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  • Cara Hodge

Garden portraits, Glastonbury, England

Updated: Jan 8

Here, family photographs of my own family. I took these when on holiday this summer.


I love a summer family photo shoot, and when it's my own family, it's just as fun! And I get to experiment with my camera & learn new things


I adore visiting England in the summer, and this year there was a heatwave, so even better!


We went over to Glastonbury to visit my sister & her kiddos. I have 5 nieces & nephews that I love to bits


We went on lots of trips around the countryside. Also, we stayed in the house & garden where the children played.

Grass grass fights, water fights, playing with their toys late into the summer evening.


In the garden that week I focused my attention (...and camera lens...), on my oldest & youngest niece.

Here is a selection of portraits of my older niece in particular


I hope to complete a photo "story" with my ten favorite pictures of my week there


This is documentary family focuses which is not staged or posed and focuses on natural moments & authentic expressions and gestures


I tried to capture them here documentary-style in the garden.

Focusing on their expressions, hand gestures & movements.

I also wanted to show the wild untamed garden as a source of their games & inspiration (more to follow of the garden with planting).


I've been playing with black & white and color.

With the color I've been experimenting with a (slightly) new editing style whereby the saturation is lowered and the vibrance slightly heightened. It is subtle but I am noticing a difference on how I am editing my family photo shoots for color too.


Doing totally personal family photography projects like this is so liberating & a great way to experiment with my color editing which I have wanted to do for a long time.


I love to include a rich palette of color in my Dublin family sessions. I love deep, atmospheric color as well as timeless black & white


I am a professional family photographer Dublin. I cover lifestyle & family as well as baby & newborn. I specialize in natural newborn at home sessions


More to follow of this project soon. Have a wonderful week, enjoying the last bit of the summer sunshine, Cara x


girl fanning her hair in garden

girl looking in mirror sucking on lolly

girl's face reflected in mirror

family portrait with two sisters in garden playing with flowers

family portrait with little sister playing with older sister's hair

girl  leaning against a fence in the garden

family portrait with little sister on big sister's back playing

little sister pulling silly face

family portrait with two sisters playing in garden with older sister's hair

girl lying on ground and little sister standing above holding pine comb

back of girl head with braids

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