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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

Keepin’ It Real {Real Adventure} | San Diego Vacation Photographer

Well, I am at it again!  Posting with a little peek into my life, and the things I do when I am not busy working with all my awesome clients.  This month, it’s all about the ‘real adventure’ we’ve been enjoying this summer!  And apparently all the lovely ladies in this fun blog circle are having a busy summer too, since the group consensus was that we should push back our posting date again this month!;) Ah well, what life for if it’s not for living?

Here’s a glimpse of our recent trip to Colorado…just me and my boys.  That, alone, was a new adventure for us, traveling without dad.  Add in some alpine slides and a gold mine to explore, and we had a bonafide {real adventure}!

When you’re done here, don’t forget to click on over to see what exciting adventure Jody, a family and child lifestyle photographer in Charleston, has in store for you at Jody Mack Photography.

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  • KamiJuly 22, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Your family always had the best adventures – this is no exception. How funny that our “real adventures” were so similar this month! Great minds… :) ReplyCancel

  • TressaJuly 22, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Whoa… that alpine slide is so COOL! Looks like you guys are having a fun, fun summer. Beautiful images and memories captured, Caroline!ReplyCancel

  • Life with KaishonJuly 22, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    What an awesome vacation! I LOVE the ride down the mountain. How much fun is that?ReplyCancel

Keepin’ It Real {Real Mess} | Carlsbad Lifestyle Photographer

I don’t even know where to begin on this one.  This month’s theme for the Keepin’ It Real blog circle is {Real Mess}, and I knew immediately what I needed to photograph. San Diego County was rocked again this year by wildfires.  I cannot even begin to explain how terrifying the smoke and smell are during wildfire season here.  The rate with which these fires can spread is truly mind-blowing, especially during a Santa Ana storm, when the winds are strong and gusty.  This time was no different. There were a total of 9 large, named fires (and countless smaller ones) that burned over 27,000 acres (42 sq.  mi.) from May 13th-22nd.  It was unreal.  We were evacuated from our home for 2 days, and watched the news intently during that time, as the fires burned acre after acre in the 100 degree heat.  The firefighters and everyone else involved did a spectacular job.  The gratitude we all feel is without words.  We were very lucky that our home was left untouched.  Others were not as lucky.  I’ll let the following images speak for themselves.

Be sure to go check out the messy life of the lovely Tressa Thomas at Tressavent Photography!

Keepin’ It Real {Real Simple} | San Diego Lifestyle Photographer

The theme for this month’s blog circle is ‘Real Simple’.  Ironically, this past month, my life has been anything but simple.  It has been full of ups and downs…life, death, and everything in between.  A complicated balancing act, where I have been challenged to find my center as work, play, hockey, school, family and volunteering swirl around me, threatening to overwhelm me, and I cling to the fact that summer vacation is just a few weeks away.  Cuz that’s when my life will settle down, right?;)

Choosing the images for my post this month, however, was joyfully simple.  They are from our Spring Break, when we left the chaos of our lives behind for just a few days to enjoy the simplicity of a campground on a lake.  Something about the water always soothes me, reminding me that the best things in life are ‘Real Simple’.

Know what else is simple?  Black + White images.  They have a purity and depth to them that speaks to me.  So, here they are…a series of simple black + whites that tell the story of our simple break from all the things this complex (and beautiful) life has to offer us.

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Now, hop on over to Debbie Mitchell’s blog to see the beauty she found in the ‘real simple’ things in life!

Just Do It | Oceanside Extended Family Photography

a lot of photographers probably think i am crazy, but i get so excited when someone calls me to book a photo session for their extended family!  sure, it’s a bit more difficult to wrangle such a large group of people, but knowing that i have been given the honor of documenting an important piece of a family’s tree…well, that does it for me.  there is something special about getting a great {& rare} photo that the whole family will cherish for generations to come.

so, whatcha waiting for?  drop me a line at, and let’s capture your family tree!

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