I honestly can’t even comprehend how I just narrowed my 2014 wedding and portrait season into 100 frames. I did have to call in for back up to my friend Heather Curiel who helped me do the final cull, because otherwise you’d be looking at more than double of this! This year I’m trying to be better at tailoring my posts to be a little shorter, since if you follow me you know, I tend to over post. This is a real struggle for us photographers because we are so attached to our images, it’s hard to let any of them go! I started out with 325 frames and am pretty proud of myself for not just posting those but going back through them, and back through them again to make sure each one fit.

I get extremely emotional when I think about how far I’ve come in these almost 4 years since I’ve graduated Brooks and am out in the real world doing photography full time. 2014 was my biggest year of growth yet, and I already know that 2015 will be even better! It’s really hard to be patient when you see so many talented and amazing friends booking like crazy, but I’m happy to say that I’ve kept my calm (for the most part) and really worked my butt off to get to where I am now without just booking every job that comes in my inbox. For me, this job is about the connection between me and my clients and we are a team, so it’s important we fit well together! I’ve made some incredible friends through photography in both my clients and fellow photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with and learning from. To say that I’m living the dream is an understatement. I am so lucky to have the overflowing support and love from those closest to me in my life and even those that I never knew before they emailed me.

I want to take a moment to thank my couples for trusting me with their day and letting me have the chance to really capture the essence of it. It’s been a beautiful journey and you all have helped me grow into the photographer I am by being willing to spend hours with me on a road trip or ferry ride just ready to explore and make some awesome portraits. I’m glad that I have my personal rule of really trying not to photograph engagement sessions in the same spot as much as possible. This is definitely not easy since it takes more planning, preparation and energy, but I’ve never left going on an adventure with my couples that I didn’t think it was all worth it. It allows me to discover more of this beautiful state and challenge myself with the unknown of what frames I’ll create that day. It’s only helped me grow, even when I fail, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Last year I had the opportunity to photograph weddings with a bunch of amazing photographers and some of these little snippets of those days are also in this post! While I didn’t post from every wedding I did with others last year, you’ll see weddings I photographed alongside Tonhya Wysong, Jordan Quinn, Kyle Hepp, Meghan Klein, and The Mullers. I was fortunate to go home for 3 weeks last year and photograph a total of 3 weddings with Dan and Lauren. While Lauren was waiting for little Max to arrive, I was Dan’s sidekick at Angela and Russel and Angeline and Peter’s weddings in February. Then I came back in May to be in my best friend Kirsten’s wedding (that The Mullers photographed!) and then did a 3 day Indian wedding, Shivani and Chris, with Dan and Lauren. I’ll be doing a full blog post later on that Indian wedding, but you’ll find a few frames below! Thank you to The Mullers for allowing me to be back home so much last year, it’s a year I’ll never forget!

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Here’s my 2015 Travel Schedule so far if you wanted to set up a session OR contact me if you want me in your city! Shoot me an email at karen@karenobrist.com  

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Febrary 26-March 2: Paradise Island, Bahamas

March 2-March 10: Nebraska

April 15-April 22: Honolulu, HI

May 8-13: Minneapolis, MN

May 2015: New York City, NY

July 26-August 9: New Zealand

August 9-10: Fiji

September 16-20: Nebraska

September 23-30: New York City/Connecticut

  • Kyle - January 28, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    Amazing work Karen, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet you last year!ReplyCancel

  • Dad O - January 31, 2015 - 2:46 pm

    Awesome pictures, Karen. Your passion and quality photography continue to grow!!ReplyCancel

Happy New Year! I’ve started a new tradition to help me blog more in 2015, Tuesday Blog Day. Every Tuesday this year, I’m going to post a new blog. I have a few other photographer friends that are doing this with me (Heather and Krista cough cough) to help motivate and keep each other accountable. I felt like there couldn’t be a better way to start this tradition than with a personal post from a trip I took last month!

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My good friend Dorothy invited me along for her bday trip to Palm Springs with a bunch of other ladies (+ Josh!) and I was super pumped because I’ve never been! When you think Palm Springs, you think SUN and warmth- well this wasn’t the case for us. We had grey skies and a heck of a lot of rain, which made it take us 3x longer to get to Joshua Tree because of the flooding on roads, but the light was pretty perfect. I was laughing because this is the second time I’ve gone to California this year that it dumped buckets.

That didn’t stop us from exploring, cooking a beautiful dinner, and enjoying every bit of the gorgeous city that is Palm Springs. We did a lot in the 2 days we were there- hitting up Ace Hotel, The Parker, and a day trip to Joshua Tree. Dorothy found us this STUNNING house that we rented for the 2 nights and were able to have an incredible meal amongst candlelight and great friends to celebrate Dorothy’s Quarter of a Century birthday!

Friends, old and new, all joined together from Portland to LA to Seattle to celebrate one amazing friend. Dorothy, if you don’t know her, is probably the kindest person I know. She literally has a light that shines from her and her attitude and laugh is infectious. She is the type of person who gives gifts to people on her birthday; this one we each had our own vintage postcard from Joshua tree. She is selfless and sweet and one heck of a talent. I was honored to be part of this gathering. I’ll never forget this trip Dorothy, Amanda, Caroline, Katy, Emily, Yvonne, Josh, Joe and Saxon. Thanks for the laughter, adventures, and friendship.

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Photos of me taken by Dorothy Huynh.

  • Heather - January 20, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    You did it! I was about to post a summery WA wedding but I think I’ll post our Palm Springs one to go along with you! Great set of images and nice work for shooting so much great stuff while on vacation. I need to do more of that!ReplyCancel

  • jenny l. - January 20, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    dang these are killer karen!! looks like you guys had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy - January 21, 2015 - 3:41 am

    karen! These are killer!!!! I’m so thankful you were there to capture it all. I love you.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Welch - January 21, 2015 - 7:22 am

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm YUMMY!ReplyCancel

I could of never dreamed of the beauty I witnessed on this day.

The light was perfection, location even more than that, and to top it all off, I got to photograph a talented and beautiful friend.

Lauren and I went to Brooks together- she was just named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. She’s pretty incredible. To be able to collaborate with such a beautiful soul was amazing. She took some photos of me also- it was such a fun adventure, especially to see how far each of us have come in these past 3 years.

We had florals done by the amazing Sara Jane of Terra Bella Flowers. You must get florals done by her- she makes some stunning creations. Also, giving her creative freedom to make us crowns and a bouquet was the best choice because we were floored by what she came up with. Gold and warm rich toned florals were the perfect combination with our location and outfits!

Lauren and I hiked up the 1.9 miles (in full dress- we did have good hiking boots on though!) to the top with as Lauren put it “too many tote bags.” I’ve honestly never hiked with this much gear and clothes ever, so it was a challenge. People also probably thought we were insane since we had our flower crowns on our heads the entire time! We claimed we wouldn’t stay until there was basically no light, but who are we kidding? The light just kept getting better so we definitely hiked down 1.9 miles in the pitch dark. (I remembered my head lamp, don’t worry!) Probably not the smartest decision in my life but it’s one I’ll never regret because this was once in a lifetime kind of light. The best light I have ever seen. What a perfect November day.

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Florals: Terra Bella Flowers

Lauren’s white dress: Anthropologie 

Lauren’s Maroon dress: Free People 

Location: Rattlesnake Ridge

Go check out Lauren’s work HERE.

  • dorothy - December 18, 2014 - 10:38 am

    holy shit karen. these are incredible. some of your best work. that light is insane! yes, the best light I’ve ever seen. wow.ReplyCancel

  • Vivian Larson - December 18, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Wow!!!!! Just Wow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - December 18, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    DANG GIRL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Kreikemeier - December 19, 2014 - 1:27 am

    These are some of the best photos I’ve ever seen! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Pleasant - December 19, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    So gorgeous Karen!ReplyCancel