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baby in a high chair at a kitchen table with older siblings alll around her as they hold hands, and detailed close up of hands. on location family and lifestyle photography by cara hodge, award winning and internationally recognized family photographer in dublin

Family & Lifestyle

 candid outdoor family photo shoots dublin, or in your own home & garden

Where timeless, vintage inspired family portraits blend with unscripted moments.

Relax and enjoy as I capture those precious family moments, whether we're cozy at home or out exploring Dublin's beautiful outdoor spaces.


From the sweet snuggles of your newborn to the special celebrations with your family, I specialize in capturing the genuine emotions and connections that make your family unique.

My sessions are designed to be relaxed and enjoyable, typically lasting about an hour to ensure we capture a variety of images. If you're planning a special event like a Holy Communion, birthday party, or anniversary celebration, I've got you covered! We can document these milestone moments at the church, at home, or wherever the festivities take place.

I'm truly passionate about capturing the essence of childhood and family life, whether it's through candid interactions or beautifully posed portraits. Whether you prefer classic black & white or vintage inspired color, I'll ensure your photos are timeless and full of warmth & honesty.

And when it comes to choosing a location for your outdoor family photo shoot, Dublin offers endless possibilities. We can explore the stunning landscapes of Seapoint and Sandycove Beach or opt for the iconic landmarks of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Or, if you prefer, we can capture the magic right in your own home & garden!

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mum hugging her son with hair flying in wind on the beach. authentic family photography dublin. sessions to suit every family, on location at home and garden, or in an outdoor location or special venue for celebrations

Family keepsake

Your best family pictures are carefully hand edited & presented to you in a gallery. Digital collection, gallery quality prints, framed prints, mounted print boxes & handcrafted, luxury albums

For Baby & Newborn. At home in the first two weeks when still all curled up. Or a little older in a favorite place outdoors

newborn baby girl portrait with detail of baby feet all curled up
young girl in white communion dress climbing a tree and covered in dappled sunlight and shadow. emotive and award winning family portrait photographer dublin with a vintage inspired edit

Emotive Holy Communion portraits. On the day, at church & at home for the celebrations. Or before & after the occasion in your own home & garden. 


Classic black & white & natural, vintage  inspired color. All the little details.


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Outdoor family photo shoots/location ideas...

we had such a blast on our family photo shoot. it was a walk along sandycove and the forty foot & finishing off with pastries at the baker street bakery in glasthule. we are so excited about the pictures. so many precious moments captured. cara is such a genuine talent.

As one of the biggest international photography competitions, the B&W Child Photo Competition receives entries from talented photographers across the globe...Caroline Therese Hodge (cara of cara hodge photography) won 1st place in the Lifestyle category for her photo, The Embrace. The heart-warming image captures the relationship between a child and his pet cat


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radiant maternity portraits

Outdoor engagement, couples, surprise proposals & maternity photographer & at home

New: Make the most of my "bumps & babes" special. Pregnancy session & newborn session

beautiful pregnant woman in white lace dress showing off her pregnancy bump with her hands and background of trees and light. outdoor maternity photographer, also for outdoor photo shoots including engagement, couples and surprise proposals. romantic photo shoots dublin to celebrate love and connection
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