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I wrote my first post on this blog four years ago today. There were sometimes months I went without blogging but sure enough, once I set a goal to blog 100 posts in 100 days last year, I found my voice took shape here. So today, I’m sharing my first ever blog post from September […]

4th Blogiversary!

Rigid. That word has been floating around my head for a couple of weeks now. For years I’ve been incredibly rigid in the way I do this whole photography thing. From running my business to how I show up online to the photos I post and the way I brand and market. I’d think that […]

Going Full Time Month 10

Sometimes I get really down on myself. You do too so I’m okay sharing this with you. I think I’m not pretty enough, not young enough, not thin enough, not business savvy enough and I get jealous of all the photos I see of photographers who get to photograph weddings with Giraffe’s in the south […]

Going Full Time: Month 9

From our first email, I knew Kristin was someone I wanted to meet! She is a talented event planner, a clean living enthusiast and a world traveler. Her energy is contagious and her confidence and passion for the things she loves is addicting. I know I say this a lot, but I am so grateful […]

Branding with Kristin

Denise Karis Branding Photography

It’s looking GORGEOUS up in here!!! I’m so excited to officially launch my new blog! So can I share the process with you? I had a pretty standard blog for a few years… like…FOUR YEARS… my blog scrolled aaaaaand that was about it. It had some social icons on the right and the search bar […]

New Blog Design

If there’s something you should know about me, it’s that I fall in love all the time. And I LOVE falling in love. I don’t mean romantically, (Although I fall in love with my Boo on the daily) I mean with songs. With musicals. With TV shows. Stories, brands, color palettes, movies, scents. I fall […]

Engaged In Arizona

We went to Disneyland! AND I brought my 35mm camera!! We also saw baby ducks We ate dole whip And 10 different flavors of churros We rode all the rides And ate all the food We congratulated ourselves on making it out of The Guardians of the Galaxy Ride alive We made friends with people […]

Disneyland on Film

I won’t tell you I was born with a camera in my hand. I wasn’t some child prodigy, made to be a photographer. What I was as a child was highly empathic and wildly emotional. So when I was a little girl, new to Arizona, and our storage unit was broken into, I felt my […]

It Wasn’t a Choice

Denise Karis Bridal Series on Film

About a month ago, I decided I was going to start learning film again. The first time around was uninspiring. I don’t know why but my images just didn’t have that soft, touchable film look and I set my film cameras down for an entire year. When this shoot for Gabby and Jeff came around, […]

Lakeside Sunrise Session

Denise Karis Blog Salt River

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