IMPORTANT New Covid-19 Protocols

To prevent the spread of Covid 19, new protocols are in place for the foreseeable future.

Please wear a mask when you first enter the building. A hand sanitising unit is located inside the door for our clients.

We now operate an appointment only policy, and it will no longer be possible to enter the studio without either an appointment or by calling ahead. This will also apply when you are collecting your finished portraits.

Only those directly involved in the portrait session will be permitted to attend the studio until further notice - for example, just one parent for a baby's session or just the immediate family for a family portrait. There are no exceptions to this guideline.

Both the appointment for your session and your viewing will be made when you call to book with us and this will limit the amount of time you spend at the studio after your session.

If you arrive before or after your appointed time, please call us again before you approach the studio as we will have a limit on the number of clients permitted in the studio reception area at one time.

Our cancellation policy will still apply and can be read elsewhere on this page.

The number of sessions and the time between each appointment has been changed to allow for minimal contact between clients at the studio. This also allows for sanitising between each appointment. We cannot proceed with any appointments where clients arrive more than 15 minutes late.

We can no longer have more than two people in the viewing room with one of our staff for a viewing & choosing appointment. We regret we cannot facilitate young children attending viewing appointments for the foreseeable future.

If possible, we ask you to please avail of the Covid Tracker App from the HSE: https://covidtracker.gov.ie/ before coming to the studio for any reason.

Prepare Well

Call the studio on 01 2845544 and have a chat about what you'd like us to create for you. If possible, it's a good idea to arrange a visit the studio here in Dalkey before you make your booking, to have a brief consultation in person. Our walls display the different styles of finished portrait to inspire you, and you can expect us to create one of the styles from your own session. Seeing the choices available in advance is the very best way to "Prepare Well". You may decide to wear certain clothes or colours depending on which style appeals to you - and that is an easier choice to make when you've planned in advance. We can discuss your ideas and schedule your Studio Portrait session appointment at a time that suits your family.

You may find inspiration from Ruth, one of our clients who is popular on Instagram as House of Goose.  She has a complete story about coming to our studio and planning her most recent portrait (she also has excellent decor taste & ideas generally!)

We take commissions with the expectation that you would like us to create at least one Custom Wall Portrait from your session. If you are happy to do this, then you should schedule your studio session and your viewing appointment.

The session - the important bit! -  is the time we spend creating the portraits in the studio for you. This is when the magic happens.

For a Family Portrait Session, we allow about an hour, any less time can make the experience too intense, especially for younger children. Any longer and smiles can start to become 'fixed'. You can see in our portfolio, we like expressions to be as natural as possible. This may be your first ever portrait session with us. Or it could be one from a series of portraits we are creating for your changing and growing family. If you have no specific plans at the beginning, don't worry, we'll help you decide what's going to be best for you. Your portraits will be created in your choice between our black white or our colour work.

An hour's portrait session in the studio for an individual or family (parents and children) is €85. An hour's portrait session for an extended family (parents, children and grandchildren) or other large group is €150. A deposit on your Custom Wall portrait is due on the day of the session. You may also like to avail of one of our all-inclusive packages which are detailed in our shop.

You can book your appointment at our studio by phoning +353 1 284 5544, and we'll also schedule your viewing & choosing appointment to take place within 3 weeks of your session.

A €50 booking fee is required to reserve your time in our studio's camera room with one of our photographers, and you may already have a Gift Voucher that covers this fee. Do book in advance for very specific dates like birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and communion days. Saturday is naturally a popular day for family portraits and tends to book up first, as do holidays and school mid-terms.

*Please be sure to read our cancellation policy.

When you book your Portrait Session, you will also book your in-person Viewing & Choosing appointment to return and choose your portraits within 21 days of your portrait session. This is the only and best method for choosing your PHOTOGENIC portraits.

This is the time when you will be making important purchasing decisions about which images to frame for your walls, so the appointment will be made for a time when you can, if practicable, come to PHOTOGENIC without very young children, as they don't tend to enjoy this stage. You will view your images on a large TV here and so we will print and prepare only the portraits that you love the most.

You may find inspiration from Ruth, one of our clients who is popular on Instagram as House of Goose.  She has a complete story about coming to our studio and planning her most recent portrait (she also has excellent decor taste & ideas generally!)

The finished size and framing style choice is entirely your decision and an experienced PHOTOGENIC colleague will offer guidance to you. If you have planned well, you will know what style of portrait has been created and you'll have thought about where and how you would like to display your pieces, or who you would like to give gifts to. 

It's not always easy, but if you can try to imagine how your finished portraits will look, even before we have created them in the studio for you, we can help you to realise your vision, and we know you will be happy with the result.

So now you sit back and choose your favourite photographs. The selection process is always an exciting, enjoyable, decision making time.

After you have chosen your favourite images we will get to work literally making each piece individually - from hand printing to custom framing. We bring your portraits to life and we do this using only the best materials, technicians and craftsmen.

This is almost always the first question we're asked. Clothes do set the mood of a portrait - think of a communion or graduation portrait. Think of how you know the difference between a family group portrait taken at a wedding as opposed to one taken at a picnic from your own family album - the clothes set the tone and tell the story as much as anything else.

There are no 'rules' about what you should wear for your portrait. Your portrait should be whatever you want it to be - authentically you! There are some guidelines that can help if your want a particular style or mood of portrait and we do have some suggestions to help in this regard.

You might like to choose either formal or casual clothing for the family members. It's's a good idea not to have one person in jeans and runners while everyone else wears suits or vice versa. If you like the style where the overall look is light and white - white or pale tops, chinos or pale jeans, white background etc, then having one person in a striped top or black jeans may mean the portrait doesn't have the look and feel you had envisaged. Similarly, for a classic, low-light portrait - one where the faces and hands of the subjects are so important - we recommend darker colours and tones for your clothing and we create your portrait on a darker background.

Wear what you like and feel comfortable in too. It's not necessary to buy anything new or wear clothes you feel are out of character for your family.

If you would like colour portraits, then you need to think about how the colours you choose will look hanging on the wall in you home. Will the colours tone or clash with your décor (and does it matter) ? Strong colours will be very striking and will stand out. Pastel shades blend in and can also look well in most home décor environments. Black and white portraits emphasise tones, textures and contrasts. Choose simple clothing and avoid very strong patterns and big logos. Ask any of us when booking if you have any concerns about clothing - we have a lot of experience of advising clients with families in every age group.

For inspiration have a look in our galleries, and on our Instagram page.

For women, get ready for your portrait session as you would if you were going out some place nice - hair the way you like it, some make-up and your favourite feel-good outfit will all help you relax and enjoy the session.

For men, the usual shave if you are clean-shaven and again your favourite smart casual clothes will ensure you look good and feel good in your portrait. Experience has shown us that parents often arrive with no intention of joining their children in their portrait. As the session progresses and is enjoyable, a decision is often made to 'jump in'. This is great because we love photographing families together. What isn't so good is having any regrets - we call them the '...if onlys' - "If only I'd worn X, Y or Z...." trust us on this one. It's always good to talk with us or visit for a consultation so we can help you get the very best from your session with us.

At PHOTOGENIC we have a particular reputation for our work with very young children & babies, and we have experience of working with every age group (our youngest clients have been only days old).

Toddlers rarely sit still for more that a few seconds at a time, and babies can be unpredictable about sleeping and feeding. Relax, we know all about children and we know how to engage even the youngest child long enough to capture their personality.

You need to do a little extra planning to help us make the portrait session go smoothly, so email us at the link below and we'll send you an email packed with tried and tested tips for getting the best out of you child's portrait session.

LINK: Send me your hints & tips!

Our Black & White analogue photographs are all created using medium format film which is processed in-house and printed on genuine B&W paper in our on-site darkrooms. Medium format film produces some of the most beautiful quality film photography possible.

Our Colour Portrait work is created using the best equipment and the prints are produced by professional laboratories to ensure archival quality.

General

The studio is temporarily closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Normally, PHOTOGENIC is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm. We're open late on Wednesday evenings until 8.30pm by appointment only. Tuesday-Fridays only we may close for lunch 1.30pm - 2pm. PHOTOGENIC is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Call us to book a time to come & visit our studio and gallery and see the Custom Wall pieces on display in person. This will help you decide what style of our work you prefer, what size of Custom Wall Portrait you would like us to create and we can give you sound & practical advice which will help you get the very best out of your session with us.

At peak booking times like Christmas and school holidays we give priority to clients who are voucher holders so be sure to mention this when booking or enquiring.

Our vouchers are valid at face value indefinitely. Some gifts may be part of a particular programme like PHOTOGENIC Babies Month-by-Month or an offer like Rewarding Times. It's advisable to call us or email us about your voucher with us as soon as you receive it and check any time sensitive terms or bonuses.

Be sure to book in early for important occasions, birthdays or for that all-important generations family portrait.

PHOTOGENIC is on the ground floor and there are no steps into, or within the building, making every public part of it accessible for all clients.

The €50 booking fee - payable at the time of booking your studio session or covered by your Gift Voucher - is refundable or transferable only with 7 days notice of cancellation for Saturdays or 48 hours for weekday bookings.

Viewing appointments can only be rescheduled to occur within 21 days of your session, also with notice as detailed above. For viewings outside the 21 day timeline, an additional deposit of €100 is required to schedule a new appointment.