Watching two people step into parenthood is always a beautiful moment, but witnessing two dads tackle life with two newborns made my heart absolutely swoon.

Rémy and Adeline were born to Brian and Nic on 12/28/18. Both dads described their connection with the newborns on the phone with me before their session, but seeing it live was simply awesome. Parental intuition seems to come easy to Brian and Nic.

Both newborns have such distinct personalities, Rémy preferring sleep and observation, while Adeline was nearly ready to shake my hand when I walked in the door.

Babies don’t stay little for long, so I was thrilled to pull back the curtain to memorialize this fleeting time for this family of four.

Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents in Boston.
Two gay dads become parents to twins in Boston.

Karen Kelly is an award-winning, documentary photographer in Boston. To see more of her work or connect in person, head to over to her website www.kkpforlife.com or shoot her a note at karen@kkpforlife.com.

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Newborn Photography In Boston – Capturing Life’s Moments Forever

Special moments in life should be more than just a series of memories…like an engagement, a wedding, or the much anticipated birth of a baby followed by its homecoming. Then there’s the joy of watching that tiny person grow and evolve into a wonderful human being complete with its own unique personality. These are the pivotal processes around which we build the dynamic, ever evolving creations that are family relationships. The series of moments that string together to create a family story that is irreplaceable, special, and one of a kind. You can read more about the philosophy and client service at Karen Kelly Photography online here.

It’s always a great privilege using my family, newborn and baby photography in Boston to help families record their life defining moments. I love capturing the essence of these moments and nothing does that more effectively than photos. As a snapshot of an instant in time, photos can be used to build a collection of visible memories. They create a family legacy for future generations by linking our past with the present and the future – a tangible reminder of who we are and where we’ve come from.

Memories For Life Through Baby Photography In Boston

As a Mom I’ve also come to understand that some of the most precious and fleeting moments in life involve our children. It seems that one minute they’re tiny newborns being welcomed into the family home for the first time then before we know it, we’re welcoming their newborns into the family! Along the way, even though time flies past, we create the millions of memories that make up a family story. Click here to see more beautiful family heirlooms Karen Kelly Photography has created with clients like these.

Capturing these moments and turning them into something more concrete than fleeting memories is so important yet we allow so many of them to pass us by without doing that. This is why I feel so blessed that by offering family, baby, and newborn photography in Boston I can contribute to documenting those irreplaceable moments, like attending a wedding or bringing a newborn home for the first time.

I also love nothing more than being involved with a family as they grow, so when I was asked to photograph baby Zachary on his first birthday, I jumped at the chance. And what a first birthday it was too. Zachary may not remember any of it when he grows up but he’ll be able to relive it through these photos. That’s priceless and just one of the many reasons why I’m proud to provide baby photography in Boston.

Family Photography In Boston Is About Creating Family Legacies For The Future

Whenever I’m asked to join a family to share in and help them record the unique moments that are part of their evolving life story, I’m always deeply honored. These moments of love, joy, and happiness are what make family relationships so special and I love being part of them.

Over the years I’ve been very privileged to connect with some amazing families through my family photography in Boston. In some cases I’ve been super privileged to have witnessed not just one milestone in their family history but have been welcomed back to record more of their life story for them. That’s the sort of connection I thrive on! That and helping these families create their own visible connections between past, present, and future.

Turn the past into a visible part of your present, and your future.

Through unique family, baby, and newborn photography in Boston I capture the true essence of your ‘today’ moments and preserve them for life.

If you’re looking for wedding, newborn, baby, and family photography in Boston please contact me. I’d love nothing more than to help you record and create a gallery of your family’s most important stories so they can be cherished today, tomorrow, and all the days after that. Don’t let your special life moments become just a series of memories….

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On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Boston, Ashley and Alex said “I do” at one of the most stunning wedding venues in Boston, The State Room at 60 State Street.  Ashley and Alex met at Boston College as undergraduates, and on their wedding day, they were surrounded by friends who have watched them go from singles, to dating to engaged.  I always love hearing the stories of how the women and men I photograph met and ultimately, decided this was their one.  Every couple, every wedding I see differently, because every one of their stories is completely unique.  Discovering that uniqueness is one of my favorite parts of my job as a photographer.

Ashley prepared to get married at the Ames Hotel in downtown Boston, just steps away from The State Room.  The overwhelming architectural design allows beautiful light to spill into their suites and plenty of space to spread out. Her bridesmaids wore a gorgeous palette of pastels and it translated beautifully to the photographs.  More details of each portion the day are within the blog below.

Venue: The State Room

Florals: True Vine Studios

Band: Clockwork Boston 

Hair & Makeup: Artisbeauty

Lighting: AllStar Lighting

Photography: Karen Kelly Photography

 

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We walked over to Post Office Square for their wedding day first look and family portraits.  The lush overhang from the trellis in the park sets a gorgeous backdrop to set couples away from the rest of the bustle in the square.  Alex was waiting for Ashley under the trellis, and when he saw Ashley’s his face it beamed of joy. I love when couples choose to do a first look because it gives them 10 minutes alone, probably the only handful of minutes they have all day.

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Their wedding ceremony at The State Room was set against their trademark, floor to ceiling window backdrop, that has been stunning wedding guests for decades.  Situated right in the heart of Boston, rain, snow, sun or fog, the view every day is simply incredible.  True Vine Studios provided the gorgeous archway over their ceremony.  Ashley surprised Alex by adding a component of a traditional Greek ceremony, and their family crowned both with a stefana during their vows.

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If you’re getting married at The State Room, I highly suggest utilizing the opportunity to have your engagement photographs lit up on the path guests take to your wedding ceremony site.  It’s a jaw-dropping and highly personal way to have your guests enter the space where you’ll say your vows.

 

A bride and groom walk together at their wedding at the State Room in Boston Massachusetts.A bride and groom stand together at their wedding at the State Room in Boston Massachusetts.A bride and groom stand together at their wedding at the State Room in Boston Massachusetts.A sunset over Boston from the State Room.A bride and groom dance together at their wedding at the State Room in Boston Massachusetts.

As I expect no less from Boston College graduates, this was a FUN crowd.  The bride, groom, and all their family had an incredible celebration of this beautiful new beginning. The staff at The State Room made their wedding day flow so smoothly.  This wedding venue simply can’t be beat in Boston.A groom dances with his groomsmen at his wedding reception at the State Room Boston.Wedding guests dancing at the State Room Boston.A bride dances with her friends at the State Room Boston.Wedding guests dancing at the State Room Boston.

 

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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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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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