Ciara Drennan Photography: Blog http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog en-us Ciara Drennan (C) 2017 ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:49:00 GMT Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:49:00 GMT http://www.ciaradrennan.com/img/s5/v120/u1008447343-o46775070-50.jpg Ciara Drennan Photography: Blog http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog 89 120 Our Day http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2016/7/our-day A little video of a very special day I spent with Lynn & Mark and their children Keelin & Lochlainn recently. Lynn & Mark renewed their wedding vows while Keelin & Lochlainn celebrated their naming ceremony in the beautiful gardens of Roundwood House just outside Mountrath in Co.Laois.

The kids were entertained by Jeca the Clown and Kelly Lou Cakes was on hand with cupcakes for all!

 

Thanks a million for asking me to capture this special day for you folks, I am looking forward to creating a very special album for you all.

 

Ciara

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2016 Newborn Sessions at The Associates Photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2016/7/2016-newborn-sessions I know I have been really really bad at sharing some of the gorgeous little babies who have come to visit us so far in 2016. So I decided to put together a little video for you!

 

 

 

If you are interested in booking a Newborn Session we recommend booking while in your third trimester of pregnancy. You can use the contact form on the website to contact me for more information.

 

All Newborn Sessions take place in The Associates Photography studio in Tullamore, Co.Offaly.

Ciara

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Babies Ciara Drennan Ireland Laois Newborn Offaly Portlaoise The Associates Photography Tullamore photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2016/7/2016-newborn-sessions Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:04:58 GMT
Newborn Sessions @ The Associates Photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/12/newborn-sessions-the-associates-photography I haven't put up a blog post in ages!!! There is a good reason though....and a very exciting one. I recently moved into The Associates Photography in Tullamore. This has been a massive move for me and I am loving every minute of it.

The space has given me freedom to create some beautiful images and timeless memories for families. Having a space to store all my gorgeous props has meant we have also been able to reclaim the kitchen at home, no more props, backdrops and bags in the corner! Bliss!

It also means I am now in a position to offer some truly beautiful print products that are all custom designed to suit my clients. Our stunning range of archival quality Canvas prints are printed and mounted in-house, our signature range of Floating Frames are proving to be very popular and again are uniquely designed for each order.

Even better I get to work and photograph alongside one of my favourite photographers, Jeff. It's brilliant to have someone to bounce ideas off, to support you and to sometimes drive you stir crazy with his madcap ideas!

However, I am saving the best to last....my adorable newborns and their Mum & Dad's! I have been blessed to meet the snuffliest little dotes over the last two months and I wanted to share with you a little video of some of the precious images that have been created.

Jeff & I have loads more exciting things planned over the coming months....I'll make sure and keep you informed.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016. Thank you for your continued support, it means the world to me.

As Always,

Ciara

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) newborn photography Axis Business Park Ciara Drennan Co.Offaly Family Ireland Laois Portlaoise The Associates Photography Tullamore creative newborn www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/12/newborn-sessions-the-associates-photography Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:27:15 GMT
Elva & Conor - a July Wedding http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/7/elva-conor---a-july-wedding It's hard to believe that it is now two weeks since Elva & Conor celebrated their wedding with friends and family in the magnificent Palmerstown House Estate.

I had been lucky enough to do an Engagement Session with Elva & Conor earlier in the year. This gave us all a chance to get to know each other & for them to be comfortable with me taking photos of them.

When I arrived at the Manor House I was met by the groom and then a few minutes later his soon to be Mother in Law, from that moment on it felt like I was part of the family.

I arrived to the Bridal Suite just as hair and make up was beginning and I have honestly never seen a Bride so relaxed and so much laughter during those precious hours of preparation. This set the tone for the day, it truly was a day of celebrating love, family & friendship.

I cannot thank the staff in Palmerstown House enough for all the help and support they gave to everyone that day, me included. I owe a very special thank you to Best Man Ronan & future Wedding Planner extraordinaire Gareth for being my 'go to' men, and making sure that not only did I have everything I needed but that everyone was where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be!

There was a lot of laughter throughout the day, however I left the Manor House in tears after Ronan's speech...it truly was the most heartfelt Best mans speech I have ever heard...I bet I wasn't the only one with a tear in my eye.

Finally, Mr & Mrs Donelly, thank you so much for entrusting me to capture some special memories for you. I wish you every love and happiness for the future.

Ciara xxx

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Family Johnstown Kildare Laois" Naas Palmerstown House Photography Portlaoise Wedding Wedding Photography Ireland Wedding Photography by Ciara Drennan Wedding Venue photography www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/7/elva-conor---a-july-wedding Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:51:54 GMT
Unlaoised52 May & June http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/6/unlaoised52-may-june May was such a hectic month that I forgot all about putting up the Unaloised 52 images from it. So here are all the images from May & June together.

I hope you enjoy them,

Ciara

 

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22-52 Childhood

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23-52 Tracks

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24-52 On The Shelf

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25-52 Here Comes The Sun

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Unlaoised 52 - April 2015 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/5/unlaoised-52---april-2015 14-52 "Easter"

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) 52 Ciara Drennan Family Laois Portlaoise creative project week http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/5/unlaoised-52---april-2015 Tue, 12 May 2015 19:04:46 GMT
Some More Adorable Newborn Babies http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/4/somemoreadorablenewbornbabies What a wonderful first few months I have had capturing some very special moments in these little folks lives.

I adore doing the newborn sessions, I get to meet the most adorable little munchkins, their families and sometimes their siblings who can add a lot of fun and giggles to the sessions!

I get to have cuddles...and lots of them, and yes sometimes I end up with little accidents on me...it's all part of what I love doing.

Here as some of my gorgeous newborns from the last few months, adorable each and every one of them :-)

If you would like more information on the newborn sessions you can drop me a line at ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com or click here : ciaradrennan.com/newbornsession

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Family Laois Portlaoise creative family newborn photography specialising in newborn photography www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/4/somemoreadorablenewbornbabies Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Unlaoised 52 - March 2015 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/3/unlaoised-52---march-2015 Photo's from the March leg of Unaloised 52... including a very emotional trip to New York!

 

10-52 'Accidental Letters'

(taken at Strawberry Fields, Central park, NYC)

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11-52 'Equality'

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12-52 'Eire'

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13-52 'Sunset/Sunrise/Sky/Clouds'

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Rather than posting one photo a week here, I will put together a wee blog showcasing that months photos.

These may not be award winning shots, but I have great fun doing them and so do my boys Tim & Mic!

If you would like to see these on a weekly basis, you can follow it here www.facebook.com/CiaraDPhotography & here www.flickr.com/photos/ciaradr/

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) 52 week project Ciara Drennan Family Laois Portlaoise Unlaoised 52 creative family photography project www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/3/unlaoised-52---march-2015 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:00:00 GMT
unlaoised 52 February 2015 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/3/unlaoised-52-february-2015 These are my February images for Unlaoised 52, the idea is you take one photo a week based on a theme, the photo has to be taken within that week.

We've had some great fun with the February themes :-)

 

6-52 "Handmade"

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7-52 "I Love ?"

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8-52 "Round"

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9-52 "Beyond Reach"

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Rather than posting one photo a week here, I will put together a wee blog showcasing that months photos. These may not be award winning shots, but I have great fun doing them and so do my boys Tim & Mic!

If you would like to see these on a weekly basis, you can follow it here www.facebook.com/CiaraDPhotography & here www.flickr.com/photos/ciaradr/

 

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) 52 week project Ciara Drennan Family I Love Laois Portlaoise Tim button creative creative photography photography project space wood http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/3/unlaoised-52-february-2015 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Valentine's Offer 2015 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/2/valentines-offer-2015 It's the weekend of love & I want to share a little bit of love with you. Get 20% off any newborn,family or engagement session booked between now and Tuesday 17th February.

Just drop me a line at ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com to find out more about these sessions.

Ciara xx

 

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) 20% Ciara Drennan Laois Love Newborn Photographer Offer Portlaoise Valentine engagement family newborn romance http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/2/valentines-offer-2015 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:48:46 GMT
Unlaoised52 January 2015 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/2/unlaoised52-january-2015 In 2013 I set up a group on Facebook called Unlaoised 52, the idea was to take one photo a week for a year, each week there would be a different theme & your photo had to reflect that theme in some way. that group has proved to be very popular, we now have members from all over the world participating and it is a group I am very proud to be involved in.

In 2014 I tool a break from the Unlaoised 52, I was so busy between babies, weddings, families & of course my own family life that I felt I wouldn't be able to do the Unlaoised 52 justice. Being honest I missed taking part each week and while I absolutely adore what I do, I realised I wasn't taking photos for myself anymore. This can be a dangerous trap for photographers to fall into, and I think because I started off photography in a very creative way I missed the buzz of coming up with ideas, doing some wacky shots and even wackier editing!

2015 is a new year and while I don't do resolutions, I have promised myself to try and fit in some more 'me' photography & what better way to do it than with Unlaoised 52!

Rather than posting one photo a week here, I will put together a wee blog showcasing that months photos. These may not be award winning shots, but I have great fun doing them and so do my boys Tim & Mic!

If you would like to see these on a weekly basis, you can follow it here www.facebook.com/CiaraDPhotography & here www.flickr.com/photos/ciaradr/

 

January 2015

1-52 "Out With The Old & In With The New"

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2-52 "Cold"

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3-52 "Tiny"

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4-52 "Tired"

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5-52 "The Kitchen"

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) 2015 52 week project Blog Ciara Drennan Family Laois Portlaoise Unlaoised 52 creative creative photography photography project www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2015/2/unlaoised52-january-2015 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:32:46 GMT
Recent Newborns http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/12/recent-newborns How lucky am I to have met and photographed these gorgeous babies over the last few months, it was a pleasure and such fun photographing each and every one of them!

For more information on newborn sessions why not pop over to www.ciaradrennan.com/newbornsession

or have a look through the gallery here : 

www.ciaradrennan.com/newborngallery

If you are interested in booking for 2015, you might be interested in my Christmas Madness offer, which can be found over on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CiaraDPhotography

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Siobhan & Barry - A November Wedding http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/12/siobhan-barry---a-november-wedding So a few weeks ago I was privileged to spend the day with Siobhan, Barry & of course the cutest little girl in the world, Isobel, as they celebrated their wedding.

The day started off very grey and dull but that didn’t dampen the spirits in either house as Bride & Groom got ready.

As the Bride arrived to the church the sun came out and we were able to head to Emo Court for some very special photos before racing out of the cold and into the comfort of The Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise.

Many thanks to Siobhan, Barry & Isobel for being such a fantastic family to be with on their very special day, a special mention has to go the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen who really helped to make my job go smoothly by rounding up the troops on time ;-)

A very special thank you to Tara Thomas for second shooting with me on the day and getting some fantastic alternative angles for the photos.

The full gallery has just winged it’s way to it’s forever home, hope you like them folks.

Ciara

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Emo Court Family Laois Laois" Photography Portlaoise The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise Wedding Wedding Photography' , photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/12/siobhan-barry---a-november-wedding Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:20:30 GMT
Jeanne & Tony - A September Wedding http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/11/jeanne-tony---a-september-wedding Back in September I had the honour of photographing Jeanne-Marie & Tony's Monster Wedding Bash in the beautiful surroundings of Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort.

What a fantastic day everyone had, one of the most relaxed couples I have ever met, who knew what sort of photography they wanted from their day yet also trusted me on necessary last minute change of locations,beautiful surroundings, a very intimate and personal blessing and the most fun bridal party photo I have taken ( you'll need to scroll down to see it!)

 

Jeanne-Marie & Tony, thank you for having me along on the day to capture your Monster Bash, I enjoyed every minute of it and hope you did too.

A very special thank you to Eamon for not only being a great Uncle to Jeanne-Marie but also being a great second photographer.

Ciara

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Ciara Drennan Co.Tipperary Junction Laois Limerick Portlaoise Wedding Wedding Photogrpahy http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/11/jeanne-tony---a-september-wedding Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:00 GMT
Claire & Eleanor - A June Wedding http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/8/claire-eleanor---a-june-wedding Time flies by and I can't believe it's already been two months since Claire & Eleanor's wedding.

They celebrated their wedding in the beautiful surroundings of The Tullamore Court Hotel, with family and friends from near and far.

Both ladies looked stunning on the day, and the day was full of smiles, giggles, love and romance...a truly beautiful day.

Thank you both for asking me to capture your wedding memories.

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Laois Portlaoise Tullamore Court Hotel civil partnership photography wedding http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/8/claire-eleanor---a-june-wedding Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Shooting From 'The Pit' http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/7/music-photography A few people have been asking me lately about my music photography, everyone is always very complimentary of it, and it confuses some people when they see lots of newborn photography and family photography on my social media pages. 

So I decided to write this little blog post to explain where it all comes from and where it all fits in to Ciara the photographer & Ciara the music lover!

I have loved music from a very young age, as a 10 year old child I had lifesize posters of Elvis Presley & Michael Jackson on my wall....that's some combination! Teenage years saw Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Cure, The Smiths etc entering my life, and well they all remain in my top favourite bands lists! Being honest there will always be a little bit of grunge in my soul ;-)

My first gig was The Waterboys when I was about 14 years old, and I was transfixed. Going to college in Maynooth opened up so many gigging opportunities and I got to see all those great Irish bands of the early 90's The Frames ( I have lost count of the amount of times), Something Happens, The Pale, The Mary Janes, The 4 Of Us,The Golden Horde, The Sultan's of Ping & the list goes on.

The last few years have seen me being able to merge my two loves; photography & live music! I had always brought my smaller cameras to gigs with me, but it was Electric Picnic 2012 when I first got to 'shoot from the pit'. That was one very special festival for me, I got to photograph some of my music heroes...such as...

Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard The Cure Robert Smith (The Cure)

While shooting the Picnic that year I knew I wanted to convert the images into mono, and I knew I wanted high contrast, grungey, gritty mono. The next two months saw me reviewing every single image and selecting a number, editing them all to the same style, same tones etc adding in some shots from local gigs I had covered and presenting a panel of 15 mono music images for my successful Associateship Panel with the Irish Photographic Federation in November 2012.That was the proudest moment of my photographic career.

Mother Love Bone sang of their concerts ‘Get me to the stage - it brings me home again this is Shangri-La.’ Music has always had a special place in my life. Some of my most precious memories have been at music events. However, I have often found it difficult to express through words the musical moments I have witnessed at various concerts throughout the years. My lens allows me to see music and to bring it alive. My lens allows me to capture those intimate moments where a performer is lost in the energy that grows between themselves and the audience and to unveil that magic in a way that words cannot. For me gritty, high contrast black and white photography creates a third space that captures the unseen and often missed moments which makes live music more than a musical experience This panel of images represent my captured Shangri-la moments. For me, the essence of my music photography is all about capturing those magic moments in a performance, those moments of pure emotions and connections. Those moments can come in moments of stillness, the emotion of a lyric showing through the power of a vocal performance, the connections between the performer and the audience and sometimes just pure rocking out.

I have been privileged  to photograph some of the best musicians there are, both household names and those bands/artists that are newer to the live music scene and over the last 8 months have been shooting for Festival & Gig Guide Ireland.

So here's a small selection of some of my favourite recent shots.These were all shot in the best live music spot in the midlands Kavanagh's Portlaoise (www.facebook.com/kavanaghs)

 

The Pale

The Pale @ Kavanagh's Portlaoise-21The Pale @ Kavanagh's Portlaoise-21Please feel free to tag and share. Images may not be altered or used without my permission. All rights reserved. Mark Geary Mark Geary @ Kavanagh's Portlaoise © Ciara Drennan 2014-5Mark Geary @ Kavanagh's Portlaoise © Ciara Drennan 2014-5Great set from Mark Geary in Kavanagh's Portlaoise last night. The Hot Sprockets The Hot SprocketsThe Hot Sprockets Le Galaxie Who have I really enjoyed shooting? I love shooting bands/musicians that know how to perform, that bring that extra energy to the gig.

Jerry Fish is always great to shoot live, he owns the stage and the crowd! Booka Brass Band featuring Jerry Fish @ Groove Festival © Ciara Drennan 2014-19Booka Brass Band featuring Jerry Fish @ Groove Festival © Ciara Drennan 2014-19Please feel free to tag and share. Images may not be altered or used without my permission. All rights reserved. David Gray has held a special place in my music life for over 20 years now, I always love going to see him live and it is now a pleasure and an honour to be in a position to photograph his live gigs.

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Alabama Shakes were one of my highlights from Electric Picnic 2012, pure energy and passion!

Highlight from Electric Picnic 2013 ( it really is difficult to narrow these down) has to have been David Byrne, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to say thank you to him for an amazing set, that was a 'moment' for me.

And then you have the new up and coming bands like Fresh Ré,who not only have a great sound but their frontman knows how to own a stage & play to the camera...expecting to see a lot more from them!

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I would love to be in a position to be shooting more live music and festivals in particular, however I have a 9 year old & a 7 year old boy, and my priority has to be given to them. I get out as often as I can to and am hoping to shoot a few more festivals this summer.

Live music photography has also given me one more very important thing in life...new friends, I have met and become firm friends with not only some very very talented music photographers but also amazing people, take a bow Rory Coomey ,Tara Thomas, Ste Murray & Dan Butler to name but a few. Legends the lot of them :-)

So finally, what bands are on my gig bucket list....Pearl Jam have to be number one I have been listening to them since I was a young teenager. Sinead O'Connor, Janes Addiction, Iggy Pop, P.I.L., Bob Geldof, Tom Petty....and George Michael!!! ;-)

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Alabama Shakes Ciara Drennan David Byrne David Gray Fresh Gig Photography Glen Hansard Jerry Fish Laois Le Galaxie Mark Geary Music Photography Portlaoise Ré. The Cure The Hot Sprockets The Pale music photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/7/music-photography Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:46:24 GMT
Sligo Summer Sessions 2014 http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/7/sligo-summer-sessions-2014 Hi all,

I will be heading to Sligo for the first two weeks of August, and due to the popularity of last years Summer Sessions I am running them again this year.

More info below :

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If you want an idea what to expect here are some of the photos from last year :-)

If you are interested please contact me via ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com or on 083-4364326.

Many Thanks,

Ciara

 

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/7/sligo-summer-sessions-2014 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:10 GMT
Recent Newborn Sessions http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/5/recent-newborn-sessions Just a few of my recent bundles of cuddles.

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More information on the newborn sessions can be found here http://www.ciaradrennan.com/newborn

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Family Laois Portlaoise Portlaoise Photographer newborn newborn photography photography http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/5/recent-newborn-sessions Tue, 20 May 2014 18:53:36 GMT
A Quick Preview of Baby Robert's session http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/4/a-quick-preview-of-baby-roberts-session I just had to share a couple of images from a recent baby shoot with you. 

All 'my babies' are very special and they are all wonderful to work with ( of course they are they have the most amazing parents!), sometimes though you have a baby that just laps up their session and isn't a bit bothered by all the activity that goes on around them.

Robert was one of these babies.

Baby Robert Robert made no fuss,he had his little feed and nodded right off to sleep with not a care in the world.

The room was toasty and warm, he had lots of cuddles from Mum (and yup I sneaked a few in for myself!) throughout the session, this little man was born to be in front of the camera! Baby Robert

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Baby Photographer in Portlaoise Ciara Drennan Family Laois Laois Photographer Newborn Newborn Photography Photographer Portlaoise Portlaoise Photographer www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/4/a-quick-preview-of-baby-roberts-session Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT
Behind the scenes of a Newborn Session http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/3/behind-the-scenes-of-a-newborn-session One of the first questions I am asked by Mum/Dad to be when they are making inquiries about a Newborn Session is, where do you take the photos?

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The answer is in your own home!

Well, as a mother I know how hectic the first few days of life are for both the newly arrived little bundle, Mum, Dad & siblings. Mum is still recovering, Dad is trying to keep the house running as smoothly as possible & siblings are coming to terms with this new arrival into their territory; all of this with very little sleep!!

This is why your Newborn Session is done in the comfort of your own home. You don't have to worry about planning a military style operation to get everyone out of the house and to a studio, you can answer the door to me in your pj's & I won't bat an eyelid & some Mums even take advantage and catch up on sleep leaving me & Dad to do the photos and then they get a lovely surprise when they see their gallery of images.

On a recent Newborn Session with baby Sofia, I asked a fellow photographer friend Ruth to come along, be my assistant for the session and take some background photos, so you can see how easy a set up it is to do in your own home.

If you are interested in booking a newborn session the best time to make inquiries is in your third trimester, we then set a provisional date around your due date and when baby arrives you confirm the booking for a date & time that suits you within baby's first 10-14 days.

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You can contact me via the contact form on the website, by email ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com or by phone 083-4364326.

I look forward to meeting you and your newborn bundle of joy 

(Many thanks to Sofia and her Mum & Dad for not only welcoming us into their home but for such a lovely session. Many many thanks to the talented Ruth Hanamy for assisting & the background shot).

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ciaradrennanphotography@gmail.com (Ciara Drennan Photography) Ciara Drennan Laois Photographer Portlaoise baby behind the scenes of a newborn session family new newborn photographer photography www.ciaradrennan.com http://www.ciaradrennan.com/blog/2014/3/behind-the-scenes-of-a-newborn-session Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:00:00 GMT