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  • Life…Exposed.

    Who am I? I am Caroline, a girl with a camera {alot of them, actually} and a passion for documenting life. I am married to my very own superhero, and have two sons who claim I am "the best mommy they ever had". My favorite sound in the world is their uncontrollable laughter. I love living in sunny San Diego, but wish it snowed here. I love the beach, but not in the summer. I battled breast cancer, and came out on the other end with a newfound appreciation for the need to capture life's moments...ALL of them. And, believe it or not, I actually enjoyed being bald. I love watching the 'light bulb" go on when a child learns or discovers something new. The highest compliment you could pay me would be to tell me I perfectly captured your child's personality during our session. I love camping, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, & biking. Basically, if I am outdoors, I am happy. However, I am also quite happy curled up on my couch in front of a fire.

    Who am I? Only the luckiest girl in the world, hoping you will allow me to be a part of your life...exposed.

Keepin’ It Real {Real Emotion} | San Marcos Lifestyle Photography

Here we go with another installment of the Keepin’ It Real blog circle I am doing with a group of insanely talented photographers! This time around, it’s all about Real Emotion, and I’m going to take this opportunity to change things up a bit.

As I’m sure you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  That means there is pink everywhere!  From the football field to the store shelves, all in an attempt to raise awareness.  Say what you will about that fact that many of the pink products you purchase don’t actually raise any money for the cause, or that ‘awareness’ has become big business.  I think it’s a great start.  But that’s it…a START.  Awareness is all well and good, but we need to do more.  Now that the sea of pink has gotten everyone’s attention, it’s time to talk about it.  So, let’s talk.  About breast cancer, and the real emotion that comes with it.  Let’s get honest.

Breast cancer sucks, plain and simple.  It’s scary.  Anyone who has had it, or loved someone who has, knows all about the fear that a comes along with it.  The fear that it will change you, or worse, that it will take your life.  The fear that you will not be able to see your children grow up, or meet your grandchildren.  The fear that the ones you love will not be ok without you.  The fear that you may have to live life in pain, that you may have to suffer, and that they will have to witness it. The constant fear that, even though you fought and won, the beast might come back for round 2.  Or round 3.  I live with this fear every single day.

Then, there’s the sadness.  It comes with knowing that your life has changed, against your will.  The sadness knowing that, even if you beat it, you can never go back.  It will never again NOT be a part of your life.  This sadness tries to work its way into my life every single day.

If you’re lucky, and you can see past the fear and the sadness, there is also joy.  It isn’t easy to find, and it takes continuous effort.  It is the joy that comes from discovering just how strong you are.  Joy, knowing that you got another chance.  Joy, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, because it only comes to those who have examined every facet of their life, as they faced the real possibility of death.   Joy from living each moment of your life like it is your last.  Because it might be.  This joy is what keeps me going, and I search for it every single day.

THIS is breast cancer.

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Now, scurry on over to see what Tressa, the Dallas, Texas Lifestyle photographer at Tressavent Photography, has to show you about Real Emotion!

  • TressaOctober 10, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Caroline, you are such an inspiration. I went through every emotion you described when reading your words and looking through these images. Hugs, friend! <3ReplyCancel

  • Lilly SueNovember 6, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    You so ROCK the real life feelings of those of us that continue the fight! You inspire me, you have encouraged me and no doubt others…I am not a real Pink girl but I had my pink flower manicure n pedicure, wore my Breast Cancer braclet and made sure if asked I Spoke out with boldness to any one that would listen this past month…..I read every article I see regarding updates or new research etc… But I never tire of seeing others with the same strength of spirit living life with much more appreciation now then before, what I effectionally call…BBC…Before Breast Cancer!!! Continue in your resilience and living with love, I will too! Those pictures made me cry so I had to respond. My 1 year out check up is November 24th… I hope to post a big Happy Dance …wish me well…as I do you always..ReplyCancel

Play Ball! | Oceanside Lifestyle Beach Photography

Beach sessions are always fun, but when a family comes ready to play, that’s the best!  These guys are totally into baseball, so mom thought it would be fun to have a little practice on the beach.  She was right. There is nothing I love more than photographing families doing what they love.  Be sure to check out one of my favorite, and very last, shots from this session here.  It’s why I never put my camera away until I get into my car!

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Gettin’ My Pinkle On! | Cardiff Newborn Lifestyle Photography

A couple of years ago, I had the incredible pleasure of attending a Pinkle Toes Photography Workshop (you can read all about it here).  Even after nearly 15 years in business, I learned SO much!  Michele is an open book, and her workshops cover everything.  So, when she contacted me to discuss the possibility of bringing her workshop to Southern California, and asked if I would be willing to help her host it, I jumped at the opportunity.  As a general rule, in both my personal and professional lives, I try to surround myself with people that inspire me.  Those who inspire me daily to be a better mom, a better wife, a better person, a better photographer.  And Michele is definitely one of those people.  I am so lucky our paths crossed and made us friends.

So, I got to work behind the scenes, helping sort out the logistics for the Cardiff workshop.  And in July, our sweet little group convened on an adorable little Cardiff beach house for a weekend crash-course in running a successful portrait photography business.  It was just as I expected…truly amazing!  If you ever get the opportunity to attend a Pinkle Toes Workshop, jump on it!  Immediately.  It is absolutely worth the investment.   If you don’t believe me, click on over to see what Therese Barrett Photography, a Fine Art Photographer, has to say about her experience.  And when you are done there, keep clicking through our blog circle…I know I will!

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And the icing on the cake?  My own little family got a chance to hang out together in front of Michele’s lens and get Pinkle’d!  It was such a fun experience, and I will forever cherish the images she created for us.  She really captured the spirit of who we are as a family.  Grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it. <3  Go check out the Pinkle Toes Photography blog to see some of the images Michele captured of us.  And if you are in the Austin area, Pinkle Toes is the person to call for amazing lifestyle photography! Here’s one of my favorites.

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  • Michele (Pinkle Toes)September 26, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Sniff. This is so sweet, C. (There I go cryin’ again!!!). Happy, happy memories here and you made the workshop amazing! Thank you!!!!!ReplyCancel

One day, baby, you’ll learn… | Fallbrook Newborn Photography

I am always excited to get my hands on a squishy little newborn, but this time was extra special.  Back when I began my first business, years and years ago, this precious guy’s mama was my first employee.  She has witnessed my photography journey from the very beginning, and ran with her responsibilities in our store.  When she began her journey to become a teacher, I just knew she would be amazing!  And now, watching her (& her high school sweetheart husband’s) joy at becoming parents, well, it’s amazing to say the least.  And one day, this sweet baby boy will know just how lucky he is to have parents such as these two.  If he doesn’t figure it out on his own, his mama will teach him.  After all, she IS a teacher!;)

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Be sure to check out on of my favorites, in color, here!

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