Love, love, love.   Love is a joyous emotion to photograph.  And these two had so much love between them I could have photographed them ALL-DAY-LONG.  Casie and Brandon are getting married and I could’t be happier for the both of them.   They have been through so much and to see them prevail makes all who them love and care about them shout from the mountain tops with excitement.   Their love is so emotional I had tears in my eyes after our shoot..NO LIE!   In an age where there is so much “hate” my soul was refreshed upon delivering their gallery.   Kind of like jumping in a pool on a hot day..ahhh…so awesome.   

Wishing Casie and Brandon all the happiness in the world.  Cheers to the beautiful seasons of your lives that await you both. 


xxoo, Karen







Pine Valley will always have my heart.  It’s tucked away in the mountains of San Diego, and not many people even know it exist.  It is quiet, friendly, and the mountains that surround you keep you safe and snug.  It is where I brought home my babies, I owned my first home, and the love of my life was born and raised in the once over populated tree scape.  We have moved on to another chapter of our lives, living in another part of San Diego, but my soul misses the cold crisp mornings, the blanket of snow that would cover the ground in the winter, the smell of sage when it rains, and the over abundance of pine cones. 

The Grosset family live close by and of course I wanted to shoot their session there.  I mean where else in San Diego can you get the mountain feel?   Shooting at the beach is great but the mountain sessions are always my favorite.  I have been so fortunate to build friendships as I work with my clients.  I spend time before each session with them to make sure I capture exactly what they are seeking.  The Grosset family has a whole lot of love.   Most of what you see is organically posed with minimal direction.  The Grossets are kind, sweet, and endearing. I am sure those of you who know them would agree with me. 


Laguna Mountain.  The air is fresh, trees are green, and the quietness gets me to stop for a minute and breath. It’s such a special place to me and so many that live close by.  I have a lot of memories with my family and friends exploring its beauty.  A gem within San Diego County.  When someone wants to hold their session there I jump at the chance to visit such a serine and calming place.  

Oh the Goodwin family. How beautiful are they!?  Sondra’s dress is so sheik, her skin is flawless, and her hair is gorgeous!  She really took the time and thought about what her goal was for their family images.  She did a great job coordinating outfits and getting her family ready to go for our time together.    As much as I love shooting in the mountains, I enjoy the families I photograph just as much.  I enjoy people and I look forward to meeting new clients and getting a moment to look into their lives.  I love capturing their love for one another and the laughter they all share together.  

After each and every session my goal is to always walk away smiling in knowing I captured exactly what my client is looking for, and that I stayed true to my style and service.   And after our time together I knew I captured some heartfelt and real moments between this family.  Enjoy! 




Hello everyone.  I am happy to blog again.  Since most of the work I do throughout the year involves commercial work I don’t get to post family sessions very much.  And now that we are at the beginning of the holiday rush I am happy to say that I will be blogging more consistantly up until Christmas.  

So let’s kick things of with the beautiful Kelso family.  I met Suzanne through a good friend of mine (Hi Gail!) during our Joshua Tree Backpacking Trip.  I was mesmerized by not only her beauty, but also her lifestyle and her inner peace.  I kind of wanted to go home with her so she could show me her way of living including her knack for bees, yes her heard me correctly.  Her lifestyle is simple but full.  Isn’t that how it should be?   

Suzanne has the internal being of an angel, her husband is charming, and her kids are cute and grounded.  And anyone who knows this family understands what I am saying here.   Our session was successful because Suzanne took the time to coordinate outfits, selected  Leo Carrillo State Park as our backdrop (Check out Danner | Leo Carrillo State Park.) and came with a fun and lighthearted attitude.  When you have all these elements aligned this is what you get. 


For my fortieth birthday all I wanted was a backpacking trip with my girlfriends. That’s it!  I didn’t want a party or lavish gifts,  just some girl time away from life’s stresses.  My girlfriend Gail made it happen and we spent a weekend laughing with tears, sleeping under the stars, and consuming food fit for a backpacker that included wine.  Nothing makes me more happy than being around positive people who love the same things I do.  Women that are strong, fun, honest, compassionate, and adventurous. Joshua Tree National Park didn’t fail us in the least bit. Not only were we given beautiful weather but no cell service.  We were disconnected with the outside world and it was quite lovely. 

                                                                                                        Gorilla Rock Me. Priorities.