About Karen Olson

Fantasy and fine art portraiture
Conceptual photography
Visual storytelling

Hello and Welcome!

I'm Karen Olson, fine art and conceptual photographer, visual storyteller.

Portrait photography is my passion! My goal when shooting portraits is to bring to the surface that which is deep within, the inherent beauty and raw qualities of my subject. It brings me great joy to create scenes for fantasy and fine art portraits and to bring to life your vision for the shoot.

Creativity is such an amazing thing!

Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight, revealing who we are, and who we were meant to be.

My Process

The method with which I visually express emotion is strongly connected to the idea of a collision of thought. I allow creative interplay between the camera, model, and photographer and employ intuition, emotion, and spontaneous thinking to spark inspiration and insight. Using both conscious and subconscious pathways, we are aware of our surroundings but not distracted by it. When compiling elements for the composite I draw from my collection of images captured while traveling in Europe. Intertwining and blending such diverse elements helps me express layers of human emotion felt by many cultures.

Conceptual Photography

My current body of conceptual work embraces layers of experience, deep seated emotion, and complexity of thought. It is about our struggles, fears, vulnerability, and life-changing events. The imagery encourages introspection and reflection; gently allowing one to fully feel the depth of experiences often too difficult to express. It gives the viewer voice. This photographic narrative acts a a prompt to express one’s own personal story.

Having spent many years exploring artistic mediums such as fiber art, collage, acrylics, and metalwork; I truly feel photography speaks to me in a way that no other has. It is the medium that brings together my collected knowledge and skill in the arts in a way that rejuvenates and refreshes me. I still work in these mediums, only now, the work inspires me to create unique concepts and fantasy worlds.

You can find my words and images in these national magazines;
Bella Grace, Artful Blogging, and Mingle.

I am a contributor for Arcangel Images. My images on this site are available for purchase.

Prints available from any of my projects upon request. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions via email. karen@karenolsonphotography.com

Karen Olson Photography - Maine Portrait Photographer