Caroline Tran is an internationally published wedding, portrait, and commercial photographer. Her work can be seen on the cover of books and magazines, and in various print publications. She speaks, mentors, and teaches, while balancing being a mom to two young boys.
STYLE ME PRETTY
I was a high school physics teacher yearning to do something more creative. I started my business in 2007 while still teaching and fully transitioned to running my business full time by 2009, specializing in weddings, baby/family portraits, and boudoir. Since then, I now am also a lifestyle photographer creating content for commercial clients.
I am inspired by light and by stories. I love telling stories! I love connecting with people. It’s such an incredible honor to document my clients’ stories and biggest milestones. I am humbled that clients invite me into their lives, allowing me to photograph their most intimate moments. I have some clients who I've been photographing for over 10 years now. It's amazing seeing and documenting their growth!
1. If you want an ethereal look, expose for the shadows. Film loves light!
2. Lighting can make or break an image. Bad light can make an otherwise great shot mediocre, and great light can make an otherwise ordinary photo extraordinary. It’s all about light!
3. Know your exposure. Practice being a human light meter so that exposure is something you do without thinking, allowing you to focus on other things, such as your connection to your subject.
1. It retains highlights better than digital most of the time, which is important for those who want the more light & airy look.
2. I love the process of shooting film. I love the slower pace. I feel a deeper connection to each frame.
3. The creamy bokeh!
Life, relationships, and legacy. I often ponder what legacy I will leave behind, and what legacy I am helping each of my clients document. My clients’ stories greatly influence my work.
I’m working on launching my new educational site where I will be putting out lots of content about shooting and running a photography business. Keep an eye out for www.carolinetraneducation.comthis month.
I'm also putting together a fun shoot for my upcoming course, Pick Up Points, where I plan to shoot lots of 400h. I will be showing how I direct couples for genuine moments.
OH so many! That's really hard to choose...but off the top of my head, my double exposure.