Cara O’Dowd is an Australian photographer working commercially in the fashion industry.

Cara's images are feminine and strong. She is interested in the concept of female identity and this theme is frequently repeated in her work. She also enjoys the challenge of scouting for unique locations and often shoots in wide scale, blurring the lines between portraiture and landscape photography.

Cara treats lighting as a second medium, harnessing it to evoke a unique brand of nostalgia that marks her work.  This lighting precision has its roots in learning to shoot on 5x4 transparency with no room for error. Her fascination with photography sparked in childhood. Her grandfather, a press photographer, encouraged her interest and, from the age of seven, her weekends were spent shooting sports events and learning the tools of the trade in the darkroom. 

After graduating from her Commercial Photography degree, Cara headed to the UK where she assisted well known fashion photographers including Craig McDean and Jason Bell. She’s now based in Sydney but regularly travels between Australia, LA and New York. Clients describe the atmosphere on Cara’s sets as fun, relaxed and focused, and her empathetic direction draws out the best in her models.


Camilla and Marc / Lovisa Macgraw / Once Was / Myer / Cotton On / Harpers bazaar / Ellery /Georgia Alice / Celeste Tesoriero / Sub / Talulah / Stevie May / Isla / Binnywear / Roger Tait / L’Officiel / Black Magazine / Culture magazine /Lone Wolf /  Womens health and fitness / channel 7 / Alchemy /  Fiercive Japan / Mad Love / August Stree