• Cara Hodge

Black & White Mood

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Here are a few pictures that I have edited since returning to Dublin from France. I have a stack more to do on my hard drive and hoping to get to before Christmas 2020! I took some pictures of my son playing with an old frame we found lying about in the house. A frame within a frame. And there were some genuine moments of connection where my son was just playing about in the meadow in front of the house. There, in the meadow, is an old fig tree that actually produces a lot of green figs every year. The tree was also a quiet resting place for my son. A place to lay his head. With the sun beating down it provided just enough shade for him to recover in. Other times, my exhausted child just lay on the grass, all tired out from the long hot day. I have a series of fig tree pictures and "exhausted child" pictures, still to go through. I love a black & white portrait for its evocative mood, the drama distilled to pure simple elements. Light & shade, composition, storytelling. Black & white child photography and portraits are dependent on having enough contrast of light & shade in the frame to avoid a flat wash of greys. Where there isn't enough contrast, or the light is too evenly diffused and soft, colour usually works much better instead. As the sun starts to sink and the shadows lengthen, I'm more likely to get dramatic contrasts of light I can make the use of the shade that a tree provides to pop the highlights out of the darks. For Dublin photoshoots, and specifically child & family portraits, the autumn light is particularly beautiful in Dublin at the moment. As the golden-hour is getting earlier by the day, there is plenty of available dramatic lighting. The light on the sea at Seapoint & Dunlaoghaire was amazing, even in the late morning, this weekend. I can't wait to get down to the sea for some more lifestyle & family photoshoots soon, as well as share the park photoshoots. Until I have these new Dublin pictures together, I hope you enjoy these black & white portraits. Summer feels a long way away now. But the memories linger on. There is so much uncertainty at the moment, it's important to feel the joy and connection of small moments Cara x

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