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dogs paws against a floaty fleaur de lis black and white blouse worn by cara hodge photographer owner of cara hodge photography, natural family photographer dublin. family photo shoots for newborn, babies, children and adults. outdoor photo shoots and in your own home and garden. internationally published and awarded photographer featured in click pro elite, iconic artist milan, the Times UK


cara hodge laughing wearing a dark lipstick and white off the shoulder top. cara hodge of cara hodge photography dublin. photographing families, special events, birthdays, communion, christening, newborn, graduation, surprise proposals, maternity in a candid, unscripted way

Photo credit: my son, Ben


a family photo shoot is like receiving a love letter that can be kept forever

photographer cara hodge wearing a black and white fleur de lise ruffled blouse and Dior pearl earrings hugging her black and grey french bull dog with an antique wood carved furniture in background. cara hodge photographer dublin is a professional and award winning family photographer for natural family portraits and documentary style sessions at home or in outdoor scenic locations dublin..

Pictures are less seen with the eye than felt with the heart

little boy playing with a hose ina garden full of soft pink blossom

I am so glad you found me here. I hope to capture the magic of your family because even within the mess & chaos (and often, because of it) there is always the magic.


I believe the most magical pictures lie in the ordinary, every day moments that you connect with most.

When your favorite family pictures are framed on your wall, or placed beautifully in an album, you get to remember those moments every day. Bringing a spark of joy.

random facts



Cola-Bottle sweets, all the pick n mix sweets


Indian & Thai food, bring on the chili!


Vikings (History channel)



Road trips


Shoes (and generally the ones I can't walk in)

Classical Astrology


Dogs, because they are just so sweet & loyal. I have a Frenchie called Tony!


And here's a little fact:


My real name is Caroline. Cara is a nickname from my grandfather. When I started on my photography journey at the beginning, the name stuck.  

Favourite photography related things

I started photographing my own family about 12 years ago when I was living in Abu Dhabi.

Taking everyday pictures of my own children growing up in Abu Dhabi, UAE. First with a little staging to create expressive (sometime quirky), child & family portraits. Then, venturing into more documentary style, spontaneous moments. Now I love to do both & find they compliment each other

Fast forward moving to Dublin in 2018 & I started doing family photo shoots around the city, either outside on location or in people's own homes & garden. Dublin offers lots of versatility for family sessions, from seascapes to surprising wilderness spots in the heart of the city. I love shooting busy special occasions with lots of people & lots of action & unpredictability. Engagement, maternity, Holy Communion, baptism & debs. Your newborn in those first surreal days & weeks of life is also a special thing to photograph.

I look forward to capture heartfelt, truthful memories of your family for you to cherish. I aim to bring creativity and a careful attention to detail to all my family & lifestyle sessions.
I am also introducing mentoring if you want to learn family photography with me!

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

young woman with slinky black dress falling off shoulder holding a painting of a woman in a summer meadow
award winning family portrait of boy splashing in a river

Emotive child portraits. Children are so authentic


Passionate couples because love makes the world go around


Sleeping babies

Classic black & white photography.

 Everything distilled to its purest parts


Low light & shadows


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


Taking my own family pictures with my dog, cat (don't get me started on washing Zara). I love animals!! Yours included


Photography is less seen then felt

My child & family portraits have been featured in Iconic Artist Magazine & VOGUE Italia portfolios. I have received various prizes at the International Child Photo Competition, best of black & white child photography in the lifestyle & portrait category & in the Documentary Family Awards, "nothing is better than real life" category.

I love my Nikon camera & my Sigma 1.4 Art lens, perfect for family portraits.

I learned by taking workshops with family & lifestyle photographers I admired from across the world. I have been a member of CLICKpro elite since 2016.

i love that Children always have the most authentic expressions

young woman in vintage lace skirts lifting baby boy on a bench in moss covered stone court yard and kissing his cheeks. outdoor family photo shoot with baby
award winning black & white portrait of a boy looking through a picture frame
couple holding their baby daughter's hand as they walk through a meadow of long grass. outdoor dublin photo shoots by cara. for families, children, babies and newborns

i look forward to photographing your family! let me know what you have in mind & let's see where the magic takes us...

smiling picture of cara hodge of cara hodge photography with hair tied back wearing a floaty fabric black & white blouse with antique furniture backdrop. cara hodge is a mermber of click pro elite, directory of professional family & lifestyle photographers, a member of this is reportage: family and a winning photographer in the international documentary family awards. As well as documentary family photography she is an expertise in child portrait photography
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