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natural family photographer Dublin

award winning lifestyle, family, at home newborn 

boy with face leaning against side of bath with bubble bath foam beard next to a vase with hydrangea. international award winning child portraits and natural family photographer by cara hodge photography. featured in iconic artist magazine, photo vogue

"cara's pictures remind me of stills from a movie. each one tells a story


"I will cherish my newborn pictures, the experience was amazing"


Hi, I'm Cara & I would LOVE to tell your story

portrait of cara hodge, international awarded family and lifestyle photographer based in dublin ireland

unscripted family photography that shines your light from the inside out

I'm thrilled you've found me!

Magical pictures happen when you let the 'real you' shine. Leave it with me; I'll help you relax, have fun, and truly enjoy the experience of being photographed.

I specialize in lifestyle and family photography, whether it's capturing the joy of outdoor adventures or the comfort of home. Let's take a stroll together in your favorite spot—whether it's a town, beach, or park—or create memories in the comfort of your own home and garden.

My passion lies in capturing timeless, storytelling portraits of children and candid moments of your family's story. I believe in capturing those unplanned, heartwarming moments that make your family unique.

You'll receive an image gallery of ageless black & white and vintage-inspired color, for pictures that look & feel like film. Because while life changes, the iconic moments we share with our loved ones stay with us forever. I want you to have those forever moments to look at every day, framed with love.

For celebrations big, small, and tiny, trust me—one of the best family photographer's in Dublin - an experienced, professional, and internationally published natural family photographer with over a decade of experience photographing families, children, and babies.

A bit about me: I love tea, Cola-Bottle sweets, recipes with lots of chili, period dramas, travel, road trips, and impractical shoes (but not on shoots).

about me >

Learn more about capturing those precious first days at home with your newborn—sleeping, feeding, bathing, and curious about the world.

Natural, fuss free, at home newborn portraits


newborn baby portrait showing a baby with legs curled and one hand reaching up into the air. showing unposed, no frills at home newborn photography dublin


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Candid family photography & expressive child portraits. Outdoor & at home family photo shoots. Full length sessions and seasonal minis. Special occasions & events, engagement, maternity, birthdays, graduation, debs, baptism. Communion portraits. 

little boy smiling and held between two teenage sisters with hair flying in the breeze on a beach family session. natural family photographer dublin by cara hodge

baby & newborn

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Documentary style, no frills at home baby & newborn photography. Natural newborn sessions when you can't leave your couch. PJ's are welcome. Outdoors too, when the sun is out.

young mum sitting on bench with moss covered old stone wall and baby boy held in her arms, showing his back with dungaree lapels, and half on & half off socks. natural baby & newborn photographer dublin. at home natural, no frills  newborn photographyor outdoor photo shoots with newborns and babies
girl in white communion dress and gloves with two other girls in colorful costumes holding gold and silver balloons at a holy communion party. documentary family photographer dublin for parties and family events and extended family sessions

Documentary family

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Unscripted documentary family photography. Capturing moments with little to no posing. Ideal for small children & babies (... who like to color outside the lines). Perfect for  celebrations with lots of people, fun & unpredictability.

little girl in vintage style dress with frilled collar sitting between two brothers both in smart suits and jackets on a bench as she looks upwards smiling. mini seasonal family photography sessions run through the year in parks and at the beach in Dublin

Recent photo shoots

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Take in my look & feel. Recent photo shoot galleries. Vintage inspired film edits, cinematic  black & white and color. (either way they look the best framed with love).

Lifestyle portraits, debs & graduation

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 Older children & teenagers, because they are always our babies. A chance to dress up or keep relaxed. Graduation, birthdays & debs family portraits >

beautiful young woman in black t shirt in summer meadow tying her hair back into a pony tail. cara hodge photography for debs and graduation photography dublin, also birthday parties and family celebration photographer dublin

engagement, surprise proposals, couples & maternity

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Let the sparks fly, naturally. Choose a landscape or seascape you love, somewhere a bit wild, and see what unfolds. Candid maternity photography.

couple sharing a passionate kiss in the doorway of a pub with dark backgorund of shadows. duclin couples, engagement and surprise proposals photographer dublin
boy eating spaghetting straight from pan next to venus statue. award winning child portrait photography

award winning
black & white

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My own child portraits. They have my heart. Capturing my children growing, first overseas & now in Dublin. Featured in Iconic Artist Magazine, Milan & other publications.

baby girl in pink cotton dungarees reaching up to touch lilac blossom in dad's arms as mum watches, in dappled light with golden light spots across her face and body. what to expect from cara hodge photography session, authentic family & newborn photographer for on location sessions in dublin

what to expect

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What to expect from your at home, outdoor or celebration Dublin photo shoot. How to prepare, choose a location with the best light, wardrobe tips for ageless family sessions (but, don't worry, nothing too fussy).

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Natural family photographer Dublin

Maternity & at home newborn photographer

Professional, award winning & friendly

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young beautiful woman in white cotton clothes and sun hat under a tree lit up in golden end of day light. cara hodge photography for effortless and funfilled, lightfilled family and lifestyle all natural light sessions in scenic dublin

Light filled



Dublin indoor & outdoor summer family photo shoots are all natural light. That's the big golden lamp in the sky. The prettiest light.

Seasonal lifestyle & family mini sessions run throughout the year. Summer mini sessions in Blackrock gardens & Seapoint beach. Explore the rock pools & splash about in the water.


Make the most of golden hour light, for pictures that shine from the inside out.

Precious portraits of your older child & teenager 

gallery quality mat printing

second place prize at international child photo competition, best of black & white child photography
top ten 2021 awards badge for international documentary family awards. 5th place winner for "nothing is better than real life" category
Cara Hodge Photography is a member of PhotoVogue with featured pictures at PhotoVogue
ist place, winner of international child photo competition, international award winning photographer, best of lifestyle category
click pro elite badge. membership of click pro, international women photographers. for lifestyle, family and child photography, and access to the Voice awards 2024
2nd place winner at child photo competition, best of black & white child photography
this is reportage family logo. for this is reportage family awards. world class family photography in documentary family photography genre
Cara Hodge is a member of Iconic artist Milan with pictures featured in the magazine
boy leaning on a chopping board with cut herbs including garlic and a statue of Venus next to him. emotive child portraits and award winning family photography dublin by cara hodge. outdoor and at home photo shoots for families, children, babies, newborns
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Pictures & pricing

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Handcrafted print products, including framed Giclee prints, mounted print boxes, professionally printed books & albums. Digital galleries. Family photography gift vouchers

boy in bath filled with floating Lego with slicked hair holding a cup of hot chocolate in one hand and  with cat drinking water from his cupped other hand. 2nd place in international child photo competition best of black & white child photography. lifestyle and family photographer dublin. featured in iconic artist milan, photo vogue, the times UK, bored panda, international documentary family awards

Internationally published & awarded, featured in The Times, UK, Bored Panda, Iconic Artist, Milan, international documentary family awards, Photo Vogue, international child photo competition, best of b & w  >

mum looking at her newborn baby asleep on a sofa with pools of natural light. at home newborn photographer dublin by cara hodge.

Natural at home newborn photography in the first days (when baby is still curled up...Pregnancy & maternity photographer Dublin.

When time stands still

baby boy receiving baptism by priest at greek orthodox church dublin, image of wetting baby's head by priest with mother looking on and reaching hand towards baby, with red candle and flowers and red priest robes visible. natural family photography dublin by cara hodge including emotive baptism & christening family portraits

Emotive baptism photo shoot Dublin

Tell your story in pictures

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