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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Family portraits. With our new Frenchie

My dear beloved Pomeranian dog Pebbles passed on January 1st 2023, leaving a big void in our hearts.

We now have a French bull dog. He is very sweet (and small, for the time being)

He likes to snooze and bite on people's socks, even when they are being worn by someone

He has an affectionate, sweet nature.

Here are my first family portraits at home with Tony. Since Tony loves to play, we did some of Ben & Tony playing together by the window.

When I am doing at home newborn photography, or family photography Dublin at someone's house, having good window light makes all the difference.

My favorite light for indoor family pictures is low light. But even with low light, I need a slither of natural light to highlight features on the face.

This can create dramatic family portraits, reminiscent of a painting.

In this case, with our French Bulldog pup, the light was very dark that day.

Even a good hour before sunset, the cloudy poor weather meant very little light. These pictures are very dark, even by the window.

You can tell how dark & cold it was on this afternoon in January by the steely stark, cool tones of the color picture. To warm these pictures up would look off. Cold weather creates naturally cool family portraits. Warm weather creates warm toned pictures

I like to shoot from above, particularly when doing window light portraits. This was a chance for natural, candid family portraits when these two played together

I definitely want to include Tony in more family photography in our home & have some ideas in mind using props...An old shoe & some newspaper. Hopefully more to follow of these two soon!

I LOVE to include pets in my family photography Dublin sessions. I find that pets really bring out the best in people. They help generate candid, authentic connection. Promote especially tight knit family interactions. When people are naturally warm, open & receptive it makes for the best family portraits

Many of these portraits with Tony are in cinematic black & white because the low lighting conditions inside make for high contrast pictures that work well in monochrome. However, I really love the color tones in my wintry child & dog pictures here! Lots more to experiment with color in this winter light

The natural blue tones in the portrait bring out the blue in Tony's eyes (I wonder if they will stay that color?)

For family photography Dublin moments, and natural newborn at home photography - please contact me to find out more. Or book your session by filling out the contact form on my website & I will get right back to you!

In January 2023, I introduced some exciting winter mini family photography sessions in my local area.

That's a Blackrock park & garden or low tide at Seapoint.

I think these are really affordable mini's & the option to include more pictures is always available

I have plenty of options to choose from with my lifestyle & family sessions. You can go for a fully digital package that allows you to print as and when you like. I have information I give my families about a professional, gallery quality printers here in Dublin that does beautiful, luxurious mat printing. I also have packages that include prints as well as print products. Matted albums & fine art books, professionally printed in Yorkshire UK. The albums come in a range of the finest quality covers, both leather & material. A large variety of different colors to choose from

I am an award winning family photographer with over 10 years experience photographing families, children, babies & newborns! My work has been internationally published & I am passionate about black & white portrait photography x

family portrait with boy holding french bull dog, close up of pupp's face & blue eyes

boy in bath robe with french bull dog

family portrait with boy wrestling french bull dog

detail of boy's hand holding puppy, award winning photo

family portrait with boy and frenchie puppy playing in bedroom, at home natural playing

portrait of boy eyes closed holding puppy, at home window light

award winning family portrait with boy in robe smiling tumbling with new puppy

detail of french bulldog face & expression, family portrait of child with puppy

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