Karen Marie is the owner and creator of Belly Beautiful Portraits. She is the mother of three creative, smart and amazing children. Karen has been a labor and delivery nurse, a childbirth educator, and a prenatal ultrasound tech. Photography has always been a passion of hers. She began her professional training by assisting with local photographers. Posing, lighting techniques, shooting angles, digital workflow and editing enhancements, all shot with real clients, gave her a strong platform to grow her skills and see how they translated into finished art. She started her own photography career out of necessity from the financial collapse in 2007. She began with an amature camera and lens set she bought from a big box store. She made her own props and headbands, and used fabric for everything from dresses, to wraps, to backgrounds. Every sale she would try to put a little back into the business, and she always put her whole heart into her work. She now has two amazing, fully equipped studio spaces and shoot with pro grade lenses and cameras. She has the most amazing clients that see and feel the emotion behind each image. She has always loved babies and always loved photography. She has been very fortunate to be able to combine these two passions into a career. She finds peace swimming with dolphins, and is excited when she can get away to do location shooting. She also enjoys creating new sets with fresh ideas for the studio. She is a prop addict, self proclaimed photoshop black belt, and loves her contract work with Disney. She is looking forward to sharing some of her experience and experiences with you!