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Our Story

Our co-founder team, Charlie and Karen Harper, is a married couple with a history of working together that began when they were just starting their careers as a photographer (Charlie) and reporter (Karen) at a local newspaper some 20 years ago.

Charlie, a career photographer, had a vision for running his own camera store for many years and began to consider it seriously in 2015 after he rode with the cycling team he created (The Flying Monkeys) in Corpus Christi's Conquer the Coast Race. During that weekend, he discovered he was missing something he needed for his camera and found out there was no camera store in Corpus Christi. He had fallen in love with the city as a child in North Texas when his family would vacation in the Coastal Bend each year.

In October 2016, Charlie, who was working at Fort Worth Camera at the time, suggested to Karen that they open a store in Corpus Christi. Karen, having lived here for two years in the mid-90s and whose mother was born here (and grandfather stationed here), was on board immediately.

Four months later, in March 2017 the pair moved their toddler, dogs, cat and bicycles down to Corpus Christi and got to work opening up Corpus Christi Camera to realize a lifelong dream of owning a family business on the Gulf Coast and supplying the photographers of the Coastal Bend with the tools they need to, put simply, make great pictures.

Meet the Team

Charlie Harper


Charlie Harper is an accomplished career photographer and salesman, starting at the age of 17 as a local news photographer in Fort Worth and moving on to a career spanning two decades in portrait, news, feature, political, art, fashion, wedding and entertainment photography and video.

Karen Harper


Karen Harper is an accomplished journalist with a career in newspapers, television, magazines, wire services and online news organizations spanning more than 25 years. Her first job out of college was as cops reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Interested in joining our team?

We may be looking for someone like you to join our team at Corpus Christi Camera! Do you have the passion, the expertise and the drive?