Hi, my name is Kelly Karnesky and I am a professional photographer. Since I began my career in 2007, I’ve been fortunate to shoot for a congressional campaign, take portraits of mayors, make movies, work with dozens of successful models, travel hundreds of miles to create art, shoot a few dozen weddings, and collect well over a couple of thousand souls through my lens.
the man himself
I've done all of this while suffering from high anxiety and bipolar disorder. Being an independent artist, it took me a while to find a balance with my work flow and my personal life. The road has not been easy; to complicate it even more I've never really had a desire for money. It's something I don't put a lot of value in viscerally. However aware that the world we live in does not leave a lot of room for professional artists to share their talent without monetary compensation, enjoying the creative process without a greedy overtone is something I love and want to continue to do.
That all said, I find myself in need of a new camera and some extra gear. The money I raise from this gofundme will be used to acquire a new camera body, lens and hopefully lights as well. With my new company Apathetic Zebra, I have big plans to push my art in the direction I feel it needs to go. 2015 is brimming with opportunity; without proper gear I won’t be able to accomplish the quality of work I’m capable of.
I'm doing something a little funny: I've added a perk – a $15 contribution will invite you to drink with me at my birthday party. Why is this a big deal? I've never been drunk, or even have had more than a sip of anything my whole life. I'm turning 30 and this year is the year I let that inhibition go.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and take a look at my work. I thank you for any support you can offer my cause!
- Karen Shelton
- Jenna Christenson
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