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  • Writer's pictureCara Hodge

Pearl Girl Portraits. Fun with arts & crafts

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Still in lock down here in Blackrock, Dublin. Apparently until around mid-March, but who knows...?

What I do know is that the long spell inside means indoor portraits are the easiest & best to do.

There is some excellent window light in my bedroom and in the depths of winter, the light can be very dramatic. Sometimes truly golden. Other times, golden hour skips hastily into low light.

A beautiful and atmospheric half-dark. The remains of the day slipping into obscurity.

Art and Hobby shop in Blackrock have some wonderful and unusual crafting supplies. I’m talking feathers, buttons, fake pearls, beads. The stuff of magpie dreams.

Sparkly glittery things. Trinkets, really.

When I’m in need of inspiration for lock down pandemic portraits, I have a look through my stash. Rummage through my tiny portraits props drawer...

Often portraits with no props whatsoever work equally well, but sometimes I love a starting point. The glimmer of a fresh idea.

Sometimes, folks, I just crave the dramatic. The unusual. The quirky and unexpected.

Here I photographed my girl with just some stick on pearls.

For my family & child portraits in particular, if I am going for the quirky - a portrait with a storytelling aspect - I do love props. I've used model insects, birds, mirrors, teacups. Anything I find lying around the house. I also love to use food

In this case the pearls!

I use Photoshop to smooth tired lines, blemishes on the skin. So having to worry about make up isn't a problem. However embellishment in the form of jewelry, earrings, scarves, or even these stick on pearls can transform a simple in door, at home portrait

For child & professional family photography Dublin bookings, use the form in the Contact Me section. I look forward to chatting!

Cara x

portrait of a teenager with stick on pearl jewelry

portrait with stick on pearls

portrait of a beautiful young woman with pearls on her face

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