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Are you headed to the pumpkin patch with friends or family soon? Here are 8 tips to help you get the best photos to document your time together: Place your subject with their back to the sun so their face has a nice, soft, even light created from the shade.  2. While taking the traditional […]

I was just voted one of The 5 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Cincinnati by Peerspace! The article below features one of my senior crew portraits with the most kind review that includes sentences such as: “Using her bright-white editorial style, Carolyn Bowles produces breathtaking images.” • “She easily makes this list of our top Cincinnati […]

This past weekend was our community’s Homecoming parade, football game, and high school dance. While we hosted lots of events at our home (love a good constant flow of people!), one of my favorites was the getting-ready party we had for my daughter, her friends, and their moms. Once I had the idea to serve […]

  Last week I was interviewed on how to take great pictures of kids by blogger Kelley from Happy Healthy Kids. I started my photography business in 2007 and it’s fun to share some of the knowledge I’ve acquired along the way to help parents take great photos of their own kids. I hope it inspires […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s one of my favorite holidays. This past weekend we celebrated as a family with cheese and chocolate fondues, game night, and movies. We stayed in and made special Valentines for the kids to hand to friends and teachers in school. And I surprised my husband with a special sugar spoon for […]

Growing up, I have always loved Halloween. Perhaps it was that my birthday comes close after the holiday. Or maybe it’s the cool, crisp time of year that just feels so festive. And yes, it could very well be that I simply adore candy! But whatever the reason, now, as a grown-up, I still love […]

This past week my professional print lab said how much they loved one of my photos as it was being printed. As a result, it’s now the pick of the day at their company today! So, I thought I’d share the sweet image here for all to see. If you’d like to check it out, […]

Thank you to all my blog readers for being patient with my lack of posts this past winter. I have been away spending extra time and attention on my own family, which has been a wonderful blessing. I am grateful to all my wonderful clients (who are all moms too), friends, and family for granting […]

This summer I moved my studio office to a new room in my home, and just love the freshly updated space. I wanted the room to be clean, functional, organized, and fun. It’s still a work-in-progress as more artwork is to be hung on the walls, hardwood floors to be installed on the floors, and […]

I have been very quiet on the blog lately as I have been doing some summer travels and busy creating memories with my own family. Of course while I absolutely love documenting special moments for families year-round, I have taken a little break to spend extra time with my kids and husband. It has been […]

I believe every family deserves photos they'll forever love and a top-notch photography experience. I'm grateful to be able to deliver both! With my artistic eye and genuine care for people, I create a relaxed portrait experience that leads to joyful and authentic images. It's an honor to document a family's story in this way and to provide artwork that will be treasured today and years to come. 

I love photography, 
but I love people more.

Organic lipstick, taco nights, espresso drinks, skinny jeans, loving Jesus, my big smile, birthday cakes, Coco Chanel perfume, and traveling the globe with my husband and three girls.



When we first meet, I'll most likely give you a big hug. So, this is my virtual hug to you. Come on over to Instagram where you'll catch stuff going on behind-the-scenes, my fave coffee shops, latest portrait work, and lots of fun inspiration.