I'm a wedding, family and event photographer, influenced and impassioned by both documentary-style photography and fine art photography. I believe in capturing real moments, with real people, as they unfold–truthfully and artistically. Whether improvised, staged or accidental, at every occasion memories are made. I work to capture these memorable moments so that you, and your loved ones, can focus on enjoying them. Contact me for a quote for your event or session.
Shane is professional, kind and dependable. He was a pleasure to work with and his work is awesome. If you're looking for a fair and affordable photographer who has a great eye and knows how to work around light and catches GREAT candids, looks no further! You won't be sorry.
Shane came to do an active/fitness photoshoot at my studio and he exceeded expectations. His pictures captured everything we wanted, using lighting in beautiful ways. He made the session enjoyable and everyone felt comfortable so it was a breeze and everyone loved the results. He was also generous with his time and super responsive and professional. 100% happy.
I had a short shoot with Shane during the dress rehearsal for an upcoming show. Shane basically shot photos while I ran my pole dance routine. Usually when I do photo shoots I go blue in the face holding poses and trying to get perfect angles. But Shane has a magic finger and is able to grab the money shot while I'm in motion. While I was running my routine I was secretly thinking that there is no way he is going to be able to get the right shot unless I slow down my routine and hold poses. Then I saw some of the shots on Shane's camera and boy was I wrong. He was able to grab so many amazing shots without me having to think or pose much at all. I am so pleased with the results and I've been receiving tons of compliments on the photos Shane took. Every other pole dancer I know who has shot with Shane sings the same praise as well. He is truly talented, super friendly, and easy to work with. I would love to shoot again with Shane in the future and I highly recommend him.
From one photographer to another, I must say that Shane was an absolute joy to work with. We hired him because of his candid approach to shooting events and he did not disappoint. He was easy to book, extremely responsive to email/phone calls, and very flexible, which was great since we hired him to shoot a graduation. He was also great with my daughter, and took some beautiful candid photos of us as a family. I am so thrilled to have found him and will definitely be hiring him again for another family shoot down the line. If you want candid, "day in the life" photography of your family or event, then definitely go with Shane, you will not regret it!
I loved working with Shane! We had a shoot at Old Muscle Beach in Santa Monica and it was amazing. I am sooooo happy with how my photos turned out and I can't wait to shoot with him again! He was really fun to work with too!
Working with Shane Karns was great and totally uncomplicated. Especially as I am an aerial acrobat and constantly moving, he managed to capture the perfect moments in motion. I had a very great experience and would definitely work with him again!
First, let me just say that the pictures from the photo shoot with Shane came out wonderful -- better than I than I even imagined. He was professional and he came to the shoot prepared with exactly what he needed to shoot at day and night. Just how experienced Shane is became evident as soon as we started shooting pics. I had my own ideas for the shoot, which he respected and incorporated into his approach, but he also brought a lot of ideas with him that translated into great photos. Seriously, I look like a rock star in these photos. I recommend him to everyone and will definitely hire him again in the future.
My husband and I had been looking for a photographer for several months, finally we came across Shane. We had the BEST experience with him. He was wonderful to work with and very easy going. We LOVED our photos, he was patient with our one year old, and his prices were very affordable. I had contacted other photographers but their prices were beyond crazy, or they just never responded to my calls or emails. Shane was quick to respond and easy to accomodate. We will definitely be using him again in the future. I would recommend to anyone!
Shane was so easy to work with, he's both friendly and professional! During our shoot, he was super patient, and would literally lay down on the ground to get unique angles for my aerial skills. He then send me a link to an online gallery, I chose several photos I liked best, and he polished them up and sent them back to me within a day, ready to go. Had a great experience and would definitely recommend him to aerial friends! Thanks Shane!
Loved working with Shane and his team. He made me feel very comfortable in my first Pole Fitness photo shoot. The images also came out amazingly. Enjoyed being able to shoot against two backgrounds (Black and white).
Shane helped me out on a really special day for me. Not to sound incredible cheesy, but he literally had told me "hey, no need to worry about me and my setup. I'll be there early and just enjoy things." He captured my engagement (In a bar's patio) with complicated lighting, multiple people, etc really well! He also served up our post processing pics of the even incredible fast, and has been the best at communication. I'd book him again with no hesitation.
Shooting with Shane is so much fun, and the pictures he takes are stunning. He utilizes lighting and angles extremely well, with a beautiful style that makes his subjects look like works of art. He also has a deep understanding of how dancers move and how best to capture us in motion. The process was easy, quick and comfortable, and I'm very happy with how my shots turned out!
Working with Shane Karns is as effortless an experience as you can imagine. He specializes in capturing you 'doing your thing', so if you can manage to just be yourself, he will capture your essence perfectly. The process is simple, comfortable, and nearly magical; it's as though something awesome happened in the room and Shane just happened to be there to document it with an amazing shot! Shane possesses a distinct artistry that comes through in all of his photos. I particularly appreciated his kindness, humor, openness, and the way he listened to my ideas and supported them as best he could. I had a great time and got some fabulous shots. I highly recommend Shane Karns if you're looking to get some extraordinary, insightful, and unique photos!
Such a great experience! Shane is really fun and great at making you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Will definitely be using again!
Shane by far has been the best photographer I've ever worked with. He has a great eye for catching candid moments, and really keeping in mind what his clients need. He is also punctual, very responsive when I have questions, and the turn around time for receiving pictures is within a matter of days. I've used him multiple times, and couldn't recommended a person to consider for hire.
Shane has a great eye and is really responsive too! I highly recommend him!
I came all the way from New York and got my headshots done by Shane. Not only did he make me feel comfortable but he was able to capture moments I didn't think were possible. Can't wait to work with him again!
I can not express how talented Shane Karns is I have now used him several times for special events, weddings, Parties and even Headshots. His photography is stunning he is my go to person when I need to capture a moment in time. - Katie Jo & Co
Shane was fantastic! I hired him to take pictures of me and my two young kids as a surprise for my husband's 40th bday. I have a 5 month old baby that isn't sitting up yet which is always hard for this kind of a shoot but he was able to capture absolutely stunning photos of them. I will have these pics in my life forever. I am so thankful I found him. His turn around for proofs was SO fast too! I will be hiring him again and again and again.
Shane was AMAZING! I live in Philadelphia so I was excited to go to a photographer in California! I really needed some new headshots and Shane was on top of it! He made me feel comfortable and helped me to loosen up. My pictures were awesome! When I come back to LA in October I'm going to book another session with him!
Shane Karns is amazing and quick! I went to Shane for some updated headshots and I am astounded with the results. Shane was quick with responding and setting up a shoot date. Our sessions was quick but not rushed. The shots he captured were breathtaking. I couldn't believe that it was me in the shots. His camera is flawless. We shot a few locations and used natural and a few of Shane's soft lights. Each pic had a different look and feel. They were all professionally polished and left me with a great amount of choices. I will be shooting with Shane again! He's very talented and affordable! Personally I have been looking for a photographer who could capture my ebony skin correctly. A lot of photographers have trouble lighting me, especially in natural light. I never had that problem with Shane and I never even had to mention it. Our first shot was pure gold! Thanks for the great shots Shane! See yah soon for my next batch of professional head shots.
We loved Shane's work from our Wedding Celebration! He was adept at seeking out the perfect angle to shoot for just the right image to capture the moment. His easy-going personality and passion for photography made the whole process seem effortless. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in having a truly fantastic photographer!
Shane was beyond great. Made me feel very comfortable and did not rush. He worked to ensure that I truly was happy with what we got, and believe me I am particular about small details.. Thank you for such wonderful work. I look forward to our next session..
We did a photo shoot on the beach with family visiting from out of town and Shane made it fun for everyone (little kids and grown-ups)! He was very relaxed which allowed us to enjoy ourselves. The photos came out beautifully and we are thrilled with the results.
I was so impressed with Shane Karns Photography. Shane was responsive, professional and, most importantly, delivered photos that were beyond my expectations. I highly recommend and will use his services again when the need arises.
Shane is an extremely professional and friendly photographer. He helped us with maternal photo shoot and the output was awesome. I strongly recommend him for any events.
Finally sitting down to review the photos from our dress rehearsal. F*cking fantastic! In case no one has told you lately - you are so talented! I love that you capture essence of the moment and the subject, rather than static posed shots. You are humble, professional and talented ... a rare gem in LA.
So we just hosted our webseries premiere at the Downtown Independent, and we obviously had a million things on our mind. Shane came in with a smile, set up his lights, and immediately got work. He was super friendly, and funny and it was a blast having him there. But when we got the pictures back I was blown away. I'll admit it- they made me cry. He perfectly captured our night - getting beautiful pictures of all the love that was being shared, and amazing photos of all of us and our friends. I'm so grateful that we found Shane to document the night, because he really did it justice. If you're looking for an awesome photographer, I can't recommend Shane enough!
I am a party entertainer and I was recently performing a magic show at a children's birthday party. Shane Karns was photographing the event. He took some wonderful pictures of my performance; and got amazing candid shots of myself interacting with the children. The expressions on the kids faces that he caught were priceless. You can't help but smile when you look at these pictures. The smiles on their faces, the joy in their eyes, the laughter...Shane was able to capture and preserve these special moments for these kids and their parents to look back upon for years to come.
Dealing with Shane you can tell that he is an enthusiastic person; he radiates a wonderful positive energy and was a pleasure to work with.
We hired Shane for both ours kids' birthday parties, and he exceeded our expectations. He was referred to us, he did not disappoint, his shots were right on, he is very patient, hides away doing his thing, captures the right moments, and you don't have to tell him what to do. And if you do tell him what you want, he probably already got that shot you wanted. He is a nice guy and delivers on what is promised and sends you the pics which will impress. We'll definitely hire him for another, bigger event. Nice job and thanks for the memories.
Wow. Amazing work. 5 stars!
Shane did incredible work and put a lot of care into it.
We had just one night booked for our band at one of LA's great venues and really wanted to come away with some stellar shots. Mission accomplished!
I looked over a dozen portfolios before making a decision and Shane's work clearly stood out.
That he is so personable welcoming and easy to work with is a bonus. Highly recommend
Shane was absolutely OUTSTANDING. He was professional, punctual, but more importantly, he's incredibly talented and has such an excellent eye. He shot our engagement party, and did a simply phenomenal job. He captured some really fantastic moments, and that is what we'd asked him to do, as we love candids. He was really really great. He edited the images and delivered them very quickly. Total pro, and we were excited he was willing to work with our budget. Will hire him again without question.
We needed some real estate photographs taken of our home.
1) Exceptionally responsive
2) Flexible and accommodating on scheduling
3) Extremely friendly
4) Delivered phenomenal photos
I've worked with photographers before (our wedding, company photoshoot), and I recommend Shane!
Shane is a long-time friend and colleague, and someone I trust implicitly with my image. In fact, I use his photos of me on my professional social media pages and on my website. I'm a writer and designer, but I believe my headshots are as important for revealing my personality and conveying my professionalism as an actor's. New clients feel more at ease seeing that there's a real person behind the work, and there is no one better at capturing the real me like Shane. Not only is he a great photographer, but he is kind, ethical, passionate and funny. His clients love him and so will you!
I've had the pleasure of working with Shane for several years, and always really appreciate his genuinely kind nature and how he goes the extra mile for his clients. He's passionate about what he does, and it's evident in his work product. His positive attitude and professionalism are a prominent and pleasant part of each interaction, and I highly recommend him!
Shane has been taking family photos for our family for years! I can't imagine hiring anyone else! He will no doubt continue taking pictures for us for years to come!
Shane has been my live classic car event, Pinup Pole Show's, official photographer for nearly two years. He shoots my stunning pinup models with gorgeous vintage cars and I couldn't be happier. Shane is constantly improving his work, pushing the envelope with new lighting ideas or new angles on the autos. My models feel comfortable with him and that warrants the best photography. He puts honorable time into post production and is a crystal clear communicator with a big heart. I would recommend him to everyone!
Shane has a unique gift in that he is able to capture the essence of a moment in a photo. I cherish many of the photos that he has taken of me and my family. As a measure of my confidence my wife and I have commissioned Shane to take pictures at the upcoming wedding of our son and future daughter in law.
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 600 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Fully insured and bonded
What to Expect
You can expect that I'll be at least 15min early to our scheduled time. I'm courteous, self aware, and respectful of my surroundings. You can expect an experienced photographer, well versed in many styles of shooting and equipped with top of the line cameras and lenses. I also have a fast turn around time. Depending on how big the job is and if it's requested and/or needed I can have a second shooter accompany me (small additional charge). I generally quote two weeks for delivery of the finished images but almost always deliver in under one week.
Really the best way to see about me is my "who am I" page on my website which even has a few snaps of me in front of the camera. :) (link hidden)
Additional Booking Notes
For events (even low light events) I generally shoot without a flash and get fantastic results. The purpose of no flash is to get those candid shots that truly show the ambiance and without distracting others. However, when a flash, flashes, or special lighting, and backdrops are needed I can certainly set that up too.
If you'd like to know what gear I use: Canon 5d Mark IV, Canon 6D , 24 - 105mm f4, 70 - 200mm 2.8, 20mm 1.2, 35mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2, 85mm. 1.4, tripods, flashes, lights, backdrops..etc.
Past Booked Events
|June 25, 2017 • 4:30pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|Mandy Karns||2nd shooter|
Any equipment that is needed I have and provide for our shoot. :)
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