02 Feb Interview with Karen Hutton

Source: Fujifilm Insider

What was it that inspired you to become a photographer?

I can’t remember NOT having a camera in my hands! I was raised with cameras, starting with the infamous Brownie. Suffice to say, life was well-documented and I grew up ‘seeing photographically’. Apparently, that came from my mother’s side of the family, since there are tons of photographs of her from the 1920s-1940s – they are stunningly amazing. After my mom passed away, we even found beautifully preserved photos of the Norwegian side of her family, coming to America on a big steamer, probably in the early 1900s, or even the 1890s.

How long were you photographing before you decided to become a pro? What did that process look like?


In my 20s I had planned on being a pro photographer and went for it in school. We processed our prints in the darkroom, which I loved as much as taking the photos themselves, maybe even more. That is, until darkroom chemicals made me sick to the point where I had to quit. I continued taking photos with whatever camera I could either afford, or was handed down, but it wasn’t the same. Still, photographing was an internal engine that never stopped, through all of my careers as a professional equestrian, figure skater, dancer, actor and in everyday life.

When digital came of age in the early 2000s, my husband handed me an entry level DSLR for Christmas one year and said “You keep talking about the images you see in your head. I want to see them too, so go get ‘em”.

So, in answer to your question about how long I was photographing before deciding to turn pro? A lifetime….

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