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More Frozen Summer with Ashley

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

Here is another glimpse at my Frozen summer series.


Ashley came to stay with us this summer in France and I took the opportunity to photograph her in the meadow in front of the house.


Sometimes it is still wonderful to have portraits of your teenager on her own.


Doesn't she look beautiful?


Ashley's naturally white hair really stands out a dream in both in color and black & white.


So far, I've kept to color to capture the end of the day colors which are so beautiful in this little corner of the globe.

Blue skies, white fluffy clouds just visible between the trees.

Trees turning golden in end of the day light.


Ashley's outfit works perfectly here.

I also love the straw hat that she brought out from the house. Hats and another wardrobe props can be great to experiment with in a lifestyle photography session. Such as a debs, graduation or other special occasion photo shoot.


In an hour portrait session, there is usually time for about two outfit changes.

Neutral wardrobe colors also work well for this type of shoot as they won't detract from the natural colors in the landscape. Most importantly, it won't detract from the person!


The light is interesting here because, although it was sundown, and late, there is still some glare and flare. This created some pretty vibrant colors.

Whilst wanting to preserve the vibrant colors, I've also used a gentle glow and slight clarifying action to soothe the tones slightly.


I love the plugin action palette I've been using for a long time now.

Totally Rad!

I use a subtle layering of effects. Nothing that detracts too much from the natural palette here though. (incidentally, Totally Rad have also brought out a new plugin called Pixel Sugar, and I can't wait to try it properly).


As a family & lifestyle photographer, sometimes documentary and natural portraits are the best way to go. Let go and see where the moment takes you!


However, at other times, it's good to consider the gesture, the pose.

There is so much storytelling in the position of the hands alone, for example.


As much as I love direct eye contact in a portrait, there is also a intriguing aspect to a gaze that doesn't meat the camera's own gaze.

As if the person belongs entirely to the landscape within the frame.


I love shooting young people, and a lifestyle photography session, such as graduation or debs. A perfect excuse for wardrobe changes and makeup fun!


It was a wonderful experience to capture Ashley looking so relaxed and natural!


Hopefully I'll have the whole series to share with you soon. Other then that, I am busy working on my new packages for lifestyle & family photography here in Dublin.


These pictures of Ashley are exactly what you might expect from debs portraits in Dublin. Portraits before & after the event, as well as at the debs party!


For graduation or debs photography in Dublin, please reach out about my packages. I would love to share my info with you.


Have a wonderful week


Cara x





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