I release the shutter and in a fraction of a second, in that single moment, I've recorded something about you. The twinkle in your eye, the joy of your family, your strength, your beautiful expression. Each of these are beautifully you.


I am a portrait photographer and my mission is to create gorgeous portraits of people that communicate a feeling, touches the heart and leaves the viewer changed for having seen it. I am very aware that life is so short. And so, I photograph moments in time that come and are gone...of people and of families, moments that can never be reclaimed. The moment is gone, but the photograph remains, bringing us and the people we love joy, for years to come. Photographs of who you are and who you love.  Artwork for every chapter of your life, for your walls and in albums.  


I know how busy you are. And how many digital files you have on your computer and phone, or photographs in boxes, waiting to be sorted and put into albums. No worries, I will help you from start to finish, so that when we are done, all you need to do is hang your artwork, or thumb through your album with family and friends. Again, and again.


You can get some ideas for your project by checking out my work!


Show who you are, who you love and how you all belong to each other. Above all else, be IN the photographs with your family. Give your family, and generations to come, the gift of remembering your family as individuals and as a whole. With YOU in the photographs.

I'd love to talk with you about your ideas!


Wondering what to expect from me?  Great images, great service.  Here are all the steps:

    Before anything else, we simply talk on the phone.  We get to know each other, your ideas, and my work.  I will learn a bit about you and your family, and how I can help you.  Questions always welcomed.


    After we’ve become acquainted on the phone, and I have an idea of what you are looking for, we meet for a free consultation and discuss the project in depth, including pricing, clothing, location, how you might use the images we create.


    We’ve met, we’ve talked, and we know we are a good fit for each other.  Now you book the session!


    Plan to spend about an hour or so on the day of the photo shoot!  Enjoy your time together.  Relax.  You are in good hands.


    I’ve reviewed and edited your images, and now is the day for you to see them and order your artwork!  Yay!


    Your order is ready, and looks beautiful.  This is the day you’ve been waiting for!

"A pleasure is full grown only when remembered." ~C.S. Lewis

Let's talk about your ideas!

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Keep up with what I'm doing and get to know me through my blog. I'd love it if you would leave a comment and say hi!


Read what other people have said about my work!

"I want you to know that I could not have realized this dream (hope) of creating a new, dynamic brand for this venture without the exquisite images you captured.  I cannot thank you enough!"

Ken Chastain
President, VantagePoint Engineering, Orland Park, IL

"Karen took beautiful pictures of us with our son.  Since she was at our house instead of in a studio... she was much more able to be patient allowing for perfect shots to unfold.  Karen brought many ideas and examples, but asked for our input as well.  I loved how Karen was able to use our home as the background for many of the photos.  It made them really personal and unique."

Heather VanZyl, Crete

"Your photo of me, smiling in my robe wearing my grandmother’s double strand pearls, has been very effective (for my election campaign) and was used for my billboard on I-57."

Judge Diana Embil
Cook County Circuit Court

"Our family loves Karen’s work! First, a LinkedIn portrait, then a senior photo for Jake, and now Mother’s Day portraits. A great investment!"

Chris McArthur, Homewood, IL

"I love how Karen found my personality through her magical lighting and lens then captured just the right sparkle in a beautiful portrait."

Dr. Kathy Dames
The Intellectual Child, Flossmoor, IL

"Karen took some beautiful shots of our employees and company products that we’ve been able to use on our website and marketing materials.  She has a way of putting her subjects at ease and getting the lighting just right.  We would definitely use her again!"

Lily Framarin
HRIS & Organizational Development, A.M. Castle, Inc., OakBrook, IL

"Karen's professionalism and her impeccable attention to detail to work towards the right shot is amazing. Her knowledge and talent, put into action, is really something to experience. I can't say enough about Karen's commitment to her profession; she is passionate about 'getting it right.' Thank you!"

Rick Pagano
VP of Sales, Wojan Window & Doors Corporation