Vieques Photographer

River Karmen

Photography is a way to shape human perception.

When I was 14 years old my dog BJ won first place for obedience in a kid’s dog show.

The prize was a brownie camera. My dad then helped me build a darkroom and my career as a photographer began!

Through the years I have studied all aspects of photography with many excellent teachers. I have spent a good part of those years concentrating on fine art photography (much of it as seen through the lens of the plastic camera called a Diana F) and have exhibited extensively in galleries throughout New England and in Puerto Rico.

For the last ten years or so my concentration has shifted and I have discovered the creative wonderfulness of shooting weddings and events. I feel I have a real knack for getting people to relax and enjoy the experience of being photographed. I like the challenge of bringing out the natural emotions in people as I unobtrusively and creatively cover an event.

I am always happy to customize a package that works best for you. Please feel free to call. Direct communication can go a long way in guiding the process and making sure that you receive the photo memories that you are hoping for!

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Other Passions :

As important to me as photography, is being involved in the creation of a more compassionate and sustainable future for all who inhabit this planet. With that in mind, several years ago I founded the organization Juntos which seeks to promote the humane treatment of all animals by strengthening the human-animal bond through educational awareness, outreach and direct community participation.

We have succeeded in bringing a humane education program into the school system of Vieques. And I am proud to say that it is making a tremendous difference on this beautiful island that I have called home for 24 years. We are helping to raise a generation of empathetic, solutionary thinkers!

– River Karmen
Vieques Photographer, Puerto Rico



Wells College – Aurora, New York

BA in biology with a minor in photography

New England School of Photography – Boston, Massachusetts

graduated with distinction




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Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

River Karmen, Vieques Photographer

Client Comments

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“You truly do amazing work.”

“…We absolutely love our wedding photos!…you captured so many special moments of our special day! Thank you. You truly do amazing work, River! We were fortunate to have an amazing photographer. ”   ~Troy and Janette

“You really captured how we felt”

“I had to write you again to tell you how happy we are with the pictures you took. The ceremony, as you know, went pretty quickly and I was too excited and nervous to really take it in, so I am glad we have these photos to remind us of what happened. You really captured […]

“We couldn’t be happier”

“I wanted to let you know that we received the pictures and we couldn’t be happier. You are a true artist!! They look gorgeous…just what we envisioned!…so far everyone that I have shown the pictures to love them as much as I do.” ~Suzette Rosa

Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

River Karmen, Vieques Photographer

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