Portrait: Karen N. Smutz Me.....I have been involved with photography in one way or another for most of my life. I started out on the other side of the camera working as a model and posing as a princess at Disney. I had no idea how much those experiences would help me in the future. I worked my summer jobs during college at an old time photography studio. After I graduated from the University of Delaware I moved to Florida. I later worked as an elementary school teacher. When my husband and I started to think about having children of our own we adopted 2 children from South Korea. They are our children and we are totally blessed that God made us a family. Adoption truly is such a God thing. It was then that I returned to my roots and got a job at a local studio part time. I bought a Canon 40d and later a 5d Mark ii and everything took on a life of it's own. I had come full circle. I started taking more classes and attending workshops. I was hungry, and still am, to know more and to keep on top of the ever- changing business. My journey as an artist is an indefinite one. I feel like I am on a constant search for that one image....the one that speaks, the one that resonates within.....I feel like this is a faith based profession. My world is centered around the light! I know in my heart that the images that speak are there long before I pick up the camera. I just don't know what they are yet. I only know that they are there and that it is my job to find them.....I consider myself lucky to have found my passion in life and my true calling. I seriously love my job.

Published work includes
"Moms Like Me" magazine,
The Seminole Chronicle newspaper,
"Orange Appeal" magazine and
"Imagine Kids Magazine." Awards and recognition: http://www.betterphoto.com/Premium/default.aspx?id=302143&mp=V1

Please like my Facebook page under Karen Smutz Photography to find out when I am having specials such as my Fairy Princess Event.

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