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Daily Inspiration: Meet Cara Noelani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cara Noelani. 

Hi Cara, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Being creative is an integral part of my life, and photography has been a passion of mine that has followed me since childhood. My love for photography sparked in high school when I took my first photo class, and I haven’t put the camera down since. Though I’m a Midwestern girl at heart, my affinity for travel has taken me all over the world and influenced how I see it. I’ve lived in Japan and traveled throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. I made the move to Colorado in 2018 for a fresh start and to follow my dreams of being a professional photographer. I began my journey by photographing local concerts and dance performers around Denver. These opportunities helped me pinpoint the aspects of photography that genuinely drive my creativity – connection and storytelling. This realization then leads me to the wedding industry. What better way to capture honest connections between people and tell a beautiful story through images than a wedding celebration? For me, the most inspiring part of being a wedding and portrait photographer is watching how people light up when they see themselves portrayed as a unique work of art. A picture is truly worth a thousand words. Images allow us to relive a fleeting moment, remember loved ones, and give us a different perspective on ourselves and the world around us. 

Since moving to Colorado, I have formed Cara Noelani Photos LLC and photographed over 50 weddings in 2021 alone. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to provide creative couples and individuals with an unforgettable experience and leave them with timeless images that spark joy each time they revisit them. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There are times where things feel easy and times where things are challenging. When things feel easy, I use that time to explore new ideas, and I try to take the challenges as an opportunity to learn. As a creative professional, the biggest struggle for me is comparing myself to other creatives. With so many talented people out there, it can be difficult to stay focused on your path and allow yourself the chance to improve in your own time. Everyone has to overcome their obstacles to get to where they are now. We are our own worst critics, so I strive to keep a positive and forward-thinking outlook on my work and business evolution. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a wedding and portrait photographer for laid-back people. I am a photographer who turns memories into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. I enjoy capturing love and connection in real-time; The in-between moments, the extra-long hugs, and the dance moves you only pull out after one too many. I believe in creating an unforgettable experience by focusing on the essence and spirit of the people in front of my lens and telling a story that is unique to them. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
There’s a quote from Thomas Jefferson that says, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”When I decided to pursue photography full-time and dedicate myself to succeeding, that’s when things started falling into place. Without a clear goal and an intention to reach it, I think many opportunities that I perceived as lucky wouldn’t have been presented to me or I wouldn’t have been ready to act upon them. I believe that intentional actions are what lead us to lucky opportunities and put us in the right place at the right time. 

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Cara Noelani Photos LLC

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