Marla Keown picked up her first Digital SLR after returning home from a tour in Iraq in 2004-2005 as a truck driver in the Army Reserves. Her time overseas truly opened her eyes to the world and she’s been sharing those views ever since.
Marla officially became a photojournalist for the Army Reserves in 2008 where she traveled around the globe capturing the lives and moments of those around her. From Romania to Hawaii and Alaska, Marla spent her travels studying the art of photojournalism and constantly improving her skill set.
Her time as a photojournalist for the Army transformed in April of 2012 when she accepted a position with the Aurora Sentinel and The Aurora Magazine as the primary photojournalist and photo editor. For almost three years, Marla spent her time covering hard-hitting stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting to heartfelt issues of homelessness as well as serving the city by sharing the stories of the local community.
After growing as a photojournalist for close to ten years, Marla has since focused her attention outside the newsroom and is brining that photojournalist eye to the everyday photograph.
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"I'm a generally private person, so I don't lightly let people document the most important moments in my life. That being said, Marla has been there for my hot air balloon engagement (that was featured in InStyle), a huge move while pregnant to another state and the difficult birth of my son. And she has captured all of these moments so gracefully, beautifully and thoughtfully. I owe much of the beauty in my life to Marla Keown and her camera."
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"I had the pleasure of working with Marla in Vegas in early 2018.
As a circus artist & fitness model who has worked with countless photographers, Marla is definitely one of the most creative. She has the eye to see what many looks over and the sharpness to capture those moments that tells a rich story. She is also generous with her time and talent. I hope you get to experience her amazing work!"
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"Marla photographed our family weekend as well as a surprise engagement. It was an intimate weekend filled with special moments and not only did Marla capture every one of those moments, she naturally felt like a part of the family. It was a joy having her with us and we love every photo she’s taken. I truly cannot recommend her enough!"
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"Marla is such an amazingly talented photographer! She goes the extra mile to make sure you’re comfortable with her and her pictures turn out absolutely AMAZING. I’m so lucky to have met Marla and gotten to shoot with her."
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"Marla does absolutely incredible work with the camera, she truly has an eye for it. I’ve watched her work on numerous shoots, and her talent absolutely blows me away. She captures just about anything you could think of and does it so well through creative perspective. Aside from her talent, she has an infectious laugh, an amazing presence and an incredible personality and is the best to work with! She is passionate, dedicated, and wonderfully talented."
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