Karen's interest in photography and wild places started in childhood, when at the age of 12 she was given her first SLR camera. She would follow her parents up into the mountains of northern Britain, then eagerly watch her father process her black and white film back in his garden shed.
In 1993, a move to the Peak District inspired her and by 1996 she quit her career as a research chemist to become a full time landscape photographer. She is now one of the few professional female landscape photographers in the country, respected for her knowledge of the Peak District and her ability to get the most out of its varied locations throughout the changing seasons and light. Her real goal is to try and create photographic images that look like paintings. To do this in the field with a minimum of computational “fiddle” usually requires her to seek out unusual light or weather conditions, which she does with a passion, her particular enthusiasm is for being out in wild places and stormy light. She considers time on the computer as life wasted so does as little manipulation as possible!
Over the years Karen’s work has been published in books, calendars, tourist brochures and magazines throughout the country, including Derbyshire Life where she has been a regular contributor of both written articles and images. She runs her own greetings cards business and sells fine art prints in galleries and online. She has written and illustrated two award winning books published by Frances Lincoln - Peak Landscape and Light - A Photographer’s Guide to the Peak District (2010) and The Coast to Coast Walk (2012).
In 2000 Harper Collins published The Rambler's Guide to the Peak District written by Roly Smith and illustrated entirely with Karen's images. The work was highly commended in the Year 2000 OWG Photographic Awards.
She is a member of the Outdoor Writer's and Photographer's Guild and has been a landscape tutor for a number of years giving both private and group tuition. She is a member of the Peak District Photography Gallery where she has a permanent display of work located upstairs in the Peak National Park's Visitor Centre in Bakewell see www.peakgallery.co.uk
Not only are all the images shown on this website available in a wide range of sizes and formats but so also are any of the photos which appear in her various books , calendars and magazine publications or greetings cards
Most of her work has been taken using 35mm Nikon equipment, either digital or slide film although she also sometimes uses Pentax 6x7, Mamiya 6x6 or 6x4.5 medium format cameras, primarily using 50ASA Fuji Velvia film.