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Passionate Photographers Choose AsukaBook

AsukaBook is proud to shine the spotlight on our customers! We love the great images these photographers capture and the high standards they set in the industry.
Tell us about your company or studio.
Karen Rubin Photography has been photographing children and their loved ones in Denver, CO since 1984.

Why photography?
I had been a Registered Nurse for 10 years when my son was born in 1983. I became obsessed with photographing him, and I took my photographs into the Emergency Room where I worked. I asked my co-workers what they thought. They said I should be a children's photographer....I was thrilled. I looked everywhere in Denver for a photographer to mentor me, but I could not find anyone specializing in children in 1984 (I know it is hard to believe, but it is true). I saw a need and decided to fill it. I learned how to be a professional photographer by attending every seminar, workshop and convention that I could. Also, I joined Professional Photographers of America and began to compete with my peers. The rest is history. 

Why do you use AsukaBook?
One of my favorite mentors in Photoshop and Lightroom is Kevin Kubota. I use his actions and presets everyday. He introduced me to AsukaBook and I loved the print quality. We have used AsukaBooks in our studio ever since. We primarily use the Book Bound Hard Cover books with the Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case in a square size. Our clients are always "wowed" when they receive their book!   

Any selling tips for other photographers?
Encourage your clients to purchase books on a consistent basis, and their enjoyment will double and triple as the volume increases.

For example, we have a client who has her two boys photographed in our studio every two years. She always orders one large portrait of the boys together and one AsukaBook. It is important to her that the books have continuity over the years. Looking back over the years, I enjoy seeing how the boys interact with each other, how they show their love for each other and how they have grown and matured. It is truly lovely.

What else should people know about you?
In 1993, I decided to give my mother (who was on dialysis) my kidney. I passed all the blood tests and everything was a go. I told the Dr. that I only had one stipulation. He said that there could be no stipulations--it should be given freely and without any conditions, but when he heard what I wanted, he said that it would be acceptable. During the surgery, Dr. Toledo's staff paused to photograph my kidney in the Dr.'s hands before it was transplanted into my mother. The surgery was a complete success, and I have a photograph that continues to fascinate me to this day.
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