Check out her winning image from the REFRESHED contest!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Studio based out of Los Angeles / Agoura Hills California, I travel nationwide, concentrate on Northern and Southern California. Currently (2013) working in San Francisco, Sacramento and Vacaville, California.
I specialize in Fashion and People photography. I have worked with models, actors, designers – I photographed Fashion Week in Los Angeles. The focus is on accentuating the impact of my image is 3-fold.
Envisioning the image’s mood and style before picking up the camera.
Sculpting with light and selecting depth of field – placing the subject in 3-dimensional space and creating the mood of that space through use of light, depth, styling, wardrobe and pose in relation to the negative space, setting and background around the subject.
Understanding photoshop and concentrating on the fine art of detailed post production techniques, including controlled light and shadow.
2. List 3 photographers you admire – past and/or present.
3. If you weren’t a professional photographer, what would you like to be doing?
I can’t even imagine being anything else but a photographic artist - besides a mother, and I’m both! I am also a professional retouch artist. I spend as much time in photoshop retouching as I do behind the camera. I envision my desired result first, by understanding my post production and lighting tools – only then do I look through the lens as my blank palette before pressing the shutter.
4. What is your favorite genre to shoot, and why?
People, Animals, Fashion and Portraits. I love expression. I love to elicit a feeling from the eyes of my subject – a direct connection with the lens, then I love to enhance it using a variety of post production techniques gained over 15 years. I am very focused on light and how it falls on a 3 dimensional subject within the space provided. I’m very aware of negative space while I shoot which helps me position my subjects within that space.
5. Besides your camera, what is a must-have at each session?
Off Camera Flash with my pocket wizards TT5s (to enable me to control the settings from the camera). I love to sculpt with light. I have so much more control, putting the light exactly where I want it with multiple speedlights – light, mobile, portable and easily placed where I need them.
6. What 3 words would your kids use to describe you?
Creative, Addicted to my camera, Can’t cook!
Email Karen at [email protected]
And now her previous winning entry: