Spotlight: Caroline Tran


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.

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First, tell us a little about yourself. What is your background, how long have you been a photographer, and what type of photography do you specialize in?

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.

Why did you get into photography, and what inspires you?

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!

Can you give us some insight into your shooting techniques? What are the top 3 most important elements when you shoot film?

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.

Why do you shoot film? Any advice to others?

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!

What are your biggest influences?

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.

Any recent photos, shoots, upcoming projects, or photography plans that you're excited about and would like to share with us?

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.

What's your favorite photo or session you've ever taken on Fujifilm?

OH so many! That's really hard to choose...but off the top of my head, my double exposure.