Beyond Pretty Pictures | A North End Engagement Story

Meghan and Tyler’s North End engagement session probably won’t seem like a typical scenario for what is commonly referred to as “practice” wedding photography.  When I sit down to meet couples for the first time, one of the things I emphasize is how my approach to engagement photography is completely different than what they’ve probably seen on pinterest or on their friend’s facebook pages.  Engagement sessions are the first major life milestone that two people, who have committed to becoming a family, are having professionally documented.  So why waste it just taking pretty pictures?  Let’s make it deeply personal.  Let’s make it something you can feel, taste and touch.  Something you’ll remember with happy tears in ten years because it’s forever captured YOUR LIVES AT THIS MOMENT.  This moment.  That’s what it’s all about.  Remembering the little things, long after you’ve forgotten everything.

For Meghan and Tyler, this meant starting at the same spot they got engaged in the North End, and taking a walk to Mike’s Modern Pastries, a longtime favorite.  After (quickly) devouring some hand made cannoli’s, we took a walk down Hanover street, enjoying the sights and smells of their favorite neighborhood.  We eventually made our way to Strega, a restaurant that has become a place of celebration for Meghan and Tyler, and their families.  Graduations, birthdays, and yes, engagements, all lead to a decadent dinner at this North End establishment.  I knew just how true this was when we walked in and were greeted by Giovanni, the manager, who hugged them both and managed to produce their favorite wine in under 5 seconds.  I don’t know how he does it, but that man knows good hospitality.  Meghan and Tyler enjoyed a quiet drink together in a window side table that appeared to have been waiting for them all afternoon.  Sometimes all the pieces just fit.

I am so excited to be part of their incredible day this fall at the Boston Fairmont Copley Plaza!  Congratulations Meghan and Tyler.



Karen is an award-winning, 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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