to working with you!


Hi guys, 

You may have noticed that I've revamped my website a little. I just wanted to stop in and leave a note that I'm in the process of cleaning up and transferring over my old blog posts. Please be patient while I work to restore everything - I am still on maternity leave after all :)


Baby Update: Baby B is 4 Months Old

It's hard to believe that we're already at the point of Baby B turning 4 months old. Compared to his sister's 4 month update, it seems to have gone by SO much faster this time. But I suppose that's to be expected when you've also got a 2 year old to run around after!

Just like his sister, I'm already thinking about introducing solids because this boy is BIG! He weighed more at his 3 month check up then Baby G did at the 6 month mark. He is one hungry little guy. Still though, I think he needs to be a bit more solid and able to sit up before I start introducing anything other than breast milk.

Highlights over the last month:

  •  We've hired a sleep consultant! (Maybe a mix of a highlight/low point??). You might know that with his sister we had a horrible time with lack of sleep and Baby B is very much on the same path. So I hired a sleep consultant (more on her another day!) and you know what? We've had a few 4 and 5 hour stretches! I'm telling you, I just don't know myself when I've had more than 90 mins sleep. It's brilliant.

  • Trying to roll!! Baby B has been working hard at getting on to his side. His sister had already managed a roll by this stage but in fairness to my little guy, he's got twice the weight to throw around :) I know he's going to do it any day now - I'm already being extra careful with where I leave him down.

  • Christmas! Baby B had his first Christmas and it was so much fun having the two kids this year. 

Lowpoints over the last month:

  • Lack of sleep (see first point above!). I won't dwell on it too much because we're working to fix it, but my god not being able to sleep is just the worst feeling. The exhaustion with two kids under 3 at home AND a lack of sleep is beyond anything I've every felt before.
  • Come to think of it that's really the only low point with Baby B this month. He is such a chilled out, easy going baby most of the time - I really thank my lucky stars! Now if he'd sleep he'd be perfect...

And here's a little photo that's almost a direct comparison to his sister at the same age - I actually forgot all about her one, but love seeing them in the same pose! 


Baby Changing Room Awards 2016 with Sudocrem Ireland

Recently I was contacted by Sudocrem Ireland to do a commercial shoot for a fun project they were working on. They were announcing the winners of the Baby Changing Room Awards and wanted some cute photos to accompany the press release. Even though I'm officially on maternity leave right now I decided it was too much of a fun project to pass up! So, I packed up my camera bag along with the nappy bag and set off for the photoshoot - 7 week old baby and my partner in tow!

It was a full day - lots of different set ups and props. We were fortunate enough to have the incredibly talented Orla Neligan of Cornershop Productions to style the shoot and the images are just beautiful. Of course, I have to give a massive shout out to baby Elliott, the star of the images. I've never met such a well behaved 8 week old! He was the perfect little model for the day.

I'm delighted to see so much pick up of the awards and the images - all over the internet and in newspapers like The Irish Times. I was exhausted at the end of the day but it was well worth it.



Sudocrem Ireland were announcing the 2016 winners of the Baby Changing Room Awards. Visit Sudocrem Ireland to see the full list of baby changing room award winners.

Sudocrem Ireland Baby Changing Room Awards 2016

Newborn Portraits - Why So Young?

People are sometimes amazed when I tell them that I like to take newborn portraits when they are between 6 and 10 days old. As someone who still catches herself saying “I just had a baby” (and she’s now 21 months old!) I completely understand why people might think newborn portraits can be taken at 6 months old.

First let me be clear – I take photos of BABIES AT ALL AGES! I have taken some adorable posed newborn-esque images of babies as old as 8 weeks. I have taken many portraits of babies as they learn to sit up and crawl. I take images of babies around their 1st birthdays. I will never tell you your baby is too old to have their photograph taken. If I could, I would photograph ALL the babies at ALL stages!

But, if you are after those deliciously sweet images of tiny toes and curled up bodies there is an optimal time to do it. Most newborn photographers will agree that the best time for newborn photos is when they are between 6 and 10 days old. Allow me to explain to you why this is!

  1. Firstly when babies are under 10 days old they are still nice and curled up and squishy from being carried inside the womb for 9 months. This means they are already in those sleepy, curled up positions and are easily posed on the beanbag.
  2. Secondly, a newborn baby’s skeleton is made up mostly of cartilage which means that they are flexible and are much more comfortable with their bodies being curled up than older babies. Did you know babies are born with 307 bones? By the time they reach adulthood, they only have 206. Bones start fusing together from day one – so the younger they are, the more flexibility they have.
  3. Thirdly, everyone knows that newborns love to sleep, sleep, sleep. Unfortunately for some of us (myself included), that doesn’t always mean they love to sleep at night! But newborns are only awake and alert for short bursts in those first few weeks and then they tend to sleep for long stretches in between feeds and wakeful periods. This means that we have a greater window for soft, sleepy images with minimal disturbance to the baby. I’ve had a few babies sleep for the entire session – so they never even knew the camera was there!


It’s equally important to note that I don’t like to photograph the newborns too early either. Those first, precious few days are important for you and your baby to bond. There has been a lot of changes for both of you – neither of your worlds will ever be the same! It’s a unique time to bond and get to know each other. You’ll be amazed how even 5 days will imprint a sense of who your baby is on your heart. You’ll begin to recognise which noises mean they’re getting ready to cry and which mean they're about to poop. You’ll also need some time to rest and recover from the birth.

So it may seem a little unusual to take the newborn portraits when they are so new to the world but it really does make sense and you can create some beautiful, timeless photographs. Those first few weeks always go by in a flash and their tiny little features begin to change so quickly. If you truly want to capture your newborn in all their squishy newness, I recommend you book your shoot for when they’re 6 – 10 days old.

If you’re interested in booking a newborn shoot with Nessa Robinson Photography, please send me an email on HELLO@NESSAROBINSON.COM and I’d be happy to discuss everything in more detail with you!