Gig Faces: Karen Marshall turns lifelong interest into part-time business

Since childhood, Karen Marshall has nurtured a love of photography. She challenges herself to capture familiar subjects in ways that other photographers do not.

“I try to get different views that the average person might not see right away,” she said. “(I’ll) try to get a different perspective that makes it a little more unique.”

Marshall, who uses the pseudonym Kate Verna for her photography work, decided after her 30th birthday to turn her lifelong hobby into a business. Now 31, she runs a photography business in her spare time while working full-time at the University of Missouri journalism library in Columbia.

Since starting her business, Marshall has come to realize there’s a difference between someone appreciating the artistry of a photo and being willing to pay for that photo.

“It’s nice to hear (compliments),” she said, “but then the challenge is getting them to actually be, like, ‘I want to spend the money to buy your work.'”


Gig Faces profiles individuals who work jobs in the gig economy.


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