Entries in Karen Walrond (5)


Caden Lane Winner + Today's Giveaway

Congratulations HANNAH MAYO of Hannah Mayo Photography! You have won the $100 shopping spree at Caden Lane!

Next up in the Epiphanie daily giveaway:

A signed copy of Karen Walrond's book, The Beauty of Different














a 2012 Chookooloonks Desk Calendar

AND, a piece of jewelry from bel kai designs "beautifully different" collection!

Winner for this contest will be announced tomorrow between 10:00am - noon CST.

See this post for details on how to enter. If you've already done one or more of the steps, great! You have entered to win all Epiphanie giveaways throughout this week. Good luck!


Congratulations Jen!

You are the lucky winner of a spot in the Chookooloonks Path Finder course! We will be in touch shortly.

Jen commented - "I would love this! Thank you so much for this giveaway!! I adore Karen and read her blog first thing each day to get myself going:)"

Thanks to everyone who entered! Don't forget, today is the last day to register at the discounted price of $55.00.


Chookooloonks Path Finder + Friday Giveaway

Here at Epiphanie we love celebrating those things that help you "live life the way your picture it!" As such, we encourage you to check out the upcoming course Path Finder, taught by our dear friend Karen Walrond.


Chookooloonks Path Finder is a 5-week self-study program dedicated to unearthing more purpose and vision in your life.  Through journaling, photography and more, Karen, author of The Beauty of Different, will help you "tap into your inner creative" and ultimately discover your own "beautiful different"!

Classes begin Monday, September 5 and registration is now open. Price for this 5-week course is only $75.00, but if you register between NOW and AUGUST 29, REGISTRATION IS ONLY $55.00!

We would love one of our Epiphanie friends to benefit from this course! So we're giving away a spot in the Chookooloonks Path Finder program! Simply comment below before 10:00am CST, August 29. The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday afternoon. Good luck!

Above photo: Karen Walrond


Mixed Bag: Karen Walrond

A few times every month we'll be showcasing our Epiphanie bags with various wardrobe combinations based on someone whose style has inspired us.

The photographers / models selected their own outfits for the Look Book. We love the variety, and how everyone's individual personality came through. We're also impressed by Karen's ability to look like this (in a cardigan!) on a 90 degree NYC day, while wearing 6 inch heels!

Our interpretation of her selections:

Bag: Epiphanie

Dress: Spoiled Brat

Cardigan: LL Bean

Leggings: American Eagle

Shoes: Fergie Shoes

Necklace: Superhero designs


on the "sparkle" 

Recently, I was attending a talk by my friend Brené Brown. Brené’s talks are always riveting, but about halfway in, she said something that really resonated with me: she said that all humans are “hardwired for connection.” Amen, I say. This statement, in fact, is actually why I first became interested in photography. The truth is, I love faces: I sincerely believe that every single one of them is beautiful – and photography gives me the tools to communicate the beauty I see to everyone who looks at my photographs. In taking photographs, I want to create images that allow the subjects , through their uncommon beauty, to connect with the viewers. Needless to say, this isn’t always easy. See, the thing is, this is more than just photographing a pretty face. In fact, I believe judging a face as “beautiful” or “ugly” by the standards established by corporations who make these sorts of decisions to sell products avoids the profundity by which the human face is capable of expressing beauty. In my opinion, commercial beauty is superficial. True beauty, however, goes beyond the surface. True beauty is an attribute that stirs at the soul level. And so, it’s for this reason that when I photograph someone, I’m never really looking at the physical. I'm more looking for the sparkle -- the little glimpse of spirit that a subject will allow me to see. Because that spirit? That spirit is the source of indescribable beauty. It doesn't always happen immediately: the person is a bit nervous at first, or hasn't quite gotten to the point where they trust me, and so I find myself tending to talk constantly while I'm shooting, because I'm trying to get the person to let down their guard for an instant, and let me see that sparkle. And generally, when the sparkle happens (and often only happens for an instant, so I have to be quick), that's when the resulting photograph is of a really beautiful person, and the physical just absolutely falls away, becomes secondary. So if you’re new to photography, and you’re as drawn to faces as I am, I encourage you to look for the sparkle. And for inspiration, be sure to check out the work of these amazing photographers: Alison Joshua Justin and, of course, Maile. See? It’s all about the sparkle. Karen Walrond is a writer and photographer in Houston, Texas. Her book, The Beauty of Different, is available from Bright Sky Press and Amazon.com. Read and see more of her life at Chookooloonks.com and click here to see how The Beauty of Different is for and about you.