Rigby’s Shine Session- Northern Virginia Pet Photographer

January 6, 2014 by Karen

I was so honored to be chosen to photograph Rigby during his final stages of Lymphoma.  He fought a good fight, but sadly he succumbed to the disease just days after our shoot.  It was so important to his family to capture him with them before he passed.  Rigby was very energetic on the day of our shoot, excited and food driven!  We even caught him snooping in our goodie bag..

blog.rigby.shine2I loved watching him act like his breed.. alert, energetic, pointing, chasing sticks, and above all his extreme loyalty to his family.  He was never far from them, 20 feet at the most.  It was a beautiful day, and a lovely family.  My heart aches for them.  Rigby crossed the Rainbow Bridge just before Christmas.  I’m so happy that they contacted me and that we were able to do this shoot when we did.  Shine sessions are time sensitive shoots, and I will move mountains to make them happen.  These memories are priceless for the family. I had a wonderful assistant, Michelle Henry, a good friend and wonderful Veterinarian Technician.  She did a great job keeping tabs on Rigby and how he was holding up during the session.  He did amazingly well!  Here are just a few of my faves from the day..

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Enjoy that walk over the Rainbow Bridge Rigby.  Be sure to say “woof” to my Grayson Louise!

Northern Virginia Pet Photographer- Unleashed

July 15, 2013 by Karen

My whole life, I’ve wanted to work with animals.  When I was little, I would check out books on horses and dogs from the library, learning about them, dreaming about having my own one day.  All grown up, my major in college was Biology, with an emphasis on Zoology.   So when I picked up a camera, it was only natural that the lens was focused on a four-legged beauty.

I’m not sure how I stumbled on this workshop, but I’m so glad that I did!  When I learned that Unleashed was being held in Northern VA, I jumped at the chance to participate.  The dynamic duo of Teresa Berg and Bev Hollis taught us an overwhelming amount of information packed into one weekend.  It was brilliant..my heart was filled, my mind made up…KP is going to be a pet photographer.  Done!

Don’t get me wrong, the art of photography is not an easy one.  Anyone can take a picture.   I want to create art, unveil emotion, reveal relationships between animals and the people they love.  Unleashed has taken me to the next level with my dream..lit a fire under me that can’t be extinguished!  With the help of Teresa and Bev, and their amazing models, top of the line assistants, the participants of this workshop were able to take fantastic images.  Here are some of mine.

Castle posing in front of a church in downtown Leesburg.

Bella and Beau in downtown Leesburg.

More Bella and Beau!

The master at work! Thank you Brandi for your amazing handling skills!

Day 3: In the studio. Castle’s sibling, Dragon.

This was our original set up for Marley. It was lovely, completely lovely, but I couldn’t make it work for me, and the lens I was using (Canon 24-70mm f/2.8) so I cropped it, reversed the image, cloned out the stairs, and came up with this…

Much more my style!

What an amazing experience!!!  I learned so much and met some wonderful friends.  We started helping each other and forming bonds over facebook months before the workshop.  We’re already scheming a reunion:-)

I’ve learned that you have to do what you love and follow your heart.  So, I am!  Watch out world..KP is UNLEASHED!



Tina Dean Designs, Upcycled Plarn {KP’s Camera Bag}

June 1, 2013 by Karen

I am so excited about my new custom camera bag by Tina Dean Designs!  I love the fact that this is made from tons of plastic grocery store bags… that otherwise could have ended up polluting and damaging our Earth!  How fab is this?


And it all started, with this! 

It’s comfy and stylish, and I LOVE it!  Tina Dean is AMAZING!!  Thank you for customizing this beautiful bag, just for me.  xo

Newborn photography in Stafford Virginia {baby J}

May 28, 2013 by Karen

Northern Virginia Corporate Photography- {Massage Matters, LLC}

September 6, 2012 by Karen

Massage Matters is a locally owned business that offers several types of Massage, from relaxing Swedish to deep tissue, to therapeutic massage.  Linda Osorio, owner and therapist, emailed me to set up a customized photo shoot that would offer the public a view of what her business has to offer.  With our two gorgeous models, Nancy and Nicole, we were able to capture several massage techniques that Linda can use in email newsletters, brochures and other marketing platforms.  I’ve been there, had several massages from several different therapists…and I can attest..they are wonderful!  They care about their clients.   The studio is quiet, peaceful and calm.   I actually can’t wait to go back….. my shoulder needs a nice deep tissue massage, this camera gets heavy!  Here are some of my faves…. 

Fredericksburg Event Photography; {Baptism}

August 20, 2012 by Karen

The church was brilliant.  Unimaginable gorgeousness.  Hank and I were honored to have been asked to photograph this once in a lifetime event.   It was a dual baptism, a very large, tremendously close family, honoring their commitment to God and their church.   The ceremony was conducted completely in Spanish….the most beautiful language.   ((Oh how I wish I were fluent!))   After the ceremony we were invited to join the family at the reception and take additional photographs there.   We felt more like guests than the photographers for the event.  This is how precious this family is.. “We’ll put you on the list to be served dinner..” we were told.   It was important to us to capture this amazing event with the beauty and grace it deserved.  We had the youngest in our studio shortly after.  Here are our faves…

Rebecca Simpson

August 6, 2012 by Karen

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Sometimes I can’t believe how blessed I am with the amazing people that are in my life! Rebecca Simpson is no exception. I was honored to take Becca’s senior portraits last summer, and soon after we scheduled her album cover shoot. Yep, album cover. She’s a singer/songwriter, and an amazing talent. Becca graduated with the class of 2012 with a few songs from her album already gracing the charts on iTunes.
I recently had Rebecca in my studio for a promotional shoot. Our album shoot was an outdoor session, so we needed to bring Becca into the studio for a few post grad shots. Here’s a clip of her song “Burn.” Totally gives me chills… Raw emotion, with a story behind it… she writes and sings from her heart.  Burn- Mix Final_mp3
Thank you Shannon at Sweet Stella’s for the amazing hair pieces we used in the shoot!  And to the fabulous Heather Haas for Rebecca’s brilliant make-up!Rebecca Simpson.  This girl totally has it!  You’ll be seeing and hearing more from her!

Stafford Virginia Product Photography- {Simply Beautiful Spaces}

July 30, 2012 by Karen

The first time I walked into Interior Designer Kate Koch’s studio, I felt like I was walking into the latest edition of Southern Living magazine.  This girl gets it!  Kate’s Simply Beautiful Spaces displays an eclectic collection of furniture, art and home accents.  From nautical themed (my faves) to asian inspired, her storefront offers something for everyone.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when she wanted some of my fine art pieces to sell!  I went back last week to take some images of her gorgeous style… here are my faves!

Kate Koch is a sought after designer in Northern Virginia and travels out of state with her designs.  This is just a hint of what she has to offer.  I want it all!

Head Shot Photography in Stafford, VA ~ {Customized Corporate Head Shots}

July 23, 2012 by Karen

Yup.. Custom.  What does that mean?  It means that you get what you want.  Sometimes I have clients that tell me to just do what I do..and I’m happy to do that!  But, I often have clients that want portraits and headshots that don’t look posed, that are in a specific location, that requires something a little extra special… that’s custom.  Print size, color/black and white, mounting..wall displays…I could go on!

I get lots of calls for professional head shots and group shots.  I do them in my studio space, and on location, indoor or out.  It all depends on the corporation, job, or reason for the head shot.  Here are a few that I love..

And of course, we have fun.  – xo

Have Camera, Will Travel.

July 16, 2012 by Karen

Hank and I love doing destination shoots…even if it’s only an hour and a half away!  This shoot brought us to the mountains of Virginia.   Family gathered, kids played, food was served, and pictures were taken!   It was a fantastic day for a shoot, and the scenery was breathtaking.  These are a few of our faves from the day..


Our last destination was the beaches of NC.  Next:  San Diego!  Can’t wait to capture in the Pacific!