• Cara Hodge

Maternity Portraits, Blackrock, Dublin

A last minute maternity photoshoot. 38 weeks & counting the days. Suddenly a request to document the last fleeting days of pregnancy. The maternity bag is packed for the hospital, these really are the last days of count down for this excited couple

This beautiful couple had two equally adorable daschund dogs. One caramel, one chocolate. Bright eyes, twitchy noses, inquisitive, lots of fun. Once off the lead, these two loved to dart around the park. Almost as much as snuggles with their besotted owners!

We went to a location in Blackrock, Dublin - not far from where I live. It is a spot I know well, with lots of good planting throughout the seasons, particularly autumn color and spring blossom. End of the summer season, when this maternity session was taken, the park is bursting with greenery

I love the easygoing connection between this couple. Of course so excited to welcome new baby into the world any day. I was excited for them!

The bright pink dress this lady wore gave a lovely celebratory pop of feminine color. A really great way to show off the baby bump.

I treated this maternity photoshoot like a romantic couples or engagement session, here in the heart of Blackrock. Just capturing the natural bond between them as well as their beloved pets. We did sitting and standing portraits. Although I didn't want anything too stiff & posed, we did go for some classic portraits. I wanted to take some portraits at a distance, too, with the large ornamental trees of the garden catching the golden hour rays - turning green leaves to gold. Photographing portraits between the branches over overhanging trees created an interesting framing opportunity.

I also took a few pet portraits with the owners in soft focus. The daschund dogs were very much at the heart of this pregnancy celebration so I wanted to make sure there were a few purely doggie portraits in the online viewing gallery to choose between

As well as color portraits, I really liked how the black & whites turned out in this session. Black & white portraits have a timeless, classic feel. They work particularly well in high contrast, light & shade, when the blacks and whites are dramatic. This happens best in golden hour when the light is less intense.

This year, I really want to push my clients towards golden hour & into last light. It really does make for dramatic, atmospheric pictures.

I have packages that include edited digital pictures so they could print off their best ones at their leisure.

I usually recommend the mat printing with the gallery quality printers I use in Dublin. I also have a new range of mounted prints available in a bespoke print box including a bamboo box and stand. After any photoshoot package, it is easy to order a la carte.

For more couples, engagement and maternity photography sessions, contact me. Family & lifestyle photographer in the heart of Blackrock, Dublin

Have a great week, Cara

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