Baker headshots

Karen | Baker Brand Session

Karen is the owner of The Cake House, a small batch, scratch bakery, that specializes in custom cakes for weddings and special events. This sweet little bakery is located in Smithfield, Virginia. Karen prides herself in the fact that The Cake House uses only high quality, super fresh ingredients–making for truly homemade goodies!

Branding Session Goals

Karen had been working with my great business friend of mine, Juliet, who owns Eckenfels Media on the redesign of her new website. Juliet had recommended to Karen that a professional branding session would be a great way to make sure that she had a consistent set of images to use on her website, making everything look cohesive. Throughout Karen’s branding session for The Cake House, we made sure to highlight all the different aspects of her business–custom cakes, items for case for walk in clients, her processes in the bakery, and consultations with clients.

What Karen had to say about working with Kia & Co:

Gari-Ann recently did branding photos for my bakery… the photos of both myself and my product came out beautifully. The photos were just really gorgeous and highlighted the best features of my products (and definitely made me look better than I was expecting!) Additionally, she went out of her way to fit in a block of time for the photo shoot that wasn’t exactly convenient for her but was what I needed based on my own schedule. Her professionalism on site and her timeliness in turning around the portfolio were as good as I could have hoped for. And… she was fun to work with, which in itself helps for a successful photo shoot. I highly recommend Gari-Ann Kia and Kia & Co .

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meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.