dad and son playing in the sea

About Cara

Hi there!

portrait of Cara Hodge from Cara Hodge Photography, Blackrock, Dublin



Aside from my love of photography, here's a few extra things I love.

My husband, two children (one son, one daughter). My Pomeranian, Pebbles. Zara, the cat.


Cola-Bottle sweets (all that is sweet-sour). Thai food, especially green curry. (All spicy Asian food in general). Pizza. Pasta. Marmalade on toast. With tea of course.


Midnight-blue. Flowers. Roses, especially. Books & movies. Books: Wuthering Heights & My Brilliant Friend & The Secret History & Gone Girl.  Movies: Silver Linings Playbook (...well, I mean, Bradley Cooper...) & Gladiator.  Netflix: Recently The Queen's Gambit, Vikings (give me a good costume drama anytime), The Fall.


Long walks in nature. Any kind of nature, I'm not fussed, just the pretty kind.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dhal

I love magic, the idea of it, and the reality of it.  Being able to capture a moment in time with a small clever box. (My trusty Nikon camera & my gorgeous Sigma Art lens). Perfect for emotive Lifestyle & Family photography. As well as special occasions like engagement, maternity, Holy Communion & debs. Your perfectly new, newborn.

Commemorating seasonal highlights such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas, birthdays. Or just making the most of seasonal color & light, with your family.

My kind of magic.


I don't have a bunch of fancy camera equipment, I like to keep it simple. This means I can focus on what's going on around me. The emotion, expression, gesture. I don't want to miss out on all the best moments.

I began my photography journey about 8 years ago. First, in Abu Dhabi (in my hot & humid garden among the pink bourgainvillea). And recently, in Blackrock, Dublin. All around me, there are gorgeous ocean & park locations. Perfect for  atmospheric Dublin photoshoots.

Winter light may even be my favorite. Sunrise and sunset is truly golden throughout the year. Both dramatic & subtly beautiful.

Or,  in the cold winter months, you can opt for the comfort of your own home.

Some of my favorite pictures are child portraits. I love classic black & white pictures. The kind that raise goosebumps. Photography is less seen then felt.

family portrait
award winning black & white portrait of a boy looking through a picture frame
boy on a beach in Sri-Lanka playing with sand

Shotokan karate (I'm a 2nd Dan).


Makeup and shoes. OMG Shoes... Dancing

(though not always in high-heels).


Cocktails, Margaritas with loadsa salt.


Sparkly things. Yep, I'm a magpie!

Travel. Just about anywhere & everywhere...




My pictures have been featured in magazines and blogs. Most recently Iconic Artist Magazine & VOGUE Italia portfolios.


I have also received prizes at the International Child Photo Competition Best of Black & White. 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place in Lifestyle category & Honorable Mention & Nominee for Lifestyle, Documentary & Street, & Fine Art. And the monthly Child Photo Competition Portrait Awards.



young boy playing in the ocean with daddy

See my Award Winning Child Photography section for some of my personal favorites. I always try to include some black & white edits in my lifestyle photoshoots. As well as lovely, life-inspiring color.

There is room for posed family portraits, as well as spontaneous documentary style photography.  Formal or natural. Planned or unplanned. Perfect or imperfect. Quirky, even. The totally unexpected can often result in the best, most treasured, pictures. What is really important to me is capturing something essential & authentic. The "how" is totally open.


I'm inspired by films, books, art, music. Fairytales. (Magic, again...)

The light outside. And the light within. When they collide, the kind of beautiful that makes the world go round.


I hope to capture just a tiny piece of magic. In my life, and in yours.


Cara xo