Postcards From Rome

I bet you wondered if I’d EVER spill what the heck has been going on behind-the-scenes over here!

New Horizons

I’m getting ready to embark upon a project that I believe in with all my heart and soul. It’s taken a ton of preparation (in some ways, my whole life!).  At its core, it’s a story. A soul’s journey. And it’s all about finding our voice and embracing life itself as if it were our art. I believe this is what we were all meant to do. I believe it’s our birthright to do so. But it’s not alway so easy to pull off on Planet Earth, is it? Believe me, I know. Continue reading “Postcards From Rome”

Photography Is In My Blood

I ended last year and started this one thinking about how much photography is embedded in who I am. It doesn’t define me, but it’s definitely woven deeply in my soul. It’s how I see and relate to everything; from the most poignant & breathtaking moments, to awe-inspiring, mind-expanding flashes. Photos are like flash cards to the past that have recorded life-changing milli-seconds that I want to last forever. Continue reading “Photography Is In My Blood”

Hearing Voices In The Mist

So, this. Voices In The Mist. I recently made it image my new Facebook cover image.  It got alot… and I mean, ALOT more likes, comments and shares than normal.

Think it struck a cord? Or was it just algorithms?
Personally, I’m voting “cord”, for whatever reason it was struck.

I can tell you that to me, this is an illustration in a story about listening, finding your voice, speaking with it with all your heart & soul in your art… and in every thing you do.

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A Fuji-full Photo Plus Expo 2015!

Photo Plus Expo 2015 in New York City streaked by like a Jedi star cruiser! By that, I mean FAST. Really fast. Is everything gonna be like that now? Because if so, I need to get me one ‘o them speed suits like downhill skiers wear so I can slice  the air more effectively. Sheesh!

I went this year as a Fuji X-Photographer… how rad is THAT? As such, I spoke on three consecutive days. On the topics of my choice… which is where it got really, really fun. Remember that post where I talked about life kicking into a new gear? . This is the beginning. And I was in some mighty fine company!

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The Yakking Points

Of course, I provided the titles and descriptions for each talk. They were:

The French Mirrorless Diet”:
How I shed pounds, freed my muse and discovered Raw truth in France with my Parisienne paintbrush, Lady Fuji.

“Find Your Voice, Free Your Soul” and

“Live Your Life As Your Art”: Your Soul’s Genius Unleashed

Yes, Fuji approved these beforehand! Besides their incredible cameras, you can perhaps begin to see why I love this company. It includes, but goes so much deeper than, gear.

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The X-Factor is You

To me, the overall connective tissue amongst all of these talks is the real estate BEHIND the camera. (That would be you. And me.) It’s great to have “the best” gear… but what IS that, exactly? I looked around at the thousands of people streaming through the Expo over those 3 days and thought to myself “everyone here is seeking that magic bullet. Wants it. Desires that something ‘more’.” But do they know what it is? How will they know when they’ve found it? And what will they do once they have it?

Truthfully, IMHO the best camera is the one you have in your hands. If all you have handy is your phone camera… then by god, THAT is absolutely the best one! It is also true that if you actually find a camera that inspires and entices you… the way you see, the possibilities you consider, the creative roads you travel… will all shift. These are not mutually exclusive notions.

The wild card is YOU. What do love, what do you stand for? That’s where it begins.

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I used lots of my own images as illustrations… and this was our fun and intimate stage.

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It Boils Down To This

As I walked around the expo, I listened to snippets of how-to talks and gear presentations. Very interesting, all. However, I chose to make a different set of points.

Because, you see, I believe with all my heart that feeling fulfilled, creative, joyful and ALIVE… all starts here:

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(My pal Laurie Rubin caught me doing that thing I love so much. The photo I was shooting follows):

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That Print Question…

OH BTW –  for those wondering how Fuji images look printed? Yeah, they look pretty freaking fantastic! This was the one I was so honored to see hanging right next to one of Bill Fortney‘s:

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These events are always so wonderful for connecting with friends old and new… including the lovely Cusi Taylor of the Photographer’s Adventure Club (PAC), who  interviewed me as part of their comprehensive coverage at PPE:

The Bottom Line

Why do I think any and all of this matters? It’s simple:

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And that, my friends, is what I truly believe all those people wandering the hallways of Photo Plus Expo are truly seeking. That moment of beauty and grace that awakens THEIR soul to act and shed its magnificent light.

After all… photography’s raw materials are LIGHT and TIME. It’s what we work with… it’s what our cameras help us spin into our most precious message.

It’s Elemental, My Dear

I love celebrating awesomeness, whether it’s something that happened for me – or a friend!

My good friend and incredible artist Keoki Flagg is a fine art and adventure photographer. He has a gorgeous gallery in Squaw Valley, California… if you ever get there, you MUST stop by and say that I sent you!

He most recent creation is a book called “Elemental“.

The other day, I went over to congratulate him on this huge accomplishment and buy the book, since it’s DEFINITELY one I want in my “inspiration” library.

Seriously, I was so excited about this you’d think I’d written the thing myself! I’ll tell you one thing; I truly believe that the more we focus upon the kinds of events and things in life that feel good, the more goodness gets created all the way around. This success of Keoki’s makes me feel AMAZING… I’m so happy for him, proud of his accomplishment and I’m celebrating!

Here’s the book… along with me and Keoki, standing in between a couple of my fave images of his.

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Then he wrote an awesome dedication in it for me. It says:

“To Karen:
Life is an Adventure, the World is our Stage.
What a pleasure it has been to share this journey with you. 

Live, Love, Laugh, Play… Every Day

Aloha, Keoki”

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KEOKI ON THE CHAT

Some of you may remember my introducing you to Keoki via The Chat, my online show (on hiatus now), wherein I chatted with creatives who “live life as an artist… or better yet, live their lives as if it IS their art.” It’s a notion near and dear to my heart.

I thought you might enjoy visiting or re-visiting them. Heck… you might just be inspired!

This was the main episode: 

And this short segment (it’s only about a minute) is about Art and Finding Original Perspective… something I thought was important enough to create as a stand-alone reminder!

Castello Di Amorosa & THE CHAT

The Castle

I visited Castello di Amorosa in the Napa Valley for the first time recently. I went to hang with my great friend Annette Biggers – and to help out on one of her fantastic fairy tale shoots. She’s done them at the castle before, so I’d heard a lot about the place. I couldn’t wait to see it! And yet… nothing prepared me for what I saw! My jaw about hit the floor when I walked in. This is basically the first thing you see when drive up. Y’know, just a basic Napa Valley winery. NOT!
Castle in gold. Its best color of all.
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