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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

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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).

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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 with long hair being swung upside down by dad as he clutches soft toy monkey. outdoor famil

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
little girl with unruly curly hair burying her face in crook of dad's arm. at home candid family photographer dublin. also outdoors in the garden. outdoor family photo shoots, classic portraits and documentary family moments. by cara hodge photography 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).

boy with leg sticking out of pool as he is upturned by an inflatable crocadile and beads of water flying in the air

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.

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.

pregnant woman holding puppy and looking up at her husband also holding a puppy with trees in background. maternity photography by cara hodge

feminine 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 looking through antique gold frame with background of meadow and golden hour light. feminine portraits by cara hodge photography dublin. adults, teenagers, graduation photo shoots and debs photographer. birthday photo shoots and special ocassions
award winning child portrait featured in iconic artist milan of a child leaning on kitchen counter with light spot over one eye

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.

little girl in white communion gown sitting at top of hotel staircase with chequered floor and antique chairs in background, with gentle window light

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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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

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Natural family photographer Dublin

Maternity & at home newborn photographer

Professional, award winning & friendly

Thanks for submitting!

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
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 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  >

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 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. Local Spring mini sessions in Blackrock park & gardens & Seapoint beach, explore the rock pools & enjoy the cherry blossom...


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

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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