About Carole Paris, Photographer

Carole Paris is a professional photographer who specializes in architecture, images for real estate, and portraits.

Carole was always destined for photography. At Mattawan High School she was introduced to the magic of the darkroom by Miss Jan West, the librarian and her mentor. After graduation she began working for Norman Camera in Kalamazoo and dove head first into the world of photography.

In 2006, Carole realized that shooting spaces is an absolute passion.  Carole loves walking into an inspiring shop, restaurant or home and visualize how it would look as a set of photographs. Carole is excited by the different types of materials-wood, cement, metal, and well-worn surfaces. There is something special about a space that has history; the lives that have passed through and their stories.  Carole is committed to telling the best story possible through her work.



  • Started photographing in 1975.
  • Norman Camera: Worked from 1977 to 1995 working the front desk and then managing the photo lab.
  • Upjohn, 3 years – printing photographs to document scientific studies and assisting with photo shoots in the plant.
  • Had own studio in Park Trades Center downtown Kalamazoo, specializing in weddings and portraits.
  • Ran the Paul Wang Gallery in Richland 2006-2012 (curating, promoting, archiving, hosting open houses).


What I like:

Local Music Scene, contributing to the new book fund at the Richland Public Library, magazine junkie, interior design ,my dog Axel, getting to Lake Michigan as often as possible.

Favorite Quote: 

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

Ansel Adams

real estate photographer Carole Paris