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Inspiring Women of North Carolina: Cari Long

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Cari Long

Cari Long credits her father for sparking her passion for photography. When she was younger, he took photos for fun and passed his love for the camera on to her. She enjoyed capturing the beauty of life from behind the lens. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s Cari began thinking about photography as a career path. She wanted more freedom and was sick of working long 9-5 days. So, she attended George Mason in Virginia, where she learned more about the craft. Shortly after, she opened up her first business: Cari Long Photography.

What started as a small studio space in her house has grown into a thriving, well-known Raleigh business. Cari Long Photography mainly focuses on graduation photos, family portraits, and more. In the past 17 years, Cari has formed her own distinct style and fan-base. She has also dove headfirst into the world of boudoir photography.

About 8 years ago, boudoir was becoming more mainstream and there was a demand for female boudoir photographers. Luckily, it came naturally to Cari and Hush Boudoir Photography was born. She loved helping women feel more confident and beautiful in their bodies. Boudoir is for everyone; no matter your age, shape, or size! Cari writes on her website, “All of the women that you see in my portfolio are real women just like you. They are moms, teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, accountants, married, single, engaged, divorced.”

When asked what her favorite part about the job is, Cari said, “showing clients their finished boudoir photos. The reaction’s of the women make the long nights of editing worth it.” She also states that “clients always seem nervous their first time” and “boudoir is often out of their comfort zone” but that people quickly begin to open up. She finds it important to create a laid back, welcoming atmosphere while photographing. During a typical boudoir session, Cari will also help style and pose clients.

Cari Long is a one-woman powerhouse. She shoots, edits, and schedules clients all on her own. There is also a lot of accounting and business work that goes on behind-the-scenes that most people don’t see. Although running two businesses can be tiring, she wouldn’t change it for the world! Her advice to other photographers just starting out would be to “balance your time” and “listen and learn from others”.

If you’re interested in booking a boudoir session with Cari, you can check out her website at and https://hushboudoirphotography.com. Be sure to follow her on social media as well at https://www.instagram.com/hushboudoir/.

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