"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."
Hi! My name is Caroline, but everyone including all of my family call me Olin. In fact, I didn’t even know my name was Caroline until I entered first grade. I was born in Indonesia, moved to Singapore when I was 8 and then finally to America when I was 17. I am a photographer, designer, daughter, life partner, business woman, dog mother and friend.
In my teens, I was completely miserable and did everything a miserable teen would. Ultimately, I found out through many years of discovery that happiness is attainable and truly a personal choice. Today I focus on the things and people that make me happy and continuing to learn more about life. I believe in beauty, gratitude, compassion and kindness.
I also found out that one of the secrets to happiness is being authentically myself. My boyfriend says I don’t have a filter. I am attracted to people who are unabashedly themselves and women with soul and grit.
I am also a chronic Hepatitis B patient, being born with it. Today I manage my illness with my diet and lifestyle and a great nutritionist and amazing specialist.
Some of the things that make me happy are french fries, dogs, travel, my creativity and photography and my family. These are some of the things that I blog about. Occasionally, I also write for the Huffington Post. Yes, I am lucky to have such a great life.
I have many passions and interests, just like anyone. So I decided to have this website to house them all. Thank you for spending some time with me on my site, and I hope to hear about your story, I’m just an email away.
Travel, hearing the people I love laugh, the after yoga feeling, Pinterest, fashion, picnics, typography, naughty dogs and dog training, the sea, dog agility, modern art, dancing, accessories, design, jet skiing, zombies, photography, really good books, soul moving poetry, the color gray, Netflix, and FOOD! I am however a gluten free pesca vegan because of health reasons. Wow that’s a mouthful. My friends have told me that my spirit animal is the mountain climbing goat. I love happiness, finishing a jigsaw puzzle, basking in the sunlight, jumping in bed with fresh, warm sheets, cooking for my family, cuddles from my boyfriend, his son's laughter and his daughter’s freckles. I love my dogs: Milou, Mango, Moqui, Meatball, Tito Mojito, Malice and Mayhem. I love people, I love romance, I love the connection between two people, I love learning about life, I love creating a home and family out of my friends, I love hearing people’s stories, I love humanity, I love to hear what drives people. Most of all, I love love.
Sushi, oh Sushi. Uni, Ankimo, to die for mac and cheese! My boyfriend’s paella and risotto. Almost anything on Smitten Kitchen and Minimalist Baker. Pushkins Bakery sandwiches. Sugar Plum Bakery samoa donuts. Acai fruit bowls and I make the best bourbon vegan banana bread! Indonesian food, fried tempe, durian. French fries, any day, every day
Spending time on my yoga mat daily, cooking new (to me) vegan dishes, the color pink, disco balls and entrepreneurship. Connecting with good soul-ed women. Photographing women creatives and entrepreneurs doing what they do best.
Brene Brown, Marianne Williamson, Leo Buscaglia, Pablo Neruda, Wayne Dyer, James Nachtwey, Robert Frank, my father and my grandfather
Tito Mojito, Mayhem and Malice. They're my sweethearts!
To me fashion is an extension of my art and creativity. I love dressing up in different styles, it’s like having different costumes. I believe in wearing a big tulle skirt when I am having a bad day, tulle will always make anyone smile! Sequins when you want to feel a little glam. Everyone can use a little sequin in their lives!
I am a split between the understated, minimalist black and ease of All Saints and the magical, oh so feminine style of Carolina Herrera. However can I choose?
New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Bali, Japan... my wanderlust takes me everywhere!
My dogs, the sunlight, good books, Indonesian food, a made bed, a clean room, my peeps, my art, a warm sweater, the camera on my iPhone.
Reading soul nourishing books, enjoying spontaneous moments in life, dog cuddles, baking for my family, good dates with the boyfriend, hiking and breathing, yoga, the eightfold path, watching the ocean, finding beautiful random light and capturing my life with my camera and eyes.
Going cross country in a car with no destination in mind. Travelling together. Reading non fiction books. And eating Durian, I swear, it’s so good!
My art and creativity, my work, my dogs, family, mother, sunshine, friends, improving myself and being a person I am proud of
Caroline is an award winning wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer based in Northern California. She is originally from Indonesia and grew up in Singapore before settling in San Francisco. Her studio, Milou + Olin Photography, is always open and always awesome! It’s there where you’ll find her hard at work with best puppy friends. When she’s not there, she’s frequently photographing weddings and happy people all over the world. Or eating her way through a new adventure.
Caroline’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as: Martha Stewart, Huffington Post, Huffington Post Weddings, New York Times, Refinery29, FoxNews, Bride’s Magazine, Modern Brides, Grace Ormonde, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Brooklyn Bride, WeddingChicks, Today’s Bride, PhotoPro Magazine and a host of other fine publications. Caroline was also named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 30 Rising Stars and awarded Junebug’s 2014 Best of the Best Engagement Photograph.
When not obsessed with photography, food, travelling puppies and all things sparkly, Caroline is also working on her fine art boudoir photography Boudoir By Olin, her lifestyle kids portraiture Oh What Fun Photos, her pet photography Pet Photos By Olin and her snazzy open air photo booth, Giggle & Riot Funbooths. Caroline lives with her fiance, his 2 kids, their 3 dogs, a cat named RBF and the Xbox in Sacramento. She frequently spends her time in San Francisco, Jakarta and Singapore as well.
I love happy emails and funny messages You can email me at email@example.com
To check out my wedding photography, head to Milou + Olin Photography
I also photograph fine art boudoir portraits for the modern fearless woman at Boudoir By Olin
I have a lot of fun photographing kids and families, look at my portraits at Oh What Fun Photos
I have the most fun photographing dogs, check out my pet portraits at Pet Photos By Olin
To check out my fun and snazzy photo booth, head to Giggle & Riot Funbooths