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two sisters hugging, hands clasped with light catching their hair in a garden. cara hodge photographer, award winning lifestyle and natural family photographer dublin. candid outdoor family photo shoots dublin, or in your own home & garden. expressive award winning child portraits and documentary style family moments

Family & Lifestyle

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

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

 When families are relaxed and having fun, the best pictures happen. I have games to help children (and adults) relax during the session. When I get told after, "thanks we had such a brilliant time", I know I have some magical pictures you will treasure.


My standard sessions are from one hour & I find this is plenty of time to capture a variety of different pictures for your gallery. For special events such as christenings, communion, birthdays, anniversary, there is the option of Fly On The Wall extended documentary sessions...I also do popular seasonal mini sessions that run through the year.

My first passion is emotive child portraiture, & so I love to include timeless family portraits alongside candid, unposed documentary family photography.

With portraits, I want to capture genuine, honest expression & gesture. With documentary style, who knows!?... I am open to anything (and everything) happening in the moment. Of course I love to capture joy, but... if your toddler is grumpy, or your baby bawling, there can be meaning in those pictures too (you'll look back & remember the way your child catapulted himself to the floor when having an epic tantrum). Hopefully there will be smiles to follow. I've seen it all, I am a parent myself!


I have wardrobe tips to create a natural ageless mood to our sessions, so that your pictures can appear timeless, outside of any era. You can also expect classic black & white and vintage inspired color for pictures that look and feel like film.


I am a natural light photographer so sessions are outside or in the comfort of your own home & garden. Birthday parties & milestone celebrations are often done at home after events. I also do a lot of in home natural newborn photography.


For outside family photo shoots you can pick a location you love and we can take a walk together & explore - for extended shoots we can add a stop for ice-cream...

fly on the wall, documentary family photography > Dublin photo shoots here > Award winning child photography > Baby & Newborn > What to Expect >

communion portrait with little sister hugging her big sister in a white communion dress at home in the garden. communion photo shoot outdoors or in your own home and garden

Family keepsake

Your best family pictures, carefully hand edited & presented to you. 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

Emotive Holy Communion portraits. On the day, at home & church. 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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