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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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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  • December 31, 2017 - 7:30 pm

    LISA SEGAL - Such a gift to work with you. Here’s to a bright 2018ReplyCancel