Karen and I discuss her creative approach and drive, and the force behind her relentless creativity. We also discuss her decision to switch from Mac to Windows (but she still loves her iPad). And her path to finding her “perfect camera”… spoiler, it's from Fujifilm!
Favorite Quote: “The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.” – Robert Schumann
Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer Karen Hutton is probably best known as an International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker, Author, and Educator. Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas, and a genuinely positive outlook, she inspires people to discover their artistic voice in photography — while making it all feel like an unforgettable and eye-opening adventure.
Photography has been in her family since the Norwegian side of her family immigrated to the United States and began “photographing everything in sight, especially, and most hilariously, each other”. It seemed only natural to grow up with a camera in her hands.
Her unique vision now extends to a new form of digital art, which she refers to as “Whimsical Reveries”.
“I love to create these ‘pastiches', reflecting the way my mind thinks. A bit of whimsy and humor, strange characters and connections, simple brushstrokes of feeling. They have a life of their own; telling stories about our precious hearts and souls as they seek to thrive in this wild world. Each piece is a reminder that reality can shift in an instant and that nothing is as it seems on the surface.”
Karen’s fine art prints have appeared in shows and installations in the U.S. and Japan. She leads photography retreats in the U.S. and Europe, which focus on Storytelling, Seeing Photographically, Finding Your Artistic Voice, and the Power of Awe. Her popular online courses can be found on Kelbyone and her magazine articles have been translated into multiple languages. Karen and her unique approach to photography & life are featured in a short-form documentary film, created by Smugmug.
Her adoring fans + customers have called her “Pure JOY, LIGHT & absolute FUN!”, “An inspirational gem” and “Incredibly artistic. Captivatingly genius. World-class!”
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