Fresh 48 Hours in Holles Street

A year ago, on the 4th November 2019, I was getting out of my car to rainy, stormy Irish weather to reach the Maternity Hospital in Holles Street in Dublin. The rain was heavy, the wind was strong and my umbrella totally useless. It was my second time going to a maternity hospital for a photo session of a newborn baby. These sessions are often called the Fresh 48 Hours Sessions and the main aim is to capture as much as possible of these new precious moments when our babies are finally with us and they are still only a few hours old. As the name of these sessions suggests these sessions should ideally happen within the 48 hours after the birth but they can of course be done a little bit later too.

I always get some butterflies in my stomach when I am near the Maternity Hospital building in Holles Street as my second son was born there in 2017. It always brings back some forgotten memories and entering the place feels like jumping into a pool of so many different emotions, so much love, fears, hope and tears. But this time I was there because of one happy ending, little Ben was born and I was meeting him and his parents in one of the ward rooms. How does it look like to be only a few days old? Please see below, enjoy some fresh 48 hours moments and when the Covid-19 situation is under control again, I hope I can return to this little dream of mine: being a Fresh 48 Hours photographer again.

PS: If you are wondering where to get the baby clothes little Ben is wearing (and especially the Mo Ghrá baby suit) then visit Clodagh’s My Mini Munch.


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