“Love what you do.”
— Kari

"My father taught me to always reach for the stars, my mom was rarely without her camera.  I love moving through a crowded room of strangers stealing priceless moments. Most of all, I really enjoy what I do. I believe that exposure not only pertains to light or the camera but people. Drawing on a distinct ability to create a comfortable and trusting environment in an instant, I strive to encourage individuals to open up for the camera, creating photos that reflect a connection.  I'm a hopeless romantic mixed with a good dose of comedy and eternal sunshine. I take pride in seeing the little things from an angle you might not have considered before you met me."

Capturing events for nearly 10 years, Kari specializes in Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding and portrait photography. Native of California, Kari currently resides in New York and is the owner and lead photographer of Kari Otero Photography and Monarch Boudoir. Above and beyond her photographic skills, she also has an extensive background in performance and art direction. This work required a keen ability to quickly see and understand how people move and present themselves and to help illuminate their best qualities and distinct personalities onstage. She incorporates this unique expertise into every photo shoot. Kari is also represented as a photographer by 5th Avenue Digital in Manhattan.

When she's not behind the camera, Kari loves spending time with family on both the East and West coasts.  There are few things she loves more than exploring new landscapes and soaking up the sun with a good bottle of bubbly!

Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to get to know you better!


From beginning to end each session or event is treated with the utmost care and personal attention. Kari understands the complexity of a wedding day or the butterflies associated with a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and looks forward to guiding client's through the process with ease while at the same time capturing the variety and depth of emotion these special occasions inspire.

Your big day should be everything you image and more.  My goal is to provide you with service and images that go beyond your expectations. Below are a few questions to get the conversation started and that I hope you might find helpful.

How many big events do you book a year?
I only take a maximum of 20 large events per year. This insures that each of my clients receives the proper attention to detail from start to finish.

Do you travel for Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs or Portrait Sessions?
Absolutely, I'm available for travel worldwide and love to see new places.  I take commissions throughout the year to a variety of unique destinations.

What kind of equipment do you photograph with?
I use Canon professional gear. I'm continually investing in new and innovative equipment to provide my clients with the best image quality possible. Then there are times when all I need is a good camera body and my favorite lens to make magic happen.

Do we get the high-resolution files?
Yes, the High Res digital files on zip drive are available in all of our packages; and they are delivered upon receiving your album. Images are selected and edited at thePhotographers' discretion. Artists' reserve the right to edit and release only those images deemed creditable as professional in quality and within the Photographers' artistic standards.

How many images do you end up with for most sessions?
You can rest easy knowing your event will be very well documented, I work hard from start to finish ensuring a variety of shots and complete coverage of your event. Clients can expect to receive approximately 800-1200 final images.

What is required to book my date?
Generally, I require 50% down along with your contract to book the date. The final 50% is due 1 week prior to your event date. Please remember that dates are limited.  They are first-come, first-serve - upon the receipt of a contract and reservation fee.  Individual payment arrangements can be discussed.

How long does it take to receive my prints and album?
I process orders on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Generally you should allow 2-3 weeks for all print orders for editing/printing/delivery time. Our albums take approximately 3-6 months to complete.



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