boy with gelled hair on a bed with a flower duvet holding his kitten who has one eye closed. Winning lifestyle portrait, first place Child Photo Competition, International child photographycompetition, best of black & white child portraits. Also featured in The Times newspaper, UK and Bored Panda


Lifestyle & Family Photographer Blackrock Dublin

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"I can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. Everything I had hoped for. Just gorgeous"  Marianne

young girl in communion dress hugging her dad in a blue suit in the garden
newborn baby girl in a white onesie lying on a soft pink blanket, hands holding her face & legs curled together

"Cara was warm and friendly, I felt comfortable right away. The photoshoot was amazing. Absolutely delighted with the pictures, I couldn't recommend Cara enough." Chloe

I love taking pictures, of course. Chasing the light, the light outside & the light within


girl balancing apple on head, older sister laughing

One special moment to capture your most precious memories. One click of the shutter...


A bit about me. My favorite color is blue. I love tea, Cola-Bottle sweets (...all the pick n' mix at the cinema), Indian with lots of chili. Pasta Arrabiata (did I mention food again?). Books, Costume Dramas. Travel, road trips. Oh, and shoes! I love taking pictures, of course. Chasing the light, the light outside and the light within...

For celebrations big, small & tiny,  I love moments of natural connection as well as classic child portraits. Based in Blackrock, Dublin. Cinematic & timeless black & white...

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Baby &Newborn First

newborn baby feet curled in the air with one hand outstretched, close up image, soft bed in background

Start the precious journey of being a parent

Celebrating a baby boy in a Dublin park & garden here >

Your newborn or baby's first pictures.

Baby hands & feet...

Feeding, napping, playing. Documentary style first days at home. Or a place you feel at home...


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mum holding her newborn baby girl in pink woolens, in the background a carpet of yellow autumn leaves

Special occasions big, small & tiny >

Family Highlights

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My lifestyle & family highlights. Precious family moments with babies, newborns, young children & older teens. Includes special occasions, engagement, maternity, birthday, graduation, debs, baptism. Communion portraits

family portrait, mum and dad, with two boys and baby sister. Boy on dad's shoudlders. Background of Autumn leaves

Baby & Newborn

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Baby & newborn first pictures. First birthday party. Newborn photography. At home or somewhere special. Classic baby portraits & documentary style authentic moments. Create a keepsake album.

newborn baby girl, hands clasped around face, on a pink & white checked blanket

My Photoshoots

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Individual photoshoot galleries. Glance at some of my lifestyle & classic family photoshoots & take in my look & feel. Unscripted moments. Connection. Traditional child portraits

Holy Communion portrait, detail of head band, black & white portrait

What to Expect

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What to expect from your lifestyle & family photoshoot Dublin. Genuine natural moments. Making family photography light filled & fun. Fuss free.

newborn baby boy held by dad, baby gazing into dad's eyes, background of long ornamental grass

Engagement & Couples. & Maternity

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This is your story. Your adventure. Engagement & couples photoshoot. In a beautiful location. Landscape, seascape.

Maternity portrait with pregnant woman holding a brown daschund puppy, and laughing. Husband beside her is holding a black daschund puppy

Feminine Portraits

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Feminine portraits. Older child, teenager, adult. Teenagers because they are always your babies. A chance to be yourself, dress up or keep it really natural. Park, beach & city. Spotlight on you!

close up young woman's face, gold earrings, summer light, meadow

Award Winning
Black & White

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My personal pictures.

International award winning child photography. Timeless & emotive black & white. Cinematic & evocative. Child portrait photography. Featured in Iconic Artist Magazine, Milan

award winning picture if a boy peering through an empty picture frame, in a summer meadow. Black & white child portrait


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More about digitals. Gorgeous gallery quality prints, mat & sheen. Matted albums, fine art books, mounted printed boxes. Gift vouchers. Or just ask me...

print boxes containing fine art prints wrapped with ribbons

Authentic, natural moments captured beautifully. In a place you love

Award winning black & white portrait of a boy in a fig tree

Internationally awarded, featured in The Times, UK, Bored Panda, Iconic Artist, Milan, Photo Vogue

 Award  Winning >

International Child Photo Competition 2nd place badge showing boy in a fur coat by a window
Logo of Photo Vogue, Conde Nast, where Cara Hodge has featured photos on the platform
International Child Photo Competition winner 1st PLACE E BADGE showing boy with a kitten on a bed
Iconic Artist Milan Italy logo
International Child Photo Competition 2ND PLACE E BADGE showing a girl in a playground swing
logo of Documentary Family Awards where Cara Hodge has a 5th place winning portrait in the lifestyle category
summer garden in Blackrock, Dublin, with white garden funriture flooded with golden hour light, young woman in the foreground casually hugging a vintage teddy bear in a faded pink cotton dress

Light filled

Making lifestyle & family photography light filled and fun!

 Dublin photoshoots are all natural light. Park or beach. Or the comfort of your own home.

Family portraits, engagement & couples, maternity, child, baby & newborn. Special occasions like Holy Communion, graduation, birthday parties, debs.

Details like baby feet, unruly hair, the curl of an eyelash. A favorite dress... I love vibrant natural color & timeless, emotive black & white pictures.

Favorites are featured in Iconic Artist Magazine & have won prizes at International Child Photo Competition.


Digitals & beautiful mat printing. Gallery quality

young woman, straw hat, holding a tree branch, summer meadow
girl wearing a wide brim straw hat, white skirt and top sitting on a green garden table under a tree in a summer meadow

Summer photoshoot with frozen feels

Precious portraits of your older child & teenager 

two young women in graduation cap and gowns hugging each other, laughing. On a sunlit campus

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