Karen ReVelle Photography :: vibrant. sassy. inspired. » southern california and destination lifestyle photographer for extraordinary individuals!

  • Welcome to Karen ReVelle Photography

    Anything can happen on any given moment on any given day, and moments are just that: single moments, frozen in time. That is the beauty of the classic still image. Life is about the journey; not the destination.

    Our attention spans have been cultivated to be so brief in this day and age; with video, advertisements, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and more... all vying for a precious moment of our time. Capturing a perfect moment means being ready for anything.

    THOSE perfect moments are the ones that we frame, that we enlarge, that we hang on our walls because we want to see them every day, because they fill our hearts with joy, with memories and with happiness.

    That is what you will find here, a collection of perfect moments from a mixture of portraits, weddings, events and more. Karen ReVelle Photography strives to capture more than just ANY image, but a collection that tell a complete story, from small details, to glances stolen between new husband and wife; loving moments between parent and child; laughter between best friends; and so much more.

    The moments in the in-between are what tell the story. Welcome, and hope you enjoy the journey.

    ** NOTE :: 08/2015: the "galleries" section of this site is currently under construction :: please check back soon for updates!! **

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    Family :: Babies :: Children

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    Weddings :: Engagements :: Love

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    My Favorite Things

    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that


    2012 Holiday Portraits!

    Hello, friends! I am SO remiss in not blogging faithfully. Life proves to be crazy busy and that’s a wonderful,


    Announcing 2011 Holiday Portrait Details!

    Hello friends! It’s the beginning of November and that special time of year is upon us. A chill in the air,


    It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

    Why … hello there, friends! What’s that, you say? It’s been a while since I’d blogged and you


    Sweet Child O’ Mine

    She’s got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories Where everything was as fresh as the

Ho, ho, ho, woke up this morning with a scary feeling
Realized it was November 1st, Christmas oh my gosh it’s nearing

…I got up quick and ran to the mall, before my pain got any worse
What a stupid thing to do — I’m a sitting duck, in Santa’s Zoo

…Then suddenly I laughed and laughed, caught on to what was happening
Christmas magic’s brought this chill to a very happy ending

—”Christmas Wrapping”, Save Ferris
(go to the end of this post to learn more about this song!)

So … speaking of it being (after) November 1st, it’s time for me to talk holidays with YOU, my friends! I admit I’ve fallen terribly behind in putting up my promo as early as I’d thought of it (which was the beginning of October!), but I still have a handful of openings for portrait sessions open through December.

2010 Holiday Special – $125
– meet within Orange County, CA for a 30-minute session (for a group of up to 5 people and a pet)
– receive 5 hi-res images of your choice for holiday cards/personal use, etc.
– receive watermarked lo-res images of the complete session to share on Facebook, etc.
(entire hi-res CD is available for an additional fee)
– NEW optional add-on! Holiday cards are here! (see below)

AND, better yet, I have custom holiday cards here this year to make your holiday card design and delivery that much easier!

2010 Holiday Cards (price varies, see below)
– 5 templates to choose from
– all colors, copy and fonts are customizable
– printed by White House Custom Colour (my printer of choice)
– cards come in packs of 25 with plain white envelopes
– available on standard paper stock, or my recommendation: textured art paper (it’s GORGEOUS!)
– once you approve the design, I order them and have them drop-shipped directly to you to save time

PLEASE NOTE! If you are one of my fans and you are in Arizona, I’ll be in Phoenix over the Thanksgiving break (Wednesday, November 24th – Sunday, November 28th). Saturday the 27th is an ideal time for me to capture your post-turkey bliss, so contact me ASAP if you’d like to schedule your holiday portraits in Phoenix! Click my contact link above in the menu bar to get in touch with me.


Want to see what the templates look like? Check out the  images below …


And lastly, want to see what an edited holiday template looks like? Continue on below…


And, one last sample of a holiday card in all its’ delicious color and festivity:


Now… for more on the song “Christmas Wrapping” by Save Ferris

As many of you know, I’m an alt-music fan, and most specifically I listen to one of the leaders in alternative music, the radio station known as KROQ based here in Los Angeles. For many years, Kevin & Bean (the morning talk-show DJs) produced a holiday CD with the alt artists doing original songs or covers of holiday favorites with their own spin on it. This is where Save Ferris comes in (remember them? They did a very popular cover of “Come On Eileen“, originally done by Dexy’s Midnight Runners). Save Ferris did this very funny cover of the Waitresses 1980’s hit, Christmas Wrapping, except they put their own Channukah/Christmas fusion spin on it, talking about the dread of shopping and the holiday craziness.

Want to hear it? You can’t download it on iTunes, but you can hear it online on YouTube here. Enjoy!

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Chicago, Chicago that toddling town
Chicago, Chicago I’ll show you around – I love it
Bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose the blues in Chicago
The town that Billy’s Sunday could not shut down

On State Street that great street I just want to say
They do things that they don’t do on Broadway – say
They have the time the time of their life

— “Chicago”,
Frank Sinatra

I am SUCH a bad blogger. Just in that, I mean, I’m so bad about blogging regularly! And so much has been going on! So, in an attempt to get better, I’m going to try to shorten my posts somewhat (a rousing cheer from the non-readers out there, yes?), and focus more on just getting the pictures up (haha, get it? “focus“?! a little photographer humor there)! Anyways, that’s my goal. We’ll see how well I stick to it! 🙂

I just came back from a week in Nashville, TN, where I photographed my dear old friend’s wedding to her college sweetheart (and I don’t mean she’s old!). But, those pictures are for another post! After Nashville, I forayed up to Chicago, where I visited a handful of friends for several days, and stayed with fellow photographer Tiffany and my the [b] school friend. I have a story about how we met (as she’s from Fort Collins, Colorado and I’m from SoCal!), but I’ll save that for later. Just days after moving to Chicago to be near her boyfriend Travis while he attends Northwestern Law School, Travis popped the question! And since I had already wanted to do a shoot of her and Travis when I came to visit, I begged her to let me do some engagements for them instead while I was there (and as a thank you for letting me stay with her).

For a fun picture location, we ventured onto the Northwestern Law campus, where Travis is attending. Below… the magic of Chicago featuring Tiffany and Travis! Many congratulations to you, my friends! Tiffany and Travis will be venturing back to Colorado this December for their wedding. So happy for you both!

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Tonight’s post is a little different than usual. Obviously, I’m a music-lover. It touches my soul! I took dance classes for 20+ years … ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical-theatre … all of it! And without the right music, what are we left to move to?

And, I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but all of my posts are song titles, and somehow relate to the theme of the post, or it’s the name of a song played at a couple’s wedding… you get the idea. This particular title is a song that got someone noticed in a big way. Want to know more? Read on!

I’m posting images below from a show I photographed on the Redondo Beach Pier earlier this summer for my friend Danny Hamilton. They played part of a free summer concert series on on Pier. As many of you know, here in SoCal we’ve been especially prone to an extended period of May Gray and June Gloom (where the marine layer forms over the ocean and rolls in along the coast, then usually burns off by the afternoon), so instead of last year’s stunning sunset as the band played fun interpretations of a myriad of covers on July 10th, we almost got rained out! On the other hand, it made for a few fun dramatic shots instead. (there’s more about Danny and his music after the pictures)

I’d also like to share a little about Danny… this is one talented fellow! For the last two years, he’s entered the Music City Madness contest on CMT.com. In 2008, he was one of the top 32 contestants. In 2009, he made it to the FINAL two! This was a purely audience-voted contest, so I’m hoping that his star on the rise. Danny is the type who makes you believe in miracles and that with enough hard work, dreams DO come true. At age 14, he was in a terrible car accident that put him in a wheelchair and told he may never walk again. So, he taught himself guitar. And in a matter of just a few months, he was walking again – defying the odds. Not to mention, Danny married his high-school sweetheart Amber, and together they constantly remind me of what love should be between two people – constantly sweet, growing and evolving together. Like wine, they seem to get better as time progresses.

PLEASE support Danny and his band, The Mudslingers (they specialize in a sound described by Danny called “roots rock”), by going to his website here and signing up for his newsletter (he never spams, promise!), by buying a CD, and keep up to date with him on Facebook here. You can hear his original song, Bury the Devil, that got him to second place in MCM last year here.

Seriously … he’s the best new sound you haven’t heard of yet. But now that you have and that you’re a convert too, hopefully I’ll see you at one of his shows!

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And I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come?

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

— “Come Away With Me”,
Norah Jones

I LOVE referrals! (well, who doesn’t?) I love shooting a wedding or event where I know a bunch of the guests already, because I’ve already shot other events for a particular circle of individuals. A while back I mentioned that I shot not only Rachelle & Brian’s wedding (one of my first blog posts!!) almost a year ago, but more recently Dareen & Sean’s wedding as well as the “family tree” portrait! I was lucky enough to shoot all of these awesome events because of the super-lovely Shireen (Shireen also was initially referred to me through another client and friend as well).

And, because Shireen’s mom works at Nordstrom with a wedding coordinator/stylist/floral designer (whom I’ve known for quite a while now) named Tanya Morris, I ALSO just got to shoot Natalie & Chasen’s wedding!

However, this wasn’t just any wedding. It was Tanya’s own son, getting married to his gorgeous girlfriend of 6 years. Tanya hired me personally and I shot most of the wedding, minus portraits, which we are going to do in a few months, as Chasen and Natalie are in the process of moving to Hawaii for Chasen’s job transfer. (wow! can I come visit and do the portraits there??)

On June 5th, we witnessed the ceremony in Fountain Valley, the church adorned with Tanya’s touch of candelabras and candlelight everywhere. The reception was at the amazing venue, The Madison, in downtown Long Beach (by the way, they have an incredible Sunday Brunch – you have to check them out!)… The Madison is a converted bank, complete with vault door painted and gracing the bar area. Tanya styled her son’s wedding, flowers and vases with hanging Swarovski pendants. Check it out!

By the way – Tanya also styled Dareen’s wedding, as well as events I’ve shot for Shireen a few years back (her first baby shower and baptism). Please get in touch with Tanya if you like what you see here! She will work tirelessly into the night making sure everything is just right, and she has an incredible eye for detail. (Incidentally, she and I have the same birthday, and share so many of the same traits – most specifically, the perfectionist trait! Hmm, is there something to this astrology fad after all?!) 😉

And, please stay tuned! I’m just about to unveil my huge new promo: I’m eager to become more of a destination wedding photographer and have some incentives to sweeten the pot for those who refer me. AND, my next destination wedding is in Nashville, TN, for an old college friend in October! Can’t wait! So, my next post is going to spell out the promo details. I’m also working to re-fashion my main website, so be on the lookout – I’m hoping to reveal all these goodies very soon!

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