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.
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
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