Featured Designing Mom: Karen Carey

by Cat on March 14, 2011

I am really excited to present some gorgeous family inspired photography today…  Karen Carey of Karen Carey Photography is well known for her fine art portraits of children including heirloom quality albums.  I’ve been oohing and ahhhing over the beautiful mom-to-be portraits and babies on her blog.  How lucky that she is some of her inspiration as both photographer and mom with us today.  Read on for her story and click here to visit her site.

I began my career in photography over fifteen years ago when my oldest child was born. Gosh, it seems strange for me to even say that I have a fifteen year old child, let alone a fifteen year old business because most days, I feel like I am just getting started.  As the owner of a thriving high end boutique style portrait studio, everyday is a new adventure. Some days are wonderfully filled with photography sessions that bring out my creativity, stir my spirit and ignite my passion for the art and craft of photography. Other days are filled with a frenzy of marketing and sales strategy meetings that challenge me to grow and stretch into my role as small business owner. I am so blessed to have a career that offers me the opportunity to do both.

My studio specializes in archival black and white portraits of children and families designed as custom wall portraits for the home. I offer the finest quality hand printed portraits and albums, as well as complete presentation services including design, custom framing and installation.  Unlike other photographers and studios in the area, I create my portraits using traditional archival b/w film,
noted for it’s heirloom qualities and artistic merit. My original works of fine art depict childhood in a way that is pure and authentic, while my presentation of the images is done in a way that would befit any fine art collection.

When it came time to design my dream photography studio, showcasing my art work was paramount to the design. But I also needed a beautifully lit studio with loads of natural light in which to shoot, and a workspace that remained uncluttered and welcoming to me each morning. In 2010 my dreams came true when I moved my business into a new retail space that meets all of the criteria.

As I look back over the last fifteen years, I see a mother who managed to balance both family and career and a business woman that blossomed out of the seed of an artist.  It took a great deal of hard work, a double dose of courage, and a willingness to make mistakes to get here, but I think if you combine these things with a hearty sense of humor you have a recipe for success.

It seems that while I was busy focusing on living my dream, my success story was being written, one victory at a time. That’s the thing about success, it does not just happen. It piles up over time…just like the laundry!  Perhaps that is the reason why I still feel like I am just getting started. I have two loads of laundry to finish before I head off to the studio in the morning.

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Sharon March 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’m so inspired by your photos and story!


Crafty Katie March 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

The shot of baby in bathtub is priceless.


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