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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Child & Family Portraits Dublin. Under the shade of trees.

It was delightful to do a family photography session with these children in a woodland with a very enchanted feel. (Below)

Child portraits under the trees in afternoon light under the canopy of trees.

I love to shoot in half-dark when possible (aka low light is my fave). When the light isn't too bright it can be very flattering for family portraits. That's also why if there is a family session Dublin in the middle of the day, I will often seek the shade of a tree or a building. The colors also end of up being rich, natural & deep when there is more shade.

I've updated this post to include some recent family portraits Dublin which are taken under the shade of trees. The canopy providing some relief from intense midday sun.

mum, dad & baby girl under the shade of trees in a garden in blackrock dublin

dad kissing baby's feet under the shade of a tree in the park

In this case, the sunlight is so intense at midday that this girl's communion dress is covered in light & shade. Sometimes it is best to embrace the dramatic effects of harsh summer light.

young girl in communion gown standing on a tree branch in dapped sunlight in a forest park

(Below). This Stourhead, England woodland outing (below) with my own family a few years ago, brings back wonderful memories of childhood unplugged. By unplugged I mean when the summer holidays come, school's out for summer, and the children roam free! We go on outings together & I bring my camera along!!

Children exploring the beautiful Stourhead woodlands together in England. Climbing trees, playing in their boughs. Children dressed up in fancy dress costumes. The girls had Ariel Mermaid dresses on complete with orange wigs that were discarded at some point as they got so tangled! Just children being children.

Using props from the holiday outing to give a storytelling aspect to these simple family portraits. Leaves, grapes, apples from the picnic. Using the backdrop of tree bark and flowers for simple, fuss free but classic & natural child portraits.

(You can see more photo series with my nieces HERE & HERE. For my Untamed Summer Story - a week in the garden in Glastonbury last August 2022. This photo story has a definite documentary family photography quality to it. The moments being totally unposed for the most part!)

Dublin parks & wooded areas are also beautiful to photograph family sessions throughout the year. Flush with spring & autumn colors. Killiney Hill Dublin is great for wooded family photo shoots Dublin (see my Killiney Hill family photo shoot Dublin)

Check out my variety of packages for family photo shoots Dublin, starting from one hour. I have the popular Gems package which includes a one hour photo shoot either outside in a place you love, or at home. This package also includes the 50 best edited digital images from our time together. My Fly On The Wall documentary family photography is designed for extended sessions where I capture a slice of your day. We can start at your home & then take a stroll at a favorite place outside. These include extended newborn at home sessions.

I have won international family photography awards for my lifestyle & family photography Dublin, and have over 10 years photographing families. Including natural newborn at home.

My photo shoot packages include travel to the location & the duration of the photo shoot. They also include downloading the pictures and going through & selecting all the best moments from the session. The pictures are all edited which means I check them for color, temperature, brightness, contrast. Now there is no need to pick & choose, I carefully hand select all the best moments from our time together.

About 1-2 weeks after your session, I will present all the best candid moments from your family's session in a professional, online viewing gallery with a personalized cover.

Luxury, handcrafted albums, fine art books & mounted print boxes are also available a la carte. There is a range of beautiful leather & fabric covers in neutral or colorful shades.

I also use a professional, high quality print service in Dublin for gallery quality mat & sheen printing.

As well as families, I also do engagement & couples, maternity, newborn photography. Baptism & christening. Communion portraits & other special occasions, including graduation & debs Dublin.

For more information send me a form here on the Contact section of my website. And we can start chatting. Have a good week & enjoy your summer holidays!

Cara xo

Simple family portraits with my nieces under the shade of trees (2016)

 little girl holding grapes by tree

child hugging tree

child in princess dress leaning against a tree with a feather in her hair

child among white flower bush in woods

little girl by a tree, close up of bark with texture

girl in blue dress holding leaf under a big tree

little girl holding grapes in wood, family portrait

ittle girl in a white dress in branches of tree in wood

mother in white cotton dress under tree canopy with bright sunlight

two sisters balancing apples on head in the woods

young girl holding a chicken in a tree filled garden with sister in red dress behind chasing a chicken


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