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 few months, I experienced 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 stepped into 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. In 2017, still feeling the financial disruption, but the journey wherever it takes me 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, girls, artists and entrepreneurs to embrace their own power, authenticity and truth, projecting 'stand out' images and visual messages that truly reflects who they are! 

 Partnerships! 
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, JL King author of 'On the Downlow', and  Connected Sphere of Atlanta  a full-service speaker management and consulting agency

A major, disruptive change on the horizon! 

​​​​"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 up!"
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I wish to do the same for my clients, and those within my sphere of influence using my creativity, and photographic artistry to encourage women, girls and creative entrepreneurs to embrace their power, authenticity and truth for producing images that uniquely reflect who they are and what they genuinely want to represent without apology! ​​

 ​​​​​​Karen Marie is an Advertising/Commercial photography contributor 

for the internationally recognized iStock By Getty Images.

​      Karen Marie Images & Branding​​


 MY ​​STORY: I've Always been a dreamer!

From Dreamer to Visual Brand Artist

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

                A little bit about me!  I am inspired by fashion, art, business women, and young people.  

Each of these 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 an IRS agent and auditor. He 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 supporting business women in producing a creative vision of themselves and their business.  I especially love encouraging business women, who wouldn't typically be bold, to step outside the box  in representing themselves in feminine, yet powerful, and confident way! 

'My Brand Message' 

""Visually telling your colorful and vibrant story, brand, and visual message with power, authenticity and truth!​


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!  My ultimate purpose is to provide an experience and uplifting environment that produces images that connect my client with their story and brand message. 

About the crown: For Karen Marie’s 60th birthday (2017) celebration she wore a silver crown, visually marking the transformation of embracing her own inner power with confidence and style.