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  • Cara Hodge

Holy Cross Church Christening, Dundrum

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

A christening of a gorgeous baby boy with his family at the Holy Cross church in Dundrum, Dublin.


When I say baby though, he was actually a little older than a baby. Such a sweet little boy... I loved his grown up bow tie!


Christenings are a lovely family occasion. A rite of passage for many here in Ireland. Christenings are usually the name used for small babies, but the ceremony is often referred to as a baptism.


These family pictures were taken after the event itself as there were no pictures allowed during the actual christening ceremony.

I think there are different rules around this sort of thing in each of the churches here.


The Holy Cross church in Dundrum is beautiful & there was the opportunity to take family portraits around the church pews, alter, & by the beautiful stained glass window looking over the alter


The "dark" church lighting was a challenge but there was still plenty of natural light from the window and it was a time to embrace shadow & grain. Grain also from the bouncing light from the window...


Sometimes a flash is needed if the church is very dark. I have a handy flash but, as much as possible, I like to make the most of natural church light for atmospheric christening or baptism portraits in Dublin.


I made the most of traditional family portraits with family groupings as well as the precious natural moments of connection.


Sometimes a flash is needed if the church is very dark. I have a handy flash but, as much as possible, I like to make the most of natural church light for atmospheric christening or baptism portraits in Dublin.


Low light is one of my favorite lighting conditions, so I love being able to photograph families in low light churches, with or without my flash.


Making the most of church light means making the most of available window light through the stained glass windows, as well as candle light that can illuminate faces brilliantly for baptism & christening family photography.


I can take photographs, documentary style, preparing for the baptism at home as well as after the ceremony at the church, perhaps at a separate venue.


It takes about 1-2 weeks to see you christening pictures in a professional online viewing gallery. There are a range of print products available including mat & sheen prints, handcrafted albums & mounted print boxes


I hope you enjoy & have a lovely week, Cara x



mum and dad with baby inside the church at the pew

dad kissing baby boys head inside the church

christening portrait with mum and dad holding baby standing in the aisle of the church

christening portrait of mum and baby son in church

christening family portrait, dad laughing with mum and baby

christening family portrait with mum dad and baby son

black & white christening portrait with mum and baby

christening portrait with grandma

christening portrait near alter with mum and baby

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