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my somewhat less official bio

Hi, I'm Carrie and I photograph offbeat weddings for anyone celebrating in a non-traditional way. When I took my business full time back in 2012, I started a little blog called Photography Awesomesauce. What I didn't know then was how much it would change my business. Over 9.5 million people have visited the website and learned from it. The journey from lowly photographer to blogger, speaker, and educator has been an amazing one, but it's also one that's tough to stop when you have a degree in teaching. This is the place where you'll find a lot of my basic courses and information that's become popular over the years.

Even though Photography Awesomesauce is archived now, my journey has led me to an amazing place in Feminist Disrupted, where I get to educate business owners on social justice issues - something I abso-lutely love! Check it out and while you're here explore the courses, free stuff, and downloads!

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carrie swails

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my very official sounding media bio

Carrie Swails is a wedding photographer and co-owner of Social Justice for Creatives. She's also the founder of Photography Awesomesauce and has owned several busi-nesses over the years. She has been photographing nerdy, costumed, offbeat wed-dings and speaking and educating creatives and photographers for close to a decade.

Carrie has owned many businesses in her career as an entrepreneur including Pho-tography Awesomesauce, Rock Your Weird, Colorado Gif Booth, Social Justice for Creatives, and Made in the Lab. In its time, Photography Awesomesauce helped over 9.5 million readers with marketing and other aspects of owning a photography busi-ness. After working many years to conquer LGBTQ+ equality in her wedding photog-raphy business, Carrie started Social Justice for Creatives. Activism and awareness of social justice issues have always been central to business for Carrie as a wedding photographer. Social Justice for Creatives helps educators, entrepreneurs, creatives and industry leaders redefine normal as diverse and inclusive.

Carrie is based in Colorado and is a huge advocate for racial and LGBTQ diversity in the wedding industry. She loves photographing any weddings that are out of the ordi-nary. Carrie's busy career path as an entrepreneur and her business advice, speaking engagements, and photography have been featured in places like the Bokeh Podcast, The Art of Six Figures, Entrepreneur.com, Offbeat Bride, The BLINK Conference, Six Figure Photography, and countless others.

Carrie has a husband with a world famous guacamole recipe, too many dogs and is a lifetime Tolkien nerd. She believes wine is like the force; it has a light side and a dark side and holds the universe together. She’s also a keen lover of unicorns, second breakfast and Michelle Obama’s arms.”

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mentoring

Disclaimer: Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you love them and buy something I get a kick back.

"Carrie, You Seem Cool! Let’s Have Coffee! "

One of the things I get told most via email is, "You seem so cool. I love your work. I'm in Colora-do and I'd love to meet up for coffee!"

The truth is, I am SUPER cool and my photos could be worse. I’m also incredibly humble. How-ever, when I say I live in the super remote mountains of Colorado - I mean remote. I live about 90 miles from the closest grocery store in state. Which means I can't get to coffee or wine hangouts very easily. I wish I could!

Time becomes more valuable than ever when you live so far from daily necessities and spend a good deal of time traveling. As such, I’m very realistic about my availability to mentor or meet everyone to hang out. It may not seem like it, but this introvert loves every second of being at home in my pajamas and a beanie. Those moments are few and far between for me these days and I'm prioritizing balancing time for myself, my family, and time for living life while running too many businesses. I've failed a lot at it in the past.

If you're positive I'm the right person to mentor you and would love to meet for coffee or wine, shoot me an email and I can send you my mentoring prices - and we can totally have coffee or wine via Skype while we talk shop and my dogs run around in the background!

I never recommend something unless I truly love it. 

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social justice for creatives

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I’m on a mission to help creatives start incorporating diversity and inclusion in business; and start using their influence to amplify the voices and representation of marginalized communities. I believe photographers have an essential role in changing the narrative and re-defining what nor-mal looks like through our work. We can use our toolset as photographers to help showcase marginalized communities and voices. With that in mind, I started a business called Social Jus-tice for Creatives. It’s here to help all creative entrepreneurs and industry leaders on first becom-ing more aware of the importance of diversity and inclusion strategies in business. It offers free online courses on topics like allyship, unconscious bias, writing inclusive mission statements, intersectional feminism, cultural appropriation, LGBTQ+, creating safe spaces, and biased lan-guage. The best part is that all these tools are free for creatives.