I’m so excited to share our 2nd interview in the Behind the Lens series, which features a different local artist each season. The more acquainted you are with all the photographers available, the easier it is to find the best match for your style.
A huge thanks to Karisa Larsen, whom I’ve known for years thanks to her oldest daughter who is the same age as my “middlest” Sean. She also has the sweetest mom whom you probably know from City Market.
My boys always visit their adopted grandma, Miss Bobbie, on Halloween, and this year they insisted we also stop at the cool house on the same block with the “awesome scary stuff!” I’m glad they did because that’s where I ran into Karisa and got her to agree to share a bit of her story with us.
How did your passion for photography start/develop?
I have always loved photography. As a child my mother was always using us to play with her cameras. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my own child that I realized it was something I could do to make money and be able to stay at home with my children. My girls are such good sports when I find some new prop to play with and they truly are my inspiration!
What brought you to Moab?
My family moved to Moab when I was about one. So although I'm technically a transplant from the beach...I still believe I am a true Moabite!
What’s something you wish you had known when you first started your business?
When I first started I didn’t know what or how I loved to photograph, I just loved it all. Now I have a style that’s mine and I know what I want from a shoot. My ultimate goal in every session is to capture that ONE photographic moment that can bring a tear to your eye. The one you say "YYESSSS" when you see it!
What is your favorite kind of photo shoot?
My favorite session involves a happy giggly child! Impossible right! However, when you do get a session like that one it is so fun!
What’s an area of photography where you have seen yourself grow?
I have grown in the kind of photos I take. As much as I am asked to do a studio portrait, I just love to be outdoors. I am more aware of the time of day for a certain shot or mood than I was when I started and so I would say that my eye for places and light has really improved.
If you could photograph any individual living or deceased, who would it be & why?
My best friend and I each had a grandmother named Rose. They were the neatest ladies. I wish I could go back and capture them each. The laugh they had, the gestures they made etc. That helps me in the way I photograph today because I am aware of the things I miss about those ladies and don’t want the next generation to feel the same.
What are some of the creative ways you’ve found to juggle being a mother/business owner/photographer in Moab?
Juggling kids and work is challenging. I have taught my girls to help with the shoot--- they know how to entertain small kids and make them laugh and they know they have to be directly behind me so that they are looking at the camera rather than off in a different direction then the rest of the family.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming but most of the time they are pretty helpful. ...And bonus for me, they now know how to pose perfectly!
If you were having your family photographed, what location in Moab would you choose?
My family LOVES the mountain. We always go there for our family pictures.
Share with us a favorite recent image and what you love about it.
The images I shared are some of my favorites because: the girl against the fence was one of THOSE sessions the giggly happy child. She is so fun! The little girl in pink with the john deer boots is just beyond cute and the older girl is one of my favorite senior sessions. I loved that shoot--- it combined the mountain with my family with just being able to capture such a beautiful young lady.
Random Facts about Karisa:
Favorite sweet treat: My favorite treat lately is a caramel or vanilla coffee hot or cold.
Favorite song to play loud in your car: Old tunes. I like the 90's alternative stuff.
Three things that always make you happy: My family is definite one. Days that ideas just come so fast I cannot keep up :) and crafts. It’s cool to see someone receive something you made just for THEM.
Thank you, Karisa, for sharing your beautiful work with us, and a bit of your background too! You can get in touch with Karisa and see more of her lovely work by visiting her Facebook page.