"you can't measure a dream"
I did not always want to be a photographer. This life was not what I had imagined for myself, but I'm so happy it happened this way. I knew I would always end up being a "creative", but I didn't know that term or what I would be. I graduated from college with a degree in Special & Elementary Education. My husband & I got married just days after I turned 22 and then got pregnant with our baby girl only 6 months later. Life got busy and QUICK! Gradually, I picked up a side hobby (photography) and kept it as just "something on the side" for a few years before I realized how much I truly love it!! I finally started Caiti Garter Photography and it has been a beautiful (and crazy) ride every since.
My passion for photography comes from my own mother who truly knows the value of taking pictures to capture our memories. That's what I want to do for my clients - capture their memories through heartfelt, joyful, and timeless photos!
Anthony and I were best friends our entire lives before finally realizing we loved each other just before turning 21! We dated 3 months, then were engaged for 9 months. He knows me better than I know myself. He keeps me sane, he still treats me like we are dating (always date your spouse), and is the best daddy ever to our babies! He is an amazing guitar player, loves documentaries, and has a pretty killer beard.
I didn't realize I was meant to be a mommy until it happened. These kids changed my life for the better. They are complete opposites but best friends. Hayley is 6 years old, loves all things girly, is rather bossy (leadership skills), and loves school! Mason is a mama's boy but is tough as they come. He loves dinosaurs, Power Rangers, anything ninja, and is fearless! I'm obsessed with them.
All I do, all I am, all I have accomplished...comes from Jesus and I am so thankful for my relationship with Him! I grew up in a wonderful Christian home where my parents talked about Jesus and the gospel daily. I came to know Jesus at a young age but he opened my eyes to so much more understanding once I became an adult. I am so thankful for his grace & mercy every day.
The beach is our happy place! Our children definitely inherited our love for the ocean, the sand, & the salt air. We dream of moving there one day but that is probably just a dream! There is something about standing in front of the ocean that just makes you feel closer to God. It is as if you can understand his love for the world more when you are looking at something that beautiful!
You can have one without the other...but they are always better together! I support doughnuts & coffee any way you can get them. Coffee is a lifeline around here.
Doughnuts are pretty essential as well.
Our favorite doughnut spot is Buttermilk Bake Shop in Petersburg, VA! It will rock your world!
The favorite things list could go on & on..
One Tree Hill
"The pictures were beautiful and captured the true joy both my husband and I felt on our wedding day!"