Join me as we venture for an intimate small-group workshop, where I'll share my secrets of child portrait photography and creating and running a successful child portrait business. I'll share my 19+ years of expertise working with THOUSANDS of children and earning a six-figure full-time income for the last two decades with 10 participants in an intimate, open setting. I've provided successful workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and large group keynote speeches since 2012 and offer a range of educational resources available here.

AUGUST 10 - 12, 2024


*For privacy and security, The Secret Workshops are planned for locations to be revealed once booked.

The Creative

  • Develop your creative voice and define your signature style
  • Understand lenses, gear, and create a minimal set-up that works
  • Conceive, plan, and create stunning visual stories
  • How to style, wardrobe, and prop sessions for a timeless look
  • Work with any light indoors and outdoors to create magical moody images
  • Gain children's and parents' trust and cooperation to achieve your creative concept
  • Pose children to capture genuine, natural looks
  • Understand how to create portraits that sell
  • Manage the session to avoid common mistakes
  • Select images that tell a story and sell (and stop taking the ones that don't!)
  • Edit photos in a quick, simple way to achieve a consistent, artistic look
  • Price and present a product line that guarantees top sales
  • Manage workflow for speed and organization

The Business

  • Position your business to attract high-value clients
  • Manage projects and keep everyone on track
  • Serve clients with compassion and care
  • Create a product mix for impact and profit
  • Fill the calendar and fuel the bank
  • Put your business to work for you, not the other way around

The Workshop Format

  • Friday night meet & greet cocktail event
  • 2 live "magic hour" shoots with child models on Saturday
  • Ample time for editing and free-format discussion
  • Working lunch included on Saturday
  • Working breakfast included on Sunday
  • Private 10-minute consultation / portfolio review with Karen on Sunday
  • (Clients should plan to depart at dinner time on Sunday)

Who Should Participate

  • Emerging or experienced professional photographers
  • Enthusiasts or aspiring hobbyists
  • Open-minded creatives who love working with children
  • Participants with a professional DSLR camera, professional lenses, a laptop with the full version of Photoshop
  • Participants should know how to operate cameras on manual and shoot in RAW

The Details

  • 10 participants
  • Southeast Michigan (exact location provided upon booking)
  • Full days August 11 &12, welcome event the evening of Friday, August 10
  • 2 live model shoots on Saturday
  • Ample small group discussion time in a relaxing, quiet environment
  • Welcome event August 10, lunch August 11, and breakfast August 12 included
  • Travel, accommodations, incidentals, and meals (other than those listed above) extra

Special Offer

  • 10% off all photography resources from the time of full payment through 14 days following workshop

  • $100 early bird registration discount through February 31, 2024
  • $100 pay-in-full discount through March 31, 2024
  • $100 refer-a-friend discount through April 30, 2024

Fee & Payment

  • 1st payment of $325 due at booking to reserve your place
  • 2nd payment of $325 due by June 30, 2024
  • Final payment of $325 due by July 31, 2024

  • All full payments / payment installments are NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Detailed logistics and exact location provided once initial payment is made
  • Client agreement and planning details provided once initial payment is made
  • Applicable workshop discounts are applied to final payment invoice


  • Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at or during normal business hours at 284 320 1943 (EST).

FREE Portrait Lens Guide

Before you go, be sure to download the FREE 25-page definitive Portrait Lens Guide that I wrote to help you see before your eyes what you envision in your mind.