"Carolyn Bates is hands down one of the top five photographers I have ever met (and I've met quite a few in the profession!).
Her ability to see and understand color, composition, tone, shadow, light ... all of the many aspects of a photograph, whether landscape, still life, portrait, or whatever the subject ... is truly amazing. What she can do inside the camera when taking a shot is a wonder. And what she can do with her pictures in development is magical.
She's fun to work with (enthusiastic!), and pays attention to her clients to achieve the photograph they want and envision. Her style is natural and unpretentious, but has a fine-art quality to it. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for images of just about any type.
I love Carolyn's work. Really envy it, too."
-Pat Goudey O'Brien
"Carolyn really pulled off a very tough shoot given the lighting situation in the museum." - Carol Miklos, AIAVT
(AIA Vermont News: Transforming a vintage Airstream trailer into a traveling architecture center)
"Thank you Carolyn for your fantastic skills in capturing the feeling of an environment not just the space it takes up."
- Maggie Sherman, One of a Kind Bed & Breakfast
"We are just getting around to printing our postcards! Attached here is the image of the ECHO that we designed around your photo. Thanks so much for your good work AND tenacity on capturing the perfect view!"
-Bren Alvarez, Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects
Postcard designed by Arthur Chukman of Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects
"... BTW, the thing I like best about your photographs is the range of detail in shadow and light in the same image. There is a technical term for this that I can't recall, but it reminds me of some OLD large format, alternative chemistry (and long exposure?) B&W photos in the G. Eastman house museum in Rochester NY."
- Karen Cutler