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Scott & Kat {Sneak Peek}

Scott and Kat are two of the most widly fun people I know. Their taste in music, wine, food, and having a dang good time made for the most flawless and fancy free wedding. In an unreal setting, a private estate near Santa Barbara, this rustic chic event was one for the books. From the 360 view to the oyster bar to the hand picked music selection — no detail was spared. What a day to capture!

Tina Pruitt (@TinaPruitt)August 26, 2013 - 11:53 am


Your photography is exquisite and I love the details you share with us on the celebration. I look forward to future posts when you give us even more insight into these amazing occasions you capture so eloquently!

xo, Tina

KarenAugust 26, 2013 - 12:03 pm

@Tina Pruitt love having you here and LOVE all the brilliant things you’re creating in the world. Means so much to have you and our community in my world. Get big inspiration from you all! xo

MeganAugust 26, 2013 - 6:17 pm

LOVE these photos! It makes me want to see more! I love your style. (and it makes me what to go look at my wedding photos and relive the day!)

BiancaAugust 27, 2013 - 9:42 am

Your photos are always so beautiful and dreamy, Karen! Love em to pieces :) The photo you took with Scott kissing Kat’s forehead: so cute!

KarenAugust 27, 2013 - 10:45 am

@Megan I love that it makes you want to look at your own wedding photos! That’s awesome. It’s funny, shooting this wedding after getting married myself and being in front of the camera was a wild new perspective. But, as always, I cried and danced and laughed from start to finish. Weddings grab at my heart like no other.

KarenAugust 27, 2013 - 10:46 am

@Bianca Ahhh, thank you!!! I love that you said “dreamy.” That means a lot! It’s exactly what I would hope to capture! All of life is a dream; a miracle; a Dr. Seuss story. So that might just be the best observation ever. THANK YOU!

ReneeAugust 27, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Karen, What a beautiful capture of a milestone event! I really enjoy how you showcase their spirit and love in your photography.

ChristineAugust 27, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Beautifil pictures from what must have been a wonderful wedding. You must have a great job, capturing all that happiness. Looking forward to see more :-)

sarah yostAugust 28, 2013 - 3:13 pm

I love your photography. It’s always so beautiful without the cheesy elements I see so often in wedding photography. That wedding looks amazing.

LoraleeAugust 28, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Always adore it when you share your photos. Gorgeous wedding shots, once again!

KarenAugust 28, 2013 - 7:28 pm

@Renee, thrilled to have you here! Keep coming back. @Christine you’re so right! I don’t think there’s been a wedding yet that I haven’t cried at. I usually totally lose it when we’re all dancing on the dance floor and I’m capturing the friends and guests getting down. Makes me feel really aware of the happiest moments in life. @Sarah, yup we aim for no cheesy elements here! I love photos that are real and stylish. Nothing too proppy or posed. @Loralee, you’re awesome! Thanks for all the love. ; )

KarenAugust 28, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Renee, psyched to have you here! Thanks for stopping by. Christine, I do! Can’t think of a single wedding that I haven’t cried at. I always lose it when everyone’s getting down on the dance floor and I’m somewhere squished in the middle trying to dance and capture it all. Makes me feel so alive and so acutely aware of the fragility of life. Sarah, yes, to no wedding cheesiness! Agreed. That’s why we stay away from too many cutesy poses and props. Try and always go for stylish editorial looks AND real fly on the wall, intimate, moments. That’s the balance! Loralee, you’re awesome. Thnx for the love!

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LisbethNovember 13, 2013 - 3:26 pm

I cannot believe I just read every single word of that … twice! I have never had someone write the exact thoughts in my head like that before. You totally nailed my exact experience. I am totally at the crossroads you talked about and I’ve been too scared and too stuck to get out my own way. It feels like I’ve tried everything but really I’ve just tried different verisons of the same thing over and over. Emailing you. Do you work ongoing or is it a single session?

KarenNovember 13, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Lisbeth, big thanks for this! Happy to have you here! To create big things, to make real change, takes an immersion program working together in an ongoing weekly series {a minimum of 6 weeks is required and many clients work 8-12weeks}. I do, very occasionally, offer a limited number of consulting sessions in 90min one-offs but these are designed for those who have already coached with me and are simply needing a quickie “How To” reminder of something already worked on earlier. Behavioral change, longterm visioning, short term strategies, values based prioritizing, and intuitive decision making doesn’t happen over night. The more you put in, the more you get out, and the results can be far greater than anything you could possibly imagine. Talk soon!

Tim + Karen {Fruitful Films Bohemian Backyard Wedding}

So, a few months ago, the craziest thing happened. I got hitched! Yup, this wedding photographer was at long last the gal in white … and glittery gold DIY slippers, might I add.

Thanks to Style Me Pretty for publishing our Bohemian Backyard Wedding in Venice Beach, Tim + Karen.

Our Bohemian Backyard Bash in sunny Venice, CA was about as eclectic and as artsy as our many loved ones. The room was full of award winning photographers, filmmakers, producers, dancers, actors, screen writers, musicians, journalists, designers, and agents. It only made sense then that we rented an Airstream, borrowed a side car, made cardboard “Choose Love” signs, sourced bongos & cowbells & sparklers, and asked this motley crew of creatives to parade from the ceremony at Big Red Sun {a landscape and design studio on Rose Avenue} to our family’s private home for a Food Truck and dancing reception.

Thank you to all of friends, family, and vendors for making this once in a lifetime experience so completely us. And big fat huge extra Thank You to Fruitful Films for their time and talents.

Watch below, check out more of the published images on SMP, and share these both with any bride-to-be friends. xo

Tim + Karen Highlight from Fruitful Films on Vimeo.

This photographer’s #wedding made me believe in love again! Watch this #MustSee video by @FruitfulFilms & follow @TheLegacyBoutiq 

TanyaAugust 30, 2013 - 3:59 pm

I can’t remember ever watching a wedding highlight video … ever … without eye rolling or stopping it 30 seconds in. You two are so real and this is done with so much meaning. I love the theme that you chose and the sentiment. Totally cried. Just like amazing. Sigh.

SimoneAugust 30, 2013 - 7:01 pm

OMG. I love everything about your day. That quote is the perfect end.

Selma MartinezMarch 3, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Your dress is stunning? What is the style name/# and designer?

KarenMarch 20, 2014 - 5:50 pm

@Selma Martinez thanks so much! It’s a Spanish designer, Manuel Mota. Happy dress shopping, if you’re on the hunt!

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LucindaDecember 15, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Hi Karen. I signed up for your backstage pass and am interested in learning more about your coaching? I’m not a photographer but a graphic designer. I don’t want to keep doing contract jobs for companies I don’t care about. Would love to know how to transition to working with clients like you or others in lifestyle or fashion. Would coaching help me?

KarenDecember 17, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Hi Lucinda,

Absolutely coaching would help you!!! Until I worked with someone, it was hard to lock down exactly WHO my ideal clients/friends were to work with. I didn’t want to photograph just anyone anymore. And if this is what you’re also experiencing, then I’ve definitely been there and I’m happy to share several strategies for transitioning out of that exhausting cycle. Reach out via my contact form and we can talk about different options : )

ChristineApril 8, 2013 - 2:21 pm

B School Babe checking out your great site! I am a kindred spirit!

The Other Shore World Premiere SXSW {Diana Nyad}

I am BEYOND thrilled to announce that our labor of love, the documentary feature film The Other Shore, will have its World Premiere at SXSW film  festival this 2013.

Diana Nyad, 63, adjusts her cap moments before making her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida, nonstop. Photography ©Karen Christensen

Less than 2% of all films submitted get into this prestigious {and RAD} film festival. So you can imagine our elation.

We’re kicking off the good news with the launch of the official movie FB page and Twitter profile. Come “LIKE” and Follow us for a behind the scenes look at the film team PLUS interactions with Diana AND production stills with updates on upcoming screenings rolling out this year! We’re just getting started so hop in and know there’s loads to come.

Had it not been for the tireless storytelling of Director, Timothy Wheeler, the phenomenal work of our Producers Kevin Abrams and Patrick Weir of Ketchum Labs, alongside Bristol Baughan and Erin Heidenreich of Uprise, the genius editing of Eric Meyerson, Sam Citron and Claire Didier, the gorgeous compositions by Paul Brill, and the courageous spirit of Diana Nyad’s epic journey — this film would not have been possible. There are countless people to thank. But for now, just trust me when I say that this team has every right to celebrate. As for me, I’m hugely grateful to have been a small part of this big story, photographing and co-producing this compelling examination of the human will.

Until we see you at SXSW, throw us a high five over here …

TWITTER:     @OtherShoreMovie
FACEBOOK: TheOtherShoreMovie

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As Diana always says, “ONWARD!”

Jamie RobertsonMarch 1, 2013 - 2:58 pm

We are SO over the moon for you guys! Have a blast!

KarenMarch 3, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Ahhhh, THANK YOU!!! We are too! It’s a big, big year.

PIPER SEEROctober 1, 2013 - 3:34 pm

SO GLAD that you have the other shore. I love this film and encourage others to watch this incredible story.

A Giving Chance: Win a FREE mini photo shoot

For those of you who’ve been around these parts, or who’ve become a friend through a photo shoot or coaching, you know how *hugely* hugely *hugely* important women’s advocacy is to me. It’s really what drives everything I try to do and create, both on + off camera.

So when fellow creative entrepreneur, Katrina Padron, told me what she wanted to do to help support women {and moms} in poverty, I was honored to do whatever I could to help. Learn the story behind the story about the personal experience that inspired Katrina to give back in such a big way, bringing together the support of the biggest names in online business for A Giving Chance.

A Giving Chance is an online drawing, with every dollar raised going to Compassion International’s Child Survival Program. Why? Because every day 1500 women die from complications in pregnancy and 10,000 newborns die within a month of birth, each and every day. With the necessary resources these tragedies could easily be prevented. It’s time we come together for women’s maternal health.

Katrina is sponsoring a Dream Team Business Makeover, with all entry donations going to Compassion International’ Child Survival Program which last year helped 25,000 babies stay alive. The contest will be celebrated with 2 winners receiving a Dream Team Business Makeover from 19 brilliant entrepreneurs.  The business makeover team includes:

:: online powerhouse,
:: well known author and speaker Jonathon Fields,
:: Creating Fame founder Laura Roeder,
:: a Mini Editorial Branding Photo Shoot {from moi},
:: a new website,
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:: pr strategy,
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The drawing begins now and runs through Christmas Eve with the winners being announced on Christmas Day. So hurry on over to A Giving Chance to help support a mom in need and enter to win a whole new business this 2013. Make this next year not only the best for you but for a mom in need.


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Everyday 1500 women die in childbirth. Help stop it & win a DreamTeam Makeover w/ @LKR @KatrinaPadron @TheLegacyBoutiq

Crossing Fingers + Toes I win the DreamTeam Makeover w/ @Coppyblogger @LKR @JonathonFields @KatrinaPadron @TheLegacyBoutiq #AGivingChance 

Help stop senseless childbirth deaths. @KatrinaPadron ‘s #AGivingChance with @TheLegacyBoutiq supports maternal health


AlexiaDecember 15, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I love all of these peopel!!! This would be a serious dream come true, been secretly following you for a long time now but i live in Boston so I never really speak up. your work is gorgeous and I love how positive you seem.

KarenDecember 17, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Well, Alexia, that’s crazy! Always want to know when new peeps are here. Besides, my hometown is outside of Boston. So you never know when I might be in your hood ; )

Baby Photography | Los Angeles Photographer

It’s a New Year …

And this little, precious, one wants to remind us just how loved we all are.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re striving for, trust that it’s never too late to go back to the beginning. To start anew.

Believe that you, too, can be free of fear + full of wonder — just like this little guy is.

You only have to choose. Choose right now.

Happy New Year, sweet friends. May you always live a life you love,

P.S. Have you seen a more gorgeous baby??? I thought not. He has my whole heart.

“We come into the world pure love & light, fresh & clean with no mistakes. In the New Year, go back to that beginning.”

What’s one thing you’re letting go of in 2013? How can you better honor the pure love & light within you, and be kinder to yourself?



StephanieJanuary 12, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Look at those lips! I love the drool and the color. Beautiful beautiful.

ElizabethJanuary 30, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Love Love this photo and your website. I also love what you are doing to support women and Mom’s in poverty an incredibly noble cause. I personally began a cause in 2012 which has not taken off as, I would have liked to my goal in 2013 is to bring it to light and hopefully contribute to the organization, I started it for as well as create an event and add other charitable causes. I am letting go off procrastination in 2013 it’s a BIG GORILLA on my back & it’s time to stop it from weighing me down.

You are doing an amazing job and I am definitely a fan! You go girl!

KarenJanuary 31, 2013 - 12:37 am

Big thnx @Stephanie + @Elizabeth! Great to “meet” you both. @Elizabeth, good for you for taking on a cause in 2012 and for holding its vision strong still in 2013!!! We need more women like you! Dedication is what it always takes. And don’t worry. Nearly every creative gal I know deals with procrastination. So you’re in very talented company. LOL. You should check out my creative’s coaching. This is a topic we cover A LOT. ; )

Little Miss Thang {Sneak Peak Kennedy}

“People who say they sleep like a baby, usually don’t have one.”

~ Leo J. Burk ~

What happens when you mix a 6’8″ stud with a curly haired goddess? You get one dynamite kiddo; you get Little Miss Kennedy! Just about the smiliest baby around, Kennedy will cause you to stop and stare … and stare … and stare. She’s that cute! Between Kennedy’s snuggly demeanor, Momma Cori’s model good looks, and Papa Scott’s chilled out attitude, you’d never know this little one had the secret knack for keeping the folks up at night. But maybe that’s just what rock star babies do right before their 1st birthdays: be rock stars all night long! More Coming Soon!

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LaurenNovember 23, 2010 - 7:55 pm

You are a sneak peak posting fool today. LOL. But I’m loving it! Each post is beautiful.

KarenNovember 23, 2010 - 8:04 pm

Ha, ha! Don’t I know it? Turkey Day is right around the corner and I plan to do nothing but eat over the next week when I’m traveling. If you can believe it, there’s one more sneak peak coming later tonight!!!

TaylorNovember 23, 2010 - 8:55 pm

I am in love with that tree shot. Her expression in the top one is scrumptious. OMG.

FrancesNovember 25, 2010 - 2:33 am

She is adorable! Can’t wait to see more!!

KarenDecember 2, 2010 - 5:57 pm

Thanks for the blog love! I know, I’m in love with this little one too. That smile absolutely got me from the first second I saw it. Keep checking back and soon they’ll be more gorgeous shots to ooh and awe over.

Vintage Wedding Photography: Jamie + Jordan

I have only six words … I adore this gorgeous, goddess bride.

“On my wedding day, I choose Love over Fear for tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.”  ~ Karen

LynnOctober 16, 2012 - 2:12 am

These are incredible, Karen! She looks just like Angela Basset don’t you think?

MaureenOctober 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

Goddess indeed. Beautiful!

Jamie RobertsonOctober 17, 2012 - 11:29 am

Karen is a genius! I had no idea just how talented she was until she took pictures of me and my friends! Thank you so much for making me look like a beautiful bride in these pics. World, get ready–cause Karen is taking it by storm. For reals.

KarenOctober 17, 2012 - 11:47 am

Ahhhh, @Jamie you’re awesome. Thanks soooooo much, lady! @Lynn always great to have you here. And “yes” she’s like celebrity gorgeous! @Maureen nice to “meet” ya. How did you find me?

Heather Stewart – Indie Bohemian Vintage Photography

Talent to Watch: Heather Stewart

Today’s post is an extra special treat for me. It highlights everything I swoon and strive for in my own artist life:

:: vulnerability, strength, and raw unapologetic truth,
:: indie bohemian style, eclectic global details, texture,
:: vision boards, handwritten journals, postcards, passports,
:: wide open spaces, intimate home decor, nature and industry,
:: family stories, vintage records, old boots, heirloom photos.

AND this sneak showcases one of my absolute favorite soul’s on the planet. Meet my dear friend + extraordinary talent, singer songwriter Heather Stewart.

Not only does she effortlessly house a voice the likes of Brandi Carlile + Bonnie Raitt, but she may be the funniest and most charismatic person I know. A wicked combination of reflective, thoughtful, soul and untethered, wild, spirit — she’s that one friend we’d all invite to our private desert island.

I was beyond stoked to photograph the artwork for her upcoming “What It Is” album as well as her upcoming website’s rebrand. Like her herself, it’ll make you smile and sigh in awe. It’s with pure glee that I share this sneak of some of our favs, photographed near Melrose and near Venice, California.

Vintage Indie Singer Songwriter Heather Stewart photographed by Karen Christensen of The Legacy Boutique for blog-worthy itunes album "What It Is," a mixture of Bonnie Raitt meets Brandi Carlisle. This Tommy Hilfiger inspired photo shot was shot near Venice Beach California.

Vintage Indie Singer Songwriter Heather Stewart photographed by Karen Christensen of The Legacy Boutique for blog-worthy itunes album "What It Is," a mixture of Bonnie Raitt meets Brandi Carlisle. This country rocker photo shot was shot near Venice Beach California.
Vintage Indie Singer Songwriter Heather Stewart photographed by Karen Christensen of The Legacy Boutique for blog-worthy itunes album "What It Is," a mixture of Bonnie Raitt meets Brandi Carlisle. This photo shot was shot near The Grove in LA, California.

To Heather’s unshakeable spirit and success: may she always live a life she loves.

Follow this massive talent on Twitter and FACEBOOK for album updates and a chance to see her perform live in Los Angeles.

“Once you get over, what it’s never going to be like. What it is, is alright.” ~ song lyric by Heather Stewart

P.S. Thanks to Alex Albrecht {Heather’s fiance} for filming some sweet behind the scenes footage from the day!

TonyOctober 11, 2012 - 6:40 pm

These are sensational! I love too many to choose but definitely the first few with the jean jacket, the old records, the boots, those vision boards are really fun, the last few are so creative. Where did you get that mask? Do you use a prop house for photographers?

AnneOctober 11, 2012 - 6:44 pm

These are really sexy in the most natural way. I love literally everything.

CherylOctober 11, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Oooooh, the bedroom ones with the vintage albums rock! The first one is stunning.

SarahOctober 11, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Awesome wardrobe! She’s really photogenic in all of them. You can feel her emotions.

KerryOctober 11, 2012 - 7:09 pm

very cool. use one from each set.

LeslieOctober 11, 2012 - 7:16 pm

#1 #2 #3 #4 #7 #8 #9 forget it. I keep losing count. LOL. Any and everything!!!!!!!!!!!

CamiOctober 11, 2012 - 7:45 pm

all are stunning. #7 caught my eye. Also the one where Heather is embracing the guitar is nice too!

KarenOctober 11, 2012 - 8:11 pm

WOWZA! Look at all you sweet peeps! BIG HUGE GIANT virtual hugs for this. All I can say is “agreed.” @Tony, the mask is actually Heather’s. Amazing, right? @Ann, I said that too!!! @Cheryl, when she showed me her vintage record collection I was like “YES!” @Sarah, we pulled clothes from a bunch of options and I just loved the layers and textures and boho jewelry. Totally my style. @Kerry, we just might do that. Ha! @Leslie you’re hysterical! @Cami, so happy you hopped over here!!! Loved your tweet too ; ) Thnx everyone xo

LucianaOctober 11, 2012 - 11:43 pm

looove those! My favorite is #15 and the the 3rd from last. But all are gorgeous!

KarenOctober 11, 2012 - 11:49 pm

@Luciana I absolutely love #15 too! One of my favorites. We’re so likeminded. See you for brunch in the morning … Acai smoothies to come!

KarenOctober 12, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Someone on Facebook asked me last night about the jean jacket. I think her words were she’s “lusting” after it! Ha, ha! Funny thing is that’s actually pulled from my own closet. Bought it at one of my favorite little Marina Del Rey boutiques called Irene’s Story. Heather tried to steal it from me but I was like “hands off chica.” ; )

jim ortegaOctober 12, 2012 - 6:01 pm

These where very nicely done..i think they look great!

KarenOctober 12, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Hey Jim, big thanks! Nice to “meet” you! Always psyched to see new peeps over here.

JodiOctober 12, 2012 - 9:27 pm

Gorgeous!!! So much talent on all ends. Love these shots. mwah!

KarenOctober 13, 2012 - 1:03 pm

@Jodi, happy you’re here! Always fun to see new faces and check out new talents. Love your website! Keep coming back and thanks for sending comment love to our girl! ; )

Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge Photos

Caine’s Arcade, Cardboard Challenge Sneak Peek …

There are no words for the sweet glee and overwhelm I felt at this past Saturday’s live Cardboard Challenge event in Los Angeles, October 6th.

Here’s a quickie, casual iphone sneak peek of me with Director Nirvan Mullick and little boss man Caine Monroy. The three of us all smiley and proud.

The event was a huge success creating a wildly fun Global Day of Play.

More pics coming soon …

Catch up with Me, fellow producers Erin + Bristol of Uprise, Director Nirvan, Caine’s Arcade, and the Imagination Foundation on FACEBOOK.

P.S. Not sure what the Caine’s Arcade is? Why I was involved as a photographer/producer? Check out the YouTube Phenomenon here.


MelissaOctober 14, 2012 - 11:36 am

No way! I’ve been following this since the first one completley made me cry. But I didn’t know you knew them. Nice!

KarenNovember 3, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Hey Melissa! Just seeing this now. Such a small world, right? Love these dudes. ; )

AndreyPiewJune 15, 2015 - 9:26 am

заработок в сети , не упускай шанса,
в проекте при регистрации предаставляют 50$ США
каждому человеку, для ознакомления с системой.
Большой заработок в интернете в наше время это реальность,
этот заработок открыт для всех совершеннолетних людей, переходи сюда: вебтрансфер россия

AndreyPiewJune 26, 2015 - 10:32 am

безнес в сети интернета, не упускай шанса,
в проекте при регистрации дают 50$ США
каждому человеку, для ознакомления с системой.
Большой заработок в интернете в наше время это реальность,
этот заработок открыт для всех, переходи сюда: ооо вебтрансфер

Vintage Wedding Photography {Photo Booth}

Life with The Hot Dreadman {aka my man}.

This past weekend, Dreads and I took a meditative long drive up the coast to visit our favorite Berkeley, CA crew. Our friends, Jaime + Jordan, shared their vows in an intimate garden wedding which struck such a chord with all of us, leaving me laughing through my tears. In the midst of shameless reception dance-offs, we all piled into the photo booth and got a little ca-razy. Here’s a sneak of the madness.

The Knotty Bride, Backyard Vintage Wedding, Ryan Gosling!

Truth be told — getting published on the top wedding blog, The Knotty Bride, is pretty much bizbomb.

Having a Ryan Gosling music video as its soundtrack? Priceless.

Peeps, this is a must watch.

Go. Run. Swoon. {see A+G  and  the hotness that is Gosling} Go here.

The Legacy Boutique and photographer Karen Christensen featured on The Knotty Bride for DIY, backyard, garden party, vintage, bird theme wedding Alison + Gabe.
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JamieJuly 20, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Congrats! So cool. I loved the story from the bride too. Childhood sweethearts CUTE

KarenJuly 23, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Muchas gracias, @Jamie! I know, so many sweet comments and shares on The Knotty Bride post. Everyone just loves them. Happy you shared some love over here too xo

LaurelJuly 27, 2012 - 6:59 pm

I just found you. LOVING your photography and your message. Inspiring!

KarenAugust 3, 2012 - 11:45 am

Hey @Laurel! Happy to have you here. Thnx so much and hope to “meet” soon! ; )

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Caine’s Arcade 2: Global Cardboard Challenge & Imagination Foundation


Kids + Cardboard Will Change The World

Photographer Karen Christensen of The Legacy Boutique, who partners with children and women centered charities, was proud to be one of the Producers on Caine's Arcade 2 which support Creative Entrepreneurship and Imagination in kids. CBS News, TIME Kids Magazine, Diane Sawyer, and over 1 million views on You Tube.

It’s no secret. Since I was 19 years old, fresh off the plane from NH, I’ve been blessed to work on so many incredible creative projects here in Los Angeles.

Producing for the Caine’s Arcade followup film, alongside the ridiculously talented producers/writers/directors Erin Heidenreich and Bristol Baughan of Uprise, has been no exception. Launching the Imagination Foundation and inviting the world out for a Global Cardboard Challenge this October 6th, I am thrilled to share with you Director Nirvan Mullick’s followup film. Featured on CBS News, The Jeff Probst Show, TIME Kids, and with OVER 1 million views — it’s kinda a big deal.

This film highlights all the magical opportunity that was born these past 5 months from the imagination of a 9-year-old boy, Caine, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his father’s East LA auto parts shop. From Jack Black, to LL Cool J, to Justin Timberlake, to Jessica Alba, to Annie Lennox, to Diane Sawyer, to the Caan Film Festival in France, to rocket scientist Rob Manning — the response has been HUGE!

:: Share this with your friends + Come out to play next month on Oct 6th!
:: Leave a comment + tell me:

  • What memories does this bring up from YOUR childhood?
  • Do YOU think creative entrepreneurship will change the world?
  • Who inspires creativity and entrepreneurship in YOU?

And now … Caine’s Arcade 2! {Reload the page if video doesn’t appear}


StephanieSeptember 13, 2012 - 8:59 pm

This made me ball just like the first one. Beautiful.

TonySeptember 13, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Is Caine hiring? Cuz I’m job hunting!

EthanSeptember 13, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Caine AND Nirvan are brilliant.

Reuben HernandezSeptember 16, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Caine is a genius and true innovator. I know he’s going to leave a huge mark on this world. Thanks for sharing!

KarenSeptember 18, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Thnx for the comments! Nice to “meet” all of you! Be sure to check out *all* the other inspired works produced by the Uprise ladies {Bristol + Erin} at Truly, you will be blown away. BLOWN AWAY. I am.

KarenSeptember 18, 2012 - 5:11 pm

@Stephanie, me too! @Tony, probably! Volunteers come out to help him from everywhere, wearing “staff” shirts! @Ethan, agreed. @Reuben, that he is! That he is!

KarenSeptember 20, 2012 - 7:38 pm

And don’t forget … go to to register your Oct 6 event for the Global Day of Play!!! Can’t wait to see what we all build and create ; ) 8, 2013 - 7:01 am


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Love Your Truth. The Good, Bad, & Ugly.

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ToriJuly 25, 2012 - 11:39 am

Wow. I love the prayer shot.

KarenAugust 3, 2012 - 11:45 am

@Tori, big thnx! Yeah, she’s so in the moment. Just loved her energy.

arsOctober 30, 2014 - 2:45 pm

inspiring… thank you.

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