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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Brilliant summer sunshine. Family portraits

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

We are still in partial lockdown here in Blackrock, Dublin, with restrictions looking to ease further after June 8th. However the sun is shining every day. As soon as the pandemic started, so did the sunshine. It was unprecedented after weeks and months of rain and storms. I have plans for taking portraits down by the sea as soon as possible, now open again for the first time in months. Seapoint, Sanycove, and the Forty Foot are all beckoning. Ideal locations for engagement, maternity, debs, family and child photography. What is necessary is good light and preferably a high enough tide to get some beautiful atmospheric water shots. In the meantime, here are some summer pictures from a few years ago, in my garden in Abu Dhabi, involving lots of pink bougainvillea blossoms, a basin, and a garden hose. I have spent many hours in the garden there, as my son was growing up, from a baby into his toddler, pre-school and elementary years. I learned a lot about photography in this particular garden, which provided natural props of all sorts. The forms and textures of flowers and plants, and the effects of water, being some of the most obvious. Here in Blackrock, Dublin, it hasn't felt a millions miles away from an Abu Dhabi kind of springtime either. The gardens have burst forth into blossoms of all kinds here too. The most noticeable being the cherry blossom. Enjoy my Brilliant summer sunshine, family portraits Cara x

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