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award winning family portrait of a boy eating spaghetti straight out of a pan with a fork

About Cara

portrait of the award winning, professional family photographer dublin, Cara Hodge. Cara looking relaxed in ripped jeans and blue shirt, smiling
family portrait with dad throwing boy in flippers into the sea
young woman in straw hat holding an antique painting


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)

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. 

Cola-Bottle sweets, all that is sweet-sour

Thai food, especially green curry

Vikings (History channel)


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

Road trips


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

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

Low light & shadows

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

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



I love the kind of pictures that raise goosebumps. Pictures are less seen then felt

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

 I absolutely love my Nikon camera & my gorgeous Sigma Art lens. Perfect for child portraits

I took workshops
with professional, masterful photographers I admired across the world. Taking pictures of my own children growing up. Ordinary moments, and then later, with a little staging.

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

I love the in between, unscripted moments. The...


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

As well as everyday family photography, I love special occasions. Engagement, maternity, Holy Communion, bapti
sm & 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.

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!


I love classic child portraits. Children are so authentic...

award winning family portrait of boy splashing in a river
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