Author Archives: Caroline

holman ranch wedding (niki + nick are married!) – carmel valley wedding photographers

Well hello, hello. If it isn’t May 2016! The past 2.5 months have been especially nuts-o for team woodnote, and blogging seemed to be the first thing to go. So, we’ve decided to blog 3 days a week all month! Are you ready for this? We’re going to unleash some serious levels of backlogged gorgeousness, […]

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woodnote wedding albums [what to do with your 700 wedding images]

(Have a look! example of steph + adrian’s wedding day album, a renaissance soho album with the cover material in tribeca leather cement.) Your wedding day has come and gone.. the food has been eaten and the dances have been danced. Eight weeks of newlywed life have zipped by, and then, your portfolio arrives! Second best […]

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rancho dos pueblos wedding (andrea + tanner are married!) – santa barbara wedding photographers


Before the wedding images begin, a little PSA: Today is a bit of a special day in Woodnoteland. Today is the sixth anniversary of this blog. Whoa, right? We’ve been shooting weddings since 2009, and on this day in 2010, we shared our very first post on the world wide web. We feel pretty sentimental and grateful […]

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how to visit cuba as an american in 2016: our first adventure of the new year

Well hello, hello.. if it isn’t 2016 and the first blog post of the New Year! I realize we’re putting two travel posts back to back, and the DRCongo and Cuba are gonna be quite different, but we’ve had so many people writing to us with Cuba questions that this post just can’t wait..! So […]

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February 18, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Caroline Hi, Rosie! I think it is pretty relaxed at this point, so you shouldn’t need to get a visa to go. Keep checking on things before you go, as things change a lot during transitional phases, but I’d say you’re good to go. Enjoy!

February 18, 2016 - 5:02 pm

Caroline Hi, Sezgi! I used a Canon 5D Mk III and a 24-70mm along with a 35mm. The 50mm will probably be perfect for you, though! What a gorgeous lens. Have a great time :)

February 6, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Rosie Hi Caroline,

Thank you so much for sharing this information, it’s so helpful! I’ve dreamed of going to Cuba for as long as I can remember and this post has really lit a fire under my butt. How would I go about getting a journalistic license? Do you think Instagram posts will count if I don’t have an actual blog?? Thank you again!! Your photographs are GORGEOUS and really capture the people and the soul of Havana! xo

February 3, 2016 - 5:45 pm

Sezgi Olgac Hi Caroline! I will be in Cuba in March and I’m super excited about this. Thank you for this amazing post which is very helpful in many ways. I absolutely love all the photos! I was wondering which camera and lens/lenses you used there? I’m thinking about changing my gear (Canon 650D + 50 mm 1.8) and I’d love to hear your favorites. Thanks in advance!

February 2, 2016 - 11:25 am

Caroline Hi, Erika! So glad to hear you’re gonna make it to Cuba! You will love it. $150/day does include lodging, but not at a swanky hotel.. only at a Casa Particular. Meals are around 8-11 CUC$ each, but you can find rad little shops that the locals go to where you’ll get a very simple sandwich for about 2 CUC$. Beer and other cocktails are divine.. around 3 CUC$ each, and the sangria was always my fave! xx

February 1, 2016 - 8:29 pm

Erika Oh! One thing I forgot to ask- does that $150 per day you suggest include lodging? Also, how much would you say your average meal cost? Typical beer? Was there good street food? (Ok, so I have a few questions…)

February 1, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Erika Thank you SO much for sharing this! I’ve been dying to go to Cuba for years and will hopefully make it there this you. You provided so many answers to questions I wouldn’t have even thought to ask! Thanks again.

January 25, 2016 - 8:55 am

Cuba Travel Tips for Americans from Woodnote Photography – Anne Sage […] with a spring in their step, a zillion gorgeous photos on their memory cards, and a slew of useful Cuba travel tips for […]

justice rising in the democratic republic of congo: the peace movement

I’ve been in major stall mode with this blog post. Every time I go to write it, I end up a weepy mess and decide to try again later. Since it is the last day of 2015, the time is now.. so here goes, tears and all. Earlier this year, in the middle of summer […]

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