Your Wedding Day was just the start of your love story. Regardless of the season that you're in, and whether your babies are big, small or furry, this time in your life deserves to be captured by something other than your iPhone. 

I love creating photos to remind families that in spite of the fact that the floor of their car is covered in cereal, their laundry room looks like an episode of hoarders and mom and dad are in a permanent state of exhaustion, their love and their story are beautiful. 

So let's plan a day for you to play some games, snuggle your loved ones, and create beautiful images that will fill up the frames on your walls for years to come. 


The Karen Schanely Portrait Experience

Session lasting approximately up to 1 Hour 

Choice of 5 edited digital images from gallery of 20 edited images

Private online gallery to view and download session images and to purchase high-quality professional prints




Session lasting approximately up to 1 Hour 

60+ edited digital images

Private online gallery to view and download session images and to purchase high-quality professional prints




Session lasting up to 1 Hour

80+ edited digital images

Private online gallery to view and download session images and to purchase high-quality professional prints

Gorgeous 16x20 Canvas or Heirloom Wood Print

15% discount on any print and product purchases in your online gallery





Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! I think it's amazing when families are able to visit with each other, vacation together, or are able to get everyone in the same place! Siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles - it's a treasure to have these family reunions and memories, and these pictures are truly family heirlooms! There is an additional $100 fee with groups of 10 and more people to help accommodate the additional groupings, poses, and photo requests. 

With the Petite Collection, I'll select the best 20 images to edit and deliver in a private, online gallery, where you'll be able to view and download your choice of 5 images. And if you can't choose just 5, you'll also be able to purchase the other 15 images as digitals and/or print products. 

It's normal for storms to pop up on the coast, and I keep a close eye on the forecast and radar. If it looks like it will rain during your session, I'll be in touch with some options to find a different time, day, and/or location. 

While I think a great photographer can create amazing pictures at any time of day, there are parts of the day in regard to the sunlight that work better for different locations. With beach sessions, I recommend starting about an hour before sunset to make the most of the beautiful sunset colors and soft light. For sessions downtown or at a park, I recommend mid-morning or mid-afternoon. 

One of the more stressful parts of doing a portrait session for many people (including me!) is choosing outfits for everyone! This is why I will send you my Session Guide with tips on having a fun, stress-free session, including how to coordinate colors, textures, accessories, and more! I am happy to help and encourage my clients to send me pictures for feedback! 

I will post some Previews for you on Facebook within 2 day of your session so that you can enjoy them right away (if you prefer for your images to not be shared on social media, just let me know)! Within 2 weeks of your session, you'll receive an email to a private online gallery where you'll be able to view your pictures, download them, and order professional print products!

Yes! I believe that even though we live in a digital world and I absolutely love having my favorite pictures on my phone and other devices, there is nothing quite like displaying your family pictures in your home, where you and your loved ones will see and enjoy them every day as they walk by. I have searched high and low for some of the best and most beautiful print products out there and offer a variety of prints, canvases, albums, block wraps, wood mounted prints, and more! 

Karen is just the best! Trying to capture special moments with Two toddlers is very difficult and she absolutely did it! Our family is very grateful for all the time she took with us and the beautiful pictures we will have forever. Also, Karen is very professional in the planning, communication and preparation for your photo shoot!
Thank you, Karen!

- Kimberly

You will not regret hiring Karen. She managed a family photo shoot for my massive family with patience and creativity. She made the whole experience delightful—she even engaged the small children with a gracious understanding of their short attention spans. She made our experience fun and a special memory. She is so genuine and sweet! And our photos are beautiful. My dad died unexpectedly, and I will always treasure the beautiful images that capture his delight in our mom, all of his children and his grandchildren. After the photoshoot, Dad put his arm around my shoulders and said, “That was really fun.” I am beyond grateful for the images and the sweetness of that memory. Thank you, Karen, with all my heart.

- Kate

Karen did an absolutely fantastic job working with our family! She got natural smiles out of my kiddos, which is no easy thing. She created a relaxing session and got beautiful pictures! I’m having trouble deciding which ones to frame. I will be asking her to do pictures again for sure!

- Brooke

Karen is not only an incredible photographer, but also an absolutely wonderful person! Her sweet personality made my fiancé and me feel so comfortable from the moment we met her. Having a photoshoot can sometimes be awkward, but Karen will make the entire process so sweet. You will absolutely love your time with her and LOVE her stunning work!

- Savanna

SOOO incredibly impressed by Karen. She made our session so fun and easy! She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and felt like a new friend when we were done. She is so creative with poses and knows what she is doing behind the camera. Thanks Karen!

- Ashley