BY STARRLA CRAY
WINSTED, MN For Karen Egeberg, photography is about capturing the uniqueness of each person whether it’s a newborn baby, star athlete, or soon-to-be graduate.
“I believe every person is created absolutely unique from everyone else on the planet,” said Egeberg, owner of His Image Photography.
Egeberg had been renting the second floor of a building in Howard Lake, but when the space became unavailable, she was excited to find her new location in Winsted, next to Sharon’s Beauty Salon on First Street North.
“I loved my studio in Howard Lake, but I love this even more,” Egeberg said, noting that it’s fun being on ground level. “This has been such a friendly community people just come in and introduce themselves.”
Egeberg’s studio has a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere, organized with props and backdrops for a variety of photo possibilities. Her husband, Rich, who is a teacher in Rogers, helped with moving and remodeling.
“I couldn’t do this without him,” Egeberg said, adding that Rich also helps with on-site photo sessions.
One family shoot, for instance, involved hauling a large table and chairs out to a field. Egeberg laid out bread, juice wine, and little paper “talking points,” and as the family sat together, Egeberg captured their time together from a distance, using a zoom lens.
Clients tell Egeberg they like her photography because it’s not “cookie cutter.” In addition to traditional portraits, Egeberg enjoys taking photos of people in action, doing things they enjoy.
Egeberg has had a passion for photography since she was a child, and her skills are self-taught.
Her career developed gradually, starting with senior portraits. As the youth worker for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Egeberg had photographed some of the students at a minimal cost.
As her work became known, more people requested her services.
“It just grew and grew and grew,” she said, explaining that now she takes photos for proms, does banners for sports teams, and offers portrait sessions for all ages.
Egeberg loves action photography, and is often hired to take photos at sporting events. Most of her games are at the high school level, but Crown College in St. Bonifacius (where her 20-year-old son, Brody, plays football) has also used her work. Egeberg’s other son, Noah, will be a senior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School this fall.
Volunteering for families with loss
In addition to photography of teens, Egeberg also specializes in newborns and toddlers.
“I’m a volunteer photographer for Now I l Lay me Down to Sleep,” Egeberg said. “That is something I absolutely love doing.”
The organization connects professional photographers with families facing the death of an infant, and photographers take portraits at no cost. The images are a step in the healing process, and they help families preserve their child’s legacy.
Photographers who sign up are made aware of needs at hospitals through a private Facebook page. Egeberg also encourages individuals to contact her directly.
At first, mothers are sometimes hesitant to have their photo taken with their child, but later, they are glad they did, Egeberg said.
Although volunteering in this way can be heart wrenching, it also has a sweet side. One family that lost in infant more than a year ago, for instance, recently had a healthy baby boy.
“They called me to do their newborn photos,” Egeberg said. “I was with them in their darkest hour, and in their best hour.”
Before all her photo shoots, Egeberg prays that she will be able to capture the uniqueness of that person, truly showing their special qualities.
“I’ve had comments like, ‘you captured my daughter in a way no one else has,’” she said. “It’s so cool, because that’s what I’m after.”
In Winsted, Egeberg is looking forward to offering monthly photo specials with various themes, and potentially partnering with other businesses in town to create fun photo opportunities.
“I definitely want to get involved in the community,” she said.
To learn more about His Image Photography, call (763) 245-3745, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.hisimagephotography.smugmug.com.