Industry Gratitude Blog – 2016

As I’ve grown up in the photography industry, one thing has become clear: none of us would be successful without each other.  There are so many facets to owning a successful photography business – from customer service, to social media, sales, accounting, product selection, album design, business outreach, the client experience, and finally, getting technical with the camera, I rely on so many of my colleagues to help me the best business owner I can be.  So today, those people are getting a big, sloppy THANK YOU for their help in 2016.

Emilie Sandifer, Jennifer Domenick, Paul Morse, Eric Lauritis and Cameron Clark – Thank you for all the time, energy, patience and straight up LOVE you put into Roots Workshop this year.  That week in Maine changed the course of my entire year, and ultimately, the work that will serve as family history for all my clients for decades. Thank you!

Enna and Matt Grazier, Mark Higgins, and Eric Foley – Thank you for asking me educate at Inspire Photo Retreats in 2016.  I loved becoming part of the community you have created and the experience of speaking on the big stage helped me grow tremendously, both personally and professionally.

Angie Bonin – After leaving my 6-week-old son at home to speak at Inspire Photo Retreats last winter, I needed all the support I could get.  Angie, thank you for showing up, cheering me on, and taking some damn good pictures while you were at it.  You’ll never know how much that meant to me.

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.

Kiera Slye – Thank you for many things – but today, I want to thank you for showing up in the maternity ward on December 25, 2015, to document our journey home as a threesome.  It was an unbelievably selfless and loving act that I will never forget.  I can’t wait to return the favor in the years to come.

Nicole Chan – I am so thankful for your friendship – and the crushingly beautiful portraits you took of me last summer.  Thank you for pushing me to grow in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable, but always beneficial.  Let’s keep helping each other reach new goals in 2017.

Erica Ewing – Thank you for problem-solving so many new adventures together.  You are always a great voice of experience and reason.  I’m looking forward to our endeavors in 2017 together 🙂

Doug Levy – To the guy who introduced me to the horrible world of “fine tune autofocus”…thanks, I think?  But seriously, thank you Doug for always being available to talk about “how you lit that” to me and so many in the community.

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!

Briana Moore – For putting your mind to something and making it happen, you are a living tribute to the art of perseverance.  We’re excited to have you back in the Northeast quadrant soon!

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

Masao Okano – For being by my side for so much of my 2016 season.  Your calming presence and, it goes without saying, phenomenal work, helped made 2016’s wedding season my best yet.

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 2016.

To all the people who have done little things along the way to help propel KKP, THANK YOU.  We owe so much of our success to each other.



(Image of me above taken by Kate McElwee for Roots Workshop)

Karen is a Boston-based photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history.  You can see more of her work online at, on Instagram or on Facebook.  If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at

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  • December 23, 2016 - 5:04 pm

    Kiera Liu - My goodness woman! You are one of a kind and just the most wonderful gift to come into my life in the last 2 years. You push me to be a better human being and together we document some of life’s most precious moments for each other. There truly is no greater gift than your friendship, mutual trust, and support. I’d be there in a second for you on Christmas Day anytime! Biggest hugs!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2016 - 6:32 pm

    Briana - I love you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2016 - 8:13 pm

    Mattion - Great post! Excited to see you at Inspire!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2017 - 1:51 pm

    Masao - Thank you for your kind and wonderful words. Lots of love in the new year!ReplyCancel

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