With 20 years of photographing literally 1000 + clients, I work to create honest stories in a way that evokes emotion and inspires introspection and awe.  I'm interested in the honest, unpretentious view, authentic expression, and our shared human experience.

I had the great fortune to live and work in New York and Paris in my role as Director of International Legal Studies for both Cornell Law School and NYU School of Law. There, I learned organizational skills, communication, emotional intelligence "EQ" skills, and the ability to stay calm and work well under pressure. I studied at the Université de Paris - Sorbonne and received my B.A. in History from the University of Michigan. I'm still fluent in French.

I began my photography career as a self-taught portrait photographer in 2003 and opened my first studio in 2005. I photographed children and families exclusively for the first few years and weddings shortly thereafter.  Recently, I've started including street, commercial, and travel photography in the mix.  I love sharing the joy and celebration of life through heartfelt visual art.

I've photographed for renowned retailers, agencies, and organizations including The New York Times, Neiman Marcus, Ikon Model Management, and Ford Models in New York and L.A.

I live in Southeast Michigan with my husband of almost 20 years, Brad, our soon-to-be-college-aged son, Connor, and crazy cavachon, Pickle. When I'm not photographing, I'm DIY-ing something around the house, putzing in the yard, creating something delicious in the kitchen, or entertaining friends.

ginger addict / dog lover / hard-core diy-er / neat freak / minimalist / dinner party hostess / soundtrack buff






music that inspires my work





do you sell prints ?

Yes.  I sell fine art and commissioned portrait prints.  Please contact me regarding the specific image you'd like to purchase.  If you'd like information about commissioned images, please contact me to set up an initial consultation and discuss your individual needs.

do you photograph portraits ?

Yes.  I began as a portrait photographer 20 years ago and have photographed literally thousands of portrait clients.  I offer both studio and lifestyle portraits for children, seniors, families, and people of all ages.  I'm happy to discuss your portrait needs.

do you photograph weddings ?

Yes!  I love photographing weddings.  I've worked with 100 + couples over the years and provide a high-touch experience that includes full-day coverage (for all weddings), complimentary engagement session with portrait credit, wedding day album credit, wedding day wall portrait credit, and much more.  Please be in touch so I can learn more about your dream day and create a custom quote for you.

do you offer commercial work ?

Yes. I offer content creation, corporate branding photography, interiors, and other commercial work.  Please reach out directly so we can discuss your specific needs, after which I will provide a detailed project proposal.

how can I access to your pricing ?

To access portrait, wedding, or commercial commission pricing, please contact me directly so I can learn more about your project scope and needs.  Once I have a sense of how I can help, I will provide you with detailed written pricing and product menu.  Portrait commissions begin at $1000.  Photodocumentary stories begin at $2475.  Weddings begin at $5000.

do you photograph in black & white or color or both  ?

I shoot in color and present my commissioned work in both color and black & white.  I love the timeless, emotive look of black & white and tend to present more of my work this way, but color is often the best way to tell a visual story. As a client, you'll have the option of owning both.

what gear do you use ?

I'm a professional digital Canon shooter.  I use a range of L-series lenses and multiple 5D bodies.  You can check out my extensive gear list HERE.

do you travel ?

Yes.  I've traveled and lived around the world.  Please take a look at my TRAVEL schedule for upcoming destinations.  Be in touch if you're interested in a commission or a cup of coffee when I'm in your neck of the woods.

do you offer workshops ?

Yes.  I'll be offering travel / street photography workshops beginning in 2025.  Check back soon to learn more.

how can I contact you ?

Feel free to reach me by phone at 01.248.320.1943 (EST 10-5 Mon-Fri) or via email at karen@karenlippowiths.com.