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I'm Carol Lara, a wife, mother and artist. I believe in the power of photography to empower, relive special moments and serve as artwork to decorate our most sacred spaces. As a professional photographer with over a decade of experience, I specialize in creating artistic and timeless portraits that capture your true essence. I believe that everyone deserves to feel confident, beautiful and empowered, which is why my aim is to create a unique and unforgettable experience for my clients. From the initial consultation to the final product, I ensure that every detail is perfect. Whether you're looking for a bold and daring photoshoot or a classic and elegant one, I will work with you to create a work of art that you will cherish for years to come.


The Experience

From start to finish, Carol Lara Photography offers an experience unlike any other. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing one’s essence, I ensure that you look and feel your absolute best. From expert hair and makeup to the personalized session design, my team and I make sure that every aspect is perfect.

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-Robin M.

“Amazingly talented! Carol always goes the extra mile to get the perfect shot and can take the ordinary to extraordinary."

-Charity H.

"The first time I ever saw a collection of Carol's photos I was in love with them! They were so creative and they captured all the most beautiful and nuanced things about the model. The photos from my own session were everything I hoped for and more. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Carol!"

-Bernadette A.

“My photoshoot with Carol was an amazing experience. She is a professional from begining to end who is 100% focused on her craft and goes above and beyond for her clients. I was blown away by her talent.”


Where are you located?

My studio is in Alton, IL.​

What is the cost?

Fill out the Contact Form under your session type and you'll be sent pricing info via email.

Do you retouch?​​

Absolutely. Retouching includes removing small blemishes, skin smoothing, skin tone correcting, light teeth whitening. I retouch for a flawless, but authentically YOU look.  ​​   

Do you offer prints or digital files?

Most packages include digital files and print credits for the Photography Boutique where you can purchase prints, books & wall art.

How long will it take to get my pictures back?​

I normally ask for 2 weeks for editing once you select your images. ​

Do you offer makeup and hair services?

Hair and Makeup are included in your session. All you need to do is show up and the rest is taken care of for you.​

Can I do my own Hair and Makeup?

Yes, you can decline either or both services and the session fee will be reduced accordingly.


Let's Talk

Luxe photography is not just about the final product, but also the experience. As your personal photographer, I am committed to providing you with a unique, personalized, and enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Contact me today to learn more about how Carol Lara Photography can help you capture moments that will last a lifetime.

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