Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 26, 2005

Style sets local photographer apart

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but to photographer Gianna Karels of Waverly, pictures are about more than just conveying a simple message.

“I like to capture emotion, not just somebody’s body and face,” Karels said.

Karels began her own freelance photography business, Gianna’s Photography, about one year ago, and currently works out of her home in Waverly.

“Most of my stuff is location work, I have equipment that I can bring places,” Karels said.

Karels finds this works well when she is taking pictures of younger children.

“A lot of times, it’s more comfortable for them to be in their homes,” Karels said.

Karels can do family portraits, high school senior portraits, weddings, panoramic prints, black and white, and spot color prints. But what really sets her apart from some photographers is her approach to photography.

“I think my style is a little bit different than traditional photographers. I like to do close-up work and candid work,” Karels said.

Even though Gianna’s Photography has only been around for one year, Karels has been a shutterbug for much longer.

She got her introduction into the photography world when she signed up for a photography and graphic arts class during her years at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

Karels started freelancing as a photographer while attending Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. She graduated in May 2004 with an associate of arts degree in professional photography, and a diploma in wedding and portrait photography.

Karels has always been interested in art, and photography fit that interest.

“It just seemed like something I could do for the rest of my life,” she said. “I’ve been doing it for four or five years now, and am not at all bored with it. I love it.”

Karels finds that her flexibility and her age give her a competitive edge.

Gianna’s Photography holds no set hours, and Karels works with her clients to fit their schedules. Afternoon, evening, and weekend shoots are not uncommon.

A large part of Karels’ business right now is family and high school senior portraits, including a lot of work for HLWW students.

“Because I’m young, I can connect with high school students, and make them feel at ease,” Karels said.

Growing up in Waverly, the daughter of Mark and Giny Karels, Karels enjoys using the rural setting to her advantage.

“There are a lot of great parks and backyards,” Karels said. “There is a lot of space to do interesting shots.”

Karels enjoys getting to know people whom she might not otherwise get to meet, and is hoping, one day, to expand her business.

“For the next year or so, I plan to do location work; when I feel I have enough business to stay busy, I plan to open a store in the area,” Karels said.

To make an appointment, or for more information, Karels can be reached at Gianna’s Photography (763) 300-4690, or web site www.giannasphotography.com.

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