lotr, wanderlust, beekeeping, the 10th doctor, and ever-changing hair.

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the nerdiest in all the land

photographer for the offbeat

I LOVE love and was born with a camera in my hand (blah blah all the usual photography profile junk). I photograph weddings in Denver, Grand Junction, Ouray, and all over Colorado or anywhere rad people take me. Here are the real important things you probably have been desperate to know. I have a birthmark in my armpit and am a terrible mathematician. What I lack in understanding of complex theories such as Pi (clearly a food item - apple is my favorite) and invisible numbers (if I can't see them why should I care?) I make up for in mad photography skills. 

When I am not being a jerk by taking accidental photos of my own feet, using the word 'honestly' too much, and putting the toilet paper roll on the wrong way (how awful), I enjoy going to movie premiere day showings for nerdy stuff, the 10th Doctor, anything to do with Lord of the Rings, dying my hair purple and basically anything awesome. 

It's my dream to live in a Thomas Kinkade painting. My souldog Opal is my sous chef when I cook (which is never by the way). My basset hound, Rufus, and I howl every single morning tother. It's our special bonding time. I believe wine is like the force; it has a light side a dark side and it holds the universe together. 

Basically, I'm not here to get Instagram likes, fancy photography awards, magazine features or any of that fun stuff. I just love my job and the awesome people I get to photograph. I love to travel, so take me somewhere rad.

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carrie swails

I'm an actual beekeeper, as in I keep real bees in my yard and make honey, so they're pretty important to me. I'm also a gardener and get obsessive about my flowers and huge vegetable garden. I like to grow gigantic pumpkins. That also reminds me that I like to eat food. Now you know for sure I'm a hobbit.

so what is with the bees?

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Not Just a Photographer

I always hate bios that say things like, "I'm a mom, wife..."  because so many people are those things and while it's integral to who I am, those roles don't make me unique. So I'll spare you and just say that I'm a new parent to Howie and here is a picture of us! A role that I do think is really important to mention is that I'm also a third grade teacher! Since 2008 I've been a wedding photographer. For the last decade I've been solely self-employed. It's been a dream, but when I became pregnant I struggled with severe PRE-partum depression. I know, I know. I had never heard of it either. Lucky  for me, the small mountain town I live in found out I have  my teaching license and degree. They hunted me down because they  were in need of teachers (it's hard for us to get teachers where we live). The job was a blessing during a time when I needed something extra to keep my mind busy. I've since found it fits perfectly with my business (weddings in the summer and school in the winter) and I absolutely LOVE and adore the opportunity to do both jobs. While two jobs aren't a necessity for me, both of them are filling different parts of my cup. The whole reason I'm mentioning I'm a teacher is because I know, first-hand, how hard you all work for your kids, how much you love and adore them, and how much our country does not show their value of teachers by paying them what they are worth. So, if you're a teacher - be sure to  shoot me an email and let me know when you inquire. Fellow teachers get a DISCOUNT! You'll just need to include a photo of your current teacher ID. 

My Muggle Life

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a photographer's travels

a scratch off map of my favorite places (click each place to find out why)

california

Disney + Beaches

colorado

= Home

florida

Disney, Beaches, Harry Potter

england + ireland

Harry Potter, LOTR, Downton Abbey, English Gardens

norway

= Former Home

france

= Wine

australia

= Wine, Food, Beaches

new zealand

Wine, LOTR

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the light side

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- travel
- new zealand
- tattoos
- comic con
- wearing a costume
- elopements
- my little pony high top sneakers
- the 10th doctor
- sunday mimosas
- sauvignon blanc from new zealand
- unicorns
- second breakfast
- michelle obama's arms

the dark side

- spiders
- when there is no guacamole
- copying pinterest photos
- onions when they're cooked
- being lactose intolerant
- fake people
- donald trump
- steak
- waking up to an alarm
- sharing leftover indian takeout
- wedding shenanigans with garters
- rules
- gazebos

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