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 OUR STORY

 
 
 

I illustrate beautiful stories and their people. I live my dream job every day passionately documenting love tales, celebrating brands & business ventures, and making sure that that one amazing outfit lives on forever.


I feel most me, most confident, and most creative with my eye behind a lens. The world turns just a little slower, I’m solely focused on what’s on the other side of the camera, the beauty it has, and the story that it’s telling. 

Jon and I met about the same time that I picked up a camera. Little did I know these were two loves I would have forever. Photography is now my career, and Jon has happily taken on the role of my fiancé and business partner as the in-house, Alexa Karen videographer. Taylor, my sister, is ultra-stylish and an expert in the field of shopping — she’s perfect for the role of the Alexa Karen in-house stylist. 

 
 

The Alexa Karen Photo Team 


 
 
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ALEXA KAREN

Hello hello, I’m Alexa. Most days you can find me at a photoshoot, meeting a new client in one of my favorite coffee shops, or cozied up with my pup, editing from home. 

I love serving the world using my unique perspective to help others see beauty in themselves, their ideas, and their surroundings that they might otherwise miss. Being extremely detail oriented, I am 100% most passionate about the little things in life. Coffee in the morning, songs that make me nostalgic, running in the rain, and handwritten notes are a few of the things that I live for.

I photograph madly in love, adventurous couples, creative entrepreneurs growing their brands, as well as all-things lifestyle and fashion focused. My client’s are always just as passionate about creating beautiful and unique photos as I am, and we have a good time doing it. Delivering my client’s dream photos is one of my top two priorities. The other is to always create the best, personable, hands-on experience filled with quality communication. For real, whether you want to chat photos, wedding details, developing a brand, or are just in need of a friend, I’m always readily available for my clients.

 
 
 
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JON LENSING

Meanwhile, you can usually find Jon behind a stack of books or at the hospital, yep, he’s also a medical student. He’s truly a jack of all trades.

Jon has been my second shooter since I started photographing weddings six years ago and has now transitioned into video. Jon’s edgy, raw, emotive and beautiful videography perfectly compliments my photography and his services can be added on to any of my wedding collections by requesting for AKP Films By Jon.

While some minds are strictly creative and some run on numbers and facts, Jon’s mind is truly a gifted blend. He lives for serving patients in the hospital, but when he’s not, you can find him fixing up the house for me, wood working, or shooting footage for a new film. With all of his background working weddings as my second shooter, transitioning into wedding video was super natural for him, and he has already built the portfolio to prove it.

 

 

 
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TAYLOR VANDER LEEST

Tay has spent the last four years studying entrepreneurship and event management at Iowa State University as student, in addition to being her sorority sister’s go-to stylist for a night out.

She’s a pro at picking out the best pieces for others to wear for any occasion and knows all the best places to get them. As the Alexa Karen stylist, an add-on service to any photography package, Taylor will work with you to coordinate the perfect looks within your budget so that you don’t have to stress about what to wear to achieve the photos you want. Trust me, she’s your girl!

 

 

 
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