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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Candid family portraits at home, Dublin

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Your home and garden can be the perfect setting for family pictures. It's a place you feel comfortable in, that you have lots of memories of. Sometimes, the home can be an important character in your families story. Each room telling a tale of its own.


Below, bringing home your baby for the first time. When the world stands still and your home is the bubble of love as you get to know baby for the first time!

new mum holding a newborn wrapped in a  white blanket on the sofa at home
First baby

Below, a photo shoot where the garden held so many precious memories. Where the flowers & planting have so much meaning.


older daughter smelling a rose with family watching
Rose

older sister smiling in a sunlit garden
Smile

older couple smiling at each other in a flower filled garden
Bond

When you are at ease in your home, I can capture all the tender moments, here (below) gently touching newborn baby girl's cheek.


As well as families, to see more of at home newborn photography Dublin sessions please go HERE . That's life at home with your brand new baby as well as family portraits at home.

The sofa or master bed can be a simple textured backdrop for a baby portrait. Window light with baby's face turned towards it can light up a portrait beautifully.


Newborn baby boy on a sofa, close up of face and eyes
Newborn

Here's mum and dad cozy at home, sharing a kiss, with newborn baby boy and a cute fluffy dog! I like to consider the backdrop to a portrait. Sometimes pulling back and including more of a room. With me Sigma 1.4, 35mm art lens, I am able to include little details around the frame...

mum, dad on carpet kissing with newborn baby and a fluffy dog
Snug

Family portraits at home Dublin. Everyone looking content, clean & looking into the camera.


Right?


WRONG!


I absolutely LOVE the group family portrait where baby is tugging at mum's hair. She is screwing up her face in surprise (PAIN also perhaps...) The look on baby's face is precious like he's having the time of his life yanking mum. Dad & baby son doing their best to smile on regardless!


The thing is with families is they are perfectly imperfect. And my family portraits Dublin are all about embracing the messy, chaotic. That means also embracing the stuff that happens in between the moment you are all "getting ready" for your family picture. Sometimes, the getting ready bit is DISRUPTED. Who said life is what happens when you are busy making other plans? Well, the same goes for family photography!


This was an at home family session in Blackrock. There was a toy filled den prepared for the family pictures which was awesome. We did some portraits there in lovely soft window light. We also used the garden directly in front of the house for some outdoor pictures


I love how the pictures were taken surrounded with beloved toys & stuffed animals. This also added to the feeling of childhood. Gave an authentic sense of place to the environmental family portraits


Environmental child & family portraits are when the surroundings add the character of the portrait, telling us something about the person. It's my absolute favorite thing to photograph


What could say more about young parenthood than these pictures?


FUN FILLED, LIGHT FILLED..


The most challenging aspect of family photography may well be the GROUP photo with children & babies under the age of 5. That's the age where children don't give a rats about being photographed. Or looking their best. Or smiling!


In fact, young children, babies & newborns are just as happy bawling as they are laughing. There is no judgment on their emotions. They are fully in the moment. Whether it be happy, sad, angry. And all the more subtle emotions - curiosity, bewilderment, dreaminess...

That's also, by the way, what makes photographing young children so magical. The genuine, authentic expressions & gestures they make. They have nothing to hide.


For candid family photography Dublin moments, contact me to book your session HERE


I am now offering mini winter sessions at the beach or garden here in Blackrock.

My other best selling is my digital package which now covers ALL the pictures in the gallery. No need to pick or choose, you simply get all the best edited pictures from the session. I also have a special offer with my family package album. With this handcrafted album package, you get a photo shoot of up to two hours along with a bespoke album of 60 pictures and all the edited pictures from the session with print release.

You can see more about my packages, including my latest family mini sessions HERE


I am a professional award winning family & lifestyle photographer with lots of experience. I am internationally published including in Iconic artist, Milan. For more about how I started my photography journey please visit "The Beginning" of it all HERE


Contact me for your LESS THAN PERFECT BUT PERFECT session.

I want you to have fun & ENJOY being photographed, even when having your hair pulled. That's what life with children is all about. Getting real. Celebrate the highs and lows of being a family with me - and everything in between!


For newborn family portraits at home here, also with family:

And how to prepare for your family or newborn at home session (don't worry, it's easy, I expect very little. Just for you to show up and be YOU



Cara xx


 Baby pulling mum's hair as family sits on chairs for a group portrait
Fun

mum & dad surrounded by toys and games, family portrait dublin
Love

group family portrait with mum, dad two boys surrounded by toys and stuffed animals
Family

dad lifting up baby boy into the air, at home family portrait
With dad

mum kissing baby boy in golden light
Kiss

mum, dad and two boys playing with toys out in the grass
Ball



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