Hope State Style is the lifestyle blog of Rhode Island based photographer and artist Caroline Goddard. Begun in 2010 as a creative outlet during her last year at Brown, Caroline was juggling class work with writing a book at that time, and needed a place to let loose and put down her thoughts. Initially, the blog was intended to direct her classmates to all the things she had come to know and love about her home state, however, it soon evolved into a stream of visual interest and inspiration, wherever she found it. In the process of nurturing her blogging tendencies, she also discovered her love of travel and photography.
Caroline graduated from Brown in 2010 with a B.A. in Visual Art. The following year, Fly Rails and Flying Jibs: Coasting Schooner Photographs by Robert H.I. Goddard, of which she was a contributing author, was published by Mystic Seaport Press. After three and a half years of working to digitally archive, restore and prep a collection of her grandfather’s historic maritime photographs for printing (proudly done in East Greenwich, RI), Caroline was ready to focus the skills she had acquired as a photographer in more creative ways. Hope State Style continues to challenge her to create, to share and to improve as an artist.
In 2012, Caroline immersed herself in further studies of photography and classical singing at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts on Paros, Greece. She has found tremendous inspiration during her travels in 2012, which also included Italy, France, Holland, Antigua, Miami and one epic road trip through the deserts of the American west.
Most recently, Caroline worked as the editor of the regional wedding blog southernneweddings.com, and as an assistant editor at Lighthouse Publications. Her work as a writer, editor, photographer and stylist has appeared in Southern New England Weddings, Southern New England Weddings: Destination Edition, Southern New England Home, Southern New England Living, New England Boating and The Newport Mercury.
Caroline is currently based in Newport, where she is always on the lookout for her next Hope State story.
Tintype portrait by Cole Caswell, AgNO3 Lab. Unity, Maine. September 2014.