The Art & The Artist


Creating a Legacy

As the years spin by at a frightening rate, one thing becomes clear:  I want to make a difference in peoples lives.  I want the people around me to feel a little better about themselves because of what I create for them.  And I want it to outlive me.  Looking back on my 25+ years in photography, that's always been the joy I've received from my craft.  To know that the portraits I've created, the moments in time I've captured, have been meaningful to the people in them and their families.  And hopefully, those portraits have become an important part of their legacy, and therefore mine, as well..

25 years and it's time to hit the reset button.

Since 1992, I've concerned myself with the business of running a photography studio.  It was my career.  It was who I was and what I did and I loved it.  But things change.  If there's one constant in life, it's change.  My son grew up, my husband retired and, frankly, the industry changed.  And it left me wondering if continuing a photography business was the best choice for me.  About the same time I was contemplating a career change, my mother's health began to decline and she needed help.  So it was an easy decision for me to step away from my studio business and spend more time with Mom.  A decision I'll never regret.  The year and a half we had together was precious.  But now she's gone.  Life changes again.

So where does this bring me today?

I now have a clearer vision of where I'll go next.  And it's really not too far from where I've been going all along.  My mission is to create portraits that go beyond merely showing what someone looks like.  I want to tell a story about who a person is and honoring who they are.  I do this by drawing on my own personal interpretation of my subjects.  I help them to see another side of themselves they may not have previously considered.  Or by drawing out their story that otherwise may have remained hidden.  I invite you to consider what is significant in your life.  Then contact me and let me help you preserve your legacy.


On January 14, 2014 Karen was awarded the Master Artist Degree by Professional Photographers of America. This distinction, added to her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degrees, makes her one of just a handful of photographic artists to hold all three degrees along with being a Certified Professional Photographer and Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert. These days when everyone with a camera is calling themselves a photographer, Karen is very proud to be a true professional.


Professional photographers take pride in their work. They strive to produce the finest images possible. To mark their progress,  photographers enter competitions and compare their work with that of their peers. Achievements are marked by the awards received from professional organizations. Karen consistently wins awards for her work. Her accolades include the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Kodak Gallery  Award, International Photographer of the Year, Electronic Imager of the Year, Michigan Top Seven, Court of Honor, Judge's Choice, and many Best of Show awards. She has earned the distinction of being an Elite Plus member of Professional Photographers of America and earned PPA's Imaging Excellence Award. Additionally, she is past president of Professional Photographers of Michigan and Jordan River Arts Council.


Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed. If at any point in the process, from photo session to final delivery, you are unhappy with your portrait, Karen will gladly take more photos, rework the art or refund your money.  With over 25 years experience in traditional studio photography and portrait artistry, Karen Walker has mastered the art and science of  posing, lighting and styling the human form. Karen is uniquely qualified to create a beautiful portrait you will enjoy for years to come.


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Karen Walker Studio

120 Water Street, Boyne City, Michigan 49712, United States

(231) 536-3663