Karen Ruckman is a photographer and educator. She has photographed extensively on Capitol Hill, and worked for a variety of editorial and corporate clients photographing politicians, celebrities, and Nobel laureates for numerous publications. Karen lives in Washington, DC where she has taught photography to marginalized groups. A recent project took her to Northern Ireland, where she photographed children against a backdrop of terrorism. She is currently working on a book and documentary about her prison photography workshops. Karen has traveled extensively photographing images from nature, and documenting women in diverse cultures. In the book Return To Essence: Seven Stages in a Woman’s Spiritual Path, her photographs move the reader through the seven stages while reflecting the multifaceted quality of the feminine spirit.