Award-winning photographer and videographer

With new media, stories are no longer tied to the pages of a newspaper or a magazine. By combining all multimedia elements, the power of storytelling has never been so engaging. This is my passion. I combine creative photography, video, audio, and words to produce unique content for digital media.

A sweet revival

Angela Short as the reptile woman

Angela Short as the reptile woman

I recently had the opportunity to revisit the play The Sugar Bean Sisters. My actor and director friend, Cathe Hall Payne, wanted to re-stage Sugar Bean Sisters at a theater in Conyers, GA. She originally directed the play at OnStage Atlanta in October of 2014. Judith Beasley recreated her role as the lead, but the remainder of the cast was new. This, naturally, called for new photos and video.

The photos were shot digitally with two off-camera flashes. I decided to edit the camera raw images in black and white with a tilt-shift blur in Photoshop. The play is a dark comedy set in the swaps of Florida. My edits are my visual interpretation of dysfunctionally humorous characters created by playwright Nathan Sanders.

Prince and pancakes

Serenade Supper Club – The Prince Tribute from Karen Wink on Vimeo.

For Craig Garrett, food and music are two of his favorite pleasures in life. Last year he put the two together in a series of “pop-up” dinners collectively called Serenade Supper Club (SSC).

The fifth installment occurred on June 7th. This was, coincidentally, the birthday of the legendary musician, Prince. This coincidence sent Garrett, an avid Prince fan, on a mission to turn the June SSC into a tribute for The Purple One.


A step in the right direction

For 2014, I made only one resolution and that was to get my internet “house” in order. My motivation is to invest more in myself and in my craft to get more assignments. Procrastination just grips me when I look at the thousands of photos I have lurking on hard drives. I think I have five of them, maybe six…

The cast of OnStage Atlanta's 2013 production of Sanders Family Christmas sing a musical number. The cast pictured are from left, Barry West as Burl, Robert Owenby as Dennis, Pat Bell as Vera, Googie Uterhardt as Mervin and George Uterhardt as Uncle George. (OSA PHOTO / Karen E Wink)

Time for the Holidays

Set in 1941, The Sanders Family Christmas is a popular holiday musical that will be staged at On Stage Atlanta this season. The setting is North Carolina and a pickle factory with lots of comedy and music. Information for the show can be found here. These are a few photos from the first two shoots:    

On pointe

The arts community in Lake Charles is fortunate to have both a symphony and civic ballet. Both organizations topped my list of favorite feature assignments. In addition to photographs, I produced several videos on upcoming Lake Charles Civic Ballet company events and on their principle dancers for both the American Press and the LCCB. The work for the LCCB was…

SoChef -Hopeton Hibbert
JULY 2013

Hip hop chef

By Karen E. Wink DIXIE EATS JULY 2013 For Atlanta Chef, Hopeton Hibbert, music and food are always paired together. When he is not working as executive chef for the new Atlanta restaurant, Food Therapy, Hibbert can still be found in the kitchen between practice sessions with his Hip-Hop band, King Campaign. This passion for both music and food started…

dixie eats

Dishing for Dixie

Practice makes perfect so as I work to build clients in Atlanta, I have be assisting a friend with a new culinary blog. Dixie Eats will focus on food and culture in the South. It’s a great opportunity to work on my writing skills as I hope to be more of a triple threat. The current climate in media requires…

Kicking three

AF the NAYSAYERThe Art of Three

Musketeers, Amigos, and Stooges—three can be funny, it can be company, (if you watched 70s sitcoms) and it can be holy. The references to three can be found everywhere. In art, the triptych or artwork composed of three parts is common.

My favorite aspect of the digital age of photojournalism is the ability to look at a story or a person in three parts—visually, vocally, and the written word. This concept sparked the idea for my personal portrait project Three Minutes. The goal is to approach portraiture using my photography, videography, and journalism skills. By using a three minute video vignette, three photographic portraits, and a three hundred word article, I hope to paint a picture of what is uniquely beautiful about each subject.

My first subject had to be Louisiana hip-hop producer, Amahl Abdul-Khaliq. While working for the American Press newspaper in Louisiana, I met Abdul-Khaliq. His engaging personality and positive energy quickly made him one of my favorite locals. I always intended to profile him for the American Press series, “Artistically Speaking,” but I moved to Atlanta before that came to fruition. This is the perfect opportunity to right that wrong.

Eyes crossed

Since I am transitioning from a staff photojournalist to freelance editorial and commercial work, I am reworking my website (as you can see here). There is nothing like going through thousands of photos. Four years at a daily newspaper plus photos and video from freelancing equals days of eye-crossing work to make my website new and shiny. At the American…

Hanging with the sisters

Cathe Hall Payne is one of my most talented theater friends. She sings. She Acts. She directs.

For her holiday production this year, Payne directed the holiday version of Nuncrackers. If you are unfamiliar with the Nuncrackers plays, they are a comedic musicals that take an snarky look into the Catholic sisterhood.

Hobo Hotel No-Kill Shelter for cats

Hobo Kitties

Hobo Hotel is a no-kill shelter for cats. It is one of my favorite organizations in Lake Charles. They do such get work saving the lives of abandoned cats. It was a pleasure to shoot a few photos for a calendar to raise money for this worthwhile cause. I just wish I had more time and money to help. I…


Young stunt man

One of the last shots I did before moving back to Atlanta was a headshot session with Justice Mims. Mims is a recent graduate of a Louisiana stunt school called LA Stunts. From the iPhone video the school was intense. He was even set on fire. Mims has an impressive athletic ability. He did multiple back-flips for me without breaking…

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FORERUNNERS: Brenda Bachrack from Karen Wink on Vimeo. Forerunners was a series that highlighted the trendsetters in Southwest Louisiana. Every month we created a package for both and the Sunday paper. My task included producing, shooting and editing the video for web. Most involved researching old photos and editorial style portraits. My two favorite interviews and videos involved the…

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The Artist

Artistically Speaking – Ricki Kennedy from Karen Wink on Vimeo.     My first encounter with Ricki Kennedy’s brand of performance art came at a Lake Charles coffee shop while waiting for a friend’s reading. A Beatles-cover band played but I was enthralled by Kennedy’s speed with pastels and charcoal. Dust and hands flew over a large sheet of paper…


Artistically Speaking

Louisiana artist, Erin Barker was the first subject I choose for the American Press video series, Artistically Speaking. This series was created to spotlight all the talent in Southwest Louisiana – from visual artists to musicians. The portrait posted here was shot with my Rolleicord triple lens reflex camera. I used Kodak Portra 120 film because of it’s beautiful skin…


Rest, but no peace

City Cemetery graves literally falling apart BY KAREN WINK AMERICAN PRESS Sunday, June 12, 2011, Page: A1 More than 70 of the nearly 300 graves in City Cemetery on Goos and Broad streets need immediate attention, said Zeb Johnson, chief investigator for the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office. Last week, Johnson, Charlie Hunter, Coroner’s Office assistant investigator, and Andy Hankins, Johnson Funeral Home’s chief…