Garden Inspired Hamptons Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing Abby and Jon’s exquisite summer wedding which took place at a private residence in the Hamptons. Abby and Jon exchanged vows in the gardens, framed by lush greenery, reflection pools, a fruiting peach orchard, and a mesmerizing garden labyrinth. I am thankful for all of the talented artists (the planners, the designers, the caterers, the musicians, etc) and to the couple’s wonderful families who came together to make this stunning event come together!

Abby + Jon’s Elegant Garden Inspired Hamptons Wedding was also featured in Style Me Pretty! See the post HERE.


Block Island Wedding on Style Me Pretty!







Lauren and Benoit were married on Block Island, Rhode Island in the summer on her family’s seaside property.

It had been about 15 years since I was last on the island – I visited while I was a student at RISD and it was especially nice to be back amongst Block Island’s laid back culture and cool ocean breeze.

Lauren and Benoit enjoyed a quiet moment before their rehearsal dinner, taking a stroll by the Southeast Lighthouse as the sun was setting. It’s these magical moments when the light is just right and the bride and groom are relaxing with each other that inspire me. I always recommend my couples take a moment for themselves, before or even while the party is going on, to catch their breath and soak it all in before going back to enjoy more of the celebration.

Event production by Bash, Please / Floral Design by Peartree Flowers

More images can be seen here on Style Me Pretty.

Tropical Floral Inspired Cover Story for Ceci Style



In 10 days from now, I will be attending destination wedding in Barbados and swimming in the Caribbean Sea!

The collaboration on this tropical inspired cover story for Ceci Style magazine is perfect timing as I to pack for this trip. Take a look here at the feature HERE.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Credits: Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Concept and model: Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York / Floral Design: Peartree Flowers / Make Up: SB Beauty / Hair: MG Hair & Makeup / Dress: Phase Eight at Bloomingdale’s / Jewelry: Luxe Intelligence

Colors of India – Cover for CeciStyle Magazine

My photos are featured in CeciStyle Magazine today!

It was awesome working with so many amazing artists on this indian-inspired fashion shoot, from henna artist, to make up + hair artist, jewelry designer, manicurists, and fashion and accessories designers.

Our beautiful and photogenic subject herself, Ceci Johnson, the luxury invitation designer of Ceci New York, made my job so much easier!

I have photographed many Indian weddings, some far away (Delhi, Rajastan, The Carribbean, and West Virginia) and others right here in New York. They are unique and very lush involved events! The shoot can last up to 3 days, and sometimes even 5 days, as often the partying goes on and on…

I’ll always be inspired by Indian colors and patterns, the food and by the joy experienced by family and friends.

Below is the cover image I photographed, and below that a detail of Ceci’s henna and jewel-laden hands. See the whole issue here:

A One on One Food Photography Workshop


Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a one on one food photography workshop to the talented vegan food blogger, clinical nutritionist, and cookbook author, Gena Hamshaw, of Choosing Raw.



It was such a pleasure to share photo tips and tricks with Gena, all the while taking pictures of beautiful vegan dishes prepared by Naturally Delicious.


These private photo sessions I teach are unique as I can really focus on specific aspects of photography and styling particular to the one attendee. The attendee brings his/her own camera(s) – film cameras or digital cameras, or both. It’s less about what I want to teach but more about what the attendee wants to learn this day!


On this full day of learning and practice last week, we covered a short history of still life photography, manually shooting, camera fundamentals (technique, exposure, white balance, etc.), and a quick Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge tutorial. We photographed about 10 gorgeous dishes styled by Loren Michelle at Naturally delicious. At the end of the day Gena and I had time to download our photos, edit, and work on getting images ready for our blog posts.

Here are some of the images I made this day alongside Gena, of the vegan dishes prepared by Naturally Delicious.





Here are some of the vegan dishes we photographed, served by Naturally Delicious in the PDR:

Winter Roasted Vegetables with Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic
Tuscan White Bean Bruschetta with Basil
Winter Farro Salad with Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Vegetable Skewers
Kit Kat Fudge Brownie, “Speculoos Wafer” and Chocolate Mousse
Shaved Fennel Salad with Orange Segments and Lemon Dill Vinaigrette
Thai Vegetable Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dip
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Homemade Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Chips
Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes
Roasted Winter Parsnips & Carrots with Black Sesame Seeds
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almond Milk

Are you hungry yet?!

To sign up or for  more info on Karen’s upcoming photography workshops, go HERE.

To learn more about Brooklyn’s Private Dining Room: / 718-237-3727

Happy New Year!


Happy 2015!

Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with love, blessings, health and happiness! Looking forward to connecting in the New Year!


Karen & Team

{floral arrangement by Peartree Flowers, and event styling  by Bash, Please, on Block Island, RI}

Published in Vogue India!

My photos and my interview are featured in the November issue of Vogue India!

I’m so thrilled, because the article is well-written, and the layout and cover are really pretty too! It features one of my favorite photos from Priti and Jaouad’s wedding in India: Priti’s slip on “slippers” on her feet. It also featured a black and white portrait I made of my gorgeous client, Neha, at her NJ wedding last year.

The article describes my style of shooting, and my experience as a destination and local wedding photographer. It also features my tips on what to ask your photographer during the selection process, and how to store your prints and negs.

Vogue’s got to be one of my favorite fashion magazines, EVER! I have yet to receive my physical copy of the issue, but Paulomi Patel, the writer of the feature was nice enough to scan her copy and send it to me via email from Mumbai.
The international newspaper shops in NY say they will have copies of in December.


Jennie + Joe’s Flapper Style Brooklyn Wedding
























It is always an honor for me to photograph a friend’s wedding. I first met Jennie a few years ago at The Clay Pot, a jewelry store in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. For years I would visit and buy small gifts for myself and others. I’d often gaze at the gorgeous, unique hand-crafted wedding rings in the back room. It was, and still is, a very special place to me.

My husband proposed to me in Hawaii with a ring from The Clay Pot. Chandler and I ended up purchasing our wedding bands there too – a lovely and patient woman, Jennie Fiske, welcomed my repeated visits to view the Jessica Fields and Overmann designs. She never got tired of pulling out ring after ring for me to see, over and over again! I left with rings that I still cherish three years later, and I still get compliments on them all of the time. A few years later, it was Jennie and Joe’s turn to get married. I was thrilled when I received her call asking if I would photograph their wedding this spring!

Jennie and Joe used a very glamorous Roaring Twenties theme at the Montauk Club in Park Slope, where fittingly, a number of episodes of Scorscese’s classy Boardwalk Empire were filmed. Jennie’s feathered headpiece was absolutely stunning on her flaming red curled hair. The bride and maid of honor’s flapperesque dresses were very svelte, not to mention the smaller details like their shoes, fine beading on the maid of honor’s dress, the rich and colorful bouquets, and the bride’s feather shawl! Joe’s ensemble was simple and understated, balancing out the glamour of the other details. Below are a few of my favorite portraits and moments from Jennie + Joe’s flapper style Brooklyn wedding.

On a personal note, I just want to say how grateful I am Jennie and my paths crossed. I’m so thankful for her help in finding us the perfect rings. Wishing you both all the best in love and life.

Creative Team: Floral Design: Edelweiss Floral Atelier // Dress: Anna Sui for BHLDN // Feather shrug: The Wedding Dresser // Hairpiece: Etsy // Suit: Ralph Lauren // Jennie’s Shoes: Spanish Leather // Joe’s  Shoes: Cole Haan // Makeup and Hair: Drea Coney Lorraine // Rings by Marian Maurer, Megan Thorne and Jerry Spaulding all from The Clay Pot //  Band: Empire Beats // Cake: LadyBird Bakery // Cake toppers: Etsy // Event Coordination: The Reverend D.

Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

Take a look online at Hanna and Jimm‘s Martha Stewart Weddings Feature!

Check out some favorite film and digital photographs from this cool couple’s Catskills wedding below, in my website’s Weddings gallery, and published here in MSW!

Hanna and Jimm, Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

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To see the the whole Martha Stewart Weddings feature click HERE!