​      Karen Marie Images & Branding​​

​​​"Life isn't easy! The pain I have endured, I don't choose to show it, nor do I pull back from it. Instead, I use it to become the woman I want to be and the life I choose to live! Everyone has a story, use it to build yourself and others up!"

​​The picture to the right is from my 2017, 60th birthday photoshoot and celebration documenting the transformation of finally embracing my inner power and owning the greatness within, becoming the queen, women intuitively aspire to be! Don't apologize for being who you innately are! Too often, people try to undermine the greatness within, especially if you have low self esteem like I did. As a result, you get off course from who you are and what you are destined to become. Finally, I'm on course, and operating in my purpose, not minimizing who I am, and being unapologetic! 

I wish to do the same for my clients and those within my sphere of influence to use my creativity, and photographic artistry to encourage women, girls and creative entrepreneurs to be bold, play outside the box, and embrace their power, and truth with confidence and style, producing images that authentically reflect who they are and what they represent! ​​

   Who is Karen Marie Jenkins?

 In the summer of 2015,  I began to be transparent about my own issues with confidence and authenticity, and  within a couple months later, would experience a major shift in mind set that would change the trajectory of my life as I knew it. Facing my own issues, in October of 2015, I had an epiphany that led me to go back to my beginning of creativity: my childhood, to embrace my artistic identity; I reclaimed my full name, Karen Marie Jenkins to mark a new beginning for acknowledging and owning my own power, authenticity and truth! I also created a new look to mark this major shift! This intuitive, reinvention felt like I was moving toward my own inner power, and truth! Prior to the end of 2015, an emotionally draining year for me, I re-named my company Karen Marie Images & Branding to reflect my new found freedom and journey for capturing a personal brand image and message that truly reflected who I am, and what I wanted to convey.  I also made a dramatic life changing decision to not only resign from my 18+ career in Higher Education in April of 2016, but to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia to begin a new life and build my business, totally disrupting my financial lifestyle, at this point in life. This journey feels like home to me, as I follow this new path leveraging my skills from Higher Education with my creative passion and gifts, to support women and girls to embrace their own power, authenticity and truth, projecting 'stand out' images and visual messages that truly reflects who they are! 

I am always looking to partner with upcoming, upstart and established companies. I have done work with Isossy Clothing for Kids, a designer brand out of London, Emory James Clothing Company, England; FaithWork4U, Lemon Loves Lime, Matilda Jane Clothing, 4Love&$, Inc., and The Spotted Goose to name, and  Connected Sphere of Atlanta  a full-service speaker management and consulting agency

 MY ​​​BACK STORY: From Dreamer to Visual Art

Taking a leap of faith:
 to follow my dreams and passion!

'My Brand Message' 

Creating 'captivating brand images and brand solutions that inspire today's modern, 

lifestyle women and girl to embrace their Power, Authenticity and Truth with Confidence and Style!"

​​I'm Inspired: 

"I am inspired and driven by art, fashion, business women and young people!"

Karen Marie Images & Branding (formerly Spirit & Soul Photography), specializes in personal brand/ editorial photography for entrepreneurs, savvy business women, and fashion photography featuring tween girls. My aim is to empower entrepreneurs, in particular business women, to create unique 'stand out' images that reflect their brand message and aligns with who they are. As a woman, and an entrepreneur, I know how hard it is to stand out and feel confident in oneself. I have experienced these feelings far too many times throughout various times in my life. My mission is to support women in owning and embracing  stand out, 'eye-catching' images that truly represent who they are and who they desire to be without apology!  I am invested not only in how business women and girls represent themselves, but in empowering them to embrace their power and femininity to produce vibrant, and authentic images. My ultimate purpose is to provide an experience and uplifting environment that produces images that connect my client with their story and brand message, while encouraging them to be bold, authentic and style-driven. With an eye for style and fashion, I create visually branded looks for my clients that are modern, and on-trend and that project a creative and authentic brand message. 


Your Atlanta-based visual brand artist,

personal brand/editorial photographer, writer, and owner of

Karen Marie Images & Branding

A major, disruptive change on the horizon! 

Hello, my name is Karen Marie Jenkins, and I am so glad you stopped by! I love visitors!  A little bit about me!  I am inspired by fashion, art, business women, and young people. Each of these elements were instilled in me by my parents and maternal grandmother. My grandmother was an entrepreneur, fashion model, and a top saleswoman for Johnson Publishing Company (Chicago, Illinois- Ebony/Jet Magazine) in the 1960′s, and appeared in their then popular publication, Jet magazine. She later became her own boss owning real estate, operating a fashion thrift shop, and selling Mary Kay. Her daughter, my mother supplied me with lots of art supplies incubating a creative spirit that led to a passion for fashion illustration: designing my own dresses and elaborate gowns in my sketch pads. My dad, a high school dropout who later in life graduated with an Associate Degree while becoming a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). He went on to earn his  Master’s Degree in Finance with honors, and opened his own successful accounting/finance business after a 15 year plus career as a IRS agent and auditor, also captured my entrepreneurial and educational aspirations. His creative side for taking taking pictures, propelled my passion for photography upon giving me his 35 mm camera in the 1990's. Years later in 2007, I started Our Spirit and Soul Photography, photographing kids, fashion and nature-inspired images to create a card line. After being asked by a business owner to take pictures representing her power as a boss, I discovered I love doing helping business women to create creative vision of themselves and their business.  I especially love encouraging business women, who wouldn't typically be bold, to step outside the box  to represent themselves in feminine, yet powerful, and confident way! 

​​Karen Marie is an Advertising/Commercial photography contributor for the internationally recognized iStock By Getty Images.