I’m Karen Reyburn. I live in Scotland, to me the most beautiful country on earth. I transplanted myself here in 2001, and over the years this country and its beauty and people and history has seeped into my soul, and I consider it home the way no other country in the world is. I’m a dual British-American citizen, born in sunny California and raised in even sunnier Arizona, so now in Scotland I’m making up for lost rain every day of my life.
Photography is a natural extension of who I am – my love for beauty, and the almost physical pain it is to me when I haven’t yet captured it (or captured it properly). My love for people, and the way I hate polite chit-chat and would rather jump right into real conversations about things that matter and get to know people right down to their heart. My creativity and the many varied roads it journeys on, from painting to writing to website design.
I love weddings, because they are an occasion like none other on earth where everyone is at their most beautiful, and at their happiest. Everything sparkles – the eyes, the rings, the dress, the champagne. Laughter flows like a bubbling brook throughout the whole day, so that photos are not stiff, formal things, but living things frozen for just one beautiful moment.
The Reyburn Name
My business name is not simply the default photographer’s business name, but because the name Reyburn is important to me. My grandmother was a determined and independent woman in an age when women didn’t (as much as they do today) have jobs or businesses outside the home. She was born in Hawaii, and wanted the family to go there on their holidays, but that kind of travel was expensive, and my grandfather told her that if she wanted that, she’d need to figure out how to pay for it. So she did. She designed and sewed dresses, bought and sold dolls, and turned her creative skills to a side income so she could have her dreams.
My grandmother died before my business became a reality, but she always respected “go-get-it-ness” and going for what you want. Reyburn Photography was named not just for me, but for my grandmother and for all the amazing, fierce, passionate, creative, clever women in my family who creatively use their God-given talents and skills, and never give up. Thanks, Grammy.