In the course of her time at high school, Karlijn began capturing the world around her throughout her art classes. She commenced on an education in photography at the Universy of the Arts Utrecht (NL), but eventually decided to further pursue her studies in the direction of motion pictures. She never quit photography however, as clients kept seeking her out for portraits, conceptual imagery and fashion series. In the course of her personal work, she was twice nominated for the Fine Art Photography Awards: in 2017 with the photo One, no one, 100.000 and in 2018 with the Disappearance of the Golden Toad. In that same year, she was highlighted at the Cherrydeck Editors Choice Awards and in 2020 the series Irritable Softness by the Milder Sisters was published in the International Art, Fashion and Music Magazine KALTBLUT.