Go on a Journey...

I'm Karen Mullen Heutink. I love God, my family, photography, writing, teaching and people. 
I lead Northwest Photo Journeys, where I guide photo tours to magical places around the Pacific Northwest, teaching photography along the way. 
I teach photography, Lightroom, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements at Skagit Valley College and Whatcom Community College, as well as at my studio. 
Of course, I also take photographs, selling my landscapes as interior decor.

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Like much of the rest of the world, I am taking a break while we navigate the current crisis. I'm still leading small day trip Photo Journeys, but our weekend trips are paused for the time being.

"We laughed ourselves silly and had a great time shooting in the 'dust'!" 

"A Wonderful Photo Journey to the Palouse with Karen Mullen. Thanks Karen!"

"Sure had a blast!"

"I had an amazing weekend with Karen Mullen and some students in eastern Washington this past weekend! Her Photo Tours are both fun and educational."

"That was such a fun weekend!"



I lead Northwest Photo Journeys, taking small groups on tours of wild and wonderful places to visit in the Pacific Northwest.
We caravan around to great photo locations, stay at someplace comfy, eat together and learn together.
When there's time, we play with our work on Photoshop or Lightroom. Everyone learns a lot and has a lot of fun along the way.


I lead Northwest Photo Journeys, taking small groups on tours of wild and wonderful places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. 
We caravan around to great photo locations, stay at someplace comfy, eat together and learn together. 

Photo Journeys

Previous Tours:
North Cascades
Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
San Juan Island
The Palouse
Washington Coast





"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your class, especially due to your relaxed, friendly approach to teaching photography. It was a lot of fun!" 

"Karen, you were so helpful yesterday and so easy to work with. You are wonderful and I look forward to more time with you and I will watch what you are doing at SVC.
Thanks again!!!" 

"She is very attentive to our needs. She encourages questions. I love the hands on." 

"Thanks Karen! So enjoyed your class and found it easy to learn from you. Hope to take another one next quarter."

"Thank you Karen...your class opens new windows and doors for me creatively-speaking, and it helped me salvage some irreplaceable photos! What fun!"


For a link to Whatcom Community College community education classes, click here.

For a link to Skagit Valley College community education classes, click here.

Private lessons: $40 per hour. 
For $50 an hour, I will go to your home to teach and help set up your computer or your studio. 
I teach photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements.

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Karen Mullen began taking photographs while an exchange student in Germany. She studied photography and writing at the University of Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Journalism.
   Karen and Leo married in 1983. An early pregnancy changed Karen's career plans: she intended to work for a newspaper, as Leo did, but had a firm commitment to staying home with her children. She freelanced for several years, then switched to stock photography, where her work was represented by a stock photo agency.
   In 1997, Leo encouraged Karen to form a portrait photography business. She immersed herself in education provided by the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of Washington. From a background of journalistic photography, Karen learned to incorporate great poses with great moments.
   In 1999 Karen trained in Photoshop, and entered the world of digital photography.
   Karen's husband Leo died of a heart attack in 2000, at the age of 41. She is grateful to both Leo and God for allowing her to have 3 years of portrait photography education behind her before she was compelled to grow a small business into a full-time job.
   Critical to the story, Karen was 3 months pregnant when Leo died. Today, Leo Jr. is 20 years old. Her family launched, Karen married Ed Heutink July 2, 2021. Karen juggles marriage, photography, teaching, leading photo tours, writing and grand parenting. 
   Karen's kids live in Bellingham and Philadelphia, having attended grad and undergrad programs at Western Washington University, University of Washington, University of Missouri and Ilkhom Theater School of Drama in Uzbekistan.
      In May 2009, Karen passed both the image review and the PPA certification exam to become one of only 17 certified professional photographers in Washington. 
   In 2011, Karen received her Fellowship of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of Washington, for education, service and photo competition.
   In 2011, Karen began teaching photography at Skagit Valley College, and in 2012 she began teaching at Whatcom Community College and offering private lessons.
   In 2013, Karen began leading photo tours around Washington State, launching Northwest Photo Journeys.
   Karen is currently writing a memoir of her life with Leo Sr., and is involved in ministry through Cornwall Church, mentoring women and leading grief support.

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