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Spring family photo shoot. Communion, baptism, graduation Dublin...

Updated: Jan 7


Before my trip to NYC last week for Florence's graduation, I had a hot few weeks of Dublin photo shoots that came all at once.


LOTS of pictures edited a week before my trip...Here's a taster of my Spring family photo shoots


First off, a newborn at home session in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

A chance to capture some really sweet newborn feet on a pure white duvet.

I love it when one of the feet is in sharp focus and you can still see the precious newborn redness of the skin.

The rest of the baby falling away into dreamy focus.

Because everything about baby is deliciously soft, it's lovely to shoot wide-open & keep everything a barely-there softness.


Next up was a family photography session Dublin.

A toddler and younger baby in Blackrock, Dublin.

This session was done partially inside the home and then outdoors.

There was a green space right outside with a lovely mature tree, and a carpet of purple flowers.

Inside, mum had set up a relaxed play area for more classic family portraits with a chair & arrangement of soft toys.

Outside was perfect for more natural family portrait photography.

The aim was to have a big family portrait to frame on the living room wall.

More on that family session later.

For now, I just have a close up of baby in his dapper blue dungarees!


There was also a repeat family.

A family I had done a Christmas session for before. This time a Spring family session.

We went to the same Blackrock garden I like to use. My outdoor natural studio!

All the spring blossom in bloom. There was a gorgeous HUGE pink blossom tree.

The perfect setting for the children to climb the tree and take some family portraits in the branches. Mum, dad, two boys and a baby girl. She was only three months when I first photographed her for Christmas cards. Can't wait to share more from my spring session on the blog soon...


There was a Holy Communion photography session too.

After the event at the church in a hotel & golf course near Howth, Dublin.

The hotel was a perfect setting for family portraits on the old wood stairs & balcony.

We also went down to the beach. Way more on this session later...

I am delighted with the final pictures so can't wait to share from the full gallery. The little Communion girl looked adorable in her white communion gown & she was a character too! I made sure to let her play, run & twirl on the beach.


Finally, there was a baptism for a little boy I also photographed last year with his parents in a Blackrock park. This time we went to Stonybatter for the baptism in a Greek Orthodox church. This was an absolute favorite Dublin family photo shoot.

Capturing this family in the midst of such a special celebration was truly wonderful. I loved the documentary family style of this baptism photography


And, of course, there was my own daughter's graduation!

Graduation from Trinity College Dublin & two years at Columbia University, NYC.

I have some pictures from this wonderful event on my family Highlights page now.

Can't wait to show them off in a gallery on my Dublin photo shoots page.

Above all, I can't wait to pick a few to print myself.


PRINT PRINT PRINT. It's always special to have the favorites printed

The pictures come to life, they feel real.

There is nothing like getting a favorite picture printed and having it in a frame!


Here is just a sample of just a few of these photo shoots I have mentioned here.


I have still to create the galleries for these sessions under the Photo shoots section of this website, showcasing some of the most heart-warming, authentic moments.


I love to capture families in an genuine, timeless & emotive way. if you'd like your family photographed here in Dublin, either a family, baby, newborn, or lifestyle session, please get in touch...I'd love to hear from you.

Also communion, graduation & baptism photography


Have a fab week, Cara x


Spring family session with mum kissing baby girl under blossom tree

baby portrait at home with mum & dad. Baby staring right into the camera

dad leading daughter in communion dress down a sand dune

close up detail of newborn baby feet, on a white coverlet

portrait of a woman under spring blossom in a Dublin garden

communion portrait with young sister in communion gown hugging older sister on beach

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