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.

Brookfield Zoo


My daughter and I went to the zoo a few weekends ago. I think her favorite parts were the Ape House and the Merry-Go-Round. She gets so excited she laughs sometimes and it is adorable. I wish I recorded her excitement on video. We were inside buildings a lot so I didn’t get a whole lot of photos. 

My Friend the Golden Hour


Lately, I feel like my pictures have been really good but then I noticed one thing in common with most of them. They were taken during the golden hour. What is the golden hour? The golden hour is the hour (roughly) after sunrise or before sunset. That hour has been very kind to my ability to get good shots. That is why I have labeled this post “My Friend the Golden Hour”.

Admittedly, I really did not like the golden hour when I first started photographing during it. I was not a fan of the orange color I was getting in my photos but then I started noticing how the sun’s color changes as it gets lower in the sky. Right about at that hour mark, the sun is more of a gold yellow and as it gets lower in the sky it turns more orange or orange red. I think the key for me is to shoot that first twenty or thirty minutes of the hour. That is MY ideal light. Your ideal light may be different. Here are a few photos I have been able to capture. Feel free to post some of your favorite golden hour pictures.


Important Questions For Photographers

pin10Yesterday, I was talking to my husband about photography. He read my post about black and white edits and reminded me of some of the most important questions a photographer should be asking themselves…

What am I trying to capture?

What sort of feeling do I want in this photo?

Here are a couple of examples. In the first picture, I am trying to capture the excitement my daughter had of seeing her father. In the second photo I am capturing how tiny my daughter is compared to the rest of the world.

Admittedly, sometimes I don’t realize what I captured until after the photo was taken. For a long time I knew I liked the photo below but I did not know why until recently.The photo shows how delicate nature is and the relationship my daughter has to it.


I often find myself blindly taking a photo and not stepping back and asking myself why I am taking the photo. I think for the rest of the week I will make it my goal to ask myself, “What am I trying to capture in this moment?” Maybe you can join me in this challenge and let me know how you do.

All About Me

pin11.jpgI am going to start by introducing myself. I am a mother and a wife. I live in semi-rural northern Illinois. I enjoy many hobbies. Knitting and photography are my current major hobbies. I am usually a quieter person. I try to remain positive about life. I love nature. I do meditate and use mindfulness occasionally. I love goal setting. I am trying to find my photography style.  I am currently doing three photography projects. One is a letter with photos to my daughter once a month. The other two are prompted 365 projects. I am a member of Shultz Online Photo School. I have no clue where my photography journey will take me.

I started taking photos a long time ago. I think my first camera was a hot pink camera where I had to attach the one time use flash cube. If you do not know what that looks like, look it up. I find it funny when I compare that to the cheap cameras of today. I do not know why exactly I wanted to take photos back then. I guess I just wanted to capture life, which is some of my favorite type of photos today. I love capturing the simplicity of my daughter stacking blocks or the expression of my daughter’s face as she stares off into the distance with those big brown eyes.

No matter, I would periodically use a camera. I decided to buy a DSLR in college. I saw my sister had one and I knew I wanted one too. I bought it around 2010. I took one photo class at a local college but did not learn too much. I used the automatic setting all the way up until 2016. I started taking classes with Shultz Photo School and learned to use manual through them. I continue to learn about photography through Shultz Photo School but also through Craftsy, Bethadilly, Creative Live, Click It Up a Notch, books, and magazines. I really enjoy learning, especially when I am in control of what I learn and at what pace.

I hope with this blog I can inspire others to find an outlet for their creativity and I also want this blog to show my progression as a photographer. My first few photos may not look too amateur (or maybe they do) but bare in mind I have been taking online classes for nearly a year now. Happy clicking!