Hi! I am Karina
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Serving my clients is what I love to do. Providing them with images that will be cherished for generations and making heirloom quality products available that they can display in their home and on their walls is a joy. There is nothing better than delivering a beautiful wall portrait to a client knowing that they will walk past it every day and remember a specific time in their life that was important to them.
Hiring a photographer to document a specific time in your families history, career or business can be daunting. Let my expertise, reputation, and attention to great service take the guesswork out of that decision.
If you have any questions or are thinking about hiring me for your next professional photo session, click on " Book your free consultation" button above. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I can't wait to meet you and become a part of your family's history.
Karina started her path in photography 16 years ago when her daughter was born. She started documenting her little princess's memories with so much passion. Then she used her photography skills while working as Head of Community and Public Relations for a Canadian Mining Company in South America for about 8 years, until she moved to the US when she decided to take her photography passion to a professional level and focused on photography only. She started taking photography classes online and in person, as well as workshops in NY, IN, FL and IL.
Karina graduated as Professional Photographer from New York Institute of Photography. She has a subspecialty of "Professional Portrait Photographer." She really enjoys photographing people, pets, and creating unique portraits from each gender.
She is part of Professional Photographers of America, and she attends national and as part of her continuing education on photography, she attends international photography conferences every year where she learns more and more from the best of the industry. Her mission is to serve her clients better and better every passing year.
Karina is always up for a challenge and competes in different international photography competitions every year. She has won over 30 awards since 2019. As one of her mentors told her once, and she agrees with the statement that " the best photograph you took will be the one that will be taken tomorrow.
Her work has been published in the local newspaper ( The Southern Illinoisan) and local Magazine ( Life&Style) as well as private business magazines.
She has enjoyed photographing hundred of guests in different Galas and local events such as: Rotary Club of Carterville Gala, SIH Gala, Crystal Gala, Masquerade Gala ,Southern Illinois Wellness event, Girls World Expo event, Vintage Car Show in Carterville, The Dog Jog in Carterville, Crystal Gala, Murder Mystery Gala, Blue Jeans for Blue Doors event, and she is already booked for a few more events coming up in 2022.
KARINA NEILL PHOTOGRAPHY WORK PUBLISHED:
SIH GALA - Life & Style Magazine- The Southern Illinoisan
CRYSTAL GALA - Life & Style Magazine
HARVEST MOON MASQUERADE BALL - Life % Style Magazine
PUMPKINS IN THE PARK - Life & Style Magazine
CUBAN GALA BY ROTARY CLUB OF CARTERVILLE - Life & Style Magazine
Thanks for reading this far and for trying to know me better!
Let me tell you a fun few facts about me!
1- I am addicted to coffee, anything that has coffee in it, just give it to me, por favor! When I travel to new places, I bring back local coffee as my personal souvenir.
2- I love to cook and I am always trying new recipes from all over the world. I collect cooking books. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, that would be rice! Do you like to cook? I would love to hear about your favorite food or recipe!
3- English is my second language. I was born and raised in Peru, so I speak Spanish too. My great grandfather was from Germany and my great grandmother was Peruvian, but I do not speak German, well I can say " Danke" :)
4 - I love listening to Spanish guitar music when I am editing photos, and salsa music when I am cooking! oh Yeah, salsa, sal-sa!
I love music from the 60's and 80's too. Actually, singing songs by The Beatles was part of my English classes at my American English School in Peru!
5 - I am a very artsy person since I was little, I have loved creating things from scratch. I have a workshop in my basement where I design props for newborn sessions, cake smashes and much more. I crochet, knit, sew, embroider and paint. Oil is my favorite medium. Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics are the places where you can find me sometimes. I have a side business and sell some of my designs online. I have custom made hundreds of items for customers in different states and countries, mostly Europe. I haven't been in Europe yet, but my creations already arrived to different countries in the Old Continent!
6 - I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community, so sometimes , you will find me working and maintaining the public gardens of Carterville with passionate members from the Garden Club of Carterville, or you will find me volunteering somewhere in Southern Illinois with the members the Rotary Club of Carterville. These group of Rotarians are the most giving and loving people I ever met in the US!
YOUR MOMENTS MATTER. You will never get today back, so don't put it off any longer! I'd love for you to contact me with any questions you have, and let's book your next photo session!!!
I can't wait to meet you!