First Holy Communion Portraits

Holy Communion images created just for Sophia K. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

First Holy Communion is a momentous time in your child’s life. The moment needs to be captured to mark the occasion and to look back on it in the future.

What to wear for first holy communion portraits

Traditional attire for girls. Girls usually will wear the dress or outfit they will be wearing at the service. Typically, this is a white dress that can be suited to your style and budget

Traditional attire for boys. Boy will put on a suit perhaps for the first time in their life! If not a suit, then whatever they will be wearing at the service. Simple shirt and slacks is fine if a suit is not appropriate

Holy communion photos for Tia in 2018. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Where to take first holy communion portraits

Indoor options. The ideal location is my photography studio. This is ideal because it’s weather independent and the lighting and backdrop will be perfect. If that’s not an option, then someplace with good lighting, near a large window that faces north

Outdoor options. If an outdoor location is desired, you need to think about lighting and backdrop. Try to avoid direct sunlight. A nice, shaded area works well. Then concentrate on what the background of the photo will be. Look for something that is not distracting from your beautiful child.

How to prepare for first holy communion portraits

Skincare and grooming tips. Make sure their hair, face and exposed skin is clean and well groomed. Avoid too much sun leading up to the day of the portrait.

Tips for posing. Besides having a traditional pose of them looking at the camera, try some poses with them looking to the side and up. Also, if they have any props like rosary beads, they can look at them.

Tips for getting the perfect shot. Have the pose on the floor, sitting as well as standing. Kneeling is also another favorite and something they will most likely be doing at the church. Of course, you must keep in mind their attention span. Take too long and you will not have treasured memories. This is why using a professional photographer is recommended. They know how to pose and move quickly. Besides your child is more likely to cooperate with someone they don’t (yet) know.

Creative ideas for first holy communion portraits

Including family members and friends. This is a wonderful time to include other family members in the photo once you get enough of your child by themselves.

Incorporating religious symbols and props. Rosary beads, a bible and or a prayer book make wonderful props for these types of memories.

Candid shots versus posed shots. In between posed shots, get some photos of your child just being themselves. Also get some images of them not looking at the camera and/or interacting with other people

I realize all of this sounds like a lot of work and time. It can be. But it’s an important milestone in your child’s life they will enjoy looking back on when they get older. They will realize the importance of family and recognize these accomplishments and want to pass them onto their family.

Does all of this sound wonderful but you don’t have the expertise to do it yourself? I’m running a limited time special on first holy communion portraits. Contact me today to schedule your session!

Holiday Dance Portraits for Molly

New Jersey & Lehigh Valley Dance Photographer

Holiday Light dance portraits for Molly and Jordin. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph Molly for several years now. At first, she wasn’t crazy and portraits. Now she jumps at the chance! 🙂

Molly’s long-time friend Jordin also had holiday dance portraits done at the same time. We got some fantastic group poses!

Ready for your holiday dance portraits? Now booking sessions. Contact me for more information and to schedule yours!

Holiday Dance Portraits for Jordin

New Jersey – Lehigh Valley Dance Photographer

Holiday Light dance portraits for Molly and Jordin. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Jordin did a great job with her holiday dance portrait session. She did the session with a long-time dance friend of Her’s

Holiday Light dance portraits for Molly and Jordin. Photo by DAVE DABOUR
Holiday Light dance portraits for Molly and Jordin. Photo by DAVE DABOUR
Holiday Light dance portraits for Molly and Jordin. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Molly and Jordin. I believe this was the first try! We took several more, but this was the keeper!

Ready for your holiday dance portraits? Now booking sessions. Contact me for information and to schedule now!

Best Images of 2022 Winner

© 2022 Dave Dabour

I am so honored to have one of my images selected and featured in Behind the Shutter magazine as image of the year!

To see some of the other wonderful images selected, please click here.

Are you ready for your family holiday portrait? Now booking sessions. Contact me for details.

Dance portraits for Natalee

New Jersey – Lehigh Valley Dance Photographer

© 2018 Dave Dabour

I love creating dance composites. This one popped up in my memories recently for one I created for Natalee. I love going into the same dance studio year after year and creating these and watching the dancers grow up!

Dance portraits sessions available. For more information please contact me.

Holiday Portraits for Kayla

New Jersey – Lehigh Valley Dance Photographer

I had another great dance session with the beautiful and talented Kayla. This time with a holiday flair!

Kayla loves her LaDuca boots!

© 2022 Dave Dabour

Ready for your holiday portraits? Now booking session. Contact me for more information

All photos © 2022 Dave Dabour.

Holiday Portraits

I’ve always wanted to create some unique and fun holiday portraits for dancers. I’m usually way too crazy this time of year to do it but this year I decided to give it a go.

The result is some fantastic images were created!

I’ve been photographing Blake for years. He’s becoming a great dancer! He was also a good spirit. I had this crazy idea in my head for a pose and he went ahead with it:

I wanted to capture someone trying to put light on a tree and the next thing you know there’s more light on you than the tree! LOL

I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing Penny for several years. Not only a talented dancer but also does some modeling in NYC. Penny wanted to try a few jumps. Normally I love jumps but with lights? She managed to pull it off!

This was the first time I photographed Julia and Emily. They are sisters that both dance. They did a great job!

While I was photographing them together, I had this vision in my head for a photograph. It wasn’t dance related per say but definitely holiday related:

Holiday Light dance portraits 2022. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

I LOVE this image and glad I took some time to create it!

Ready for some holiday portraits for the dancer in your life? Now is the time! Here’s a secret: it doesn’t have to be dancers. Athletes and families do just great too!

Mention you saw my blog posting here and I’ll honor the 50% session fee discount!

Portrait sessions are available on the first two weekends in December. Interested but need another time? Just contact me regarding availability!

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Rain Machine Photo Sessions Now Available!

Dancers, Gymnasts, Cheerleaders and Athletes!

This is the photo session you all have been waiting for!! The 2022 Rain Machine!

I created a custom-made rain machine that not only does it all but with heated water from a swimming pool! This is the only rain machine in Northwestern New Jersey. So, bring your outfits that are OK to get wet, costumes, swimsuits, uniforms, or anything you want to dance, jump or cheer in and let’s create some amazing images!

The sessions will take place in the evening starting at 8:30 pm. There will be sessions on August 4-7th 2022. You can book an individual session or a group! I expect the slots to get filled up fast!

NOTE: Other sessions will be added based on demand.

August 17th is FULL!!

August 18th Waiting List Started! Fill out form!

If Thursday August 18th is good for you, please fill out the form/email/text me and let me know and perhaps it will be added!

Interested but can’t make those dates? I may have more in the future. Sign up to be notified when I do. Or better yet get your own group of 4-6 together and receive a discount!

Please go here to find out more information and to sign up!

Any questions let me know.

See you in the rain!