Transferring Blog

Good evening! I wrote a post before about slowly transferring my blog over to a new website. The new website will still have the blog but will also include a portfolio so that I can attract more customers. By the end of the year, the blog will be over at the website fully. The new website link is…

Caroline M. Collins Photography

The website is still being edited and some links may transfer you back to this site and some pictures may be missing on old posts, as a result. Until then, get familiar with the site because from now on I am putting new blog posts on the new site.

10 on 10 November

Quick reminder…these 10 on 10 posts are part of a loop of blog posts that are linked.

Last weekend I met up with some Shultz Photo School photographers. We all had a wonderful time. I love being able to geek out with other like minded individuals and especially in one of my favorite cities. The first day we were downtown. We started sunrise along the lake. My train arrived late so I pretty much ran along the lake to get to them at Adler Planetarium. From there we went to Union Station and took pictures. Then we went to a parking garage to get aerial photos of the El tracks and eat lunch. Below you will find photos of the 1st day. My favorite photos were along the lake during blue hour (right before sunrise or right after sunrise).

Here is the link to the following blog post in this loop. Enjoy!

Fall Celebration

Hello! I wanted to dedicate a post to fall. Last week we went to Honey Hill Apple Orchard, Sycamore’s Pumpkin Fest, the Convocation Center’s Halloween Bash and carved a pumpkin. It was a lot of fun. Here are some documentary photos I took of my family.

Honey Hill Apple Orchard

Sycamore’s Pumpkin Fest


Convocation Center’s Halloween Bash

Pumpkin Carving


That’s all for now. Happy Fall!

Why documentary photography and why pay for it?

Why documentary photography?

I remember shortly after my daughter was born, I wrote down in my journal the timeline of events from when I started having labor pains to when she was born. I was in such aw in how everything played out but I knew I was likely to forget several details. Today I am so happy I wrote down my memories because I did forget many of the details despite it being one of the greatest events in my life.

I love documentary photography because it captures not just big events but the small events too. It captures the essence of an event and the personalities of the people participating. You will likely forget many of those things.

Below you will find examples of what I see in my personal documentary photos.

The 1st picture shows me that my daughter loved playing in the rain and the 2nd picture shows she loved riding on a pony and that daddy loved seeing her big smiles. The 3rd picture shows daddy’s love for his daughter by helping his daughter move the big pumpkin she picked out after having picked some apples.


Why pay for someone to take pictures when you can take them yourself?

Well, first off, then YOU will be part of the story. As I write this blog entry, I think about how I wish I were in more of my own photos. Once in awhile I set up the tripod and hop in the scene but not often.

Secondly, you can truly enjoy the event going on. Many times I have put my camera down because I just wanted to be 100% in the moment and not worry about the best lighting or camera angle. I was grateful for people who pulled out their phone and took pictures.
So what say you? Does this sound like something you are interested in? If you are interested, go to my previous log. If you are not interested at this time, look for a future post asking for more calls for sessions. You can also share this blog post through social media. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Call For Mini Sessions

Good morning! From now on, I am focusing on doing documentary photography (if I must put a label on it) and I need subjects other than my beautiful family. What is documentary photography? Non-posed pictures of your BEAUTIFUL and perhaps chaotic life (mine is beautiful & chaotic at least). I want to capture a series of photos for 1 – 2 hours. The session can be centered around a series of activities like crafts, washing dishes, and eating dinner or one event like going to the zoo. Here are a few examples of my own photos I have done:

Blueberry Picking

Brookfield Zoo

4th Of July Traditions

Beauty in Traverse City, Michigan

Here are more examples of potential mini sessions you may want me to do:

  • Any tradition
    • Holiday traditions (carving pumpkins & putting up Halloween decorations, Easter egg dying & going to church, listening to Xmas music while decorating your tree)
  • Morning/afternoon/evening routine
  • A sporting event (if it is a small event)
  • Cooking a special dish w/family or friends
  • A special evening with your significant other
  • Shopping for maternity and baby clothes/items
  • Decorating the baby room
  • Babymoon
  • Birthday
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Snow play and hot chocolate after
  • Attending a festival
  • Game night w/friends while eating comfort food
  • Racking and playing in the leaves

If you are a family, click on the questionnaire below and answer the questions and email them to me. If you are a couple or a single person, please email me at and I have a separate questionnaire for you (I need to see the interest level first). I am currently taking just two sessions right now because that is all I can fit into my time but I will do a call for more people in the future.

Lastly, being that my time is precious, a 1 -2 hour session will cost $50 BUT expect this price to go up fairly quickly in the next few months as I get more and more comfortable doing these sessions. With current sessions, you will get a free download of all of your pics but I encourage everyone to order pictures through my gallery because otherwise, most people won’t order pictures. Then what do you have? A bunch of pictures in cyberspace and not on your wall where you can reminisce about the memories.

Family Questions

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

10 on 10: October 2017

Hello and happy October! I am so happy it is October. Fall is a wonderful season and October is THE month for fall. You may be wondering why this is called 10 on 10. Well, I have joined a group that encourages each other to blog more and one time a month on the 10th, we post 10 of our favorite photos from the past month or from a day. Here are my 10!

I hope you enjoyed all of those photos. Here is a blog you should check out in addition to mine…

Lisa R. Howler

Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful month.

DeKalb County Farm Stroll

A couple of weekends ago my husband and I went on the annual Farm Stroll through University of Illinois Extension. I have wanted to go on this for two years now so I was quite excited. First we went to Waterman Winery. At Waterman Winery we got to go on a personal tour and do a tasting of several wines. Our tour guide was wonderfully kind and informative and he allowed us to taste the grapes straight from the vine. I would love more time in their fields to take more pictures. At the winery they also had some antiques to learn about and rope making. My husband and I made rope and in the picture below you see my husband burning off the extra fibers of the rope. After we bought a couple of bottles of wine, we moved on to Whiskey Acres Distillery.

At Whiskey Acres Distilling Company, we bought a tour and tasting. Our tour guide had quite the sense of humor. He too, is a teacher but also helps out with his family’s farm. I will say that I can appreciate the process that goes into making their spirits, but I will appreciate them from afar. I am still not much of a hard liquor drinker. I just can’t get past the burning sensation in my mouth and throat. 🙂 After the tour we got to taste their three main drinks: vodka, bourbon, and rye. The distillery is unique in that it has the capabilities to go from “seed to spirit”. Another words, they grow their own corn and make their own spirits from that corn. I believe only one other distillery does that in the US. They also experiment with different types of corn, other than dent corn, to make their spirits. Those, however, are limited addition so you need to keep watch for those if you want to try one. Here are some pictures below!

Last but not least, we went to Rock Farms in Kirkland. Here they were selling animal fibers for spinning and making yarn. I was really intrigued by the silk worms she had. She also had alpaca, llama, sheep, goats, and rabbits for fiber and several other animals for other reasons. My husband talked to a guy selling honey there (he is not part of the farm). My husband bought some bees wax from him for blacksmithing and we tasted some of the honey. We brought my daughter along for this trip because I knew she would like the animals.

Well, that was all for the day. I love getting to know local farmers and how they learn to make their products. Their stories are always interesting. If you have a farm stroll in your area, I recommend going on one. Thank you for reading!



Sports Photography For Parents

I started, a few months ago, a course on how to take better pictures of my daughter doing sports. I have been mostly practicing on my family and friends kids. Here are some of my favorite photos so far.

If you are also interested in learning how to take better pictures of your kids in sports, the school I learned from is enrolling soon. UPDATE! Early bird special today, October 6th! Just click on the link below and it will redirect you to the enrollment. 

Shultz Photo School Sports Course

Or if you want to learn to take better pics of your kids, in general, you can click on the following link.

Shultz Photo School Photo Fix

Every since I joined Shultz Photo School in February 2016, my pictures have improved so much. My photos went from the left picture (9/2016) to the right one (2/2017) and YES, you can do the same.

If you are still not sure, you can check out some free tips from the same school at the following link.

Free 7 Part Snackable Course

Just be sure, if you choose to pay for the courses, please use one of the two links above.

Sessions: Engagement Photos

I was given the privileged of taking photos for my friend’s sister who is engaged. It was quite fun! Before the session, I went to Pinterest for ideas and wrote them down so I could use them as a reference. The couple was willing to do everything I asked them and I think they had fun too. We did the photos during the golden hour which brought out some of the fall colors. Here are some of my favorites.

Next time I think I will add more of my style but other than that, I am pretty happy.

Just as a side note, I am in the middle of transferring my website to so forgive me if I am not on here as much.

Photography Struggle: Children Portraits

children portraits

Part of the reason I started to take my photography more seriously was so that I could take better pictures of my daughter and not have to pay for it. I, once again, envisioned something that I thought was going to happen and did not happen. I thought I would be able to get these beautiful portraits of my daughter and she would smile when I asked her too. Looking back at it, once again, I laugh at myself. Very rarely, she actually cared I had a camera in my hands and that I wanted her to look at it. Luckily, I realized that I did not always have to have my daughter looking at the camera. The picture still told a story and documented the beauty of everyday life whether or not I could see her face. Here are some examples of how you can capture your family’s life. Each one of these brings me joy.