General

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.

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 booking fee - payable at the time of any booking, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

The session is time we will spend creating the portraits in the studio for you. 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 area 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. A €50 booking fee is required to reserve your time in our studio's camera room with one of our photographers. 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.

At the end of your portrait session, you will be offered an in-person  Viewing & Choosing appointment to return and choose your portraits within 21 days of your portrait session. This is the only and we feel, the 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.

The finished size and framing style choice is entirely your decision and an experienced PHOTOGENIC colleague will offer guidance to you. Once you have planned well, you will already know what style of portrait we have created and you'll have thought a little about where and how you would like to display your pieces, or who you would like to give gifts to. We have found that when you think about how your finished portraits will look, even before we have created them in the studio for you, we can help you to set a budget and keep within it. And we know you will be much happier 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 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:

- Book your child or children's appointment for a time that suits them, away from nap and mealtimes.

- Children can be reluctant to give up watching devices or phones to have their portrait taken, so it's best not to have your child distracted by any devices during their visit. We have crayons/paper to keep youngsters amused.

- Leave a few days after immunisation appointments for younger children and babies.

- Do bring along a favourite toy. Please don't bring along any sweets or treats - they genuinely don't help at all and often a session ends (in tears!) when sweets appear.

- Do bring your child's usual drink or their cup for water, especially in the warmer summer months.

- We do have nappy changing facilities.

- The hour we allow for each session means babies can be fed if necessary, and we still have time to work with them.

- Choose simple and unfussy clothing. Solid, lighter colours can look better on babies and simpler styles make your children's portraits more timeless.

- Many parents go barefoot during sessions with younger children so keep this in mind when you're getting ready.

We are happy to photograph very young babies on their own or with their parents or older siblings. Experience tells us that we occasionally cannot safely and creatively photograph newborn babies being held by toddlers. We recommend you wait until your baby is sitting up well before planning a portrait with toddler siblings, if you don't plan to be included in the portraits with your children.