About Karen Joslin


I’ve always loved a good story, no matter what the medium. I began writing my own stories in kindergarten. (Of course, I was hindered by practicalities like character development and plotting. Because really, what does a six year-old know about that?) My forays into photography began a few years later when my Dad loaned me an old Brownie camera to use on a family trip to Hawaii. When I saw those photos for the first time, I was thrilled. I continued experimenting with photography into adulthood, even as I pursued theater, film & video production, and screenwriting.

In 2001, I decided to make photography my career. I spent the next three years studying it at Santa Monica College, then opened my own photography business. Though I initially focused on portraiture, I shifted to my fine art work when I realized that I loved it more and I’m better at it. My newfound obsession with gardening has also prompted me to build up my stock library, focusing on garden images, native plants, and wildlife. Plus interesting scenes in my own back woods of Florida and southern Georgia. Of course, anyplace I travel is fair game, too.

Much of my writing these days happens on my blog, website, or social media. Naturally, I also have a sadly neglected novel in its infancy. One of these days, I will get back to my poor baby.

Education

2001-2004
Studied photography at Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA)

June 1990
Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) 

Weirdest Thing I’ve Done For Money

In the show "Recycling Ranger," I dressed up in a bear costume to teach kids how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

  • Mangoes
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Macbeth
  • Surrealism
  • CHOCOLATE!

Major Goal in Life

Spend as little time in hospitals as humanly possible.

Photography Exhibits, Awards, & Publications

January 14 - February 1, 2013
"Valdosta National 2013," juried group exhibit
VSU's Fine Arts Gallery (Valdosta, GA)

November 16, 2012 - January 26, 2013
“Out of Pocket: Small Art Exhibition,” group exhibit
Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL)

November 1 - November 12, 2012
Fine Arts & Crafts Show, North Florida Fair (Tallahassee, FL) 

September 2010 - April 2012
“Grave Concerns” solo exhibit, Divine Union (Tallahassee, FL)

August 2010
Worldwide PhotoWalk winning photographer for Tallahassee

June 6, 2009
Honorable Mention for “Grave Concerns” slideshow
Digital Graffiti (Alys Beach, FL)

September 2007
“Hands Off!” international juried digital photography exhibit  The 621 Gallery (Tallahassee, FL) 

February - March 2006
Featured in an untitled group exhibit at Garcia Galleries (Tallahassee, FL)  

2004
Merit Award from Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County for my photograph Time Marches On

Time Marches On published in Best of Photography Annual 2004 (Serbin Communications)

Writing Experience

First published at age 19 in YM, a national magazine with a circulation of approximately 800,000 (December 1986).

Wrote numerous articles and other web content as a staff writer for an internet company specializing in travel websites.

Editor of The Contact Sheet, the newsletter for the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild, in 2006.

11 years of experience writing scripts for film, video, and live performance. I even wrote and performed stand-up comedy, which is the most terrifying thing I've ever done.