Jenna and Matt were my very first clients after I moved to New York City, so I think they will always have a special place in my heart. I was a bit anxious moving coast to coast and not having work right away, but doing this session the weekend after my move helped calm my nerves and make me realize how I really am supposed to be in New York at this point in my life.

Instantly meeting them I was filled with joy, not only because they were fill with enthusiasm for the shoot, but because their TWO pugs stole my heart. World, meet Toby and Darla. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did during this session before. It was a combination of trying to get their dogs to do what we wanted and the infectious and positive energy that Jenna and Matt had during photos.

We left friends and I almost left with their dogs. So excited for more adventures in New York with them! And can we just talk about their INSANE STYLE for a moment?! I mean, c’mon!

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Live in New York City or coming to visit and want portraits in the city? I’m your girl. Email me at karen@karenobrist.com and let’s explore.

2015 was my first year full time with my business. 20 couples total, which was my goal for the year. I traveled, I grew, and I created some of my best work to date. I narrowed this down from 352 images to 156 out of thousands. I feel strongly about the images I selected below and used these three words to help guide me along the way: Unique. Emotional. Strong. I focused on moments and feeling and tried really hard to not include any filler images. It’s taken me a few weeks of work and some help and curating from Jon Almeda of One Love Photo. (Thanks for the help, friend!) I’m really PROUD of what I accomplished this past year and I’m so thrilled to be creating new work in a new city this year. New York, show me what you got!

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My girl, Stephanie Dolen was my second shooter extraordinaire and traveled with me to a few weddings and kept me focused, calm, and FED. She’s one of my best friends in the whole world and is in my opinion, the best person to have by my side on a wedding day when I need someone! Thanks for seriously being the best. <3

Also Cara Robbins came out and helped me with a wedding this year and absolutely dominated! I was so busy this past year that I didn’t take on as many second shooting gigs. I wanted to give a shout out to Benj Haisch and Jenny Jimenez for having me along on some weddings, which a few images from those are sprinkled throughout this post.

2015 was a huge year of travel! Spain, Bahamas, Iceland, Hawaii, Minneapolis, Nebraska, New York, New Zealand, Fiji, St. Louis. I moved across the country from Seattle to New York to follow a curiosity and dream of living in NYC with the incredible help of my dad. (More on that big move HERE)

I also want to thank all my couples for allowing me to experiment, experience and create at their weddings. I’m so excited to be living in New York and hope that 2016 brings lots of documenting on the East Coast. I’m now booking for 2016, so if you’re wedding is out East, please get in touch! I’m also traveling for weddings and shoots this year, so no matter where you’re located, drop me a line and let’s explore!

So far on my 2016 calendar I have Colombia, Paris, California, Denver and Seattle!

  • isaiah - January 14, 2016 - 1:26 pm

    well damn. Looks like this was an amazing year. Great imagesReplyCancel

  • Kylie Kai - January 15, 2016 - 3:23 am

    seriously, amazing work. as always! (don’t even know these people and there are tears in my eyes!)ReplyCancel

An Iceland Proposal Story:  

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I traveled all the way to Iceland to meet my friends Kara and Kevin for some portraits of them on their trip there this past March. Kevin emailed me a few days before the trip and told me that he was going to propose to Kara at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon! Kara had no idea this was happening, and I could barely contain my excitement for being able to capture my very first proposal in a pretty epic place. Traveling with these two was hysterical and flowed perfectly. You never know when you go on a trip with new people how the travel aspect will go, but let me tell you, we just jived great. From gas station stops (BONUS) to delicious meals and attempting to pronounce Icelandic words, it was a riot. They picked me up from the airport and a few hours later we spent the whole day at the Blue Lagoon. THAT PLACE IS UNREAL. A natural hot spring with aqua blue water and lava rocks surrounding you. You feel like you’re in another world. I had a water housing on my camera so I was able to take a few photos along the way as well which was really fun. While we were there, it rained, sleeted, snowed, was overcast and sunny. Iceland has some of the most dramatic weather changes of a place I’ve ever seen. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes” and it couldn’t be more true!  
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The next day, Kevin and I schemed while Kara was inside the Jokulsarlon gift shop about the plan of action. Kevin wanted the most scenic spot in the glacier lagoon, and while everything was unreal, we spotted this iceberg that was easily accessed since it had a ton of rocks underneath it (no it wasn’t floating in the middle of the water!). There was a photo shoot hysterically going on there of this poor girl in a DRESS. We not so patiently waited for that to stop happening so we could go over there. I had them walk over to do a “portrait” on the iceberg and then Kevin got down on one knee and proposed! It was pretty incredible and I kind of blacked out while it was happening because my heart was racing so fast! After the tearful moments that followed, we took portraits all around in the not so warm glacier. Totally worth every chilly moment! We spent 8+ hours in the car that day and were all ready for sleep after that. A big thanks to Kevin for driving on those Iceland roads! The next day we explored Reykjavík, going to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church where I got some cool shots of them from above and wandered around town! We finished with one of the most delicious meals of my life- so good in fact that I can’t even remember all that we ate. Blame it on the food coma. The whole trip was an absolute dream and I am so happy to finally share the full set of images! Don’t ask me why it took me so long to blog these! So much love to Kara and Kevin and I can’t wait to be a guest at their wedding next year!
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This proposal was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes– go check it out!

If you or anyone you know is ELOPING abroad, get in touch! I would love to document your story in an incredible place. Inquire at karen{at}karenobrist{dot}com

Here’s Kara & Kevin’s Story: “What started off by meeting through a friend in college, Kevin and Kara carried their relationship through life in three different cities. Kara moved to Seattle shortly after graduation. Kevin attended law school and made his way to Denver, then to Sacramento. Many flights and late night phone conversations came to an end about a year ago, when they both moved to San Francisco. The first year was spent exploring and photographing their adventures around much of the U.S. Their biggest adventure yet was to be Iceland. They both had travelled to other countries, but this was the first together. Kara, who is normally behind the lens, arranged for her close friend and talented photographer( Karen) to join them and help document the first trip outside the country together. Kevin already planning to propose on the trip decided this was the perfect opportunity to capture the moment and maintain the surprise. He let Karen in on the plan and pinpointed Jokulsarlon as the spot, a picturesque glacier lagoon complete with floating icebergs and home to arctic seals. After a nervous month of hoping the ring would be ready in time, the two boarded a plane. Kevin hid the ring in his coat pocket with Kara by his side. The day of adventuring to the glacier lake had arrived and the crew set out to Jokulsarlon. What to Kara was supposed to be a day of hanging out and exploring turned into Kevin proposing atop an iceberg. It was there that Kara said yes to the man she loves.”

  • dorothy - December 23, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    so dang beautiful. you’re killerReplyCancel

  • Jan Fletcher - December 24, 2015 - 2:57 am

    awesome photos!….good job!ReplyCancel

  • Anthony - December 27, 2015 - 2:02 am

    Excellent pictures KaroniReplyCancel