Savoring the Magic of Marin with Photographer Caroline Pacula

Tiburon (All photos by Caroline Pacula)

As a self-taught artist, I’m passionate about photography for many reasons, but especially because it captures and transcends a beautiful moment in time. I love that photography is a language that can create emotion and tell a story across cultures, without any barriers.
Living in multiple countries and having so many diverse experiences led to a continual sense of wanderlust that inspired me to become a photographer. I’ve lived in San Francisco for the last 25 years, but my family and I recently decided to move to Marin for a slower pace of life.

light filtering through trees in a forest
Muir Woods

With the new year upon us, it’s time for reflection and a reset. These days I am letting the practice of gratitude guide me and I’m learning to let go of expectations and things I can’t control. I am more mindful than ever of the importance of surrounding myself with people who inspire me and help me also feel a mutual sharing of positive energy and growth. I’m striving to live a life of authenticity and vitality with more intention, purpose and meaning — savoring the simple moments of everyday life.

surfer at rodeo beach
Rodeo Beach at Fort Cronkhite


photo facing towards tunnel of trees
Point Reyes’ cypress tree tunnel

With a clean slate, make your list, build your intentions and map out the progress you want to create for yourself in the new year.

waves washing on the shore in bolinas

Sunset is my favorite moment in the day, especially golden hour. When the magic happens, I’m in a complete state of “flow” and committed to the moment. I’m moving about making sure all my settings are correct while feeling a natural high and taking in the scenery around me one snap at a time. Annie Leibovitz said it perfectly: “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”

sun shining over mountain path
Ring Mountain, Corte Madera

Caroline Pacula’s photography can be found at Serena and Lily, Pure Salt Interiors and has been featured in the Associated Press and the Decorator Showcase Aspire Show House. You can purchase her artwork at