Valencia Spain on Film | Film Travel PhotographyJanuary 6, 2015

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A small day trip to the resort town/pueblo of Puig (pronounced : Pooch)

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Such a tourist. Don’t care. Sangria por favor!

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I only shot 32 images for personal work while there. 3 of them were out of focus as I learned my new camera. I’m okay with not having a ton of photos. In fact, I have the exact amount I need to truly remember the amazing week I spent with my best friend watching her blossom into a mother.

Kodak Portra 160 ; Mamiya 645AF ; Richard Photo Lab

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Film Travel Photographer | Grand Canyon & Zion National Park RoadtripDecember 16, 2014

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Hoover Dam

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Lake Mead

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Grand Canyon, USA. It lives up to the hype. I want to return and hike into the canyon.

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Our campsite at Desert View Campground- a first-come-first-serve campground on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. $12 a night and 10 minute walks to the rim. Can’t be beat.

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Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona. By far one of the most breath-taking views I’ve seen in my lifetime. We sat here for a half hour in contemplation of this place’s beauty.

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Quick stop-off at Lake Powell, near Page, Arizona

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Zion National Park. Hikers Paradise.

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Hiking to Angel’s Landing. Nicknamed by our adopted travel mates “Devil’s Landing” for the shear cliffs, numerous switchbacks, and seemingly never ending path. The most rewarding hike I’ve taken on in my life.

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Hiking The Narrows. This is where a flowing river bed is in fact your trail. We had a flight to catch, so we just wandered about 1.5 hours in and then out again.

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This trip sparked something that has always been flickering deep inside of me. The urge I now feel to explore National Parks is insatiable.

I have a travel lifestyle, I consider plane tickets to be investments, but its true that it can be expensive or prohibitive for other folks. National Parks are the greatest bargain we have in the U.S. Hop in a car and go SEE THEM. Flights to Vegas are cheap, so are those deals that include rental cars. Do it! We met more Europeans enjoying our National Parks than Americans.

Need a travel companion? Ask me, I’ll probably go.

Portra 400 // Canon Eos-3 // Richard Photo Lab

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Valencia Spain Portraits, Elopement and Destination Wedding Photographer | Los Jardines de Monforte Anniversary PhotosDecember 8, 2014

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If you are located in Valencia, Spain or nearby area, please be in touch for special pricing. Valencia is a very special place to me and I would be thrilled to document your family and love there.

xo,

Carolyn

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Breathing.November 18, 2014

 

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I am so incredibly blessed. In a way that overwhelms me and stops my breath. I’m healthy, warm, well-fed, well-traveled, I could go on.  As each year of my life passes, my gratitude swells.

Recently, I traveled to Spain to spend time with my best friend and her beautiful, brand new babies (yes! twins!). Life stopped for those 6 days, yet at the same time it sped by and was more saturated. Hours would pass over one cafe table, one carafe of wine. The same time would be spent away from phones, emails, notifications. I napped, yes napped, for the first time in so long.

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Included in those hours were time for reflection and introspection.  And I came to a few conclusions:

- My life is too busy. I’m going to start cutting out what doesn’t matter and focus on what is important.

- My craft as a photographer has been neglected and needs time to grow and be nurtured.

- I miss cooking and eating real, well-made food.

What does this mean?

Until March 1, 2015, I will not be taking on any new photography clients. I will continue to work with families and couples whom with I’ve already schedule sessions or who I have been photographing regularly. 

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Why?

- I want some time to recuperate, reexamine, and grow – so that my business and art can be more of what my clients deserve.

- I want to focus on developing more of the habits and rituals that nourish me and help me stay focused. This ranges from yoga to cooking to regularly updating my budget (oof!)

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What will I be working on?

In particular, I want to improve my work as a film photographer. I want to develop more streamlined and accessible ways to give my clients information before and after their sessions. I am hoping to explore high quality print and heirloom products so that I can expand my print and tangible offerings. There’s some other logistical things. Holidays, a bucket-list dream-worthy trip to Asia, my Master’s program comprehensive exams- to name a few.

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I want to reiterate- If I have a session scheduled with you or if I have been your family’s photographer in the past, our plans for a photo shoot still stand.

xo,

Carolyn

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Pennsylvania Vacation, Cooks Forest Film Photography, Gateway Lodge Cooks Forest | A Mid-Summer RetreatSeptember 3, 2014

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On a recent trip home to Northeast Ohio, Alex and I decided to slip away for a few days. I scoured the web looking for the perfect sleepy town or beach area and settled on Cook’s Forest. We had a few drizzly and cool days there, and I would love to go back. Whether its a quiet place usually or the weekday weather scared some folks away, it seemed at time we had the park to ourselves. Without a doubt our trip was made by our amazing stay at Gateway Lodge.  If you know me well, then you know I evaluate restaurants and properties based on their fireplace contingent. Now this isn’t a simple formula of how many fireplaces but also the quality, use, etc. This place ranks high, let me tell you. Each morning, I would sneak out of bed and sip fresh coffee by a tended fire and read a book.

Fireplace retreat in July!?! Yes, the cool mid-60s weather made this a vacation from summer. These film scans are floating me back.

A bit on the film- I decided to shoot one roll. Yes, 36 frames for a 3 night/4 day vacation. It was perfect. Afterall, I had my Iphone for some instagramming, but I was able to truly be there on hikes and canoe rides with Alex instead of crouching down and taking the 100th shot of a little forest mushroom.

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