Hello & bonjour, I'm Karina!
I'm an English speaking professional photographer in France, born, raised and lived most of my life in the United States, in the Midwest, and then Los Angeles. After studying French for many years, and experiencing France as an exchange student, I made the big move to France in 2014. I love my life here, especially because I have the honor of photographing amazing people in all of these beautiful places!
It's my passion to create dreamy, romantic, and emotional imagery for wonderful people visiting Paris and Provence, the French Riviera and throughout France and Europe. I'm inspired by classic film, the beauty of nature, and amazing love stories with real emotion. The best part of my job is meeting you--connecting, getting to know you, sharing laughter and great stories, and chatting about our travels and our lives. It's the connection with my clients that makes this all so worthwhile, and photographing your special event or special time in France is a complete honor and privilege.
I first came to Paris as an exchange student in high school and it made a huge impression on me. In 2012, I bought a little apartment in Paris. I live in the hip, trendy and fabulous 11th arrondissement, where several times a day I can smell freshly baked pain au chocolat wafting through my windows from the bakery on the corner. You know that show House Hunters International on HGTV? Yep, I was featured back in 2013. You can see my episode here on iTunes, # 9! Word of warning, it's a bit goofy! But it was fun to do nevertheless.
As much as I love Paris, I'm completely smitten with the south of France. I live in Provence as well, spending time in my home in beautiful Arles, in Provence. What a region this is--filled with incredible beauty, from the sea to the forest, to the mountains and beyond. I also adore the French Riviera, and also love working in Nice, where it's so colorful and the light, like in Provence, is magnificent.
I look forward to welcoming you to France, to making you feel so comfortable, welcome and at ease, and to having a great time together!
WHAT I'M ABOUT
The key to almost any great outcome in life is to be as prepared as best you can. That's why I offer my clients lots of useful information to help you have the very best experience during your photo session and also have the most fun!
Confused as to what to wear? I've got you covered! Can't figure out where you want to be photographed? I'm here to help! With a solid plan in place, we can expect smooth sailing come "photo day"!
I welcome everyone! Not a supermodel? Neither am I! You don't need to be either, but I'm sure you're beautiful, because we all have beauty, that's the truth!
Wherever you come from, I welcome you to join me and have an amazing experience.
I respect you as a person, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with you! I love working with clients who respect my work and collaborative process, nothing is more fun for me than meeting amazing people, enjoying seeing France with them and sharing what I know, and having that connection forever.
I love to have fun, I love to laugh and I love to have fun and laugh with my clients. Does that mean I don't take my job seriously? Absolutely not! I take what I do very seriously, but I also feel that life is meant to be enjoyable, and no one wants to listen to a boring photographer direct them and bore them to tears. I'm not a comedian, I won't be telling you jokes, but I am chatty, I will keep the conversation flowing, the time will fly by, and my hope is, you will enjoy your experience with me and have fun!
I believe that being honest and open is the very best policy for my clients. That's why I freely share my rates on my web site, and due to my vast experience as a professional photographer in France, I offer the real truth and advice to help make your trip to France even better. Could the light be bad during your session? I'm going to tell you, I'm only going to photograph you during the best part of the day. You can trust me to be honest and open so that you have the very best experience possible.
SOME RANDOM TIDBITS ABOUT ME
SOMETHING CRAZY I'VE DONE
I’M OBSESSED WITH
Ran 21 marathons
Travel & nature
including two Boston Marathons!
NOTHING MAKES ME HAPPIER THAN
MY FAVORITE TV SHOW IS/WAS
Seeing people happy
MY FAVORITE COUNTRY TO VISIT
MY FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Hiking & cycling
I never met a burrito I didn't like