Memphis, TN Luxury Maternity, Newborn & Family Photographer

I'm Karen :)

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am so excited you're here. I have been a Memphis newborn, maternity and family photographer for over 20 years and have photographed over 1000 families in that time. I am a retired accountant with a degree in Finance so that makes me a weird Type A creative. I love reading, coffee and candles!

 I believe that photo sessions should be fun and stress free so I work hard to make everything flow smoothly from a simple booking process, to offering a complimentary online styling service to help plan your outfits, to providing a personally curated client closet, to timely delivery of your gallery.  I put my whole heart into creating timeless, beautiful images for your family to enjoy forever and building lifelong relationships with my clients.


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To say that I love EVERY SINGLE PHOTO is a major understatement!!!!!! My photos are so good!! I’ve longed for family photos that I love for so long and I finally have them! I have cheaped out in the past and never loved the outcome! The whole experience was stress free and seamless! The husband even enjoyed it. Karen definitely has a gift and an eye! So happy we did this! Can’t wait to do more with Karen in the future. She is now our go to photographer!!

Maternity session

Melissa D.

Karen Waits photography not only goes above and beyond to always meet the client’s needs, but also in providing a professional atmosphere that most photographers do not uphold. You will find she is honest about her work and what she has to offer, while also seeing she strives to build an individual relationship during her sessions to meet everyone’s needs - including her newborns! There isn’t enough I can say about this talented photographer. If you’re looking for someone to capture those once in a life time memories as a mother, family, or child; this is your next investment! You won’t regret it!

newborn session

Elizabeth A.

I had both my maternity and new born photos taken with Karen. I didn't even know I needed maternity photos till I got mine back...truly such an amazing gift to mark a special time in our lives. It was the new born photos that really got me, however. She was confident and sweet with my 10 day old baby. She knew what to do, how to get him to sleep, and how to calm my tired, anxious mama heart, ALL WHILE TAKING AMAZING PHOTOS. Total package deal.

Maternity session

Olivia C.

I’ve had the pleasure to know Karen for several years, and she has photographed my family multiple times. Her work is exceptional, especially her newborn sessions. She helps mamas feel prepared and at ease. She takes care of it all, and I’m so thankful for the moments she captures that will be treasured forever. Not to mention, her turn around time is impeccable. I highly recommend KWP!

newborn session

Elinor F.

We have used Karen for our 2 year old son’s milestone photos since birth and each time her work takes our breath away. Each session she is organized and efficient which is so helpful when photographing babies and busy toddlers. She has a passion for her work and always does an excellent job of capturing our son’s personality. We are so pleased with the photos and will treasure them for a lifetime!

family session

Shelley A.

Karen Waits Photography is the best there is. I have used her for maternity, newborn and family pictures for the past 7 years. She is excellent with kids and adults! Her photo editing is the best around and I am so thankful she’s our photographer!!!

family session

Molly W.

Karen is one of the best photographers that I have ever worked with. I tell everyone about her. I have used her for multiple pictures at this point with more than one child. She is professional and prompt. I will use her again and love working with her!

family session

Bethany P.

You have catalogued my journey in motherhood, from my first born photos to now. Every treasured moment has been captured by you. I have your work hanging in my office, my home and in my relatives' homes. You are a part of my life and I thank you!

Motherhood session

Anna L.

Karen is such a pleasure to work with!! We've worked with Karen for our maternity and family/milestone photos and LOVE every one. Cannot wait to have our newborn photos with her too! She's highly professional, but also so personable and bubbly. She has such talent to capture all the perfect photos, even with wiggly toddlers! Her previews and gallery are always ready shortly after your shoot and always amaze. Her photos are worth every penny, the hardest decision is which ones to hang on your wall. Thank you Karen, we cherish the moments you've captured forever.

Family Session

Trish U.


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