• Cara Hodge

In the frame this week...

If you're in Dublin you'll know the level restrictions are still in place. So, in between reading (The new Robert Galbraith Strike novel), watching Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix (whatever else, it's beautifully filmed), and trying new muffin recipe's, (I'm going for strawberry & white chocolate today), and jogging (lots & lots), I've had time for some personal work. My favourite type of photography, as ever: Black & White Child Portraits. I remember posting one of these frame portraits during summer, but lately, I've revisited my "Frame within a Frame" series. Here are a few more. Some have a more natural, spontaneous quality. Others are a bit more staged. When it comes to Child & Family photography, though, I'm not that fussed about things being staged or not. Props, no props. What matters to me is that there is a authentic connection in the picture. I am a sucker for catch-lights in the eyes. It's a glint of mischief & fun. I love the end of day light in these pictures. The location is the meadow in front of the house in France. Gorgeous golden-hour sunlight as the sun dips. I think I have a few more from this series still to do. I also like the play on shapes in the foreground & background. The rectangular old picture frame. The arms wrapped around his head making another rectangular frame. The house in the background. The window. The triangular turreted roof. Aside from this, I also had the time this week to do up a black & white portrait of my niece among the hydrangea. I had this one in colour before, in my last post, but I had a go at a conversion. I think I actually prefer the colour one but it's always good to experiment. Autumn photoshoot in a Glastonbury garden - more of that soon. Anyways, that's all for this week. Stay covid-19 safe. Hopefully the restrictions will lift on Decemeber 1st here in Ireland and we can taste a bit more freedom in time for Christmas! Good news about the vaccine, perhaps there is an end in sight!

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