I am a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer based in the North Atlanta area, and I also occasionally photograph clients in South Florida, where I started my business back in 2005. I specialize in capturing emotion, passion, and personality through on-location, editorial-style images.
I live in South Forsyth County with my two young sons, Zachary and William, and my husband Adrian, who is the president and founder of Táve Studio Manager, one of the top business management software solutions for professional photographers. I'm a native South Floridian and proudly attended the University of Florida. Go Gators! My hobbies include reading, cycling, exercise, hiking, and traveling. My family and I relocated to the Atlanta area in 2015 from Fort Lauderdale and are loving life in Georgia. A self-proclaimed geek girl, I am a huge fan of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Star Wars! Bonus points if ANY part of your wedding includes anything from any of these fandoms. ;-)
As a college student, I was drawn to the study of Anthropology because I loved learning about people and their cultures and societies. Additionally, I loved journalism, communications, and photography. I hold a degree in Communications with a minor in Anthropology, and I consider wedding photography to be a "marriage" - if you will - of my two passions, and a way to combine my love of documentary-style journalism with the beauty of humanity and its most powerful emotion: love.
My husband and I bonded over our excitement for photography and started our wedding and portrait business in South Florida in 2005. Three years later, I had taken over as primary photographer for our company as my husband moved to the software side of things, and as our first son was born, my spark for photography was renewed even further as I discovered the joy only a mother can have when creatively photographing her child. When our second son was born in 2012, we began making plans to leave Florida, and those plans were realized in early 2015, when we relocated to beautiful North Georgia.
I have over ten years of experience photographing weddings and portraits throughout the United States. I've worked in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, California, Illinois, and Vermont, and photographed for my own fun and enjoyment in what feels like a zillion other locations. My style is self-proclaimed "creative-documentary" - where I aim to capture all of the emotions, joy, and excitement that my clients share together and with their families during their portrait session or on their wedding day.
My favorite parts of the wedding are the first dance and the couples portrait session -- two opportunities to capture emotion in very different, but touching ways. I only accept a limited number of wedding commissions per year in order to give all of my couples special attention.
Karen Lisa serves the metro Atlanta area including Cumming, Alpharetta, Milton, Duluth, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Roswell, Gainesville, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and more. She also travels to South Florida to shoot on occasion.
Karen's portrait courtesy Stacey Brandon Photography & Design