Cari Nolte Photography | About

My full time job is being a mama to my two amazing boys.  I do photography around their schedule when I can.  ***In case you're curious as to why I'm not accepting many sessions, my youngest son has had heath issues that haven't fully resolved.  I only accept past clients or people who know me in case something comes up and I need to cancel on short notice.  I would hate for new clients to mistake that for flakiness.  I am, however, completely awful with communication...I'm bad at texting, emailing and voicemails, so I apologize ahead of time.  

I love a genuine laugh, a happy smile, a proud brother/sister looking at their sibling...those are the moments I live for.  My goal is to create an image that you see on your wall daily and smile.  Photography helps you remember happy times.  I look at the photos on my wall EVERY SINGLE day.  

*** More about me and my philosophy:
I graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a BA in Fine Art Photography. I learned on film cameras and was even able to print color film photos, which laid the ground work for the way I work now.  Digital photography was still new when I was in college, so everything I've learned in Lightroom and Photoshop have been self taught.  I worked as a cocktail waitress and bartender throughout college.  Once I graduated, opening a business wasn't feasible so I became a customer service representative then accountant assistant at a medical goods company.  
I've always loved photography, since I was a child. Yearbook was one of my favorite classes in school. I tried several different majors in college, but my mom encouraged me to follow my passion. So, I changed my major to Fine Art Photography and didn't look back.

It wasn't until I had my first child that I picked my camera back up. My husband and I took our son to a studio when he was a couple months old to get his photos taken. We received the photos and they didn't even look like him! They had a "cheap" price to get us in the door, but then everything else was outrageous...for photos that were rigid, and not edited...they didn't care about making a product that was unique or if he smiled or really anything. They plopped him down, snapped 20 photos and that was that. I left with a newfound determination. I was going to relearn the things I had forgotten in the years I'd been out of school. I was going to teach myself Photoshop. I was going to take my son's photos.

After I got the hang of my camera again and an understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop, I started volunteering as a second shooter for weddings.  What's better than hands on learning?  I did that for several years before I started booking my own, I would live with incredible guilt if I ruined someone's wedding!  

So now, years later, I've learned what I'm good at...and what I'm not.