I currently offer 1:1 mentoring for photographers of all skill levels, from moms who want to take better photos of their kids, to new photographers looking to gain basic photography and editing skills, and to skilled photographers looking to grow their business.
I'm an open book. We can sit down together or work via video chat. I'll answer your questions and teach in a down to earth way at your pace.
I also offer Summer kid/teen workshops and coming soon, a LIVE Coaching Program on Family Photography!
1:1, classes, workshops, & more
When their second child was born, our paths crossed. That sweet little boy is now an adorable, polite preschooler, and his sister is still a nurturing, loving presence, full of wonder and giggles during our sessions. Mom and Dad are the kindest, and I look forward to each session to catch up and receive the biggest hugs from my little fans!
Special needs families have my heart. I LOVE connecting with the kids, and my ultimate goal is to relieve stress and provide a safe environment for the whole family. As a special needs mom, I know how challenging it is to hire a professional photographer who can engage with your child's special needs.
Developing a relationship with your photographer minimizes stress and even allows the kids to look forward to the session!
Working with the Fawcetts for over a decade, I KNOW these kids. I know how to get genuine smiles and the result is magic every time!
My most precious clients are my baby's first year planners. Bringing me a teeny, squishy newborn and watching that baby turn into a walking, talking little person in just 12 months is pure magic. I get to capture all the big milestones of that first year.
The Girtens have brought me two precious little girls to capture, and we are forever connected.
real • simple • art
We all love the final result: beautiful photos that freeze the snaggle teeth, the shy toddler on the hip, the teen taller than Mom. It's the details that might stop you. What will they wear? When would it fit into our schedule? Where would we go? How much will it cost? Will they even cooperate? Let me let you in on a little secret: IT'S WORTH IT. ALL OF IT.
Think back 5 years. Just 5 years ago. Your 15 year old that's getting his learner's permit was wrapping up ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! Your Kindergartener was a NEWBORN! Don't let 5 years go by without capturing the details from right now that you swear you'll never forget, because you just might. I promise to make the entire process as painless as possible. Trust me, you'll be so glad you did!
Photography skills are valuable for EVERYONE! I offer workshops for all ages throughout the year:
KIDS: Kids Photography Camp - a 2 half day summer opportunity for kids 7-12
TEENS: SNAP Teen - a 2 afternoon workshop for teens to learn the the fundamentals of photography and basic camera settings. Day 2 includes a photo session with me!
SNAP Workshop - the original! Available for adults who want to take better photos. An afternoon of all things photography.
1. camera Workshops
What would you ask a photographer, if you had their full attention? Having access to a professional photographer (and mom) is an experience that allows you to learn what YOU want to learn, and quickly! I offer 1:1 (or small group mentoring if you'd like to bring a friend) that focuses on exactly what interests you! We can meet at the studio or at whatever location works best for you. You may choose 2 hours, or a series of sessions over a few weeks to allow time to go home and practice what you've learned!
Topics can include: Basic DSLR settings, how to improve your photos, creating photos of your kids with a blurred background, basic editing, and intro to business.
2. 1:1 mentoring
Inside a camera box is a camera, not a business. If you've been struggling to turn your passion into a profitable business, you will love my new LIVE coaching program, FAST FORWARD: 10 weeks learning 10 years of business info from a Six Figure Family Photographer (me!)
If you are tired of watching YouTube, bookmarking social media content, attending workshops, and piecing it all together, THIS is the roadmap to success! All the education you need to build a thriving Family Photography business and find family/work life balance! I'm finalizing the details now, so be sure to contact me to get on my email list for the launch!
3. Live coaching program (COMING SOON!)
My friend Erin Smagala and I have over 25 years of combined professional photography experience to help YOU be the best photographer you can be. We offer mentoring, freebies, and want to cheer you on in your photography journey.
We will be offering our new Essential Guide to Sharing A Studio very soon. Sharing a studio space catapulted our business and helped us round out our calendar without breaking the bank!
Follow us on IG and TikTok @thehelpfulphotographers for tips and tricks for your business!
4. THE HELPFUL PHOTOGRAPHERS
on limited weekdays I offer a studio mini session. 20 minutes, 8 digital files, option to purchase additional images. $475.
Other seasonal mini sessions may include a Spring Portrait Event, Back 2 School sessions, Fall Family Mini Sessions, and the ever popular Itty Bitty Santa Sessions.
NEWBORNS & BABIES:
The newborn session includes an 11x14 wall print, 20 digital files and announcements for $795. Advanced booking required.
The baby plan - choose 3 or 4 milestone sessions (newborn, pushing up, sitting, standing) and receive a session, 3 desk prints, and 10 digital files per session. At the end of the plan, choose one signature item (album, wall art, matted print set) included in the baby plan. Pricing starts at $1950 for the year. Inquire for specifics.
KIDS AND FAMILIES:
Available for your family, your children, your senior...whatever moment you want to freeze forever. The full session is an hour or so. Any location of your choosing, immediate family included.
The session fee covers our time together, my expertise, and the preparation of your gallery. No files or prints are included in the session fee and it is collected when you book your session.
After the session, buy as little or as much as you'd like, in digital or print form. There are bundles of digital files available, and printed products including gift prints, wall art, albums, custom cards, and more. Ask for my a la carte menu. Full session clients spend an average of $950-2200.
We hired Karen at a friend's recommendation when our 3rd child was 6 months old. She's captured our birthday parties, family sessions each year, and even was in the delivery room for the birth of our 4th child! To say we trust her and consider her our friend is an understatement. We have so many beautiful memories in albums and on our walls of every stage of life with our kids. We couldn't be happier! Renee & Chuck
The FAWCETT family
Karen is a dream to work with. She can effortlessly capture a genuine smile from a fussy toddler to a testy teenager and everyone in between. She has been photographing our family for nearly 15 years and we absolutely cherish the memories she has captured. From booking, to reminders, to the session itself, and a quick delivery of a gallery, she truly loves what she does and it is so evident in her work.
Rebecca & Diego
The fua family
When I was in college I interned at a church in Brentwood, TN. I would often see beautiful family photos posted by several of the church members and they were all by Karen Halbert. I remember thinking how cool it would be to have her photograph my family when that time came. A few years later, at my baby shower, my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law gifted me a gift card for a baby planner session with the one and only, Karen Halbert. It may sound cheesy, but it brought tears to my eyes to have that dream come to fruition. Karen has photographed my family now for the last seven years. After two baby's first year plans and many family photo sessions, I can honestly say that her work is magic. Photographing children of all ages with the various moods they bring to photography sessions is not for the faint of heart and Karen steps through them with grace and ease. Whether we have an hour with her, half an hour or five minutes during a Santa session, she produces unforgettable moments and facial expressions from our daughters and our family. She is not just a photographer, but a down to earth, hilarious, understanding person who also has an incredible talent for capturing moments your family will cherish for years to come. There is no other family photographer for The Girten family. Regina & Jeff
baby's first year Sessions
The Girten Family
Karen, There were so many beautiful options in Joshua's gallery! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The ones of him with the guitar. LAWD. I'm so glad we added the family mini on to his senior session. The ones of Jacob smiling. Oh, my heart. These photos make me giddy. So grateful!
Thank you so much for capturing us before they all grow up and fly away!
senior session + family mini