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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Capturing Family Portraits. Bond Between Sisters. Untamed Summer Series.

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

For my blog this week: My personal ongoing documentary family project of my nieces.

Capturing the bond between two sisters for one week in a summer garden: My Untamed Summer Story. In this family of five children, I am capturing the eldest & youngest sister as they interact honestly in an unruly garden.

Often in hard midday light, I am documenting these two sisters playing & interacting in the garden at home. There are many pictures from these family documentary sessions and I am trying to narrow the selection down.

It is important to do a quick edit on any image that stands out from this series. After that, any picture that I really love will be edited with more care. I think I know my faves by now, but I am hoping there are a still a few more I've missed!

big sister holding little sister in her arms, close up of little sister's bare legs dangling down her body
Hug me

little sister playing hairdresser with big sister and poking her hands through her hair

I am really keen on eye contact, so I am looking for black & white child portraits that include new & interesting compositions. That show the sisters looking away from the camera as well as full on. Sideways glances, even closed eyes, can add mystery to a portrait!

I am going stick with black & white for this child portrait series.

Black & white photography is perfect for distilling a picture to its purest elements.

With the hard light in the garden, I am enjoying the sharp highlights in these & the stark shadows.

If you love documentary family photography, take a glance at my Fly On The Wall page on my website. This is documenting your family's day to day - sleeping, napping, feeding, playing. Perfect for young children, babies & newborns. We can capture a window of your day inside & then take a stroll outside, perhaps at a nearby Dublin park

Aside from this ongoing personal project, I am also looking forward to my autumn family photo shoots in Dublin this season. This week I have noticed vibrant autumn color around Blackrock, Dublin. Autumn is a perfect season for family photography!

Choose your favorite family portrait & have them turned into Christmas cards or framed prints as gifts for the family. As well as my usual family, child & newborn photography sessions Dublin, I have some Christmas vouchers that are prefect for family Christmas gifts. Award winning, emotive & professional family photographer Dublin

Contact me if you want me to be the fly on the wall in your perfectly imperfect life!

For more client family portraits, please see my family Highlights page on this website

Have a good week, Cara x

family portrait with two sisters hugging
Bond Between Sisters

sisters, little sister's arm hanging across older sister's face
As One

little girl in large plant pot, laughing

girl with flower bloom in her hair

girl with mascara running, background of flower blooms

girl playing with her dolls
My Dolls

girl in garden, close up of her in grass
Get Up

putting flowers in little sister's hair
Little Flowers

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