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What to expect

You have an exciting photo shoot this weekend, now what?

Perhaps you've booked a family photography session. Or you are thinking about it, but would like to know more...

From 380 euro for a regular family session that includes edited pictures. Or from 180 euro for "mini-mini" family portrait sessions in my local area.

Variety of packages including edited digital images, professional printing, albums, luxury print products. Also available a la carte
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A lifestyle or family photo shoot Dublin typically lasts an hour. However if there are lots of you, sometimes a little longer allows more time for a variety of pictures.
Also good if you want to capture all the little details & take things at a slower pace.


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WHAT TIME WILL IT BE?

 

I will make the most of any lighting condition. But the best time to do a photo shoot is during 1-2 hours before golden hour. End of day or morning. At this time, the light is golden without being too intense. Photo shoots can happen quite early in the day during autumn and winter when the days are short. If it's midday on a birthday, graduation, baptism or communion, don't fret, I'll look for shady aspects. At home natural newborn session? I'll take advantage of the window light! Sunny is great but cloudy days can produce beautiful pictures too. I check the weather conditions the week before scheduling an outdoor photo shoot. If it's lashing, or unpredictable, we can reschedule.

WHAT ABOUT THE LOCATION?

 

I will make the most of any location. A place you love & feel comfortable in as a family is the right choice. Park, beach, city. Or your own home. I arrive about 10- 15 minutes before the start time to make checks. I see how I can make best use of the environment. Perhaps there is a cherry blossom tree in bloom. Or berries on a holly. If it's your own home, I will be seeing how the light is. Special occasions like communion or debs can be photographed before or after, as well as during, the event. At home, church, or other venue.

black & white couples portrait on a Dublin beach

WILL IT BE POSE, POSE, POSE?

 

No! Don't fret... I love natural, unscripted documentary style family photography. But I will squeeze in some traditional portraits too. I LOVE expressive child portraits for Holy Communion & special occasions. Nothing too stiff, I like to keep things fun and fuss free. Portraits can be as simple as sitting in a chair for a moment. Or your family squeezed close together in a frame. I shoot quite quickly to keep a flow. There are a few games and tricks I can use to "loosen" things up.  I also take advantage of unexpected, natural moments. The baby might have fallen asleep in your arms. Your child wants to climb a tree. Your daughter wants a close up of her debs dress...

family portrait with mum hugging young son in blackrock park, dublin

GAH! WHAT TO WEAR?

Being comfortable is most important. Perfectly matching is not needed, but complimentary colors can work great. Green, blue and brown can work beautifully in an outdoor natural location.

Creative color combinations can also work. Just introduce a pop of the same color here and there. So the eye is drawn equally to everyone in the frame - not just grandpa Joe in his fave orange jumper!

Wardrobe changes can be as swift as swapping a coat, hat or shawl in an outdoor location. Or including a blanket to sit on for some seated pictures.

A natural newborn Dublin photo shoot? Keep is at easy as you'd like. Nothing wrong with PJ's. No need for makeup, either. Bare faced and natural is fine. Photoshop can smooth uneven skin easily. Practically no clothes if that's your jam

NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT

I specialize in Dublin natural newborn portraits, and documentary newborn sessions. Two weeks after birth is a perfect time to schedule your at home newborn session. Newborns are still all curled up then.

 

Newborns can look tiny and adorable on an adult bed. With you as well!

Reflections in mirrors are awesome. If it's a newborn at home, I will check out all the window light, and other available light sources. Open blinds and curtains wide to let in the light! My Dublin newborn portraits are all about capturing the moments as they happen naturally.

Sleeping, feeding, bathing & everything in between. Just hunker down and enjoy these precious first days & weeks with baby!

couple holding a newborn baby in window light, at home photo shoot

WHAT ABOUT PROPS?

Blankets, particularly for an outdoor photo shoot, are useful for sitting portraits. Throws and blankets can be handy for an indoor family photo shoot, too, draped across a sofa as a backdrop. If your child has a favorite toy, teddy bear or blanket, that can be included. However, the most important thing is always 100% YOU being YOU. Don't sweat it if you don't have time to prepare. The best moments are the unscripted, haphazard ones. The ones you CAN'T prepare for!

AND AFTER YOUR FAMILY OR NEWBORN SESSION?

Exciting! I give the pictures a day to breathe, still on my camera. When I come back to them, I see them with fresh eyes. I download all the raw files off camera. For an hour session, I select the best 50- 60 pictures for your personalized gallery. Black & white & color. About 1-2 weeks after the photo shoot, I send you the password protected gallery with a personalized cover. All pictures are fully edited. Those you choose will be retouched for blemishes on skin and clothes.

Packages include digital as well as printed products. Gallery quality printing. Popular mat printing, as well as glossy. Hand crafted, professional albums, fine art books & mounted print boxes. Including a variety of clam shell boxes to hold your mounted prints. Fabric & leather covers for albums. Range of colors. Cover titles including foil embossing in gold & silver. Shipped DHL to Dublin. Available as family photography Dublin packages. Or a la carte after your session.

 

I am a professional, award winning family & lifestyle photographer Dublin. Contact me for more information. I'd always love to chat!    continued >

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