Natural family photography at home, Wicklow.
Mum, dad, and three daughters. Big, middle & little sister. I LOVED shooting this gorgeous family at home in the garden in the Wicklow mountains. We also planned to go to a little jetty overlooking the nearby lake. We had also considered to do a walk in the nearby mountains for an hour, but the sun at midday was so bright, we decided to stick to the shade in the garden! For the full series see: At home family portraits. With a wheelbarrow).
As I say on my mentoring photography page, I am inspired by objects that can act as props naturally found in the environment at home & outside in the garden. I like to use props for family portraits as a way of creating more emotive family portraits. (emotive family portraits Dublin. My favorite moments).
In this instance, there was a small striped tent that was perfect for child & family portraits. I took pictures of the three girls individually in the tent.
I like how this gorgeous girl looks big inside the little tent. I love making quirky, unusual child portraits wherever possible! See how the red polka dots match the red stripes on the tent? I offer wardrobe tips so that colors can compliment each other across a family! (Family photo shoot Dublin. What to wear?) No need for totally matching though! They key word here is natural & effortless style...The most important thing is to rock up & be comfortable!
And let's not forget the wheelbarrow family portrait. I seem to have done SO MANY of these recently! In fact, this family had seen some of my child portraits (of my own children...) that were taken inside an old wheelbarrow on my website - and so spotting a wheelbarrow in their garden, we couldn't resist! All three girls in the wheelbarrow here (below). (The wheelbarrow. Summer family portraits Dublin).
of As well as individual child & family portraits, it was important to do a group family portrait with everyone tightly hugging in the frame! I have tips & tricks to help make people feel relaxed. I like to introduce games...In this instance, I asked everyone to squeeze together & cling to each other as if they are on a ship at sea. This way they were enjoying swaying about & laughing! Mum & dad wearing simple black was a dramatic foils to the girls' colorful summer dresses!
As well as group portraits, I like to concentrate on intimate & emotive pictures of parents & their children. This often means getting closer for portraits that focus on the little details. For instance, I love the detail of little girl's mass of curls & how her head is buried in the crook of dad's arm (below). I like how her eyelashes gently brush his skin here. These portraits are reliant on capturing authentic CONNECTION between family members. I often practice with my own family to get these honest family portraits & documentary style moments (At home family photography Dublin. The stories so far...)
In order to focus on detail, it's fine if mum & dad are slightly out of the frame. It is important to leave enough of them so it looks like a deliberate cut though! This closer up style portrait can make for interesting compositions & not just traditional "eyes on me" family pictures. For instance here (below) I like how her hair is hanging down across her face as dad looks up lovingly at her. I also like how their little girl is looking down. There is an intimacy to family portraits where family members are not looking directly into the lens, but away from it, as if lost in their own thoughts & emotions...
I also like to make room for couples photography within a family portrait session. Why? Because it was the love between a couple that started this beautiful & precious family. -these three girls - in the first place. I would LOVE to do more couples, engagement & surprise photo shoots Dublin in 2024. Watch this space!
In my family sessions, I like to include natural color portraits as well as classic black & white family photography.
Family interactions can be seen clearly when a black & white reduces everything to its most important features - compositions, shadows and highlights &, of course, expression. My family galleries will always include my signature, award winning black & white child & family portraits where I layer on different black & white actions to add depth, texture and tone. This portrait of a little girl with a faraway gaze and her dad's arms holding her is a favorite because of its emotive quality.
I am now doing seasonal minis - for autumn color mini family sessions. Also my mini Christmas sessions are perfect for Christmas cards. ALSO if you want to gift a family session for Christmas, vouchers are available for my digital packages and also to redeem against any package I have, including my framed Giclee pigment prints. I also have vouchers for single one hour photo shoots available.
A family photo shoot can make the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family this year!
Please Contact me to book your natural family photography at home session. Or an outdoor family photo shoot in a place you love!
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