Inside Tinywater Photography’s Unique Perspective

Founder and artistic talent behind Tinywater photography is Caroline Winata and although this not the official website, it’s easy to tell with the tagline, “Truth, Love, Beauty” that Tinywater aims to work with you to get stunning results. From capturing personal family moments, celebrating your big day or announcement to corporate headshots, there are a variety of packages that they offer. Tiny Water photography has particular experience in the organically creative and aim to make each session and photograph reflect the client. Here are some of the bespoke packages that they offer:


A portrait can capture your family or personality and Tinywater aim to create natural looking scenes or take you on location for stunning Sacramento family portraits. They are also available in the San Francisco Bay area and are willing to travel to get you the pictures you deserve.

A particular favourite for Caroline is offering senior photos or teen sessions. She understands that at such a self-conscious and personal age, teens need to feel inspired and body confident so she can help them embrace this. The dedicated teen shoots aim to promote a healthy attitude while being fun and quirky too. The packages include make-up, styling and Urban Outfitters inspired fashion while also offering posing tips to get organic photos to be proud of.

Engagement Sessions
An engagement is a celebration and commonly used to prelude wedding stationary, save the dates, announcements and invites so play an important role in the wedding. It’s crucial to take engagement photos with a photographer who understands you as a couple and can capture your personalities in the images because they will be seen by many. This can also be showcased through the location, styling or editing choices, so at Tinywater an interview is organised beforehand to understand the goals of the shoot and how to capture these memories.

There is also no need to worry about make-up or styling because this is included in the session to make it an exclusive and thorough experience to transform you into your best selves. Covering predominantly the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area, Tinywater is also able to travel for the right couple and location, particularly in order to capture the quirky and dynamic shots they aim for.

Wedding Photography
If it’s time to capture your fairy tale ending, Tinywater photography has extensive experience when catering to themes, culture and religious ceremonies. Having photographed weddings with backgrounds such as; Vietnamese, Chinese, Jewish, Indian, Hindu, Muslim, Persian and Filipino, they understand the importance of cultural expression for traditional weddings and capturing this on film, ensuring they adhere to the beliefs of the ceremony.

Their process involves a meeting prior to the big day to discuss themes, ideas and cultural needs as well as what is to be expected. For example, previous clients Jocelyn and George were avid bird lovers and watchers so ensuring their outdoor wedding captured nature and wildlife in their wedding photos was important. Other themes that Caroline has experience with include; Steam Punk, Hips Hop, Goth, Backyard, Rock N’ Roll and traditional vintage themes so plenty of different styles to consider.

With this in mind, how do you know Tinywater and Caroline are the right photographer for you? Here are simple questions that can help you hire your perfect photographer.

9 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Photographer

1. Do you have a portfolio? (and can I see it)
A photographer’s portfolio showcases their best body of work, their style and the end result and post processing details that they are capable of. If you don’t like their portfolio then chances are you aren’t the right fit.

2. How many years’ experience do you have?
You can’t substitute experience when it comes to photography and it takes years to hone the craft. With this in mind, if you are looking for professional finish and experience to your venue, try to aim for photographers with over 2 years’ experience. If you want to go with a junior photographer ensure you look at their referrals and portfolios thoroughly.

3. What packages do you have to offer?
Some photographers may have bundled services together and this can reduce the cost and give you more for your money. Always ask to see all of the tiers of packages to ensure they aren’t marked up to high as you may be able to build your own package to suit your budget and needs better.

4. How many photographers are part of your team?
Photographers that work as part of a team, are often able to capture various angles, work together and also have a back-up option in the event someone is sick. While a personal and lone photographer can give you the personal touch, if they have no back- up and there is an emergency on the day, you are going to be disappointed.

5. What are the album options?
Many photographers have restrictions about where and who you can buy prints and albums from. If they retain the rights you may find it costly if you want to look elsewhere or the post-purchasing prices could be very high. Make sure you have considered this beforehand as it could be cost-effective to pay more from the outset, rather than higher prices for prints and albums.

6. Do you require a deposit? If so, how much?
An important question, particularly if deposits can be close to 50% for popular photographers to secure the date in their calendar.

7. Where else will our photos be used?
In many instances, the photographer will retain the right to use your photos in marketing material and this means that they could be displayed on a website, social media channel, blog or magazine. If you have children involved, it is important to stipulate the public use before the photos are taken.

8. Can we see an example of a contract?
You should always sign a contract with your photographer and seeing an example contract gives a brief indication of how professional they are and general terms and conditions. You will need to decide on things such as; delivery time, rights and usage conditions and pricing before signing the paperwork and contracts open this option.

9. What insurance do you have?
It may seem like a ridiculous ask, particularly for personal events such as weddings or engagements however, if equipment is damaged or someone injured as a result, you need to ensure you are protected.

In you are in or surrounding the San Francisco Bay or Sacramento areas, check out Tinywater photography and book a bespoke session.