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Best of 2015

 It’s hard to believe another year has come to an end. The time just flies by too quickly. Before I start another year and think ahead to goals and resolutions I have to take some time to reflect on this past year.

The year 2015 was indeed a great year! It far exceeded my expectations for my business and none of that would be possible without each and every client who trusted and shared your family with me. Whether it was capturing the first days of a babies life or celebrating a graduating high school senior or simply wanting to document a moment in time for your family, I am truly blessed to have been the one chosen to carry out the job of photographing and documenting this time in your life.

 I was fortunate this year to have many assistants who are aspiring photographers. It was a win/win for all of us. I was able to share with them what I have learned so far in my journey and in turn they were able to help take some of the work off my plate and allow me to photograph more families. It’s hard to believe, but I ended the year with 504 sessions. I remember every single one and the time I have spent with each client is special to me.

 At the end of each year, I spend days pouring over session by session and pulling out some of the best moments and photographs from the year. I can honestly say there are many more then I can share!   But for now here they are…hope you enjoy as much as I do.

 Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your time with me and choosing me to have the honor of photographing your family, babies, children and more. And if we did not yet have the chance to meet I would love to see you in 2016!

 All the best,
Karen

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Celebrating 2 years and Much Happiness

As I celebrate 2 years to this day of starting my business, I decided to share my journey getting to where I am today. I get asked all the time, “how did you decide to start a photography business”…hmm, that’s a long answer and I love telling my story. I hope you can take a few minutes to read what led me to where I am today and let me know if YOU think I am right!

 “Money Can’t Buy you Happiness.”

I must have heard it a thousand times….the saying “Money can’t buy you happiness.”Really? It never made sense to me, that saying…because it seemed all those things my parents paid for made me pretty happy. Unfortunately, as I grew older those things became more expensive (or maybe my taste just became more expensive!) and I was the one paying for them.

I realized early on in my career search that it would be in best interest to pursue a career which could afford the lifestyle I would want to live and ultimately make me happy. I was lucky, I found a great job in New York City right out of college. I was in my 20’s and single, living in New York City. I lived in a nice apartment and made enough money to buy the things I liked and also travel.

Fast forward eleven years… I was married, living in Connecticut, I had a 3 year old and another on the way and still working that same job I had out of college. I had so much to be happy about. However, I was burnt out. I commuted 1 hour, 30 minutes each way to New York City from Connecticut. It was exhausting. I missed my little girl and the time away from her. I was pregnant, sick all the time and just barely keeping my head above water. But I needed this job, we had bought a new house, planned vacations, needed to save for college. All of these aspirations were built on the income from our two salaries. Why was the money I was making and affording us to live a wonderful lifestyle not making me happy?

After the arrival of my second child I was forced to make a decision about my career. Was it worth continuing to be unhappy in a job that was literally draining the life out of me or should we cut back our lifestyle and find a way to live on one salary. Well, circumstances beyond my control made that decision for me. My baby boy was sick and in and out of the hospital two times in the first 10 weeks of life. It was life changing for me, realizing how precious life is and each moment we live. I tried to go back to work and made it 2 weeks. But at the end of the day there was no amount of money worth taking me away from my children and most importantly my baby who needed “me” to be there for him at doctor’s appointments.  I was scared…terrified as a matter of fact. I am a “worker”, always was, and fiercely independent. The thought of not having a job and my income scared me to death.

Nine years later, now with 3 children and having taken much needed time away from work I knew I needed to do something. First and foremost, we had given up my income for nine years and we needed a second income again. I knew if I wanted to I could probably go back to my old job and work back to my nice, comfortable salary. But, I also knew in my heart that it was not for me anymore.

I decided if I was going to work again it was going to be doing something I enjoy so it would make me happy. I started to think about things I enjoy and how I could make a career out of them. There were many things I came to love while staying home with my children – cooking, baking, planning parties, taking pictures, making scrapbooks for my kids. I explored many of these options and came to realize it was a career photography which could provide me the opportunity to do something I loved, make my own schedule and still be there for my family.

It’s not been easy starting a company from scratch. As a matter of fact, it has been the hardest thing I have ever done. In your own business it is you and only you. I had to build a brand, website, learn much needed skills, build a studio, client base, market my business and keep it! I have worked more hours in these past 24 months then I ever worked in my life.

I did not become a photographer expecting to make a huge salary. It takes a lot of work and business skills to make a career in photography profitable. Most people start a photography business because it is a passion and because it makes them happy, just like I did, not because it is going to make them a fortune.

If you’ve made it this far, I am sure you are dying to know….so, are you happy Karen? YES…the answer is YES, I could not be happier. My best days are the ones when I have a photo shoot. It “makes” my day when someone stops me in the grocery store and tells me how happy my photos make them. Or when a one year old comes into my studio to celebrate their first birthday and they smile and are excited to see me. When just weeks before I photographed a mom-to-be and then she is in my studio with her new baby for a newborn shoot. I enter people’s lives at some of the happiest times and I know what I do brings them joy.

What I have come to realize through this journey is that happiness cannot be bought.   Material things, vacations, etc..provide temporary happiness but it is doing what you love that makes you happy for a lifetime!  Yes, I have come to understand the saying “Money Doesn’t buy you Happiness” and it only took me 44 years to figure it out!

Thanks for taking the time to read my story and celebrate with me!

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Today I head off on vacation with my family to a place very special to us, Nantucket. Sure, many people go there and for good reason – it really is one of the most beautiful, serene places on earth. Every year I seek to document my family in this special place. In order to do this I hire a professional photographer because it is important to me that I be in the pictures. Over the years some of my favorite pictures are from Nantucket – my husband throwing our daughter in the air at Steps Beach, my daughter helping her little brother learn to walk on Madeket Beach and of course one of my all time favorites is a silhouette of my 3 kids walking into the sunset. All of the pictures bring back memories of different times in our life and it makes me realize how fast that time goes by and how quickly the kids grow up.

Pictures at the beach are special. Of course getting some nice posed shots is great but where the true personalities shine through on the beach is when kids get to do what they love best…playing in the sand and water!

I have been fortunate this summer to photograph many families at various beaches! And as I head off to my all time favorite beach I will be meeting up with friends and clients to capture their families in the place that is also memorable to them. I had many people reach out to me and ask if I would be willing to photograph their family even though I am on vacation. It didn’t take me long to answer….of course I would be honored to. I realize how precious and priceless the pictures will be to them. I don’t really think of it as working on vacation. When you love what you do it never feels like work , even when you are on vacation!

So, if you are in Nantucket this week keep an eye out for me, you just might find me at the Juice Bar with my kids, watching the sun set on Madeket, snapping pictures of a family at Steps Beach or even getting my own photos taken in Sconset! And if you are not in Nantucket but looking for pictures on your vacation I am happy to travel! Or if there is a beach close by that is special to you I would love to photograph your family there!

Enjoy the last week of summer and don’t forget your camera along the way!

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Today marks a day of mixed emotions.  I will say goodbye to one of my dearest friends.  I am happy for them in this new journey they are about to take but I am sad and will miss them greatly.  Our children brought us together but we made the choice to foster a deep friendship.  Over the years we have seen each others children grow from babies to teenagers.  We have celebrated holidays, birthday and vacationed together.

A few weeks ago I was grateful to spend some time with them in their home before the boxes were packed up.  This is the home where they brought two babies home from the hospital, where the babies started sleeping through the night, where their children took their first steps, a first tooth was lost in this home, all the boys learned to cradle a lacrosse stick and kick a soccer ball in this yard, where they learned to ride a bike (until I ran it over!) and of course where many trips to the emergency room initiated!!  They saw more changes in this home than they will in any other house they will live in.

I wanted to capture each of the children in their rooms so we could preserve the memory of a place they love so much.  There will be many sad goodbyes over the next few days but with true friends you never really say goodbye…just until we see you again.  Wishing my dear friends all the best…

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