son & daughter in a meadow, connection, soulful, cara hodge family

About Cara

That's a picture of my son & daughter in summer 2021

portrait of Cara Hodge from Cara Hodge Photography, Blackrock, Dublin
young boy playing in the ocean with daddy
me smiling, with my son, Cara Hodge
my daughter in a straw hat


I am so glad you found me

Cara is a nickname from my grandfather. He called me Cara Mia. When I started on my photography journey, the name stuck. (My real name is Caroline)

I've dotted this page with pictures of my family, my children. And my sister's children too, I love them all. (I really need some more of me, next on my list...I'm always the one behind the camera!

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

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

Some other things I love, besides taking pictures

Cola-Bottle sweets, all that is sweet-sour

Thai food, especially green curry

Indian (lots of chili)

Pizza Pasta

I can't stop thinking about food

Vikings (History channel). And they are bringing out Vikings Valhalla on Netflix. I am so excited about that.



Marmalade on toast



Books &

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


Road trips

Big fluffy clouds



Oh yes, shoes

And some of my favorite photography related things...There are just so many, but, for starters:

Child portraits. Children are so authentic

Passionate couples because love makes the world go around

Sleeping babies, sleeping babies are just perfect

Newborn baby feet

Classic black & white photography. Timeless & emotive. Everything distilled to its purest parts

True, natural color

Low light & shadows

Older children (I include adults). Because love is forever

Belly laughs


The kind of pictures that raise goosebumps. Photography is less seen then felt



“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 fell in love with photography about 11 years ago when I was living in Abu Dhabi. And I still LOVE taking pictures

There is a magic to being able to capture a moment in time. I absolutely love my Nikon camera & my gorgeous Sigma Art lens. Perfect for child portraits

I started out taking pictures of my own children growing up. Ordinary moments, and then later, with a little staging. See my award winning black & white portraits for my most personal pictures.

Fast forward moving to Dublin in 2018. All around me, there are gorgeous ocean & park locations. Perfect for  atmospheric Dublin photoshoots.

As well as everyday family photography, I love special occasions. Engagement, maternity, Holy Communion, baptism & debs. Your perfectly new, newborn.

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

I like to focus on the details of what's going on around me. Emotion, expression, gesture. I don't want to miss out on all the best moments.

 I'm inspired by films, books, art, music. Fairytales. Other photographers.

My pictures have been featured in  Iconic Artist Magazine & VOGUE Italia portfolios.
 I have received prizes at the International Child Photo Competition Best of Black & White.

The light outside. And the light within.

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

Cara x    (or Caroline)

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

And that's my gorgeous girl in a straw hat. I love taking pictures of teenagers because they are always our precious babies!