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Charleen Larkin is a New England based photographer specializing in high school seniors, family and professional business portraits.
CPP, Cr. Master Photographer
Charleen’s love for photography began in her sophomore year at Killingly High School. Capturing Images for class assignments sparked her creative skills as well as her enjoyment for processing and printing in the dark room. Her high school photography teacher encouraged Charleen to enroll in the Rhode Island School of Photography, graduating in 1989.
Charleen has worked at achieving many of her goals – Owning her own studio, working toward her Certification, Craftsman and Master Degree in photography as well as becoming a platform speaker in the photographic industry. Charleen has had the experience of owning, building and recreating her studio environment several times. When most photographers dream of just owning a studio Charleen has consistently updated hers by location and design and has currently just finished her 4th studio build out that is a perfect combination of functionality, luxury and an at home feeling.
When not in the studio Charleen can be found Camping, hiking, biking, reading and enjoying time with her family. Her favorite comfort food is grilled cheese with tomato soup, her favorite dish when dining out is filet mignon or pan seared sea scallops with risotto followed up with Tiramisu.
Charleen believes that everyone deserves a beautiful portrait and hates it when people say I have to loose weight before stepping in front of the camera. The fact is, if posed and lit correctly by a professional photographer you will look and feel better and you can stop stressing yourself about loosing weight.
Charleen’s future plans are to design customized creative session for her studio customers that are more than just a nice photo of someone smiling at a camera, but a story of who they are in this moment and time. Her story telling albums have been becoming increasingly popular among families and high school seniors and her Magical Santa Session have been receiving National Recognition and Awards for their artistic quality. She is also working to grow her Pre-school / Elementary School Portrait portion of her business. She loves to work with young children and has the keen ability to capture genuine smiles in a rather fast paced environment. Long gone are the days of telling a child to smile in front of the camera. Charleen brings a creative fun approach to her schools that has children recognizing her and happy to see her whenever she is out and about, pointing her out to their parents as the “The Picture Lady”. At this time Charleen is looking to accept a couple of additional Pre-K – 4th grade schools for the fall of 2022. Please feel free to reach out if your school would like to be a part of our family of customers.