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Karen French Photography

Irvine , CA
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LOCATION

18242 West McDurmott
Irvine, CA 92614 US (map)

PHONE

714-968-5139

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Karen French is the most published wedding photographer in the country. Early in her career, she assisted some of Los Angeles’ top fashion and celebrity photographers, which laid the... Read more
Karen French is the most published wedding photographer in the country. Early in her career, she assisted some of Los Angeles’ top fashion and celebrity photographers, which laid the foundation for her distinctive fashion/photojournalistic style.

Karen’s work accounts for over half of the images in the top three best-selling wedding books in the nation, and over 2,500 of her images have been featured in or on the cover of national publications, including In Style, Town & Country, Destination Weddings, Elegant Bride, Here Comes the Guide, and Modern Bride.

Considered by many of her colleagues to be a “photographer’s photographer,” many of them choose Karen to photograph their own weddings. She has also been commissioned by entertainment, sports and business personalities, and several of her weddings have been featured on the television series Platinum Weddings.

Karen enjoys collecting photographs as much as she does taking them. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of photography and the work of fine art photographers around the world. She regularly attends gallery and museum exhibitions, which keeps her abreast of innovations and trends in photography.

Karen is a past president of California Women Photographers and has lectured for various organizations. She is listed in Who’s Who in Executives & Business. As a wedding photographer, Karen feels privileged to witness one of the most intimate and important days in a family’s life and take the photos that will be cherished for generations. She loves her job and her craft.

Contact Karen for more information at (714)968-5139 or visit Karen's website at www.karenfrenchphotography.com Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Joanna
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
This review is for Karen's Boudoir Photography:

She is incredible!! If you are thinking about doing a Boudoir session look no further! Karen has an extremely good eye and will make any woman look like a Victoria Secret model! She is so easy and comfortable to work with and extremely professional. She gives great instruction and will make you look picture perfect in every shot! Karen makes the entire shoot so much fun. Thank you so much Karen!
This review is for Karen's Boudoir Photography:

She is incredible!! If you are thinking about doing a Boudoir Read more...
This review is for Karen's Boudoir Photography:

She is incredible!! If you are thinking about doing a Boudoir session look no further! Karen has an extremely good eye and will make any woman look like a Victoria Secret model! She is so easy and comfortable to work with and extremely professional. She gives great instruction and will make you look picture perfect in every shot! Karen makes the entire shoot so much fun. Thank you so much Karen! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Karen French. She was professional at every step of the process, and I felt at ease knowing she was handling the second most important part of our wedding (after the ceremony, of course!). After careful research and the recommendations of our wedding venue, my husband and I met with three photographers. Karen was far and away the best fit for us, and we liked her immediately. She has shot many weddings at our venue before, and I had specific questions regarding how she would utilize the various locations at the venue for the best shots. She answered all my questions with ease. I felt comfortable knowing that she was familiar with the venue, and had a clear vision of how to shoot our wedding. Just as important, I felt she was open to any suggestions my husband or I might have, too. After we hired Karen, she emailed us forms to fill out regarding our wedding details (wedding party, names of parents and immediate family, location, vendor names, specific shots we wanted, timeline, etc.). I loved that she was so organized. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, she called me to discuss the information I had provided on the forms and make sure she and I were on the same page. My parents are divorced and I really appreciated the effort she made to understand the family dynamics. She was also sensitive to making sure my husband and I weren't inadvertently taking certain photos with one side of the family and not the other. It was great knowing that Karen was so on-the-ball with these things, and that it would be something I wouldn't need to think about on my wedding day. On our wedding day, she was there early, remembered the names of our parents, gave good direction to our wedding party and family, and was overall very professional. Three weeks later, we met with her to select our album pictures and I am so excited to see the finished product. I can't recommend Karen enough!
I highly recommend Karen French. She was professional at every step of the process, and I felt at ease knowing she was Read more...
I highly recommend Karen French. She was professional at every step of the process, and I felt at ease knowing she was handling the second most important part of our wedding (after the ceremony, of course!). After careful research and the recommendations of our wedding venue, my husband and I met with three photographers. Karen was far and away the best fit for us, and we liked her immediately. She has shot many weddings at our venue before, and I had specific questions regarding how she would utilize the various locations at the venue for the best shots. She answered all my questions with ease. I felt comfortable knowing that she was familiar with the venue, and had a clear vision of how to shoot our wedding. Just as important, I felt she was open to any suggestions my husband or I might have, too. After we hired Karen, she emailed us forms to fill out regarding our wedding details (wedding party, names of parents and immediate family, location, vendor names, specific shots we wanted, timeline, etc.). I loved that she was so organized. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, she called me to discuss the information I had provided on the forms and make sure she and I were on the same page. My parents are divorced and I really appreciated the effort she made to understand the family dynamics. She was also sensitive to making sure my husband and I weren't inadvertently taking certain photos with one side of the family and not the other. It was great knowing that Karen was so on-the-ball with these things, and that it would be something I wouldn't need to think about on my wedding day. On our wedding day, she was there early, remembered the names of our parents, gave good direction to our wedding party and family, and was overall very professional. Three weeks later, we met with her to select our album pictures and I am so excited to see the finished product. I can't recommend Karen enough! Read less
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Johan
Wedding:
10/14/2013
5.0/5.0
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Karen exceeded our -already high- expectations!

Our wedding photographs are beautiful.
Thank you very much!
Johan & Désiré
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Karen exceeded our -already high- expectations!

Our wedding Read more...
Warm
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Karen exceeded our -already high- expectations!

Our wedding photographs are beautiful.
Thank you very much!
Johan & Désiré Read less
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Yumna
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding pictures couldn't have been better
My wedding pictures couldn't have been better
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Joy
Wedding:
8/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen was delightful! She was "everywhere" with the bride, bridesmaids, groom & groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and parents and provided us with some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen! It's all in the details....and Karen captured so many of those special little moments that will mean so much to us in years to come! I am so thankful that we made the decision to select Karen French Photography for our daughter's wedding! We are thrilled with the results! THANK YOU KAREN!!! We couldn't be happier...!

Ron and Joy Clark
Karen was delightful! She was "everywhere" with the bride, bridesmaids, groom & groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and Read more...
Karen was delightful! She was "everywhere" with the bride, bridesmaids, groom & groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and parents and provided us with some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen! It's all in the details....and Karen captured so many of those special little moments that will mean so much to us in years to come! I am so thankful that we made the decision to select Karen French Photography for our daughter's wedding! We are thrilled with the results! THANK YOU KAREN!!! We couldn't be happier...!

Ron and Joy Clark Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen is excellent and true professional! Not only is she super sweet and easy (and fun!) to work with, she is a total expert, and all of our photos came out beautiful! She really knows exactly what she is doing and how to get the perfect shots. She was very patient, always listened to feedback, and made us all feel at ease on the day of the wedding. We got all the photos we wanted, yet we never felt rushed or interrupted. Every significant moment was accounted for and captured perfectly, with a great attention to detail. The special thing about the photos she took, I feel, is that they tell a story. She really made an effort to capture the various personalities of our family and friends, and the photos really portrayed them, and my husband and I, in a very genuine and sincere way. I can't recommend her highly enough! Our expectations (which were very high!) were completely exceeded and we know we will treasure our photos forever.
Karen is excellent and true professional! Not only is she super sweet and easy (and fun!) to work with, she is a total Read more...
Karen is excellent and true professional! Not only is she super sweet and easy (and fun!) to work with, she is a total expert, and all of our photos came out beautiful! She really knows exactly what she is doing and how to get the perfect shots. She was very patient, always listened to feedback, and made us all feel at ease on the day of the wedding. We got all the photos we wanted, yet we never felt rushed or interrupted. Every significant moment was accounted for and captured perfectly, with a great attention to detail. The special thing about the photos she took, I feel, is that they tell a story. She really made an effort to capture the various personalities of our family and friends, and the photos really portrayed them, and my husband and I, in a very genuine and sincere way. I can't recommend her highly enough! Our expectations (which were very high!) were completely exceeded and we know we will treasure our photos forever. Read less
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Sherry
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
When you book Karen French, you don't need to worry about anything. She did our wedding and engagement photos. All we had to do is show up and our photos are incredible. I think she has amazing equipment and a lot of experience. You can be assured that your photos will be GREAT.
She is very professional, very easy to reach, clearly explains all options, and doesn't do the hard sale. She had to drive over an hour to get to our location, but she was on time and fully prepared. I would highly recommend using Karen for a wedding.
When you book Karen French, you don't need to worry about anything. She did our wedding and engagement photos. All we had Read more...
When you book Karen French, you don't need to worry about anything. She did our wedding and engagement photos. All we had to do is show up and our photos are incredible. I think she has amazing equipment and a lot of experience. You can be assured that your photos will be GREAT.
She is very professional, very easy to reach, clearly explains all options, and doesn't do the hard sale. She had to drive over an hour to get to our location, but she was on time and fully prepared. I would highly recommend using Karen for a wedding. Read less
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Joan
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen's photographed my wedding and her associate photographer photographed my boudoir session. I was absolutely thrilled with all of the pictures. I gave my husband a beautiful photo album of the boudoir images as a gift when we came back from our honeymoon. He loves the album so much and says it's the best gift I could have even given him. At the boudoir session the makeup artist and photographer made me feel very comfortable and safe. The atmosphere was very fun, friendly and professional. The studio is decorated beautifully. During the session the photographer guided me through all of the poses and made it very easy. I arrived at the studio very nervous, but by the time we were 10 minutes into the session I wasn't nervous anymore and was having a great time. It was fun to have the pampering by the wonderful makeup / hair stylist- they were great! Think of it as almost as having a spa day- you'll have a blast. Having the boudoir session really helped boost my self esteem and view myself differently. Even though I bought this for my husband, it really ended up being for me too. I recommend to every women to have a session by Karen's studio- they did such beautiful work for me.

A few months after the boudoir session Karen photographed our wedding and again we were vey happy with the photos. We have received many comments from our family and wedding party how nice she was to work with that day. She's a very calm and kind person. Once our wedding website was up, my family and friends contacted us again saying they loved the photos, we do too!!! We had a big and wild wedding party, Karen was great about getting them to pay attention so she could get the shots she needed and still make it a very fun experience for everyone.

Since my wedding two of my bridesmaids have hired Karen for their own boudoir sessions to give to their husbands.

I highly recommend Karen and her staff for boudoir and wedding photography!!!!
Karen's photographed my wedding and her associate photographer photographed my boudoir session. I was absolutely thrilled Read more...
Karen's photographed my wedding and her associate photographer photographed my boudoir session. I was absolutely thrilled with all of the pictures. I gave my husband a beautiful photo album of the boudoir images as a gift when we came back from our honeymoon. He loves the album so much and says it's the best gift I could have even given him. At the boudoir session the makeup artist and photographer made me feel very comfortable and safe. The atmosphere was very fun, friendly and professional. The studio is decorated beautifully. During the session the photographer guided me through all of the poses and made it very easy. I arrived at the studio very nervous, but by the time we were 10 minutes into the session I wasn't nervous anymore and was having a great time. It was fun to have the pampering by the wonderful makeup / hair stylist- they were great! Think of it as almost as having a spa day- you'll have a blast. Having the boudoir session really helped boost my self esteem and view myself differently. Even though I bought this for my husband, it really ended up being for me too. I recommend to every women to have a session by Karen's studio- they did such beautiful work for me.

A few months after the boudoir session Karen photographed our wedding and again we were vey happy with the photos. We have received many comments from our family and wedding party how nice she was to work with that day. She's a very calm and kind person. Once our wedding website was up, my family and friends contacted us again saying they loved the photos, we do too!!! We had a big and wild wedding party, Karen was great about getting them to pay attention so she could get the shots she needed and still make it a very fun experience for everyone.

Since my wedding two of my bridesmaids have hired Karen for their own boudoir sessions to give to their husbands.

I highly recommend Karen and her staff for boudoir and wedding photography!!!! Read less
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Hung
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen French is a very special photographer. She’s very professional, patient and everything we could ask for in a photographer. And we did ask for everything :). She made us look like models in our engagement and wedding pics. She had many suggestions for our poses and she fulfilled our requests. From first day we met her to go over her services she was always helpful and was never pushy or sales-ie.

We had a very long wedding that included tea ceremonies at the bride’s house and at the groom’s house (in OC then LA), exchange of vows at church in Fountain Valley, pictures at parks, then reception at a restaurant in Garden Grove. Our day started with the bride getting ready at home at 4:30/5am and finished at midnight at the reception. Yes you guessed it… Karen was there capturing the bride getting ready, and she was still with us capturing shots at the reception when our guests were starting to leave the party! We had almost 400 guests at our reception and she and her assistant were everywhere! They captured thousands of pics and we had so many great shots that we had a hard time narrowing down the pictures for our albums.

Thank you Karen for the beautiful moments you captured on our special day! We’re so glad we chose you to be our photographer! You and your team did a wonderful job on our pictures.

Gratefully,
Hung and Kristine
Karen French is a very special photographer. She’s very professional, patient and everything we could ask for in a Read more...
Karen French is a very special photographer. She’s very professional, patient and everything we could ask for in a photographer. And we did ask for everything :). She made us look like models in our engagement and wedding pics. She had many suggestions for our poses and she fulfilled our requests. From first day we met her to go over her services she was always helpful and was never pushy or sales-ie.

We had a very long wedding that included tea ceremonies at the bride’s house and at the groom’s house (in OC then LA), exchange of vows at church in Fountain Valley, pictures at parks, then reception at a restaurant in Garden Grove. Our day started with the bride getting ready at home at 4:30/5am and finished at midnight at the reception. Yes you guessed it… Karen was there capturing the bride getting ready, and she was still with us capturing shots at the reception when our guests were starting to leave the party! We had almost 400 guests at our reception and she and her assistant were everywhere! They captured thousands of pics and we had so many great shots that we had a hard time narrowing down the pictures for our albums.

Thank you Karen for the beautiful moments you captured on our special day! We’re so glad we chose you to be our photographer! You and your team did a wonderful job on our pictures.

Gratefully,
Hung and Kristine Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. From the very first conversation we had on the phone, all the way to months after she offered to replace one of the photo DVDs that my mother lost (!), she has been nothing but professional, easy to work with, detail-oriented, responsive, and just all-around lovely. We spoke with cheaper photographers, but we are so glad that we ultimately went with someone who so clearly knows what she is doing. I will always treasure our getting-ready photos and our first-look photos--some of the shots she set us up for felt a little silly at first, but you have to trust this woman's eye... she knows what photographs well, and how to catch people at their best and most beautiful. If my mind hadn't already been made up about how much I adore Karen, the deal was sealed when she expertly worked with my developmentally delayed sister (who has a hard time smiling on command) during the posed family photos. Just when I was ready to strangle the family members who were yelling at my sister to smile, Karen took over and somehow simultaneously shut all of them up (in a very nice way) and got my sister beaming. She just gets it. If you are hesitating about spending the $$$, I understand... but you will not regret going with Karen. She's worth every penny, and more.
I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. From the very first conversation we had on the phone, all the way to months after Read more...
I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. From the very first conversation we had on the phone, all the way to months after she offered to replace one of the photo DVDs that my mother lost (!), she has been nothing but professional, easy to work with, detail-oriented, responsive, and just all-around lovely. We spoke with cheaper photographers, but we are so glad that we ultimately went with someone who so clearly knows what she is doing. I will always treasure our getting-ready photos and our first-look photos--some of the shots she set us up for felt a little silly at first, but you have to trust this woman's eye... she knows what photographs well, and how to catch people at their best and most beautiful. If my mind hadn't already been made up about how much I adore Karen, the deal was sealed when she expertly worked with my developmentally delayed sister (who has a hard time smiling on command) during the posed family photos. Just when I was ready to strangle the family members who were yelling at my sister to smile, Karen took over and somehow simultaneously shut all of them up (in a very nice way) and got my sister beaming. She just gets it. If you are hesitating about spending the $$$, I understand... but you will not regret going with Karen. She's worth every penny, and more. Read less
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