I’m Karen and I’m a commercial and travel photographer in Manchester. I live in a town called Ramsbottom, which anyone under the age of seven finds hilarious, in a house with views of the hills and a cellar of broken home-brewing dreams. I’ve been a photographer for 12 years and can’t think of a better way to fund my obsession with food and wine.
As you can see from all the blue skies and sandy beaches on my website, I shoot a lot of travel and package holiday photos, which I love (although I rebel for my own family holidays by going on Glamping road trips around Europe). My four-year-old daughter Amy used to come on the travel shoots with me and is the “token child” in the brochures – if I ever needed a kid in the shot, I’d plonk Amy in!
My biggest client is Jet2, who I used to work for as Head of Photography I was hired to “sort out the photography” and in my four years there I created (and ran) the photography department, with a team of in-house photographers, a network of freelancers throughout Europe, and a huge image database. Jet2 is now the second biggest tour operator in the UK – an achievement of which I’m incredibly proud to have been a part. I left the company as I wanted to step down from a management role and back behind the camera where I’m happiest.
As well as jetting around various sunny destinations, I also do commercial photography for small businesses that want to inject some creativity and personality into their brands. My clients want a photographer who “gets” them – someone who is on the same wavelength and who can come in and make their vision a reality, with my own little twist.
Many of my clients are Glamping sites and B&Bs in Lancashire and the north of England, run by real people who pour all their love into their business. I spend time with my clients and get to know them. Hearing the stories behind the business – how it began and what it means to the people behind it makes all the difference, and allows me to tell their story through images. From the farmer who turned his land into a glamping site to the award-winning pub owner who transformed their unused rooms into a cool BnB, your story is your selling point. From working with large corporations, I know what makes a great ‘hero’ shot – the one that makes people say “wow”. But your business is all about the little things too – the thoughtful touches and unique elements. I put these together to make people fall in love with your space.
My work has been featured in the BBC, Guardian and more in flight magazines than you shake a tub of factor 50 at. The best moment of my career though was the first time I saw my image on a billboard!
In my spare time I’d love to be out on long walks with my dog, but I’m not allowed one. My four-year-old has spoken – she doesn’t want her playing to be interrupted by having to look after a dog! When I’m not begging my daughter to let me get a dog, I’m down at the allotment pulling weeds and failing at planting anything but potatoes. I’m addicted to custard, I’m obsessed with geeky things (especially things that seem to be incredibly boring to other people), and my favourite word is bollocks.
Feel free to check out my work – and once you’ve been inspired to book a two-week all-inclusive holiday to Spain next summer, get in touch and let me know how we can work together to create brilliant photos for your business.