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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 (3 times!), 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

Something Different | San Marcos Music Photography

It’s always fun, as an artist, when you get invited to step outside of the box every now and then. So when our favorite musicians at San Diego Music Studio, where the boys and I take lessons, asked me to photograph this cool little event, I couldn’t pass it up! I have always loved photographing musicians. When I was in college, I tried to spin every photography assignment I could to involve shooting a band. Then, when I headed out into the ‘real world’, I got my lens on a number of local bands, shooting head shots, album art, promo pics, concerts…you name it! And ya know what? While I love photographing families, there’s a part of my soul that thrives on capturing images of people making music. So shooting an impromptu ukulele circle in celebration of Make Music Day was right up my alley!



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Free Holiday Mini Sessions are back!  Book a full session package of your choice for 2016 with a $250 deposit, and you can snag a spot at the 2015 Minis too.  You will receive the digital files for your 3 favorite images from your mini at no cost, or you can purchase the whole set for $150.  You will also have access to the A la Carte price list for prints and products.  This year’s mini sessions will be held at Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, and spots are going quick.  Email me now at to reserve yours!

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

Bliss: n. perfect happiness. great joy.

This month, I struggled a little bit.  I found myself in a bit of a rut, and I let myself stay stuck.  So, when talk of this month’s Keeping’ It Real theme, ‘Real Bliss’, started in my blog circle group, it got me thinking.  What is my idea of bliss? Well, the cancer-free brain scan I got last week sure felt like bliss!  But I couldn’t quite figure out how to sum that up in one frame. My Wednesday mornings are certainly blissful, too, so I went about capturing those details…my soothing drive down the coast, coffee in hand and my yoga studio.  I thought I had it.  And then, one evening last week, my boys put their skates on and chased each other down the street in a spontaneous little one-on-one hockey game, in the gorgeous light of the setting sun.  More bliss…this time, both theirs and mine. Then it struck me.  I was having a hard time deciding what my post would look like for ‘Real Bliss’, not because I couldn’t find it, but because it is everywhere I look.

So, here it is, glimpses of the ‘Real Bliss’ I find in my daily life.  It’s not that I am luckier than most people, but that, each day when I wake up, I make the decision to find my bliss.  So go ahead, take a look around…your bliss is waiting.

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Like what you see?  Follow along with me on Instagram as I capture moments of bliss every single day!  And, for another dose of this month’s ‘Real Bliss’, click on over to see what’s been keeping my college friend, and amazing New Hampshire Lifestyle Photographer, Kami Friday Photography, blissful!  Be sure to continue around the blog circle from there.  When you get back to me, you’ll have seen enough happiness to keep a smile on your face all week!   You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

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  • TressaMay 20, 2015 - 9:07 am

    LOVE this, Caroline! I always look forward to your images and daily posts. Full of love and joy… you guys really know how to have fun! And I’m so glad to hear about your cancer-free scan. Big hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • KamiMay 20, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Rock your sweet self, Caroline! Love everything about this post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • EmilyMay 20, 2015 - 9:57 am

    That which you give attention to is that which you will see. Pay attention to the beauty and bliss, and that’s what your focus will become. Train your brain to be happy every moment. Pretty cool. Awesome message Caroline!ReplyCancel

Keepin’ It Real {Real Love} | Carlsbad Child Photography

After a brief hiatus, the blog circle is back, and this month it’s sure to give you a case of the warm n’ fuzzies. So, when you’re done feelin’ the love here, click through the circle to get a good dose of {real love} from the rest of the gang!

Say what you will about Valentine’s Day being a ‘Hallmark Holiday’…I say any excuse to remind your loved ones how you feel about them is a good one!  Somewhere along the way, I got in the habit of photographing my boys for Valentine’s Day, and it has become one of the shoots I most look forward to each year.  I bet they wouldn’t admit it, but I’m pretty sure they love it too.  These two have the most incredible relationship, and can constantly be found snuggling and lovin’ on each other.  So much so that I have been know to tell them to stop…but usually only when it turns to wrestling in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. 😉

Anyhoo, this session, as usual, was fun, goofy, and full of {Real Love}…Enjoy!  And then go give your favorite people some hugs and kisses! And then click on over to see the {Real Love} that surrounds my rad lifestyle family photographer friend Katie, of Katie Bork Photography in Wilmington! Happy Hearts Day!

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  • Jody MackFebruary 14, 2015 - 4:53 am

    These are adorable! What a great way to commemorate the holiday!ReplyCancel

  • KerriFebruary 14, 2015 - 10:23 am

    How creative and fun! Have a fabulous V day friend.

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

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