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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Outdoor Family Photo shoot Dublin: Sandycove & The Forty Foot.

Updated: Apr 17

I was thrilled about this particular photo shoot with this family at Sandycove & The Forty Foot. With mum, dad, lovely mother in law and two 4 year old busy boys!

This was a holiday photo shoot in Dublin with the family visiting from America and staying with Irish relatives here in Dublin. I can't wait to showcase all the best moments on the Recent Photo shoot Stories page

I am also excited to introduce a new documentary family photo shoot that will span 1 hour and 20 minutes - 2 hours. It will include a leisurely walk through some of South County Dublin's most iconic landmarks, including Sandycove & The Forty Foot, ending in Glasthule at the Baker Street Bakers for pastries, coffee, or hot chocolate for the kids in the colder months. Additionally, there will be the option to stroll along Dunlaoghaire's East pier or West pier ,with the possibility to end at Scrumdiddly's for ice-cream (best enjoyed in summer!).

On this particular week day, the weather was cloudy - but cloudy weather can produce such beautiful colors. When the family photography session is scheduled for mid day or earlier in the day, cloudy weather can be preferable over intense sunlight!

mum and dad sitting on a low wall with their two boys standing near overlooking the sea at sandy cove south dublin
Sandy Cove

This particular outdoor family photo shoot was an hour so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of options for pictures of all the family interacting together! I love the pop of colors from the hats, coats & trainers. In my winter & Christmas family sessions, pops of color from winter clothes can work so well (Killliney Hill Christmas photo shoot).

You can see what to wear here in Frequently asked questions & also here in: family photo shoot: what to wear?

mum, dad, mother in law and two boys in winter coats sitting on low wall surrounded by tourist bikes overlooking sandy cove beach and sea in dublin
All together

I also wanted to capture sweet moments walking between Sandy Cove to the Forty Foot. This is the moment a happy, excited little boy jumped down the steps to the Forty Foot, holding daddy's hands.

boy holding dad's hands as he jumps from a step at the forty foot in dublin with mum and brother behind

As well as faces, I enjoyed shooting the backs of this family as they gazed at the deep, churning blue water!

Cold water swimming is a very popular pass time in Dublin with swimmers braving the cold temperatures all year round. (Dublin cold water swim spots)

Having bathers in the background of some of these family portraits in softer focus, gives a sense of place and atmospheric quality to the pictures. It is especially important to consider background elements for vacation or holiday outdoor family photo shoots Dublin. After all, the gallery of pictures ideally need to tell the story of Dublin as well as your family!

backs of a family over looking the se. outdoor family photo shoot dublin at the forty foot in dublin. cara hodge photography, family photography dublin
Sea View

It is important to shoot from as many angles as possible. Here shooting downwards to capture dad holding his son overlooking steps and the sea. It is a fine line between staying safely away from the waves and getting as close as possible to include the water!

boy in brightly colored yellow coat on dad's knee on steps overlooking the sea at the forty foor dublin. documentary outdoor family photo shoots along the sea at sandycove and forty foot dublin
Ocean Steps

I also wanted to capture individual moments with the boys, more intimate & natural child portraits. Spontaneous emotions and gestures are the BEST to capture. I love simple moments of connection, as simple as you squeezing together in the frame!

boy in bright winter hat laughing with mum and dad on beach at sandycove dublin. candid documentary style family photography by cara hodge in dublin

I love how little boy's hands are reaching across mum's face in this candid expression of busy, sometimes chaotic motherhood with kids (below). Little children are very active and it's important to shoot quickly to get enough shots to choose from. It is hard to have everyone looking at the camera, so authentic, natural & unfussy compositions are the way to go!

little boy on mum's back with arm across her face as she smiles with other son by her. natural family photographer dublin by cara

You can see more about my winter and Christmas packages in Pricing. As well as my four main family photo shoots packages (Starter, Gems, Keepskake, Documentary), I also run seasonal mini sessions throughout the year in my local area of Blackrock & Seapoint. These are perfect for Christmas family photo sessions. Vouchers are also available for all my packages as Christmas gifts.

I provide beautiful Giclee pigment prints from the Copperhouse Gallery Printers here in Dublin. Also handmade, luxury albums from Folio albums for professional photographers in Yorkshire, the UK.

I look forward to taking new bookings in 2024. Have a fab Christmas everybody!

Ready to capture unforgettable family moments in Dublin? Book your outdoor photo session today and cherish memories that last a lifetime!

Cara x


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