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

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the nerdiest in all the land

my very official sounding media bio

Carrie Swails is a wedding photographer and a third-grade teacher. She has been photographing nerdy, costumed, offbeat weddings and educating photographers through blogging, mentoring, speaking engagements, and more for close to a decade.

Carrie has owned many businesses in her career as an entrepreneur including Photography Awesomesauce, Rock Your Weird, Colorado Gif Booth, Social Justice for Creatives, and Made in the Lab. During its time, Photography Awesomesauce helped over 9.5 million readers with marketing and other aspects of owning a photography business. After working many years to conquer LGBTQ+ equality in her wedding photography business, Carrie started educating other photographers about diversity and inclusion. These facets are central to her business and she loves to help educators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, teachers, educators, and pretty much anyone who is ready for it to redefine normal as diverse and inclusive.

Carrie is based in Colorado and is a huge advocate for racial and LGBTQ diversity in the wedding industry. She loves photographing any weddings that are out of the ordinary. Carrie's busy career path as an entrepreneur and her business advice, speaking engagements, and photography have been featured in places like the Bokeh Podcast, The Art of Six Figures, Photo Field Notes, Entrepreneur.com, Offbeat Bride, The BLINK Conference, Six Figure Photography, Rangefinder Magazine, and countless others.

Carrie has a partner with a world-famous guacamole recipe, a pretty damn cute baby, too many dogs, and is a lifetime Tolkien nerd. She believes wine is like the force; it has a light side and a dark side and holds the universe together. She’s also a keen lover of unicorns, second breakfast, and Michelle Obama’s arms.”

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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 or Teacher

My Muggle Life

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a Photographer and Teacher'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

things I like

things I don't like

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