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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Authentic Holy Communion family portraits Dublin


It's Spring! People are starting to think about booking Communion family portraits. It's an exciting date for your diary. Usually in May here in Dublin.

Here, I am sharing a few candid Communion portraits taken last May at a hotel in Howth, Dublin. The family wanted me to focus on their child in her beautiful white Communion gown. Making the photo shoot as memorable as possible using the hotel as well as the hotel gardens & nearby beach!

Here are the Communion pictures taken inside the hotel.

Girl in communion dress stepping down hotel staircase

I immediately noticed the wood staircase and balcony. Either side of the staircase was a balcony with a black & white check floor and antique chairs. There was also really clear, diffuse window light. Being a natural light family photographer in Dublin, I LOVE to make the most of any good window light!

Many of these Communion portraits were taken directly in front of the window which lit up her hair and sides of her face beautifully.

I love to experiment with candid & natural child portraits. Focusing on expression & gesture. Here I loved to capture her genuine expression & emotion.

The incandescent light along with the window light made the portraits beautifully lit.

In general, Holy Communion photography Dublin can be before, during, or even after this special occasion. Often at the church, before or after the mass. Also outside the church with family & friends.

Often the request may be to take some more pictures at home where there are celebrations to be had after the communion mass!

It is especially good to have a mix of outdoor & indoor Communion portraits that take in the atmosphere of the church, inside & out. Also, later perhaps at home in the garden as well as the house. I like to capture the family interacting naturally with each other. Here is a Communion portrait I took at home in a garden in Dundrum. Communion family portraits Dublin at home gives the whole family a chance to relax and have fun after the mass!

girl in communion dress and flower band hugging her dad in the garden of her home after the mass. communion photographer dublin by Cara Hodge. capturing natural family photographer moments

To see more of this at home Communion photography Dublin session please go HERE

detail of a communion dress, the folds of the dress catching the window light with antique chair in background. holy communion photographer Dublin
Golden Window Light

Now, there is no need to pick & choose your favorite Holy Communion pictures.

My new family packages mean you are automatically able to keep ALL THE BEST MOMENTS from out time together. This is a variety of classic family portraits and really fun spontaneous moments, moments that you can't plan for! They just happen! I LOVE THIS PICTURE with this delightful girl and her sister tumbling down a sand dune over looking Howth bay, Dublin. This again was a communion photography Dublin session taken after the mass, but this time at a hotel & beach resort.

little girl in white communion gown and older sister in a red dress tumbling down a sand dune in howth bay, Dublin. natural family photography Dublin by Cara Hodge

Here are a few more pictures from an outdoor communion session at Donadea Forest park

This took place after the mass and before celebrations at home. This girl got to climb her favorite tree in her Communion dress. It was s super hot day afternoon with little shade, so I embraced the dappled light.

girl in communion dress standing in a tree branch

Since there was little shade, and brilliant sunshine, many of the pictures look good in black & white to avoid super vivid colors. Here is one where this little girl picked a bunch of wild flowers. I love the potential for natural communion portraits in a natural setting. They can make for the most timeless portraits.

little girl in white communion dress on country lane holding wild flowers. outdoor communion family portraits by cara hodge

I also love to do communion photo shoots with a documentary family style. Either for photo shoots outdoors or in your own home & garden. (Below) this lovely communion girl swinging from a favorite tree in the park with her brother exploring. behind

girl in communion dress hanging off a tree in midday sunlight with brother in background

Dad passing his Communion girl her bag - I love her white gloves. Capturing all the details can really make a difference.

dad giving his daughter a little white bag and her reaching out for it with her white communion gloves on.
White Gloves

And this is a favorite - dad mid way through spinning & twirling his daughter as family watches. A magical moment of connection, a carefree & natural moment I love to capture best of all...

dad spinning and twirling his daughter around in her white communion gown in a forest, sunlit park. outdoor communion photo shoot by cara
Twirl Me

You can see more of this relaxed and fun outdoor communion family portraits in Howth Dublin HERE

I offer the whole digital "best moments" collection. As well as professional, gallery quality printing. Also bespoke, handcrafted albums & mounted print boxes

Cara is a professional & experienced Communion & family photographer Dublin. Contact me to book your communion session and to discover more about my family photography Dublin packages

To see more Holy Communion family portraits, please go to my family photography Dublin page here

And for my lifestyle & family session packages you can go here to see what's the best fit for your child's special communion photography Dublin celebration

You can ask me any questions you like by contacting me HERE

Have a great week

Cara xx

communion window light portrait with girl in communion dress, hair lit up in spft window light

communion girl sitting on hotel step with window light and antique looking chairs, sweet expression and hands in lap of white communion gown
Window Light

girl turning in stair case wearing dress with big bow, communion family portraits by Cara in Dublin

 girl in communion dress swishing her dress on balcony of hotel
Golden Girl

girl in communion dress looking over balcony, shot from above

communion portrait with girl in white dress covering face with hands on antique wood staircase


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