Karen Walrond is a lawyer, speakerauthor and PHOTOGRAPHER.


Karen's bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of imagery and portraiture, combined with written essays and observations on the concept that what makes us different makes us beautiful -- and may even be the source of our superpowers. It is available from Barnes & NobleAmazonBright Sky Press, and other booksellers around the world.  In addition, her fine art photography pieces and projects have been included in exhibits around the country. She is a contributor to the book Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart, a guide for beginning and intermediate photographers for adding heart and soul to their imagery.  Karen's writing, images and other projects have been featured on CNN.com, USA Today, Good Housekeeping and Wondertime magazines, among others.  Karen is also the creative mind behind the award-winning website, Chookooloonksan inspirational source for living with intention, creativity and adventure, and featuring travel, art, food and life.  Her second book, Make Light:  Stories of Bright Sparks, Slow Burns and Thriving Out Loud, will be released November 1, 2017, and is available for preorder now.

A sought-after keynote and TEDx speaker, Karen has spoken around the United States and abroad to individuals and organizations on the topic of thriving, through leadership development, the magic of creativity, the valuing of cultural and racial diversity, and the power of social media. In support of her public speaking and delivery of workshops that include the concepts of courage, worthiness and authenticity (both within the legal field and without), Karen is a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness, as expressed in the books Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.   

She has appeared on both local & national television and other news media, including PBSHuffington PostCNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Photograph © 2011   Morgana Wingard

Photograph © 2011 Morgana Wingard

She has been a proud and awestruck member of the ONE Girls and Women Advisory Board, a part of the ONE Campaign, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

Karen is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with Marcus (her English husband), Alex (her American daughter), and Soca the WonderMutt. She's a former engineer and an attorney, holding a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston.  She is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

about Chookooloonks


First published in 2004, Chookooloonks is an award-winning lifestyle, travel, inspiration and photography website, about living with intention and a sense of adventure  Chookooloonks illustrates what it means to thrive.  

Chookooloonks' accolades include receiving the 2014 Iris Award for Best Photography2012 Top 100 Mom Blog and 2011 Top 50 Mom Blog from Babble.com Best Eye Candy Blog 2010 of the 2010 BlogLuxe awards; The 2010 Black Weblog Best Photoblog Award (Judges' Choice); and was a finalist in The 2011 Bloggies. In addition, Karen was named one of the Top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011 by Babble.com for @chookooloonks.

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To engage in the relentless pursuit of real, uncontrived beauty, in every form. To illustrate that beauty is everywhere, even (and sometimes especially) in the most unlikely places. In so doing, to work tirelessly to counter negativity, violence, discrimination and desperation, and join forces with those who celebrate positivity, peace, kindness and joy. To convince the skeptical of their uncommon beauty, and to create tools for helping the weary see the beauty in their own lives. To provide hard, irrefutable evidence that there is good in the world, and to be fiercely dedicated to showing how beautiful our planet really is, one image at a time.


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