Cara Weston was born and raised in Carmel, California, the daughter of photographer Cole Weston and Helen Prosser Weston and granddaughter to the world-renowned photographer Edward Weston and Flora Chandler Weston.
Cara’s most personal and rewarding years have been raising her two daughters and being a mother. She strongly feels this is her greatest accomplishment in life and can’t imagine anything else ever being as rewarding.
She has lived in a world of photography all her life. In the 1970s she worked for and with her father Cole Weston, and with her uncle, Brett Weston as an assistant, and modeled for his underwater photography. Cara also spent a short time assisting black and white photographer Rod Dresser before taking on a position at the Weston Gallery.
Cara was the director of the Weston Gallery in Carmel, California for many years, where she curated numerous shows including memorable exhibitions of such artists as Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna, and Edward, Cole and Brett Weston. In addition to the gallery exhibitions she also curated several art shows in Los Angeles and New York, which featured the work of many fine art photographers. Working at the Weston Gallery gave Cara the rewarding opportunity to work with many talented artists, private collectors, and museums. Currently, Cara is co-trustee for the Weston Family Trust, superintending the sale of legacy prints and overseeing the family website — www.edward-weston.com.
It was initially difficult for Cara to photograph with the Weston name overshadowing her efforts, and as the only girl in a family that sometimes felt like a boy's club, but Cara eventually found her desire to capture images was stronger then worrying about living up to the family name. She photographs for herself now, and feels free to follow her own passion and way of seeing. Although she initially photographed using only black and white film, she has broken with family tradition and has embraced digital photography.
Cara also worked in the medium of stained glass for many years. She inherited another Weston family passion, sailing, which she did extensively, making trips to Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Channel Islands and Baja, Mexico. Her most memorable trip was sailing from Hawaii to Monterey, a trip that lasted 27 days at sea.
Currently, Cara lives on the magnificent Big Sur Coast in California, one of the most beautiful places on earth. She now photographs and travels when she can pull herself away from her mountaintop home and garden.