couples portrait on the beach at Seapoint Dublin

What to expect...

You have an exciting photoshoot this weekend, now what?

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

A family photoshoot typically lasts an hour. However if there are young children - toddlers and a baby, or perhaps just a lot of family members - sometimes one and a half hours allows ample time for a variety of pictures.

family portrait with a baby
young lady with pomeranian

 

 

WHAT TIME WILL IT BE?

 

I will make the most of any lighting condition. However, the best time to do a photoshoot is during 1-2 hours before golden hour, end of day.  Just before golden hour, the light has a golden quality without being too intense and unpredictable. In Ireland, photoshoots can happen quite early in the day during the autumn and winter when the days are short. Of course some special occasions, such as birthdays or graduations are at different times, even midday, in which case I'll look for shady aspects such as by a tree or building. Inside locations are usually fine with window light. Sunlight is great but cloudy days can produce beautiful, vibrant pictures too. I check the weather conditions the week before scheduling an outdoor photoshoot.

WHAT ABOUT THE LOCATION?

 

I will make the most of any location. There is always something to work with. There is a lovely outdoor location I can suggest around Blackrock, but if you have a favorite place in my mind, that's also great. Whether it's a park or your own home, I arrive up to 15 minutes before the start time to make checks. I see how I can make best use of the environment for backdrops to pictures. Perhaps there is a cherry blossom tree in bloom. Or berries on a holly. I might notice an arrangement of paths, or a particularly good camera angle between two trees. If it's your own home, I will want to check natural light, especially window light. The light may be particularly good against a wall or in the corner. Furniture arrangements might make a lovely backdrop. Something as simple as a blanket  across a sofa.

boy wearing a santa hat Christmas photoshoot
black & white couples portrait on a Dublin beach

WILL IT BE POSE, POSE, POSE?

 

No! Don't fret... I love natural, unscripted documentary style. But I will squeeze in some traditional portraits too, but don't worry, nothing too stiff! I like to keep things fun and stress free. Portraits can be as simple as your family close together in a frame. Hugging is great, I love to pay attention to hand gestures. I shoot quite quickly to keep a flow. There are a few games and tricks I can use to "loosen" things up and make you forget you're being photographed! I also take full advantage of natural, unscripted moments. The baby might have just fallen asleep in your arms. Your curious child wants to climb a tree. Your daughter wants a close up of her debs dress...After family groupings, making the most of spontaneous family moments make the best pictures.

mum hugging her toddler son in a Dublin park

GAH! WHAT TO WEAR?

Being comfortable is most important. However, these are just some tips. Everything working together, not perfectly matching, just complimentary. I recommend up to three or four complementary colors spread across a family. For example, green, blue and brown can work beautifully. These natural colors will work especially well in an outdoor location.

Pastels can also work well in summer or spring, such as white, pale pink and pale blue and/or navy. A very neutral palette of white, mixed with other colors, can also look lovely. More creative color combinations can also work. Feel free to explore a color palette that works for you and your family. The aim is simply for the colors to look balanced across everybody

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

A newborn photoshoot? Keep is at natural as you'd like. Nothing wrong with PJ's. No need for makeup, either. Bare faced and natural is perfect.

...BUT I LOVE BRIGHT COLOURS?

If you love a pop of bright color, a good tip is to make sure everyone is carrying a pop of the same color. For instance, if you love red,  other family members can can wear a pop of red too.

 

If only one person is wearing a bright color, the eye will be drawn to them as the focal point, making the rest of the picture off balance.

Also no need to dress up, casual is absolutely fine.

mum and dad and baby autumn family portrait

WHAT ABOUT PROPS?

Blankets, particularly for an outdoor photoshoot, can be very helpful and comfortable to sit and relax on. Throws and blankets, textured, plain or patterned, can look attractive for an indoor photoshoot, draped across a sofa as an interesting backdrop. You can also play around with colored cushions and other fabrics. In an outdoor location, trees and flowers form natural props. If your child has a favorite toy, teddy bear or blanket, that can be included. However, the most important thing is always 100% you.

AND AFTER THE PHOTOSHOOT?

Exciting! I download all the raw files off camera and on to my desktop. I select all the best pictures from the photoshoot. There are usually between 60-90 pictures "softly" edited in the first gallery. I include some classic black & white conversions. If you would like a tighter selection, I can also do that.  I then send you the password protected professional gallery, and you can mark your favorites. I will then do up a second gallery of your  favorites and you can select those to keep. These are fully edited, retouched for any minor blemishes, and cropped to standard photo sizes. All high-resolution for printing at any size!

WHAT'S THE COST?

A one hour photoshoot costs 195 euro, and a one and a half hour photoshoot is 275 euro. There are extended photoshoots also available for my documentary family "Fly On The Wall "or for celebrations.  Also mini sessions available for family & child portraits All prices reflect the time for photoshoot, professional gallery preparation, selecting photographs, black & white conversions.

I have a variety of digital & print packages for printing your favorites from the photoshoot. All professional, gallery quality, fine art printing. True & accurate color. Matt & sheen finish on the prints. Can be printed any size. Also for albums. Smaller frames for mantelpiece and console. All sizes for wall hanging available too.

Style of frames include contemporary tray frames & traditional box or shadow frames. Or you can choose your own frame.

 

Let me know if you have any questions by sending me a form in Contact Me here . I can provide you with a full price list, Cara x

Cara baby photoshoot
Newborn holding a teddy bear
dad holding toddler son
black & white portrait of newborn with mum and dad