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Communion Portraits on the beach, Dublin

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

Well, today I am sharing a few favorites from my beach Communion photography session near Howth, Dublin


This session was taken after the communion event at a hotel & golf Howth, Dublin.


It was a beautiful summer day in May, as if summer really had arrived early for this little girl.


She was adorable in her beautiful white Communion gown, as was her charming older sister in her bright red dress.


This little girl wanted her Communion pictures to be taken on the beach.


The focus was mainly on having some portraits of her in her beautiful white Communion gown. She was the star of the day!


However, I loved taking some of the two sisters together. They had a wonderful close connection. Also of her dad who accompanied her along the beach during the session.


it was fun to explore the beach on such a hot afternoon. The sisters interacted by the sea. Older sister adjusting little sister's veil

Also both ran along the edge of the sea.

We also had fun on the sand dunes overlooking the beach. Taking a stroll along the beach and up into the dunes that offered more shade.


Even in a white gown, little girls can play & explore! There is something lovely about the gown contrasted by the fun of childhood.


I like the slightly wind swept vibe of some of these Communion portraits. Nothing too stiff and formal. The brief was, nothing too posed. So I wanted to get natural, authentic child portraits of her on this special day. The session felt carefree, fun & natural.


The sun was still quite high in the sky at 5.30pm, but I was happy with the softer pastel shades. The pastel blue of the sea and sky. The pop of the white dress against the blue of the sky worked very well in the portraits.


I was really happy to get the family portrait with everyone looking so elegant on the bench in the garden of the hotel.

The purple lilac flowers made a good backdrop, bringing magic & color to this special occasion.


I also loved taking the whole family on the staircase at the hotel. The old wood staircase was bathed in window light which was great for family Communion portraits.

There were also nice groupings of antique chairs that made for elegant backdrops for portraits.

I like the natural feel of the portraits on the stairs & balcony & by the window of the hotel.


I love the portrait of her covering her face in her hands on the staircase. There is a spooky gothic quality to that staircase, and to that one! perfect for classic communion photography with a modern twist! Something unexpected.


Communion sessions can be classic child portrait sessions. They can also be fun-filled natural moments.

More documentary style than stiff posing.


Seeing what comes up in the moment. More like my Fly On The Wall documentary family photography that is also perfect for communion events.


These Communion portraits would look lovely framed as a series or made into an album.


Contact me for Dublin lifestyle & family sessions. Including communion family photography before, after & during the ceremony. At church or home, or another location. For celebrations big, small & really very tiny!


Have a good week


Cara x


girl in hotel in communion dress

communion family portrait on hotel staircase

girl in communion dress hiding her face, spooky feel

girl sitting on stairs in communion gown

communion portrait with girl on wood staircase of hotel




















dad walking with his daughter in communion gown over sand dunes

communion group family portrait in hotel garden

communion family portrait on bench with lilac flowers

dad swiging his daughetr in communion dress on beach

family portrait in hotel garden including girl in communion dress

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