January 7th, 2016
2016 Front Cover North Carolina Visitor's Guide (Pender County)
North Carolina State First Place Silver Arts - " Elegance of Creation" 2015
Silver Arts Wilmington - Third Place "Elegance of Creation" - 2015
North Carolina Pender County Visitor's Guide Publications of Photography 2015
Waccamaw Art & Craft Guild - "Third Place" When a Woman Dreams" 2014
Landfall Foundation - Best In Category Photography - "When a Woman Dreams" - 2014
Silver Arts Wilmington- First Place - "The Happy Manatee" 2014
Waccamaw Art & Craft Guild Honorable Mention - "Fresh Market" - 2014
Waccamaw Art & Craft Guild -Honorable Mention- "Cypress Waltz" - 2013
Wilmington Art Association "Jack Richeson Award" - "Eye of Reflection - 2013
"Our State" Magazine May 2013 issue featured photographer
Waccamaw Fall Show - First Place Winner in 2012 - "On the Prowl"
PSA Photographic Society of America Award, 2012 - "On the Prowl"
PSA Photographic Society of America Award 2013 - "Eye of Reflection"
Wilmington Art Association Merit Fine Art Photography Award 2011 - "Dawn of New Year"
Pender Pines Art Award 2013 - "Unveiling Life"
Topsail Magazine Front Cover - 2012
CFCC Gold Ribbon Winners - "When a Woman Dreams," 2013
"Daniel Boone Inn" 2013
"Happy Manatee" 2014
"Entrance To a Woman's Mind" 2015
"Elegance of Creation" 2015
CFCC Blue Ribbon Winners - "Reaching For Heaven" 2013
"Entrance To a Woman's Mind" 2015 (Season's Winner)
CFCC Red Ribbon Winners - "Our Creator's Mosaic Art" 2015
"Holding On To Those Years" 2014
October 18th, 2014
WHEN A WOMAN DREAMS Wins AWARD in the 2014 Waccamaw Art Guild's Spring Show held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
August 21st, 2014
"WHEN A WOMAN DREAMS" by KAREN WILES wins BEST in CATEGORY for DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY at the LANDFALL FOUNDATION ART EXHIBITION in WILMINGTON, NC on August 20th, 2014...
August 14th, 2014
I can remember not too long ago when I first heard of a "hashtag" and thought it was a new type of hash brown to eat...lol....
There is so much to learn in social networking...I do use hashtags when promoting my works on the social networking sites at times.
This is what I have learned:
To those unfamiliar with hashtags, they are a word or phrase following a # symbol that when searched, show a feed of other posts relating to that topic. For example #Boston or #Middleschoolmemories, these help filter user posts that share a similar topic. Almost every major social network now uses hashtags to help curate social chatter.
The major difference between hashtags and keywords are that hashtags generate a discussion of user generated content while keywords help the search engines narrow down results. One has to do with living and breathing people while the other is just for a robot running a mathematical formula.
Wikipedia says hashtags do not work to help people find an "image." ("A hashtag is only connected to a specific medium and can therefore not be linked and connected to pictures or messages from different platforms.) I had to think about this one for awhile to get a grip on what I had just read.
They only help people find a "discussion " about the topic of the image. So there again, we have to change our thinking to the buyer's point of view. Take my manatee image for instance. Let's say I have something written in my discussion area about boating and how many of these mammals are harmed each year by boat propellers.
If I add a hashtag of "manateeart," it probably would not take someone to my manatee image according to Wikipedia. However, if I add a hashtag of #preservingmanatees, it might help people who are "discussing manatees and their problems" to find my image. Not necessarily people who are looking for manatee art pictures to buy. So when using hashtags, you have to imagine what type of "discussions" people might be having on the Internet about your artwork topic. Then you might ask why would someone talking about problems with boat propellers and manatees buy my image of the manatee? Because she has such a human like face that it might be used to bring the public's attention to want to preserve them better, as looking into her eyes, how could someone possibly want to harm this precious mammal. There again, I am looking at this from a buyer's perspective instead of the seller...
August 14th, 2014
The Biggest Faa Tip I Found...
I have had many artists write to me for tips on increasing their sales. One of the most helpful tips I found on Fine Art America was the simple understanding of the importance between posting keywords and the description of the image itself. The simple statement of difference being that "keywords" help potential buyers find your work who are already on the FAA site and the "descriptions" help potential buyers on the Internet search engines find your work, and brings them to your FAA site. This helps me in the words I choose for both. I always try to become the buyer in my mind looking for the work instead of the seller. This understanding has helped and increased my sales tremendously once I realized this information was as important as the image itself. I hope this information will help others as much as it did me...
May 10th, 2014
"THE HAPPY MANATEE" WINS FIRST PLACE in the SILVER ARTS Competition held in Wilmington, North Carolina on May 8th, 2014!
She will proceed to the North Carolina State Competition for further judging this fall!
April 3rd, 2014
Life throws many curve balls during one’s lifetime, heartache, sickness, sorrow and death. It is times like these, that one must take time to pause and see the beauty in the world, and to know that these times too shall pass. Beautiful tranquility and the serenity of nature have also been placed on earth for all to see and enjoy. These gifts are to remind us to smile and know we are loved if only we take time to see and appreciate what we are shown…
Life is an Opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
Visit Karen Wiles Photography to see more of her award winning art of nature…
Watch her incredible Fine Art Video set to calming music and enjoy a small portion of what she has to offer…
January 18th, 2014
Come, relax and watch Karen Wiles' latest photography video.
A collection of fine art images through the eyes of "Karen Wiles"
(Make sure your speakers are on...)
November 30th, 2013
The following is the easiest way I have found to check to make sure you uploaded the maximum keywords for each and every individual image...
Click on "Behind the Scenes."
Scroll down to the little blue money bag and click on "Bulk Edit Prices."
Then to the left of the page in very small letters underneath the heading that says "Image Name" in small letters is a clickable link that says
"Show All Images" click on this link.
There you will see each and every image you have entered on FAA and the list of keywords to the right.
Compile a future list with pen and paper to edit and add more keywords if you need them later on.
You may scroll through the pages very easily this way.
Sometimes in our hast to upload new images, we forget to add as many keywords as we possibly can and this allows you to go back and check without having to look at each and every single image. This can be a big time saver for those who have over a thousand images on FAA...
November 16th, 2013
Karen Wiles' "CYPRESS WALTZ" is awarded "Honorable Mention" in the Waccamaw Art Competition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 2013!