HELLO, DAHHLING! I’M KARA MARIE…
...and I'm in the business of beauty. I'm not talking about the type of beauty that you smother all over your face and Photoshop beyond recognition. I’m talking about the beauty every woman naturally possesses.
I’m not a photographer to models. The women you see on this website are every day (albeit extraordinary) non-model women. They are career women, moms, grandmothers, wives, philanthropists, yogis, bartenders, and lawyers. They are who you might bump into on a walk to the mailbox or in the school pick-up line.
The Kara Marie experience is not about a makeover. It’s about looking like yourself, like FEELING like a model in all the best ways, while still being gently guided through your time spent in front of my camera. It’s about the internal transformation. It’s about embracing your authentic beauty, and, let’s be honest, looking really really cool doing it.
This is my full time gig, ladies. I SPECIALIZE in photographing women. What does that mean for you? That means that you are in the very capable hands of someone who does this ALL the time. Not just every now and then in between family photo shoots and weddings. Though, don't think that's where not where I started. I've dabbled in just about all types of photography, and have narrowed my specialization over the last 10 years into exclusively photographing women. Because I love it THAT much. In fact, I am actually a photography educator— which means I teach photographers all over the world how to lift women up through photography.
Black & White imagery is my specialty. I pay extra special attention to tones and highlights and shadows which means that each and every photo you'll see of yourself, will represent your best self. You will look confident, even if you’re terrified (Every single client is nervous. Every one.). You will look like you know what you’re doing and no one will have to know that I guided your every single move. You will look cool. And beyond all of that, you will look like yourself.
I BELIEVE that a Kara Marie experience is for all women. I believe that it is not about objectifying or sexualizing women for another’s viewing pleasure….rather, it’s for the woman doing it for herself. I believe that we don’t need to spend hours in hair and makeup to make you look incredible. I believe that you don't need to buy anything fancy to wear for your session and that what you've got going on naturally is perfect. I believe these images are meant to make you feel proud, strong, badass, cool, and beautiful..there is no feeling like seeing yourself on your own walls every single day.
ACCOLADES + PRESS
Named the 2017 Boudoir Photographer of the Year by the Association of International Boudoir Photographers, winning multiple awards for business practices and individual digital and print photographic works, mentoring + educating other industry photographers, and gracing the cover and inside spreads of several industry magazines, you can rest assured that you are in the very capable hands of a quality professional with Kara Marie Trombetta of Kara Marie Studios.
Meet Kara Marie...
I'm a mother and soccer mom to two very handsome, very fun-loving, very attention-needy little boys (11 and 5), the full-time owner/photographer/business manager/bookkeeper/marketing executive/social media manager/customer service representative of this awesome business, a photography educator, and the wife of another Austin Business owner (Shout out to my husband Joey and his awesome Austin business.)
SO, as you can imagine, my day-to-day life isn't exactly GLAM. If I was ambitious enough to even wear one, I remove my bra the second I get home from work. I have a large drawer in my bathroom solely dedicated to dry shampoo. I wake up at 5:00am every.single.day.without.fail. I crash into bed at 8:30pm utterly exhausted. It's a very fulfilling life, yes. But consistently glamorous, it is not.
The second I had my first boudoir shoot in my crappy apartment in Erie, PA (with a friend-slash-client who reluctantly paid me $100 for "sexy photos" for her boyfriend), over 10 years ago, I knew that making women feel beautiful was what I wanted to do forever. I know how powerful an AMAZING photo of yourself is, and I also know how damaging an awful photo of yourself can be. So I have spent the past 10 years fine tuning my craft, my business, and photographing over 4,500 women of all different shapes, sizes, and walks of life(yes, really. I just did the math.)
When I'm in a shoot, I am truly having so much fun. I'm a total goofball. I use whatever means necessary to elicit true laughter from my clients. I honest-to-goodness-100%-without-hesitation can tell you that I LOVE my job. I adore it. I hope that shines through my images.
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A CAUSE...
You should know that my boudoir philosophy revolves around this crazy idea that women owe it to themselves to embrace their womanhood and claim their sexuality as something that belongs to THEMSELVES. It's not for anyone else to take. Because I once was one, I've felt such a strong calling to help abused girls, to be a voice for them, and to support them financially as much as I can. When Steven Tyler launched Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund [A big voice for abused girls], that added even more to his HERO status in my mind and I wanted to be a part of the support team.
That said, I am proud to announce that I am officially a fundraiser for Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund, and on top of personal contributions, will be donating a portion of all boudoir photography profits to this charity, from now through my birthday [August 16th].