I grew up in central New York and was lucky enough as a kid to spend my summers on the legendary, St. Lawrence River. So after college my (then) boyfriend, now husband asked me to move to Richmond with him. I decided a place called the River City couldn't be that bad and I was right! Since 2006 we have called Richmond, VA home.

​My professional life began here when I accepted a studio photography position and within a year, was managing a successful, studio franchise. In my second year with the company I was approached to leave the studio and teach Photography at the high school level while still photographing (privately) on the side. I accepted that challenge in 2008 and loved every second of it for 8 years. My students were (are) amazing and I genuinely love them. I keep in touch with many and their creativity and passion challenge me to this day to pursue my craft. I'm grateful for their collaboration. 

​In 2016 my side gig became a full time career when I left traditional teaching to run Karen Gage Photography, LLC., full time!

​I am more than lucky to have the love and support of my husband, Justin. He's a Super Hero to our beautifully talented and silly daughter, Lucy. My light and muse has 2 pitbull sibling named Olive and Penny. Our pack keeps me on my toes with smiles, slobbers and shenanigans daily.

I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story!



Assistant Photographer

Shelby is a former, photography student of Karen's and is currently attending James Madison University. She has been shooting for over 7 years and was recently selected to present her photographic work on campus at JMU. Her talent isn't limited to portraits as she has spent time abroad and adventuring with Karen, photographing art, history, landscapes and of course people!