One sunny morning in May, I sat with Jennie over coffee to learn about  the many layers of the people she loves most. She had just gotten a new puppy, and the friendly nibbles under the table was the perfect foreshadowing for my favorite type of family session – playful mayhem.

During this hour long conversation, we dove into her and Matt’s love story and how they’ve worked together to create a family that values togetherness above all else.  It enabled me to see her daughters not just as smiling faces, but as loyal, driven, shy, curious and incredibly athletic women-to-be.  Most importantly, I saw all the dimensions of Reese, Finley and Teagan through Jennie’s eyes.

Reese, their first born, takes on the perfectionist role, always seeing her duties through and passionately pursuing swimming despite being the youngest on her team.  Jennie also talked about being able to have conversations with her that go deeper emotionally and intellectually than her younger siblings – a level of understanding that’s exclusive to the two of them right now.

Finley, their middle daughter, has a loyalty that shines through all her relationships. It’s Finley that holds the sisterly team together, bridging the gap between big sister Reese and baby sister Teagan, melding interests and always finding ways to make their interests dovetail.

And last but not least, Teagan, whose spunky nature drives her to be quite the competition for her big sisters, always pushing to match their accomplishments – and then some.  But in her quieter moments, Teagan still loves to crawl into the living room chair for a cuddle with mom each afternoon. The push and pull of still being a toddler.

So why do all these hallmarks of each child matter?

Because every daughter is unique, every son is unique, and every relationship they have to their parents is unique. When I understand who your children are beyond a name and age, I begin to see them as you do, and that translates to photographs that look and feel exceptionally distinct to each family member.

Maybe most importantly, it allows each child to shine on their own – to see their unique place within the family unit as extraordinary.

I was so happy to have all three girls join Jennie and Matt when I presented their photographs. As the images faded in and out on the screen, I watched a tear slide down Reese’s cheek. This was one of those electric moments where I realized how much she could understand emotionally about the connections in these photographs. My hope is that it created a warm, happy place in her memories – a reminder of how deeply she is loved and the culture of family she’s been lucky enough to know.

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Karen Kelly is an award-winning photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history.  You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com, on Instagram or on Facebook.  She would love to get to know more about YOU!  To contact her directly, email her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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At the center of every family are two people who fell in love.  That love is trialed and strengthened through the tribulations of life, and though the roots deepen, attention often shifts from the couple, to work, to children, to all the things that spin our daily life. I view maternity sessions as the perfect excuse for couples to reconnect as soak each other one in one last time before they take on the honorable and momentous title of “parents.”

Katy and Doug called me for a maternity session at a very unique time in their lives.  They were in the middle of transitioning their lives from Boston to Chicago, and wanted to capture the details of their daily life in Boston. They desperately wanted their first child to know where their story began, and to share this story with their new world in the midwest.  Katy and Doug meet every night in the Boston Garden on Doug’s way home from work, and sit on their favorite bench to catch up on everything they’ve missed while they’ve been apart.  Their apartment is a block off the Garden, (where they got engaged) and they love staring out the big windows watching the sunset whenever they can.  Katy loves Doug’s distinct gait, his disarming kindness, how dedicated he is to her and their future.  Doug he loves Katy’s hair, and how she has become his best friend, his ultimate comfort.  They want to raise their children to be open- minded, curious and hard-working.

When I set about photographing them, I wanted to make sure I captured the sentiment of everything they shared with me.  So we started with a meet up in the Boston Garden, and took it from there.

**Meet me at the end of this post to see the incredible wall designs they purchased for their new home.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.

This is their favorite bench that they snuggle on at the end of every day.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.A pregnant couple hugs in Beacon Hill Boston.An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.

I wanted to make sure that we got a great sense of location, so I made sure the skyline made it’s way into these photographs.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.

The expansive windows in their unit threw some beautiful golden light our way as the sun was heading down that evening.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.An expecting mother with her husband in their Boston apartment.An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.An expecting couple walks through Boston Common.

Katy and Doug got engaged on their bed, so we hopped on and took a few frames of them reliving that moment for me.  Their past, their future, in one fleeting moment.

An expecting mother walks in the Boston Garden with her husband.

At Katy and Doug’s design consultation, they decided to purchase two collections for separate spaces in their home – a vertical space in the living area, and a larger space in their master bedroom.  I love how both collections share different details of their family story, and allow them to display the photographs in both public and private spaces in their home.

Photographs are designed on a wall in a home in Boston by a photographer.Photographs are designed on a wall in a home in Boston by a photographer.

 

Karen is an award-winning photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history.  You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com, on Instagram or on Facebook.  She would love to get to know more about YOU!  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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Portrait photographer sits on a couch in her photography studio in Wayland Massachusetts

The first time I saw this space, I mean REALLY saw it, I was shivering.  It was below the freezing mark in December and I had made the decision to open a second family and wedding photography office west of Boston, only I had no idea where.

I knew I wanted this to be a space of refuge for my clients – an oasis in the desert of their busy lives that would allow them to stop the daily grind, and indulge in the simple luxury of family. Because lazy Saturdays turn into wall to wall soccer practice, bedtime stories are replaced with homework, and suddenly the long days of toddler-dom seem like a previous life.  Everything evolves.  Why not create a space that isn’t just about choosing photographs, but actually allow you to take a long, slow drink of this moment?

One chilly afternoon I wandered out to the old, unused garage bay on the far end of our house. It was dark and dirty as heck, filled with decades of unwanted gardening tools, random building materials, and old patio furniture. I craned to see beyond the stacks of plywood on the rickety beams above my head. And slowly, a smile spread across my face. A vision was forming. I felt blood rush to my cheeks. And suddenly, I wasn’t cold anymore.

This week, my vision came to life.  Located only 25 minutes directly west of Boston, the stress of the city falls away as lush preservation land guides you to my home in Wayland.  Of course, there’s no parking hassles in my driveway, with a separate turnout for client use.

I built the interior of this space to be LUXURIOUS – a 120″ projector screen with surround sound speakers to watch the story of your life will be complimented with mint and cucumber infused water grown in our home garden. If the kids join you, there’s over two acres of lawn for them to romp in while we create your custom designs. My home is your home.

You can get a sense of original shell of the space here:

A family and wedding photography studio is open in Wayland, MA.

 

The Wayland Gallery was created with this service in mind: to give every each and every one of my clients an adult time out, to stop and breathe in the beautiful, messy, imperfectly perfect details of today.  To absorb your family stories and know the details will always be right in front of you, whether you’re making coffee or folding laundry or picking up the trail of toys from a day full fun.

Thank you so much to the incredible clients who trust me with honoring their family in the way they deserve.  None of this is possible without you.

A HUGE thanks to L&L Contractors for getting this done quickly and beautifully!

I can’t wait to see all of you here!!!  The Wayland Gallery is open for business!

Love to all of you,

Karen

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Karen is an award-winning photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history.  You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com, on Instagram or on Facebook.  She would love to get to know more about YOU!  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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Do you feel busy?  A lot?  I do too.  So do the Mays.  Erin and Collin pour their heart into helping patients all day, and come home to make dinner, do bath time, read a few bedtime stories, and maybe squeeze in a few minutes for themselves before powering down for the day. Our sessions are the time they put aside, often during the week, to turn off their technology and focus intensely on one another. All parents crave connection with their children, but with constantly growing to-do list sitting quietly in our pocket, setting the time aside for each other becomes more and more elusive.  I love that as a photographer, I can provide my clients with this oasis from the everyday.

Erin and I spent quite a bit of time talking about her children before our shoot.  But we didn’t talk about the boys’ favorite toys – I asked her to tell me about the most joyful moments for her every day as a mom, and the times when her and Collin feel proudest as parents. This allowed me to create photographs that go deeper than pretty pictures – it allowed me to create a permanent record of the things she misses most when she’s at work all day.  And our session gave her family the space to reconnect in all the most important ways.  This is the kind of experience all families deserve to have.  It’s the kind of experience YOU deserve to have.

Scroll down to find out how Erin answered my questions and the images that became the wall gallery we carefully designed for their home.  The highlight of my week was installing the artwork and watching her smile grow as these images became a permanent reminder of their deep family connection.

When I asked Erin about her favorite moments of the day, she told me that when she comes home each night, her almost 3 year old, Hunter, races into her arms and buries his face in her lap.  I love this image because he’s running to her with such conviction (away from the big bad daddy monster :)).

Erin and Collin are both doctors, so when someone needs a bandaid, it’s a all hands on deck 🙂

Erin feels proudest as a parent during these moments of reading with her five year old son, Jackson, each night.  We owe so much to our parents, and this image will be an awesome reminder for Jackson in a few years of how much effort his parents made to create the brightest future possible for him.

This is one of my favorite images of the day because it’s so honestly depicts life with two boys.  Love and chaos.

This is their home gallery.  We designed it together in about 20 minutes.  The images are mounted on bamboo and were installed as a complimentary part of her service.

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Karen is an award-winning photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history.  She would love to get to know YOU!  You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com, on Instagram or on Facebook.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com or you can send her a note below.

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