I believe photos hold space and can bring you back in time. My favorite photo ever taken is of my grandpa. I was seven in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania with my first Polaroid camera. He was trying to knock a can off my sister’s head with a sponge. A simple moment during a typical Thanksgiving at the farm. Through this photo I hear his laugh, smell the turkey in the oven and see my sisters beaming with the joy we always felt when we spent time with my grandpa.
I am a New England girl living in Colorado with my husband, two daughters and two rescue dogs. We like to spend our weekends playing in the mountains or on the river… or sometimes chasing down bluegrass. From June to October I spend a good junk of time chasing light with couples and families. I feel so lucky to do what I do.
I’ve always loved a good story. I studied Journalism in college. I spent hours at a time in a quiet darkroom at the University of New Hampshire printing photos of my friends and surroundings. After graduating from college, I left for Colorado. I told my parents I’d be back in six months.… I’m still here.
After my daughter, Cassidy, was born I had a new reason to pick up the camera; and this time it was digital. Seeing how quickly my daughter was growing, I found a new story to tell. I discovered that the most honest photos were those that were not staged. There is a familiarity and attachment to the shots that I have of her in her first year. Seeing these photos brings out the memory of this sweet spot in life. Motherhood was new to me and the world was new to her. We both had a lot to learn.
Right after the birth of my second daughter, Sierra, I was leaving yoga and read the quote “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” I was grateful to realize the answer was clear to me. Soon after, I quit my full time job and dedicated myself to turning my photography hobby into a career.
I’m so happy you’ve stumbled upon my work and I hope to have the opportunity to tell your story through my photography. I love meeting new people and building long-term client relationships through my photography.
"It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough - to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go."
Adventure & Wanderlust
Those last breaths of the familiarity of being home with my family before traveling are always laden with guilt and anxiety. Maybe I made the wrong decision to go. What if something goes wrong? When I reach the one week mark from a big trip without my family I notice the shift from feeling excitement to questioning and looking for a way out. Two days before my flight, I want to dig my heels into the ground and just say no. But my family reassures me and I go.
When things do go wrong (I lose my phone in Haiti, I miss a day in Nepal because of a missed flight) I deal with it. Losing a phone in Haiti doesn’t feel like a hardship when you see people who are hungry. This is the magic, my perspective has shifted.. Mistakes are made, we move on, growth happens.
There is a moment during every trip I have ever taken when I feel so alive and I have to stop and feel it. In India it was rounding the corner after a tuk tuk ride that was complete madness (I was still acclimating, I soon learned that it was all quite normal, but we did hit a cow) to find a group of hare krishnas playing music and dancing in the street. Chaos and grace right there before or eyes. A moment I will forever treasure and pull from when I need grounding.
Haiti is a lesson in adapting. It’s not unusual to go through plans A, B, C and D swifty and then have to pull a rabbit out of your hat to solve a problem. Haiti has swallowed me up and spit me out into many pieces. I’ve learned from my Haitian friends that you get up, you keep going. The moments reward us. We don’t see them coming, but we wait and they come. A home visit in a rural community. School kids sing happy birthday. A donkey ride to Fondol. A baby is born.
Common language is not required here. It was in the light of their eyes where connection was made. You just never know what will come your way in Haiti. I wait for the moments. Haiti always delivers them. They are priceless.
It was a “Yes”year, and so I said Yes when Jen invited me to go to Norway with her. Our collective goal was to photograph the Northern Lights. We waited, we looked at the astrological and the meteorological forecast. We scouted our location. Still, there are no guarantees when nature is your subject.
We stood in outside with our cameras and on tripods and passed the whiskey. Words escape me when I try to describe what it was like. I never expected it to be so vibrant and energetic, the most beautiful electric green with hints of purple. They truly danced for us. It was an experience of a lifetime and something I hope to share with my family someday soon.
Cheers to saying YES to adventures with new friends in Norway… and whiskey.
Are you planning a destination wedding? My camera and I love to travel! Let me know how I can help you plan your adventure!
Here is the list of my upcoming travel dates. There will always be room for photographing your amazing adventure while I'm there!
Park City, Utah May 13th-15th
Kansas City May 27-28
Nashville May 28-29
Asheville, NC June 1-2
New England June 24-July 1
Alaska Aug 1-9th
St Louis, MS Sept 28-30
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I am so so thankful that we were able to work with Caroline for our wedding photos! Caroline was so professional and fun throughout the entire process and really took into account the photos we wanted taken. On top of our choices of photos, Caroline and her amazing team took some creative liberty and got some AMAZING shots. Our entire wedding party and families raved about their experience working with Caroline and are thrilled about the pictures! I would highly recommend working with Caroline for your wedding, engagement, and family pictures!
Caroline is amazing!! If you are looking for someone to truly capture the story of your wedding day, Caroline is your person. Every shot turned out beautifully, and truly captured those candid moments, the emotion and the fun of the day. She made sure that she understood what was important to us, and made sure it was captured. So many guests complimented me during the wedding and the following weeks on Caroline - she was fun, respectful and engaged throughout the entire day. I couldn't have picked a better photographer and would recommend her to anybody.
Caroline worked with my fiancé to set up a perfect proposal! We were coming from out of state so he wanted to search around to find the perfect photographer before choosing. He told me (after the fact haha) that he knew right away Caroline would be the best! She captured each moment perfectly and genuinely cared about getting amazing shots. I couldn't have asked for more beautiful photos to have forever. Thank you so much Caroline! She also got the pictures to us right away and downloading/ordering was very easy and stress free!
Hiring Caroline Colvin to photograph our wedding was one of the best decisions we have made. Caroline is obviously talented but what sets her apart is that she is kind, thoughtful, and makes you feel so incredibly special. Caroline has truly become a friend to us throughout this process and having her at our wedding felt like having one of our oldest and dearest friends there. She went above and beyond for us in every single way possible to make sure that every element of our wedding was documented, even staying past her required time to capture the end of the reception and our sparkler exit! When we looked at Caroline’s portfolio we fell in love with her amazing ability to capture more than just gorgeous portraits but to capture photojournalistic shots that capture the mood and love in a room. She did not disappoint! Her mastery of capturing emotion and light came through in the photos and we are so pleased that we have these images to remember our special day. Do yourself a favor and hire Caroline to capture your wedding, event, birthday etc. She is a true professional. And did I mention she does amazing boudoir photography?!? What can’t she do?
Caroline did such a fantastic job working with us! We had a destination wedding in Estes Park. Being located in Ohio, we were reliant upon solid communication and a smidge of faith for this to all go well. We found all those traits and more working with Caroline. She suggested an ideal location and worked around our goals for the event. Within a couple of weeks after the event, we had over 4 gigabytes of beautiful photos waiting for us. There was no additional fuss as with other photographers for upcharges on the photos or limitations. All the high-res images were waiting for us and were so beautifully edited. We could not be happier with how our special day was captured!
Caroline Colvin is a wonderful family photographer -- if you are looking for family photos, I cannot recommend her highly enough. We've done a photo session with her each year now for 4 years, and we always get amazing shots. We have photos of our kids growing up that are just priceless. We've done photos at our house and at a beautiful park, and we've done private sessions and her mini-sessions -- and with and without our dogs. Always amazing results. We got started by doing a mini session with her, and you can't go wrong with that. Definitely give her a try if you're looking for some great photos of anyone in your family.
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