ABOUT CARINA

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1. I'm an identical twin.

2. I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Cheez-Its.

3. I was never the greatest athlete, so lawn games are the closest I get to organized athletics.

4. Gin & tonics are my poison of choice.

5. Palm Springs is my home away from home.

6. I love Disneyland, Harry Potter, Pixar, board games and other various marvels from my 10-year-old self.

7. My favorite day of the week is Monday. Fresh start, new ideas, it really is the best day when you love what you do.

8. Dogs. All breeds, shapes, sizes. Even the weird, ugly ones hold a special place in my heart. If I wasn't doing photography, I'd be teaching or running a dog rescue (with my sister!).

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Somewhere between constantly begging my parents to allow us to redecorate our room and carefully cutting out and creating collages of disposable camera film & magazine clippings, I realized I wanted to be an artist. What kind? I wasn't sure. But I went on to take those IB art classes because they looked fun and I painted when I was bored. In my mind, none of it really mattered because it didn't hold any weight — I couldn't POSSIBLY make a career out of this. 

Fast forward a couple of years and I went on to study graphic design at the University of Washington, where after realizing I could only stand to format my biology papers in InDesign and spent more time choosing typefaces & images for my history presentations than actually writing them, it began to stick. I could totally do this for a living... I think I have to do this for a living.

I graduated in one of the worst recessions, but was lucky enough to plant my butt at a local design studio in Seattle. I spent years creating work for other brands before I ever considered my own. I picked up a camera in 2012 out of the sheer curiosity of the art. To be truthful, the months that followed were filled with awful photoshop filters and mediocre imagery, but it taught me that there was a part of my inner artist I'd never actually explored. Soon enough, it felt like the most natural next step, so I put in my notice at work and dove headfirst into the world of portrait & wedding photography. To say I hadn't looked back since wouldn't be true. I look back all the time, but it serves as a nice reminder where my foundation came from — that 12 year old who worked her hiney off and liked to draw, and really, really wanted to make a career out of it.

Now, I've been running this business for 5 years and lucky to call Seattle my home base. I married the love of my life in September 2015 and we reside in West Seattle with our fur-child, Rosco.

On a personal level, I would describe myself as an outgoing introvert. I love people, I crave relationship & collaboration, but I also deeply cherish the quieter days where I can recharge. I’m not quick to judge and feel I have an innate ability to read people. I truly enjoy interacting with different personalities and find that photography has been a vehicle in letting me get unique peek into a multitude of lives, minds, & relationships. Weddings in particular fill up this tank and it’s why I’m so passionate about what I do.

Image above by Lauren Apel.