I’m Karen and I’m a commercial and travel photographer in Manchester. I live in a town called Ramsbottom in a house with views of the hills and a cellar of broken home-brewing dreams. I’ve been a photographer for 15 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! My 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 Jet2holidays, who I used to work for as Head of Photography I was hired to “sort out the photography”. 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. Jet2holidays is now the second largest 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 away 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.
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 their 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 brand.
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 … well when my mum did so she knew I had a “proper” job.
In my spare time I’d love to be out on long walks with my dog, but I’m not allowed one. The child 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 growing anything but potatoes. I’m addicted to custard, my favourite TV show is Catastrophe & I own more pairs of trainers than a 42 year old mum really should.