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To capture a photo of a wild creature in its natural habitat and capture the connection to our own humanity and beauty is what drives me to make images.  I use my camera as a tool to "speak" for the animals and bring attention to this nearly invisible world, one which we often miss in our hectic lives rushing to and from work.   

My lifelong project is "Urban Wilderness".  I have explored Southern California, from regional parks to small urban fields looking at the survival of critters squeezed into these diminishing spaces.    In the Galleries tab is a new page, "The Fox Chronicles", a project over 10 years in the making.   In 2020, for 100 days during COVID, I spent  my time watching the Red Fox families in my  neighborhood.   Watching their interactions of playing, discipline, teaching and pure joy, I was so reminded of the deep connection that humans do have with wildlife.   We can learn so much from them.   Taking their photographs and telling their story evoke such excitement and connection to our natural world for me, and I hope that you find that as well.  

I enjoy sharing my passion and concern through traveling and teaching Bird and Wildlife Photography.   Learning how to slow down and learn new things has been my COVID experience.   I never imagined that I would be teaching classes and speaking via Zoom.   Here we are in 2022 and times are a'changing.   Workshops, in person classes and Zoom classes are on  for 2022 and 2023!  I'm honored to be invited to continue to teach classes and workshops with Tuttle Cameras in Long Beach and Samy's Cameras in Los Angeles.  

Grand Teton National Park, Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico, Florida and Africa are officially on the books.   Bosque is in January, 2023, Grand Tetons in May, 2023 and Florida with NANPA and two new Africa trips are coming soon.   I'd love for you to join me on an adventure that you will never forget.   My intention is to create intimate, boutique workshops that give you more than you expect and prices that deliver incredible value.    Visit my Workshops/ Classes page for more information and to sign up.  

Please stay safe.  Make the most of the gifts that we are given.   The doors have opened  and workshops are getting started.    Thank you for all of your continuing support.  Thank you for joining me on the journey!  



                                                            Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography



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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018​       Highly Commended-Behaviour: Birds

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese,  2017 Professional Photographer of the Year, Honorable Mention,  National Audubon Photography Awards

" Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."