Karen Vaisman
Professional Photographer
Professional Retouch Artist

Photography has been my passion since I was a teen. Beginning as high school yearbook photographer in New York, my friends were convinced that the camera strap grew from the back of my neck!

I pursued my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from both Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating cum laude from Syracuse. I’ve been perfecting my craft ever since. Upon relocating to California, I opened my portrait studio in 2007. I’ve enjoyed teaching the art of studio lighting, Photoshop techniques and posing & portraiture in workshops in northern California and finally relocating to the Los Angeles area.

I am a professional retouch artist and I often struggle to decide if I enjoy the art and imagination of post production more than visualizing the image and creating it in the camera (I’m a die-hard Nikon shooter). I’m fortunate to pursue both creative pursuits equally! I’m an active member of The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)Professional Photographers of America (PPA)Professional Photographers of California (PPC), and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

I’m happily married and the proud mother of two wonderful teenage daughters who just graduated universities. They both entered college early entrance at age 13 and 15, and skipped high school all together (part of an over-achieving family!)  <proud mommy plug>  My little one, a NASA fellow at Yale University earned her PhD, and is focusing on saving our planet by developing new solar technologies for outer space.

Meanwhile, I have my feet on the ground back here in Agoura HillsCalifornia. I would be honored to help create that special image of you and/or your family. As an empty-nester, I know too well that these fleeting moments of your life from infants to high school seniors, to caring for aging parents…are irreplaceable.

I hope to share a fabulous session together with you, by creating that one special image – you know, that one image that will be imprinted into your family’s memory for generations to come. And in keeping with the current state of technology, we can create a really awesome professional business headshot for LinkedIn, social media or your corporate web site that will be the envy of all your colleagues, family and friends.


Feel free to give me a call to discuss your particular photography needs!  (805) 292-0005