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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Dreaming of dancing. Black & white portraits at home

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

There have been a fair few indoor portraits going on this week, particularly as the weather has been a bit sketchy.


The window light in my home in Dublin is perfect for at home child & family portraits.


I’ve been experimenting with a few storytelling themes using photographs from a favorite book by Peter Lindbergh, also one of my favorite photographers.

I love ‘Untold Stories’ and I marvel at each of his pictures, gaining untold inspiration.

His pictures are always honest and have a mythical, classical feel.

The task I've set myself is to capture some emotion and dynamism with my own child


Here are a few black & white child portraits that I’ve edited this week.

My favorite is definitely the first one! It was a happy accident that my son closed his eyes, and his fingers just happened to look like he is touching the dancer‘s hand in the picture of the book he's lying next to! As though they are holding hands.

This was quite by chance.


This is an example of a child portrait I couldn't prepare for.

Unscripted & spontaneous.


With such a simple portrait, I like to do a careful edit that brings out the texture in the picture. From the weave of the carpet to the freckles on his face. His slightly cracked bottom lip.

These are tiny details but in such an otherwise simple composition, these details are important.


The bath portrait is one I took a while back, messing about with bath foam.

I love the way he looks lost in thought. Also how the foamy beard mirrors the cloudy hydrangea in the glass.


Again it’s the details of child & family photography Dublin that matter to me. I love to bring out all the little details in my communion portraits. Also couples, engagement, maternity, newborn. Special occasions big, small & really very tiny


Expression & gesture that is natural & candid, based in real life emotion & connection


Contact me to book your family portrait session. At home or a place you feel at home. I am internationally published in various magazines including 121 clicks, The Times, UK, Iconic Artist & Bored Panda. You can see more award winning portraits in the media & award winning sections of this website


Have a fab week, Cara xx


award winning child portrait, boy touching a picture of dancer's foot, whilst sleeping

teenage girl lying on a page of a book showing a beach sceneh

award winning child portrait with a boy holding a cauliflower and toy slug

child portrait with boy covered in bubble bath foam

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