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Emotive family photographer Dublin

Professional, award winning lifestyle & family 

award winning child portrait. Boy lying in a fig tree. Featured in Iconic artist magazine

"Cara's family pictures remind me of stills from a movie. Each one tells a story" Noor


"I shed a tear opening the beautiful handcrafted album and seeing our newborn pictures." Chloe


Making family photography light filled and fun


family portrait with older teenager and her niece, both balancing apples on their heads. Background of wood and ferns

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

picture of Cara or Caroline from Cara Hodge Photography, award winning, internationally published, professional family & natural newborn photographer Dublin

It's not about perfect posing, it's about who you really are. Whatever your life looks like, the messy & the beautiful, I would love to tell your story in pictures.

The ordinary moments above all.

Those you look back on, time & again...

Chasing the light. The light outside and the light within...

I look for a spark of genuine, natural connection in my child & family portraits. With a storytelling twist. I love cinematic black & white photography...

For celebrations big, small & tiny, I am an experienced,

emotive child & family photographer Dublin. Baby & newborn.

Based in Blackrock.

A bit about me.  I love tea, Cola-Bottle sweets (...all the pick n' mix at the cinema), recipe's with lots of chili. Costume dramas. Travel, road trips


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First days at home. Or a place you feel at home. Sleeping, feeding, bathing. Curious about the world.

Celebrating newborn baby boy, family photo shoot in Phoenix Park, Dublin  >


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Natural newborn
baby portraits


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newborn baby portrait showing a baby with legs curled and one hand reaching up into the air

Family Highlights

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Family photography & expressive child portraits. Includes special occasions. Engagement, maternity, birthdays, graduation, debs, baptism. Communion portraits. Documentary family photography

family portrait showing dad spinning his young son upside down, with mum & older brother, at killiney hill dublin

Baby & Newborn

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Documentary style newborn & baby. Natural at home newborn sessions when you can't leave your couch. PJ's are welcome

family portrait with mum kissing 6 month old baby boy on cheek, both in matching aaran jumpers
family portrait with boy hugging his mum in woods, killiney hill dublin. candid family portrait

My Photo shoots

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Photo shoot galleries. I love a mix of unscripted moments and classic portraits (either way they look the best framed with love)

holy communion family portrait withj girl in communion gown and flower headband turning around and smiling

What to Expect

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

Engagement & Couples. & Maternity

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Let the sparks fly naturally. We can take a walk together in a landscape or seascape you love and see what unfolds

maternity portrait with couple kissing, both holding a little dog, in a dublin park

Feminine Portraits

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

debs portrait of a young woman under a blossom tree in a white trench coat
award winning child portrait of boy eating spaghetti straight out of a saucepan with greek statue next to him

Award Winning
Black & White

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My personal child portraits. Including documentary family photography. Featured in Iconic Artist Magazine, Milan, PhotoVogue, Documentary family awards, "Nothing is better than real life"

stack of mounted print boxes tied with ribbon and containing family photos


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Digitals & gallery quality prints. Handcrafted albums. Mounted printed boxes. Gift vouchers. 

Contact Me

Emotive Family Portrait Photographer Dublin

Professional, award winning lifestyle & family

Natural newborn at home portraits

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2nd place - Winters Bone - Caroline Hodg
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ist place, winner of international child photo competition, international award winning photographer, best of lifestyle category
logo of Documentary Family Awards where Cara Hodge has a 5th place winning portrait in the lifestyle category
2nd place, international child photo competition, child lifestyle category, international award winning photographer
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communion family portrait with girl in white communion gown dancing on a hotel balcony with golden incandescent lamps and oil paintings on the wall

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

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

Precious portraits of your older child & teenager 

Light filled

Dublin photo shoots are all natural light. That's the big golden lamp in the sky kind of light.

The prettiest kind.

Golden hour light, for golden hour family photography, Dublin. Pictures that shine from the inside out. That you will want to keep as a reminder of what matters most


Digitals & beautiful mat printing. Gallery quality


Natural newborn pictures

First precious days at home

family photography dublin at baptism withbaby boy with towel over forehead & dad's hand holding towel in place,, orthodox baptism in stonybatter dublin

Emotive baptism photo shoot Dublin

Tell your story in pictures

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