I live in downtown Boston, MA and I’m proud to call this city my home! My office is located at 51 Melcher Street, around the corner from South Station and right in the heart of Fort Point’s arts community.
I love authentic images that are filled with emotion. I love bright colors and warm sunshine. I seek out genuine moments that make me FEEL something.
Most photos are lightly posed, meaning I’ll help get you into place first and then encourage interaction and real expressions while we’re snapping away.
If you want to sum it up in a couple of words, my work is most often categorized as lifestyle photography.
No, I only use natural light. This allows me to work quickly and flexibly.
Your proof gallery is posted 2 weeks after your session, and your finished image files are delivered 2 weeks after that (so the total turnaround time is 4 weeks).
Typically sessions take place either outdoors or in my clients’ homes. For outdoor sessions, I’m happy to provide location suggestions within Metro Boston. Travel is included for locations covered within this map. For locations outside of that map, travel will be billed at $60/hour (calculated from Fenway Park).
Believe it or not, pretty much EVERYONE tells me this before their session, and it never turns out to be true! I love coaching my clients through having their photos taken, and I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to make you look fabulous! When you’re having a great time, you’ll look more beautiful than you thought was possible. I promise! 🙂
I’ve put together a complete session preparation guide for my clients that I send before every session. It includes information about clothes, hair/makeup, and other useful tips to help eliminate stress from your experience.
For a sneak peak of recommended color palettes, check out this page.
I also compile a Pinterest board each season with clothing and color inspiration.
You might also find this link to be helpful– it’s a wonderful guide to pairing complementary colors without being too matchy-matchy.
I keep a number of backup dates open each month in case of bad weather, and there is no fee to reschedule to a new date if it’s raining or overcast. Boston weather is notoriously unpredictable and changes very quickly, so I typically wait to call off a session until that morning (or the night before sunrise sessions). If you want to follow along with me, I find that the app Dark Sky has the most reliable forecast. Sunshine is a huge component of my style of photography, and it’s definitely worth waiting for a beautiful day!
I love getting to know my clients’ kids, even the ones who are shy/stubborn/you name it! I always approach the session as a new friend who’s just there to play and have a good time. I have all the patience in the world, and I find that being easy-going translates to happy kiddos. That being said, not every moment of the session is perfect, and that’s totally OK — in fact, it’s encouraged! In 10 years, I’m willing to bet that you’ll cherish the image of your toddler crying fake tears just as much as the one that we took 10 seconds later of him happily running toward the camera. My goal is to capture the personalities of the kids in front of my lens, including all of the beautiful quirks, details, and small moments that make up childhood.
I love Pinterest as much as the next girl! But Pinterest is best used as an initial source of inspiration, rather than a strict guideline for your photographer. If we’re focused on recreating someone else’s photos, that will leave us less time to create shots that showcase the unique aspects of your family.
If you do want to use Pinterest to help you plan your session, look at it as general inspiration — for instance, use it to figure out what style of photos you like, and then search for a photographer whose images match that style.
The BEST thing you can do is to let go and enjoy! I know it’s hard not to be stressed before your session, but babies pick up on anxiety really easily. We’ll have the best chance at getting gorgeous images if we let them happen naturally (with a little guidance from me, of course!) I want your pictures to be amazing and will do all the hard work for you! Your only job is to relax and have fun. 🙂
All clients sign an optional model release before the session. If you would prefer to keep your images private, you may indicate your request at that time. For clients who choose to decline the model release, I absolutely respect your decision and will keep your images under lock and key.
YES!!! I’ve worked in hundreds of clients’ homes, and I’ve never found one that didn’t work. There is always a beautiful little patch of light that’s perfect for photography! I’m used to photographing in a variety of homes, from South End basement apartments to 400-square-foot condos. If it’s home to your family, that’s all I need to work with! And PLEASE don’t worry about the mess — nothing fazes me! If needed, I’ll help you move furniture/clutter around as we go.
I can’t wait to work with you! Please send me a message here, and we’ll come up with a game plan for your session. After that, you’ll be able to sign your contract and submit your session deposit online. 50% is due upon booking to reserve your date, and the remainder is due on the day of your session.
I also ask new clients to fill out a short questionnaire, which helps me get to know you and your hopes/goals for the session.
All sessions include your choice of 15 full-resolution digital files with a print release, which allows you to reproduce images for personal use as many times as needed. I provide four versions of each photo, including color and black & white versions in both high- and low-resolution. (in human speak: high-resolution is for printing, and low-resolution is for use on the internet). Additional digital files may be added to your order if you’d like.
Every proof in your gallery is color-corrected and edited 95% of the way. Any images that you order will be fully retouched at no additional charge. Common fixes included but are not limited to: flyaway hairs, skin smoothing and blemish removal, escaping bra straps, etc. There are few things that I’m NOT able to do in Photoshop, so just let me know if you have any special requests after reviewing your proofs!
Every image is originally photographed in color, but I also provide custom black & white conversions of every image in your order.
I recommend an excellent online-based consumer lab that offers professional-quality prints. After you upload your digital files, they mail the prints straight to your home. When you receive your session flash drive, you’ll find a PDF file with more detailed printing advice. I’ve had test prints made with nearly every consumer lab, so please ask if you have questions about the quality from a specific place.
I do not recommend printing your images at Shutterfly, Target, Walmart, CVS, or Costco. These labs are not designed to handle printing professional photography.
Although I offer a variety of other display products (such as canvases, framed prints, and custom albums), I do not offer custom cards. However, I use and highly recommend this company. You can use the digital files from your photo session to create stylish designs.
The albums that I offer are made entirely by hand, and they are pretty much the best thing ever! I love them so much that I’ve had a dozen printed for my own family. Most photo books are printed on magazine-type paper, but these album pages are made of true photographic prints that are bound together by hand. I do all of the design work, so you don’t have to mess with software (although we can definitely incorporate your feedback!) My favorite part is that there’s no gap between the pages, so we can include beautiful full-spread images!
For more information, check out this page.
Unfortunately my schedule does not allow for birthday parties or extended family sessions at this time.
I’m proud to provide an experience that my clients have told me is worth every penny! You can learn more about what it’s like to work with KLP on this page.
I believe that photography should not be a rushed experience — I want you to truly enjoy our time together and leave with some amazing memories. The difference in expressions between the beginning and end of the session is truly remarkable. I find that when parents and babies have time to settle into the session and get used to the camera and me, we’re able to create more authentic portraits. For these reasons, I don’t offer mini-sessions.
However, I do offer special events from time to time, and the best way to find out about those is by signing up for KLP’s newsletter.