I founded Karen Hocker Photography here in Massachusetts in 2001, joining my lifelong love of animals and my fascination with photography. Although I started out photographing dog and horse events and doing environmental portraits, I have transitioned into being primarily a fine art portraiture photographer.

My goal is to create carefully crafted art that is as expressive as your canine or equine companion. Art that you will treasure for a lifetime.

Before beginning my photography business, I worked as a dog trainer, helping pet owners teach their pets the basics of good canine behavior — a skill that comes in handy during photo sessions! I successfully trained my own dogs— Dieffenbaker, Alle, Nikon, Flyte, Snapshot, Trey, Fancy, Rant, Rebel, Babe, Trig and Yashica —in good behavior, agility and field work. Trey is competing and has been earning legs and titles in agility, field work and obedience. Fancy and Rant are have their Junior hunt test titles and working certificates, and are racking up the titles in agility. Babe is just starting her agility career, while Trig is in training while he matures.  Yashica is just a “baby” dog learning the rope but she has promise to excel anywhere.

I’ve also worked at a local online marketing and internet development company in Cambridge, building websites for numerous local clients. My previous computer experience gave me a head start when I made the switch to digital photography and processing, and it has allowed me to offer custom creative compositions to my clients.

Photography Degrees
2021 Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Master Photographer (M.Photo)

Photography Awards
2019 Animal Image Makers, First Place Equine Portraits

2021 Animal Image Makers, First Place Equine Portraits
2021 Animal Image Makers, Top Ten “Baby Animal” Portraits
2021 Animal Image Makers, Top Ten “Bloopers” Animal Portraits
2021 Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Grand Imaging Award Finalist, Animal Portraits (2 Images)