Chained By Karen

Photographer Female Wheeling, West Virginia, US
My Website: Facebook
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/memorytreasures
Mayhem # 2308226

About Me

*** I am now an Associate Photographer for FOUR magazines - Positively Pinup Magazine, Laced Lingerie Magazine, Impekkable Inked Magazine, and Creative Cosplay Magazine. ***

A little bit about who I am- My name is Karen, and I grew up with a camera in my hand. I am a FEMALE photographer. I own my own business, called Chained Photography by Karen - formerly Memory Treasures Photography - in Wheeling (about 1 hour's drive from Pittsburgh, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Morgantown, WV, and about 2 hours from Columbus, Ohio- and is in the tri-state area of PA, WV and Eastern Ohio- and I'm an extensively published photographer, artist and graphic designer. I have a home studio with professional equipment that I use during the winter, but prefer shooting outdoors when the weather permits. I can turn any space into a studio, however. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Liberty University, and a certificate degree from TCI, located on 5th Avenue in New York City. 

If you're interested in working together, please send me a message on here, or on my Facebook, so we can discuss it. I began my love affair with photography as a teenager, and it has gripped me ever since. I am not a kid, nor am I an amateur, and photography IS my job, not a hobby- please respect that. I learned the art of photography from my late father, who was the best man I've ever known, and was the best friend a girl could ask for.

This portfolio is just to give a flavor of my personal style and does not represent all my work and capabilities. I prefer NOT to shoot your average hang on the living room wall types of images. I enjoy being more artistic and creative in my modeling shoots. Much more of my work can be found on my Facebook page and on my website. Now booking for Spring and Valentines Day. When and IF I shoot with you, it is for the whole day, meaning I will not schedule another shoot on your day, and you do the same. Please message me for prices, and possible TFP information can be found below.

My photography has been featured extensively in newspapers and magazines, but I consider my greatest pride and achievement being Mommy to my two grown daughters. I credit them for being my inspiration to start taking pictures seriously. I'm not a MWAC, I began my photography career long before I had children, about 25 years ago. That said, I find the term MWAC to be misogynistic and dislike that implication that men are better photographers than women. I have always called my oldest daughter Gretchen my Muse, and am aware that I have been truly blessed to have been able to photograph her over the years. If you're a photographer reading this and you get the chance to work with her, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT.

**I had the pleasure of organizing and hosting 2 large group beach model/photographer shoots on Lake Erie in Cleveland, in the summer of 2014, and met some awesomely wonderful talented people, whom I now call friends. I also co-hosted the West Virginia Is For Lovers group shoot on the historic Aetnaville Bridge, in January 2015, with fellow photographer Nathan Weitzman.

People fascinate me, so naturally my specialty is portraiture and models. But I shoot everything, including weddings, babies and children, maternity, and the occasional landscape if it strikes my fancy. But- if I were a wealthy woman, I would probably be shooting only models (Female AND Male) and concept shoots. I am professional, but believe this- if you're not having fun, you're in the wrong business. I love to photograph all types of people, of all races, creeds and denominations- Diversity makes life spicy!

I don't take snapshots, I make art. My images don't look like your average snapshot, and they don't look like anyone else's work. If your idea of modeling is putting on a bikini or lingerie and posing in front of a white wall, then you're probably not going to like working with me. wink

I shoot with Nikon, and Photoshop is my editing tool of choice.

Friend requests are readily accepted. I believe in the idea of networking.

*Retouchers, do not tag your rates on my page, thank you. I do all my own editing.

IMPORTANT STUFF THAT MUST BE READ TO WORK WITH ME:

*Please read all of this, if you want us to work together. Thank you very much for that in advance. I realize it's a little lengthy, but also I'm aware you need to know what to expect when you shoot with me, if you've never met me. I want to make you feel as comfortable as possible. smile Don't think I'll do TFP? Try me. Also, please DO NOT message me wanting to shoot, and THEN ask me to pay you. That is rude.

*Latest pet peeve- DO NOT CROP MY LOGO off the images. Also, please credit me on Model Mayhem, Facebook, and everywhere else you post the images. If you don't credit me, it shouldn't be a surprise when your future messages are ignored. Telling me privately how great you think I am does not help me; telling the rest of the world and other models does help me *smiles* big_smile

**No flakes. No drama. Life is too short to spend it with negative and immature people. Please and thank you.**

~You will find no ego from me. I'm a pretty cool lady. I just want to do what I love and make art, and I hope you do too smile

*Be at least 18 with a valid state-issued photo ID or a government issued photo ID on your person at every shoot.*

*If we work/ or have worked together, I ask that you leave a tag, add me to your credits, and CREDIT ME on your photos, like a professional. I will ALWAYS do the same for you.*

***I do NOT pay models to pose. I will shoot exceptional models or ideas TF, or if your look or idea would fulfill some void I feel is currently in my portfolio, so do not hesitate to ask. I reserve the right to do TF with whom I may want to help. Otherwise, my rates are negotiable and very affordable, depending on the shoot. But here is what to expect- The model gets approximately 5-10 selected and finished images edited to perfection, and watermarked photos only for TF shoots. Also- I EXPECT photo credits on TF work as well as paid work, as I ALWAYS credit models I've worked with- past and present. It is nice to have that courtesy reciprocated. (Some models have not credited my work and it's very UNPROFESSIONAL, meaning it makes YOU look bad.)

Do not send me your rates, since I will delete any and all inquiries suggesting such. It is insulting. With as beautiful as most models are, I would not pay to shoot unless I'm working on a themed session that I need only YOU to be the star of, that will be profitable for me as well. I may spring for hair color, or gas money (if you are further than 2 hours away from my location), BUT you have to be utterly fabulous for that to happen. Also, I can't afford to pay models, being a starving artist. wink

**ALL images taken by me are owned by Chained Photography by Karen, and are copyrighted property, for promotional purposes including but not limited to: submissions to magazines, and for advertising my studio on Model Mayhem, Facebook, my website, etc. You may use them freely for your personal and online portfolio- but you do not have the legal right to sell any photo for any reason nor submit to any magazine without my knowledge AND written approval/consent, and I will take legal action if anyone does not comply. ***The photographer always has the copyright to the images, unless they SELL the copyright.*** If you are interested in being published, just ask me. If you are not interested in having your images published, in some form or another, then modeling is probably the wrong profession to be in.

I will give the model a *print* release and high resolution watermarked images on a flash drive (provided by you) or via email (the easiest and best way), but not a copyright release for images. A copyright release costs money, and I've only signed away a copyright ONE TIME, and it is unlikely I'll sign away my copyright again. Everyone who works with me signs a standard Model Release Form. No exceptions. If you are interested in being published, I will do the submitting. And I ALWAYS try my best to provide tear sheets for the models who work with me. I believe it is common courtesy to do this, for hard working models. Tear sheets are one of the most important things in your portfolio, next to your images.

**ESCORTS: Although I have accustomed myself to shooting with an audience, I greatly prefer you do not bring an escort to our shoot. That is because, the escort almost always interferes with the model's ability to relax, and therefore us getting great images.  Any escort at all MUST be approved by me BEFORE the day of the shoot. If it's approved by me, I will allow one escort, period. I don't like surprises or being put on the spot at the last minute. Please do not bring an entourage with you. If you (or you and a friend) would like to come and meet me before the shoot, that is totally cool, as long as they leave when we are shooting. I have references available upon request, for any model who would like to contact models I have worked with. Or, you may contact anyone on my top 12 list to ask for a reference. I have both models AND photographers on my top 12 list. Also, I will not have anyone at the shoot either, except possibly my MUAH at the start, so you will not feel uncomfortable either.

***Please confirm with me 24 hours prior to your shoot!! Or I will assume you are not coming.***

Please be advised- I DO NOT GIVE OUT UNEDITED PHOTOS EVER, for any reason. And no one may edit nor retouch the finished images you receive- meaning not the model nor another photographer/retoucher.

Don't be afraid to get dirty, muddy, wet, and maybe even sweaty, if you want good images. I am serious about that, so please come PREPARED for that (bring a towel, a change of clothes, etc). Almost always I will too, for I will do ANYTHING to get the perfect shot. As far as locations go- I'm obsessed with trains and train tracks, also love graffiti, bridges, the urban decay look, water and waterfalls, dilapidated or abandoned buildings and structures, leather and lace, country scenery, roses, crazy and cool makeup, diamonds and pearls, Pointe Ballet, and rock and roll! I shoot everything from Pin Up to Glamour to Gothic.

**Please have your nails done, hands and feet. Either nice polish or tips, or no polish at all. Chipped nail polish looks awful, and makes it seem like you didn't care enough to get yourself ready for the shoot.**

**Please don't be a NO CALL-NO SHOW. I won't book you again if you flake on me. Being a mother myself, I understand things happen, but please let me know if you can't make it. Also, if we have a confirmed booking, I will require a working phone number for you. If you cannot/will not give me your number, then I cannot book you. I do not have my number listed on here, because I am a FEMALE, and like most of YOU, do not want all my personal information on the internet. I will be happy to give it to you when we are in the booking process. Until then, there are at least 4 ways to reach me listed on this page. *Also, if you are coming through my area and would like to set up a shoot, I would more than likely LOVE to shoot with you. That said, please- Do not message me about this, then during our booking process, message me your price list.  It doesn't work that way.

I may have a slower turnaround time for finished images than some, at times, since I shoot weddings too. Please be respectful of my time. Being an artist, it takes time to edit images properly. That being said, paying clients ALWAYS come first. There will be no exceptions to that rule. If you feel as if it is taking too long for your images, please message me privately. I try not to overbook myself, but sometimes it happens. Posting publicly on social media about a model or photographer, is immature- don't be one of those people. Mutual respect goes a long way with me. As does understanding, and a sense of humor.

I have an MUA/Hairstylist, and she is cosmetologist/model Kaitlyn Cunningham (Envi Beauty #3321212). Your session must be booked and confirmed at least a week in advance for her services. I do not have a wardrobe person at this time, but I have a lot of clothes and props, and contacts from whom I can get props quickly (meaning same day). If there is something specific I want to photograph, I will provide the wardrobe for the day- but not for you to take home (YES I had a model do that and I never saw the 2 outfits again). If the theme is your idea, the wardrobe will be provided by you.

**For future reference- On a happy note, I can and will recommend some excellent photographers and delightful models I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with. smile  On the flip side, I also have a list of the reverse. I will be happy to recommend you to the many photographers I know or am friends/ acquaintances with, unless you are a diva. Please don't be a diva.

***NO DRIVE BY TAGS FROM PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW, THAT AREN'T REMOTELY ABOUT US WORKING TOGETHER, OR MY PORT. THIS PAGE IS NOT A BILLBOARD.***


***I am in New York City at least twice a year, for at least two weeks each! (I have family there.) Will always advise as to when in advance!***
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Please message me here or on my Facebook page (see my link above), if you're interested in shooting some amazing photos with me. Please view more of my work at: https://www.facebook.com/chainedbykarencorona ...and my website is: http://karensmemorytreasuresphotography.zenfolio.com/

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Chained Photography by Karen
Conveniently located on Wheeling Island
Wheeling, WV 26003
karen.merritt2010@gmail.com

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"It's that I don't like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room."
~Helmut Newton

"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
~Ansel Adams

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
~Imogen Cunningham

"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them are the truth. You don't take a photograph, you make it. Because photography is art, and art has no limits."
-Ando Karakawa
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Gorgeous Freaks Magazine Issue 35 Pinup Edition, December 2014.
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Gorgeous Freaks Magazine Issue 31, August 2014.
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Fashion Bombshell: Swim, Surf & Sand Edition June 2014.
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SnapMatter: Shout Outs Magazine #6, June 2014, page 32, with Kat Connell #885142.
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Delicious Dolls Magazine's April 2014 Sheer Issue Special Edition, page 48.
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I am Featured Photographer in Issue 27 of Gorgeous Freaks Magazine!!
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Delicious Dolls Magazine, April 2014, page 29.
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Centerfold in Strange Beauty Magazine's Halloween 2013 Edition-
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Memory Treasure's Photography's own 2014 Bikini Calendar called "The Girls of Summer", released June 2013- FEATURING Megan Marie Thomas #2691663, Kat Connell #885142, Gretchen Corona #2339329, Chasity Blake #3143145, Jenny Rose #2602494, Scarlet Nickerson #2384487, Ashley McMahon #2237361, Heidi Pempak #3209275, Brie Young (not on MM), Ashley Tomolonis (not on MM), Angela Myers (not on MM), Jessica Gooch (not on MM), Adrienne Rine (not on MM), and Devon Michelle (not on MM).
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Credits

PUBLICATIONS and PROMOTIONAL WORK:

Published 79 times, in 2013 and 2014, in newspapers, CD covers and magazines, with two Back Covers, and one Photography Spotlight Feature. These include:

Browz Magazine
SnapMatter Magazine
Model Up Magazine
Strange Beauty Magazine
Gorgeous Freaks Magazine
Glimpse Magazine
Delicious Dolls Magazine
D'Lovely Publications
Modern Model Magazine
Tattooed Time Bomb Magazine
Fashion Bombshell Magazine
Modelz View Magazine
Aqstrashot Magazine
Baba Lou's Beauties Magazine
Wicked Women Magazine
OP&M Magazine
Positively Pinup Magazine
Dark Parlour Magazine
Spiced Magazine
Tres Jolie Magazine
Decapitated Media Magazine
Laced Lingerie Magazine
Irresistible Fusion Magazine
Garters and Grills Magazine
Impekkable Onked Magazine
Creative Cosplay Magazine
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Onward to 2015...

*Garters and Grills Magazine Issue 20, January 2015, with Heather Dawn.
*Gorgeous Freaks Magazine Issue 36, January 2015, with Intoxikaiting.
*Decapitated Media Issue Three, 4 pages, with Gretchen, Heather Dawn, and Kady Lucille.
Decapitated Media Issue 4, Black and White Special Edition, January 2015 - Featured Photographer, with 7 page feature with Gretchen.
*Laced Lingerie Magazine's Premier Issue - January 2015, 4-page feature and Back Cover, with Heather Dawn.
Laced Lingerie Magazine's 2015 Calendar, with Tara Olivia and Heather Dawn, as Miss July and Miss June.
*Positively Pinup Magazine's 2015 Calendar, with Intoxikaiting as Miss October.
*Modern Model Magazine Volume 22, 4 page article and photography about the efforts to save the Aetnaville Bridge, with Sweet Melissa, Jenny Rose, Wyatt Latham, Cherice DiProsperis, and myself. wink

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The fact that I have worked with a model is not meant to imply that I endorse that model's work, nor that I do not endorse her/his work. I have worked with the following models:

Multiple Shoots:

Model Mayhem Models-

Gretchen Corona #2339329 - 20+ x 
Megan Marie Thomas #2691663 - 10+ x 
Sheila K #1211144 - 2x
Heather Volk #3106520 - 10+ x
Kaitlyn Cunningham #3321300 - 5x
Brettny Griffin #2673199 - 1x
Sweet Melissa #3366376 - 4x
JamminD #2463487 - 1x
Julia_Kristi #3468442 - 1x
Jaclyn Starkey #3483101 - 1x
TaraOliviaHorvath #3462279 - 1x
Alexxxandra Danielle #3440344 - 1x
Amanda Michelle #3434654 - 3x
MissKat89 (Katiria Marie) #3517512 - 1x
Cherice DeProsperis #3382974 -2x
Reesie DILLIGAF #1821759 - 2x
Rikki Lynn #3322678 - 4x
Jennifer Southall - #3369244 - 1x
Kady Booher #2545827 - 5x
Kat Connell #885142 - 7x 
Scarlet Nickerson #2384487 - 10+ x 
Dean Stobbe (photographer) #12987 - 1x
Chasity Blake #3143145 - 8x 
Hugo Andreini #2342123 - 10+ x
Jenny Rose #2602494 - 20+ x 
Teila Scott #2175692 - 4x
Kayla Shieler #3345656 - 1x
Matthew Monstar #67125 - 2x
Rob Alvarez #3312847 - 6x
Ashley McMahon #2237361 - 1x 
Anthony Alleno #3084423 - 6x
Casey Phelan - #3215002 - 1x
Luna Willow #3162180 - 3x
Devin Le #3395154 - 1x
Heidi Jo Pempek - #3209275 - 2x 
Catherine Calandrelli #3125236 - 1x
Ashley Jo Kilgen #3147187 - 1x
Ashley Murphy #3280205 - 1x
Keshauna Leigh #3222826 - 4x
Zach Yereb #3396396 - 1x
Fetzabella #3423688 - 1x
Marc Landon #3302598 (photographer) - 1x
Anne Glasgow (Emerald Waves) #3454971 - 20+ x
Amy Renee #2676188 - 1x
Ashley Taylor #3480164 - 1x
Aisling Alainn #2901907 - 1x
Stephanie Meri - 1x
Karen Vargo #3596679 - 1x
Brandy Warren #2016705 - 1x

Models Not on MM-

Ridley Shaye - Moundsville, Wv - 1x
Pinky - Caldwell, Ohio - 1x
Melissa Kim - Pittsburgh, PA - 1x
Chelsea Castor - Pittsburgh, PA - 1x
Kelly Renee - Cleveland, Ohio - 1x
Jay Wahl - Cleveland, Ohio - 1x
Rick Partyboy - Cleveland, Ohio - 2x
Mark Joseph - Cleveland, Ohio - 2x
Miklynn Morgan - New Martinsville, Wv - 1x
Meng Zheng - Morgantown, WV - 4x
Krystal Violet - Morgantown, Wv - 2x
Jazmyne Scott - Oceanside, CA - 5x
Joe Rood - Toronto, Ohio - 1x
Kyle Watson - Los Angeles, CA - 2x
Alex Coogan - Wheeling, WV - 4x
Kacey Oates - Triadelphia, WV - 6x
Taylor A - Wheeling, WV - 2x
Angela Myers - Wheeling, WV - 1x
Devon Michelle - Akron, Ohio 1x
Brie Young - Wheeling, WV - 1x
Andy Surgent - Wheeling, WV - 1x
Lucas Stan - Wheeling, WV - 3x
Jessica Gooch - Toronto, Ohio - 1x
Adrienne Rine - Brilliant, Ohio - 1x
Amber and Brandy Killeen - St. Clairsville, Ohio - 2x
Ashley Tomolonis - Martins Ferry, Ohio - 1x
Katie Hutchison - Morgantown, WV - 3x
Kayla Behrens - Shadyside, Ohio - 1x
Brittany Saggio aka singer Alexandra B. - Morristown, Ohio - 1x
The Catch Blues Band - Wheeling, WV - 6x
Product for Photography work for several national boutiques. (Names provided upon request)

Photographers I've collaborated with:
Ironmantis (Dean's Dancing Digits) #12987
Nathan Weitzman #3261725 (co-hosted group shoot)

MUAS I've worked with:
My Current MUA/Hairstylist- Kaitlyn Cunningham (Envi Beauty/Celestine) #3321212
Gretchen Corona #2339329

Lists

Absolutely Adorable   19 pics
Aetnaville Bridge   29 pics
Autumn Awesomeness   1 pics
Bathing Beauties   10 pics
Beautiful Eyes...   14 pics
Beautiful Faces   45 pics
Beautifully Implied   27 pics
Beautiful Men   2 pics
Black and White Beauty   9 pics
Blondes Have More Fun...   1 pics
Cool Guitar Pix - Inspiration   38 pics
Dancing Queen   48 pics
Fabulous Photographers on MM.   11 pics
Fabulous Pinups   7 pics
Favorite Models I've Worked With   25 pics
Flower Girls   5 pics
He's a little bit country...   2 pics
I'm a Sucker for REDHEADS!!!   24 pics
In Love with Dance...   3 pics
I Really Dig Train Tracks!   35 pics
I Wish I'd Shot that...   10 pics
Karen's List of Killer Photos   70 pics
Karen's photos in other ports.   140 pics
Leather and Lace   1 pics
Let's play dress up..   5 pics
Magical...   29 pics
Mardi Gras!!!   5 pics
Models I'd love to work with!   62 pics
Most Beautiful Models on MM...   11 pics
My Favorite Color is RED!!   22 pics
PERFECTION!!   21 pics
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!   4 pics
Playing Cards   1 pics
Poetry in Motion   4 pics
Potential!   10 pics
Pretty in Pink...   1 pics
Santa's Angels and Elves   45 pics
She's a little bit country...   10 pics
Shots I'd Like to Recreate.   102 pics
Sinful Concepts   9 pics
Smiles that light up the world.   7 pics
Snow Princesses   2 pics
Strike a Pose!   12 pics
Tantalizing Tattoos   1 pics
Utter JAWDROP!!   4 pics

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