>> to prove i’m not winging it

Hey, I’m Carolyn! If you’re looking for a place to read a bunch about me, this would be it. I always find these pages a bit awkward to read, but I can tell you that they’re even more awkward to write. That being said, let’s get immediately into the awkwardness so that it’s over quickly. Here is a summary of all of my parts:

BORN IN: Pittsburgh, PA

LIVES IN: Durham, NC

IS IT CAROLYN OR CAROLINE: It’s Carolyn (“kair-uh-lin”… rhymes with gin)


SURPRISING HEIGHT: 4’10 (I may bring a ladder to your shoot)


BACKGROUND: Elementary Education


BEST MOVIE WITH BATS: Tie between The Lost Boys and What We Do in the Shadows

HOW MANY CATS: Geoff did not want them to outnumber us, but 3

SIDE GIG: Sewing dolls over at @familiardolls

HOW MANY HOUSEPLANTS: Definitely outnumbering us

HOBBIES: Sewing, travel, piano, Halloween enamel pin collecting, painting, digital art, keeping plants alive and then accidentally killing them, ukulele, home improvement, deck sitting, eating cheese, asking to watch a scary movie and then watching it through my hands


MUSICAL GENRE APPRECIATION: Always and forever 90s alternative, indie, dad/yacht rock, emo, historical middle school background in punk and ska

MARRIED TO: Geoff (It’s just pronounced “Jeff” you guys)

OFTEN SEEN WEARING: Mismatching prints, black, Halloween shirts in June

And there you have it – that’s me in a nutshell. Photography speaking, I’m entirely self-taught since picking up my parents’ Polaroid and precariously carrying it while cruising around in diapers. It was a long-time hobby of mine which I honed alongside several photography major friends in college. During this time I went through many photography phases such as “taking way too many pictures of your cats”, “artsy photos of rusting things in fields”, and “posting a cringeworthy amount of selective color photos to Flickr”. I was quite proud of myself. But, through these embarrassing phases I did improve significantly, and in 2008, after a brief stint of teaching after graduation, I left behind my elementary ed background and started Carolyn Scott Photography.

I then embarked on what would turn out to be a 10+ year career as a wedding photographer with my husband Geoff that would span many states and several countries. We took part in a New Orleans second line, met Flavor Flav in the Rochester airport at 5am, stepped into knee-high sink holes during North Carolina hurricane weddings on farms. But, after we realized we were suddenly in our mid-30s and hadn’t had a weekend in 10 years where we could utilize our pool membership, Geoff and I decided to retire from wedding photography. In 2019, Geoff went back into his full-time job of software engineering in an entirely Star Wars themed home office and I transitioned into full-time portrait photography, which was then immediately ruined by the pandemic. But after a long time of sitting at home, I was thrilled to return to my photography business in 2022 and to reunite with all my old clients who graciously welcomed me back with open arms.

Today, my portrait business focuses solely on documentary family photography. With my background in elementary ed, I love working with families because their small children can tell me facts about sharks and I’m genuinely excited about it. Kids are hilarious, and working with them brings a great dose of humor and joy to my life. I also love looking through old photos of my own family at home, analyzing outfits and hairdos, remembering our old furniture and pets, and seeing the genuine faces of love between all of us. Through photography, I hope to give this gift of love mixed with total embarrassment to another young adult someday. The documentary aspect of my family work speaks a great deal to me as my own favorite family photographs are ones that aren’t staged, but show my parents interacting with my sister and I in a real, genuine way (whether they look juuuust a little annoyed with us or not is beside the point).

So – that’s it. That’s all I can think of. If you have any other pressing questions or want to book me for a shoot, please reach out and say hello. You can also follow me on social media (where I still take an absurd amount of pictures of my cats and use too many emojis). In closing, I have always wanted to have a client just like you. Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my client?

I haven't responded because there are no words. So I'll use emojis: 😥😍😥😍 - me, reading the blog post ❤️🙌🔥💯 - my thoughts on the photos. In short, we love you and you are amazing and we are in Colorado on vacation while our house is at risk of flooding and the only things we took out of the house for safe-keeping before we left were all the pictures y'all have taken of us and Cam's first birthday guest book. You have documented our little family from right after Cam came home from the hospital to the wild toddler he is now. We cherish the photos you've taken of us and consistently get compliments on how wonderful our family pictures are. So, yeah, super grateful for you as friends and photographers.
Cat + Mitchell Nelson
Spark Notes version: Carolyn is who you want to take your picture. Long version: My husband and I have had the pleasure of being photographed by Carolyn on multiple occasions and time and time again, she shows up in a big way. She's a real deal professional that thinks through every detail so you don't have to, and then photographs you in a way that's more fun, less awkward. We've fallen in love with her unmistakable style, creative eye, and the beautiful pictures that we can always count on her to deliver -- not to mention the bonus of her friendship. We owe many Instagram likes and gallery wall compliments to her! Thanks Carolyn :)
Sarah Robb
Even though I follow you on multiple social media platforms, I somehow don’t get sick of you. Impressive.
Anna totten
CAROLYN!!!!!! I mean really! What more can I say about your creativity!!! You have got to be sh*$#!g me, these pictures are exactly what I envisioned them to be. I'm really trying hard to cut down on my swearing but I'm too excited to use any other words as I look through these pictures. I feel like riding down Franklin St. with my windows down blasting my Lil Wayne cd cuz I feel like the s#*t right now! I don't think Kenny will be joining me but he is as pleased as I am. I love love love you. Thank you for putting up with us...you rock! I'm going to think of another reason for us to take more pictures, lol.
Valerie + Kenneth Stafford
Carolyn is professional, approachable, and full of life! Let me also add that she is such a joy to work with from start to finish. I could tell that she loves her work from her thoughtful and organized website to her prompt correspondence via email and the smile she wears as she met us as her new clients for the first time. She captured the sweetest and most loving pictures of my family. I adore her lifestyle approach to family portraits as she does not stage you and allows you to be your full self in photos. I can proudly say that these are my favorite pictures of all time! I highly recommend that you have Carolyn take your professional photos!!! She is THE best!
Flare Brown
We had a blast with you and just spent some time pouring over the photos in the gallery and they are amazing. It didn't feel like anything super special was happening during the shoot but then *poof*, magic. You caught so many great moments that we will treasure! Thank you so much for capturing where we are in life right now in such a tender, playful way. You're the best!
Elaine Newell