First Birthday Dublin Family Session

Maire’s first birthday was a big milestone for her parents and the perfect excuse to hire a photographer (me!!) and get their first professional family portraits taken. I had met Tara & Maire while photographing “Paint Your Bump Day for ...

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30 Advent Traditions to Share with your Family this Christmas

You might already have your favourite Advent & Christmas traditions that you share with your children every year. However, if you are like me and would like to start some new traditions with your little one(s), this could be a ...

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[Christmas traditions] The smell of mulled apple juice

There are a few smells that always remind me of Christmas, and I’m sure it’s the same for you. (Clementines anyone?) For Melanie, the smell of spices and mulled apple juice (port or cider if children are not involved) really ...

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[Christmas traditions] Baking and dancing on Christmas Music

Emma loves Christmas so much that she cannot wait until Halloween is over to get into the Christmas spirit and start Christmas shopping. There is nothing like Christmas carols to bring the Christmas spirit to a house. The whole family ...

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[Christmas traditions] Christmas pudding recipe transmission

Marena has been making her mum’s Christmas pudding for years. The recipe, in the original recipe book, is hardly readable now, but Marena’s mum’s handwritten copy is picked up every year. Sharing this tradition with her three children and eventually ...

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[Christmas traditions] Baking German Christmas Cookies

Have you ever spent Christmas away from home and the traditions you were used to? The first time, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas does it? What makes Christmas special, is directly linked to the people we spend it with, ...

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Location Scouting on the Great South Walk, Dublin

When a client from the States suggested we photographed the session on the Great South Walk, I went something like “Where??”. Even after checking photographs online I wasn’t sure where it was. It looked really nice and I wondered why ...

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Bridal Designer | Personal Branding Business Photography + Film

When I met with Sarah for the first time, I was immediately drawn to the way she spoke about creating dresses (= with passion). It has to be said, I am not a great craft-person so I always admire people ...

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Killiney Hill Outdoor Family Session

Lewis is 5 and Joel is 2 and the first time I talked to her, Ciara said they just loved spending time with her two boys and explained how they were starting to interact and play more with each other. ...

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[National Breastfeeding Week] Breastfeeding and Down Syndrome

This week is National Breastfeeding Week and today, I met with a group of mothers in Foam Café in Dublin to take photographs. The two things they have in common is breastfeeding their children with Down Syndrome and wanting to ...

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[Photographing with intent] The Importance of Being in the Moment

You will agree with me that today’s world is a little bit crazy. We are bombarded with information all the time, and our overall concentration is suffering from it. It’s often that I will catch myself picking my phone while ...

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Wear A Hug Fair 2017 – Babywearing, photography and more…

Babywearing Ireland’s annual Wear a Hug Fair takes place on Sunday 1st October 2017, at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 10:30am-5pm and is Ireland’s largest gathering of baby wearers. Are you going? If so, come to my stand ...

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Any Christmas fans out there?

I am looking to hire a family with children aged 2-8 years old for my upcoming Christmas Campaign. As a documentary portrait photographer, I am looking for families with strong Christmas traditions such as baking special Christmas goodies, creating tree ...

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[Photographing with Intent] The Things I Take for Granted

So a few weeks ago, I did a Facebook Live Video to brush on a subject that I am unveiling little by little in my journey towards documenting my family, our everyday lives and the people around us. I talked ...

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Evening Family Walk at the Wooden Bridge

The wooden bridge is the other side of Bull Island and although we go there less often, it’s an other of my favourite place in Dublin. It is especially great for sunsets, which are not that easy to catch on ...

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Our Family in the Sand Dunes of Bull Island

Back in May, I stepped in front of the camera for a family session with Typhanie Piton. Typhanie is French and lives in Normandy but lived in Ireland for a few years and that’s where we met. She still misses Ireland ...

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[Location Ideas] Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough is such an amazing site located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The seasons will affect the landscape dramatically but I wouldn’t be able to say which I like best. Only once did I see it ...

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[Location Ideas] Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Howth is a great location for a photo session or a day out at the weekend. Perfect for families and couples alike. You can have: a walk on the beach, a walk on the pier or a walk around Howth Head ...

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Why do I smile when I take photographs?

Today, I received one of the most beautiful compliments. Someone told me that when she came across my photographs on social media, it felt like I was enjoying myself. That I cared. Yes, yes yes! I do enjoy myself when ...

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Find me on Instagram

If you are on Instagram, you might already be following: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dublin Family Photographer (@johannakingphotography) I have also recently created a new Instagram account to share more personal work with no restrictions. I ...

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