Karen Mullen

Portrait Photographer at Karen Mullen Photography

Karen Mullen, BJ '83

Degree(s): BJ '83

Whereabouts: United States, Lynden, Washington

What do you do?
I’m a portrait photographer, working for myself.

How did you get your job?
I was only doing stock photography when Leo and I decided to put our oldest son in private school and we needed to make more money. I spent two years getting educated in the very different art of portraiture through the Professional Photographers of America and its affiliates. Then everything changed in 2000 when Leo died suddenly of a heart attack. At the same time, I was three months pregnant with our fourth child. After Leo Jr.’s birth I began full-time portrait work and have ever since. It’s a great job, lots of people contact and I love the computer work as well as well as the photography.

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?
Make integrity your constant aim.

What advice do you have for current students?
Always keep up your education, through classes, journals, online offerings, etc.

What is your favorite J-School memory?
Class with Manuel Lopez.

Updated: June 22, 2020