Carmela and Nate’s Willowdale Estate Wedding in Topsfield, MA, was a manifestation of so many personal elements for this bride and groom – I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed being part of their nuptials so much. Nate is heavily entrenched in the music business, both as a formally trained artist, and within his entrepreneurial ventures.  So it only seemed right that he lead Carmela’s nephew’s (Hayden) first birthday sing-a-long from behind the keyboard during their reception.  As you can imagine, Hayden despised the attention.  Carmela’s family mainly hails from Argentina, so she and Nate went above and beyond to make sure everyone felt at home.  Carmela even managed to fly in Argentinian ice cream so that her family would have a taste of comfort, and their friends could finally taste what she’s been raving about for years.

Family illness on the groom’s side make the wedding day particularly emotional.  While sickness is never something to wish for, it does create a silver lining of perspective, particularly on would-be stressful days like a wedding.  What mattered most to Carmela and Nate on their wedding day was that their families were together to celebrate – not just their wedding, but each other.  I loved bearing witness to all their joyful tears, and I’m thrilled to be part of their journey for life.  Enjoy their beautiful story.

Vendors:

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA

Florals and tablescapes: Flowers by Justine

Cupcakes: Sweet Bakery

Makeup: Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists

Hair: Che Maksou Salon

 

 

A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.


A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

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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.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com or you can send her a note below.  p.s. she’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Jennifer and John knew exactly what they wanted their Boston State Room wedding to feel like: quite simply, Boston.  They have both long been in love with urban architecture and design (in fact, John is a professor of architecture), so capturing the city’s unique aesthetic was a must for them.  No surprise then, that they chose the Liberty Hotel for their preparatory wedding events and Boston’s State Room for their wedding reception.  When we sat down to meet over coffee for the first time, Jenn and John told me they wanted a blend of modern, artistic imagery with a nod to tradition. At that moment, I knew we were a great fit.

Most weddings are a compromise of sorts – the bride and groom’s current style and vision, coupled with elements that represent their family values.  It’s in this compromise that we blend both the bride and groom’s family history with who they are becoming together.  Creating new traditions built on the foundation of their past is a really beautiful transition to watch as a photographer who spends years following couples from wedding, to baby, and beyond.  Understanding where my clients come from, and where their dreams lie for the future, is a story I never get tired of telling.

Though I have shot at Boston’s State Room many times, I love the fresh angles and textures we produced at Jenn and John’s wedding, making use of the reflective materials and unique textual elements of the space. Enjoy our unique take on two of Boston’s architectural standouts – 60 State Street and The Liberty Hotel.

Preparatory Location: The Liberty Hotel

Wedding Ceremony: St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church

Wedding Reception: The State Room

Flowers: Madison Floral

Cake Artist: Konditor Meister

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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.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com or you can send her a note below.  p.s. she’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Every year I sit down to reflect on KKP’s accomplishments and learnings, much of which could only be gained with the help of other industry professionals.  Whether it’s technical help, tough love, new opportunities, or simply inspirational behavior, there are so many industry professionals that help me to continually craft a more insightful service for my incredible KKP Lifers.  Here’s the list of the biggest thank you’s I have to give in 2017:

Lisa Segal – You are my little magician.  Thank you for always being ready, willing and able to help me with any curveball I throw your way. Your positive attitude, creativity, and general wonderfulness are essential to making KKP go round.

Paul Morse – Thank you for guiding me technically and emotionally through my documentary pursuits in Maine.  Your input is irreplaceable and your feedback spurs more growth than you know.  Thank you for supporting my efforts to be the best photojournalist I can be.

Masao Okano – For being by my side for so much of my 2017 season, and always being the ying to my yang on the photo playing field.  Your work is nothing short of inspiring, and I appreciate you helping me take a more critical look at mine.  Looking forward to the new opportunities we’re cooking up in 2018 and beyond!

Spencer Lum – You have been an educator and an inspiration in so many ways.  Your emails continue to be the only mass mailing I will open, and they never disappoint. Thank you for pushing so many in the photography industry to just BE BETTER – our clients reap the reward of your research, knowledge and good will.

Nicole Chan – I am so thankful for your friendship and your honesty.  You push me to grow in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable, and so much of this growth is going to manifest in 2018. Thank you also for the beautiful day in the life session you did for my family last spring.  We love looking at those photographs on our wall every day!

Erica Ewing –  Thank you for partnering with me to help raise the level of service in the photography industry.  Our clients deserve the best and I love that you agree with me! You are always a great voice of experience and reason, and I’m looking forward to another incredible workshop together in 2018.

Doug Levy – Thank you for being such an amazing resource to the entire community on pricing, customer service, and the technicalities of being a card carrying Nikon user.  I appreciate you pushing me to take on work that would typically have been a  “no.” I really enjoy sharing next level education with you and watching you climb the commercial ladder.  It will be good to say I knew you when.

Karen Lane and Katie Harris and Nicole Chan – Thank you for being part the Documentary Group, designed to push us all towards being better photojournalists.  It’s hard to carve out time for personal work but when I do it with a commitment to others, I’m so much more motivated.  Thank you!

Alisha Harris and Stephen Whiting – Thank you for helping me through some of the busiest months at KKP.  I would never have been able to get it all done without you in 2017.

Caroline Talbot – Thank you for creating a wonderful experience and even more incredible set of portraits of me last winter.  Those photographs capture the culmination of my commitment to bring my body back to health after recovering from injuries and childbirth, and I feel so proud when I look at them. THANK YOU.

Seshu and the CTPPA – Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help other photographers grow to their full potential.  I love giving back to the community that has helped me rise to where I am.  Looking forward to January’s workshop!

Andrew Funderburg – For making the most cutting edge, kick ass album and wall design software known to man, thank you!  You have enabled me to help countless clients bring their family history to life.  You are impacting more humans than you know.  Thank you!

Jamie Ivins – For always being positive, supportive, and generally amazing to the community at large.  I love you, man!

Leah Haydock – I am so glad we had the opportunity to become close friends this year.  You have brought fresh perspective to my life in ways you probably don’t even realize, and I am so excited for where life is taking you in the next few years.  Let’s keep supporting each other through this beautiful mess called life.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to wave goodbye to 2017, and grab 2018 by the horns 🙂  Let’s get after it, friends!

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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.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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“Blake is completely dedicated to his family.  Even one night away is really hard for him.”  That’s what Meg, mother to Blake’s two beautiful daughters, told me during our pre-session consult at my office.  She described him as the “family lynchpin,” the steady hand that keeps the emotional balance of their foursome while quite literally, putting food on the table each night (he loves to cook).  If the name Blake sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the man who has helped turned my health around in the last 18 months.  So when he asked me to photograph their family, I couldn’t have been more excited to have a parallel impact on his life.

Two weeks before our session, I sat down with Meg and Blake separately to talk deeply about their family.  It’s commonplace to take a pretty picture these days, but to create documentation that captures the nuances of each family’s micro relationship takes genuine effort and care.  During our conversation, Blake told me how much Olivia, his youngest daughter, loves physical contact with him and Meg.  “She’s constantly nuzzling and looking for attention from us….whether she’s excited or focused, her face tells the whole story.”  Conversely, Victoria their oldest daughter, is “more reserved and less emotional in her behavior.”  She is a typical first born, happy to follow the rules and wait her turn.  She idolizes Elena of Avalor, the Disney princess who rules a kingdom as a teenager, and finds out (sometimes the hard way) in how to be a good leader. This is evident in how she takes charge of activities with her sister but still searches to find the right balance in the sibling power struggle.

Whenever I finish one of these discussions I have the same thought: when you actually sit down with parents and ask questions, there is a world of detail just below the surface, specific only to their family.  And KNOWING what these themes are, and shooting specifically to capture them, is what take images from PRETTY to POWERFUL.  This is where the real value in my services lie.

As we got deeper into the conversation, both parents told me how proud and fulfilled they are by their family.  They both make (hard) career choices that allow them to spend afternoons and evenings with the girls, cooking, playing, zip lining (dad built his own in the backyard) and reading.  Both Blake and Meg choose family over everything else, and I wanted to make sure that that was reflected in our family session at their house.

{Hang on to the end to see which images they picked for the incredible wall gallery we created for their house with these photographs}

When I arrived, their pups greeted me…

A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.

 

The Leshnicks love the outdoors, so we headed into the backyard to enjoy all they have designed for their family. A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.

When I saw this happening, I ran over and brought my camera as close as I could to really show the intimacy of the moment.  It only lasted a few seconds.

A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.

This is one of my favorite moments of the day.  Blake is over 6 feet tall so there was no way I could shoot over his shoulder and keep the camera to my eye, so when the girls snuggled into him to get warm, I quickly held the camera above my head, tilted it over his shoulder, and shot down.  The result was this photograph taken from Blake’s perspective.

A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.

How incredible is this sign?  I love that it’s the first thing you see as you enter the girl’s play area.

A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.A family in Medfield with two daughters is photographed at their home.

There was some competition for parent attention on the couch, which resulted in a brief time out for Olivia.  She went into the corner and drew this by herself.

 

And now for their stunning wall design…

Every client receives a 90 minute design consultation after their session to experience the images for the first time, and create something heirloom for their home.  This is when we get to laugh and cry about how their dynamics manifest in the images, and discuss which images most represent their family.  Whether it’s finally getting images up on the wall, or creating an archival album, it all gets done in an hour and a half.  It’s one of my favorite services as a photographer and super satisfying for busy parents!

 

 

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Karen is an award-winning, Boston-based 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.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

 

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There is no greater compliment I can imagine than to be rehired by my clients.  Christina and Garrett got engaged in 2015 and married in 2016, and when we met to finalize their wedding album they told me the big news: a baby boy was expected in the fall.  Needless to say, I was over the moon to continue telling their family story when little Liam arrived in early September.

One of the things I’ve always admired about Christina and Garrett was that they work so well as a team.  Throughout the wedding planning process and all emotional milestones along the way, they were constantly in sync. Not because of some silly soul mates notion, but because they always put the other person first.  There’s a deep, palpable respect for each other that is so evident to anyone who’s lucky enough to call them friends, and it’s a beautiful synergy to witness.

During our afternoon together, I watched them work through the kinks of parenting a newborn, and you know what?  Everything was exactly as I’d remembered: incredible teamwork, always putting each other (and now Liam!) before anything else.  Babies cry.  They do.  And I think it’s important to document the entire story, not just the pretty parts. Because mom and dads overcome A LOT the first few months of parenting, and I want them to remember that later on.

I love that Liam will have a record of all the little details of their lives when he arrived: the pillows on the bed, the flowers in the garden, the puppy that first called him brother.  Enjoy today’s sweet tale of becoming three.

Christina and Garrett have the most beautiful front porch!  I loved that it was warm enough to go outside and shoot with Liam.

Getting a few licks in from his new brother.

I mean, how beautiful is this woman and child reunion?

Favorite shot of the session?!  Maybe.  I love love love all the details in their kitchen, and how damn proud dad is of his son.

 

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Karen is an award-winning, Boston-based 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.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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