Central Park Engagement Session

I had such a good time shooting Marisa and Michael’s Central Park engagement session in early May!  It was one of the first sunny and pleasant spring days, and it was so nice to work outdoors, comfortably, and with such a lovely couple! I photographed Michael’s brother Peter’s wedding a few years ago in the Berkshires, so I had met and photographed Michael with his family then. It’s so nice to see familiar faces and of course it’s also so flattering to get referrals from family and friends for future weddings!














I will be shooting Marisa and Michael’s wedding at the Metropolitan Building in November. This shoot was an opportunity to get to know each other better and it was great practice for the couple who will be enduring 8-10 hours of photography on their wedding day!

We photographed at the Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain and later cabbed it to Conservatory Garden for the final shots at sunset. The cherry blossoms were at peak bloom in these photos, which will make for a unique and contrasting story to their late fall nuptials!

Springtime in Provence Workshop

Karen Wise Photography Workshop

On Sale Now!!

It’s Springtime in Provence and on April 17th, 2106 I will be collaborating with two award-winning Brooklyn based professionals on a Provence-inspired workshop!

Our Springtime in Provence Workshop includes flower arranging by floral designer and fine artist Denise Fasanello, food styling by chef Loren Michelle of Naturally Delicious catering company and an in depth lesson in photographing the final result with award-winning food and wedding photographer Karen Wise.

All attendees will have the opportunity to design their own flower arrangement and take them home! They will be able to play with colorful local ingredients and finished dishes plated by the chefs from the Naturally Delicious’ kitchen. A lot of vintage and rustic props and unique surfaces will be available to inspire you.  Play around with lighting, composition, styling and propping, while Karen Wise guides you and answers questions during your focussed practice.

The date is quickly approaching, so get your tickets soon! Get out your cameras, roll up your sleeves and get ready to get your hands dirty! For a limited time these tickets are on sale!

Click HERE to learn more & to reserve your spot for this 4/17 collaborative workshop at Brooklyn’s very own Private Dining Room (PDR) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

In the winter I always crave seasonal root vegetables and hearty winter fruits, for one because the color is so vibrant against the dark grey winter skies, but also because it’s a chance to recharge and infuse my body with healthy antioxidants. Pomegranate and citrus are both some of my faves. And do they ever photograph well.

Inspired to design a Food Photography Valentines promo card this year, I bought a bunch of juicy and perfect looking and tasting fruits from my local food coop and started playing with food. Of course, there’s nothing like sweets when it’s cold out too. So I infused some pomegranate pieces into a favorite brand of organic full fat dairy ice cream. Here are some of the images I made, photographed both on film and digitally. I had my card designed by the talented Paige Vickers, and printed on a detail-retaining textured paper at Lion in the Sun of Park Slope. In the same week, I also collaborated with my friend and colleague Sharon Becker makeup artist extraordinaire- she asked me to shoot lipstick on a model for her own Valentines promo this year, so I came up with some action shots of our model dabbling in cones of pomegranate ice cream and dark chocolate. And Voila, this is how my promo card is born.

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Manhattan Engagement Session

Engaged?  Mazel tov!
Now it’s time to plan a photo shoot –  spring will be here sooner than we all think!
Photographing Chelsea and Mike’s Manhattan Engagement Session (outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and in SoHo) was so much fun, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, more laid back, stylish and creative couple to work with.
I will also be photographing their wedding in May.  Cannot wait!

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Session
Manhattan Engagement Shoot

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award

Karen has received a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016! Recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals, within the WeddingWire Network, who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. This is the sixth WeddingWire award granted to Karen Wise Photography!

Thank you to my amazing clients for writing me such laudatory reviews!

Karen Wise - WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for 2016

Karen Wise Photography Receives WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016

Tiki with a Twist

I am so happy to have worked on my 4th cookbook, Tiki with a Twist, published by Sterling Publishing this summer! As the name suggests, this cookbook documents tropical tiki style drinks. The recipes were created by Lynn Calvo, of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, on the eastern most point of Long Island’s south fork.

Lynn’s cool Polynesian style Tiki bar sits on a peaceful boat-lined marina, and is often packed full of locals and visitors in the hot summer months. We photographed for 3 days this past August, in Montauk with the author, Lynn Calvo, co-author/creator James Fraioli and a team of editors and art directors from Sterling Publishing.

Torrential downpours and gusty winds did not stop us on the first day of the shoot. We found a lovely local restaurant (Swallow East) that took us under wing and let us spend the day using their window light, to which we are so grateful. The next two days were sunny and calm, and thankfully we resumed the shoot at Lynn’s outdoor bar as planned!

Tiki with a Twist cookbook will be on bookshelves in May 2016. A few examples of what you will see when you open it up:






Marissa Mayer Headshot

It is so awesome to see the portrait I made for my client, Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer on Bloomberg.com today.
I love it with the vibrant Yahoo purple backdrop which replaced our green screen!

Marissa Mayer Headshot

Marissa Mayer Headshot

Marissa’s portrait was made in a daylight photo studio in Tribeca, New York City right before a Charlie Rose interview. We were ready with our green screen set up just in time for her arrival. I’m super impressed with how much Marissa got done in just 36 hours. She flew to NY overnight, presented at AdWeek in midtown, had her portraits taken downtown, then was interviewed by Charlie Rose all in the same day, flying back that night.

Can you say Super Woman?

I had the pleasure of photographing Marissa Mayer’s wedding, in December 2009, in San Francisco. You may see one of her wedding portraits published in the San Francisco Chronicle here.

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.

Update: my lovely client Angeli was so sweet to bring me back a copy of the issue, she happened to be in Mumbai when it came out and her lovely portrait is in the mag too.


Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

I’m excited to share this beautiful summer Rhode Island wedding on Carats and Cake today! Lauren and Benoit were married on Block Island, Rhode Island in June on her family’s seaside property.


Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Rhode Island Wedding on Carats and Cake

Karen Wise Photography - Artistic Wedding Photojournalism











It had been about 15 years since I visited, while I was a photography student at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). It was really nice to be back amongst Block Island’s laid back culture, rolling landscapes, lighthouses, and the cool ocean breeze.