Hi, I'm Karen
I work with a variety of food businesses from Food Producers, Speciality food brands, Farm shops, Restaurants and Chefs.
Most of my work is shot in my studio in Shropshire where I photograph and style the food myself. I also often research, adapt and cook recipes to go with food products that are delivered to my door. I am drawn to an earthy rustic style, bordering on the painterly but I also work with a lot of brands that have a totally different look, part of the fun is discussing the vision of a company's brand so we can create images that fit with it. I live with my family and an assortment of dogs, sheep and hens on a farm in Shropshire. My very practical husband has converted an old barn into an office and studio where I do 90% of my work. My work is angled towards local, seasonal and thoughtfully sourced food. I tend to work with brands that produce wholefoods or lightly processed foods like flour, honey and olive oil. I will only shoot food that is edible afterwards in order to avoid food waste and I use organic or good quality ingredients in my shoots. I am keen to promote home cooking and have an aversion to ultra processed foods
History and Education
I have been working as a Photographer for 20 years, following a BA in photography which I finished in 1998. Initially I was based in London and focused on travel & reportage. I spent a lot of time in South America and worked for Christian Aid on projects out in Africa as well as being involved in a long term project with the Photographers' Gallery photographing in London schools. I fell into food when I met my husband who ran one of the first online Supermarkets back in the 90's. He persuaded me to help with the photography and then proceeded to drag me back to Shropshire in 2006 where we have been ever since. I'm a self taught cook who loves to continually find new ingredients and new recipes. I prefer nothing more than sitting around a table sharing good food and wine.