Karen Schiltz brings the eye of a highly skilled photographer along with the care of a close friend to every photo shoot she does.  For Karen, photography is a creative collaboration.  Documenting the most important moments in peoples’ lives, her goal is to craft an end product with her clients that everyone is excited by.  Adept at creating a relaxed atmosphere, Karen always captures the most natural and eye-catching pictures.  Whether it’s a family wedding or business website, Karen makes sure every detail is taken care of and the photo shoot is smooth – not just producing a top-quality product but also making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone.  She works on location and in her studio in downtown Pittsfield.


Karen Schiltz loved taking pictures for as long as she can remember and from the moment she stepped into a dark room at her high school, she knew she was going to be a photographer.  After earning her college degree in photography, she was rarely seen without a camera.  Karen started her career on Long Island photographing children and families.  After marrying and moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, she did custom color work for a photo lab, gaining a broad knowledge of exposure, color balancing, and film processing.  During this time, Karen apprenticed with a successful wedding photographer and eventually branched out on her own, shooting weddings and events from Columbia County through the southern Adirondacks.  Karen’s passion for wildlife photography led her to developing her skills in nature-oriented work throughout her career.  After taking a break from photography to focus on her other very important role as the mother of two children, Karen picked up her photographic work again as the digital world was burgeoning.  And it’s been an endless creative inspiration for her to explore the tremendous potentials that digital technology makes possible for photography.  For the last three years, Karen has been working as a freelance location photographer throughout New England, photographing people, weddings, parties, and other special events.  And she has also done extensive photography for small business marketing and promotion.  She travels to homes, businesses, and outdoor locations to do custom portraiture, including pets and show animals, as well as promotional work for performers and small business owners.  Karen continues to shoot nature and scenic photos for exhibit.


  • Weddings, parties, special events
  • LGBT events – commitment ceremonies, weddings
  • Portraits – babies, children, couples, families
  • Pet portraiture
  • Performers and performances
  • Small business promotion and marketing
  • Landscapes and nature scenes