Fond Farewells

I've put off this post for quite some time. You may have noticed that my postings here have gotten fewer and father between..and you may have already guessed. I have shifted gears. I am happy to announce that I am now a realtor® and CEO of my own real estate company, Real Atlanta. I know, it IS a pretty big career change, but I couldn't be happier. 

A year ago, I would have bent over double laughing if you had told me that I would discover true happiness working in a non-creative field. For as long as I can remember, I have pursued artistic outlets. I sold drawings of bunny rabbits on the playground of Jerger Elementary when I was in kindergarten. Later, when other girls my age were asking for makeup and name brand sneakers, I was still asking for art supplies. Paints, crayons, modeling clay, paper, art books - those were the gifts that made my eyes shine. 

Throughout my career, I've always pursued creative jobs...until now. It was kind of a fluke that I even decided to get my real estate license. The real estate broker who helped us find our home in Atlanta became a photography client. Not long after we closed on our townhouse, she gave birth to her first child. I was honored to document his first year of life in a series of portrait sessions. IN spring of last year, during one of our final sessions, the subject of a possible job opening in her firm came up. One thing led to another and within a month, I was licensed and working with her. At the time, I assumed I would work with her firm and also run my photography business. 

Fast forward to December 2014 when I parked my license with Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta. For a few weeks, I worked closely with the Anna K Intown team. Anna Kilinski is absolutely amazing. In just a few years, she has built one of the regions top real estate firms. She's smart, talented, hard working and kind. With her encouragement, I made the bold decision to start my own real estate firm. I know I would not have had the courage without her support. Anna is the perfect example of Keller Williams philosophy. She not only wants success for her self and her team, she honestly wants success for everyone else too. The same can be said for everyone I've met with Keller Williams. It's not just lip service, either. Everyone is pulling for everyone else. I've never worked in such a positive environment. I think that ONE thing is what made Keller Williams the number one real estate firm in the country.

I really can't say enough good things about Keller Williams. At KW, no one is hung out to dry, no one is ever on their own. Every agent is backed with state of the art technology, training, and coaching. If I ever have a question, I know I can walk in the office and ask any number of more experienced agents. That is very empowering. Knowing that I have this support allows me to relax and do my very best for my clients, whether it's time to list their home on the market or assisting someone find just the perfect home. If a situation should arise that I am unsure about, I have access to some of the best agents in the country and they are all committed to helping me succeed. 

I didn't expect to love real estate, even after I attained my license. It grew on me, little by little and then all at once. Of course I still love photography. I will love making art and taking photographs for the rest of my life. That is just part of who I am. For now, the photos I take and the art I make will be strictly for the love of it. In some ways, I think allows me to enjoy it more. I am so thankful to each and every client I've had over the years. I can honestly say that being your photographer was an honor. I hope you wish me well as I head into this new phase of my life. 

By the way...if you know anyone who needs help buying or selling a home, anywhere in the WORLD, get in touch. Keller Williams in international and I can help you or your friend connect with one of our great agents almost anywhere in the world. 


Karen Kelly

Owner, 659 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Unit 145, Atlanta, GA, 30312, United States

Hi, And Thanks For Stopping By! I’m Karen Kelly Callander. I Love A Lot Of Things. I love to laugh. I love good coffee. I love most carbs. I love being a photographer. I love quirky. I love my kids. I love lots of color. My favorites are pink and red. I love dogs. I love a good mojito. I love a good story. I love good sheets. I LOVE the beach, especially Hwy 30A on the Gulf Coast. I am seriously in love with the South – I love being from the South and I love being in the South. Most of all, I love planning out and shooting great photo sessions. SO, why choose me to be your photographer? I will work with you to create a crazy awesome photo session experience. The truth is, when you're having a crazy awesome photo session, then so am i! I love seeing my clients happy and engaged because that is when the magic happens. That's why my sessions (except mini sessions) include a sit down pre-session consultation, professional hair and makeup and a personal viewing session. Knowing that I understand what you want, that everything is taken care of and that you look your absolute best allows you to relax and enjoy the session. Then I can get down to the best job on Earth, making gorgeous photos. Go ahead, book your session today! I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you will come back often to check out new galleries and read my ramblings on the blog. Contact me here, send me an email or even easier, just leave a comment! Xo, Karen