September 25, 2014
I'm thrilled to announce my recent senior session with Madeline has been featured on Lemonade & Lenses's daily blog.  Check it out and scroll down to view the entire session.
September 10, 2014
I stumbled upon the "medic" bag and "bugle" (it's really a candlestick but works perfectly as a $ 3 find!) while shopping for the bike (see below) and instantly envisioned this "WWI / WWII" inspired shoot.  I then got in touch with my friend at Red Barn Traders and thanks to Steve and Dale, I soon had a genuine WWII "C Co." locker, diecast "Coca Cola" plane and vintage binoculars.  I then received another plane (the red one) and a super cool umbrella courtesy of Toyology.  The vintage pocket watch (courtesy my in-laws) has been waiting to come out and play for almost a year.  Finally, I knew I had a copy of Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (a high school relic still on my bookshelf after 25 years) and a vintage "Plan de Paris" book to complete the scene.  Once we were complete with wardrobe, casting call, and pup (sweet Olive), we ventured out near my home in Howell, MI.  I walked up to the house adjacent to beautiful stretch of this land to ask for permission to shoot and it turned out to be the home of one of my son's favorite school buddies -- thanks Gosline family!

Nothing says "innocent childhood" like a boy and a dog.  Love the soft colors and sweet fun we captured.

September 1, 2014
LOVED working with Madeline and Linda (her mom) last Thursday.  Linda saw my work through another client a few weeks ago in the morning and booked me by 5:00.  That made me feel amazing!  It was a magical summer session after postponing twice due to rain.  We lingered in the field with my NEW vintage bike and Gramophone.  (Detroit area photographers, check out Red Barn Traders in Howell -- Dale has the best assortment of antique props and is the nicest guy!  Tell him I sent ya!)  This is the same field I've had the privilege of shooting in (thanks to my new friend, Todd) twice this summer already.  The first time, the wheat was high and we weren't able to walk far (CLICK HERE to view the images).  This time, because the wheat was harvested, we walked quite a distance in.  What we didn't realize was that the field covered in "stinging nettle,"a poisonous plant that, when it comes into contact with bare skin, stings (like fire!!!) then causes a numbness, similar to "pins and needles" when your foot falls asleep.  Poor Madeline and I both were quite uncomfortable (the fronts of my legs were totally numb for 24 hours) through most of the shoot.  To boot, the mosquitos were awful that night.  Thank goodness for Photoshop!  The price we both paid to create such beauty.  Here's what Madeline said about working with me:

"When my mom told me I was working with Karen for my senior portraits, I was so elated I gave her the biggest hug! Karen orchestrated the most beautiful scene complete with wardrobe, a vintage bike, an old gramophone, flowers, and shot in breathtaking rolling hills. Having hair & make-up and wearing the beautiful clothes made me feel beautiful. The images and the experience were both unforgettable."

I have a few spaces left this fall in late September and on a couple of October weekdays (weekends are full).  There is space in early November as well.  Can't wait to work with YOU!



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