Karly Jo Photography

Photojournalism-style photography focused on visual storytelling, based in Madison, Wisconsin and available for national travel. National wedding photographer based near Madison, Wisconsin. Specializing in photojournalism + visual storytelling.

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Karly’s grandfather taught his son, Karly’s father, the art of taking beautiful and technically skilled photos, and her father taught her, starting when Karly received her first camera from her mom in third grade.

Karly enjoyed photography as a hobby for years, and occasionally second shot at weddings. As she planned her own wedding, photography’s unique strength as a storytelling medium struck her, and as she entered into newlywed life, contemplating what sort of career change might lend itself well to eventual motherhood, Karly made the decision to go back to school and earn a Photography degree. By 2011, Karly Jo Photography was up and running.

Following the death of her mother, a deeply prayerful woman, Karly was struck by a desire to make the Catholic Church the center of her life and entered RCIA. Five years later, as their family grew, Karly’s husband was received into the Church, as well. Intimate, film-like images convey Karly’s photojournalistic style, influenced by subtle direction and a desire to make your story--and your family--known and seen.

From Karly:

I consider myself to be primarily a photojournalist. I’m capturing things in the moment, as they unfold, to tell the story of your day. Traditional portraiture is also essential, as formal & artistic portraits are a wonderful tradition which help tell the story of your family through the years.

My clients often become my friends. I love getting to know them and their families, being sure to tell the whole story from their day which includes the people they love most.