Spring has officially sprung and you know what that means: lots of sun and longer days, beautiful blooms, and for those of us who celebrate, it’s the season of Easter! I LOVE entertaining and all the creativity involved with planning any kind of get together. I love the cooking, making up cocktails, and I especially love setting the scene. In the spirit of Spring and in honor of Easter, I thought I would take this TBT to share some of my favorite scenes from Easter gatherings past. Maybe you’ll see a few ideas you want to borrow for your next gathering. Enjoy!
Is there anything sweeter than a pair of little newborn feet? YES! 2 pairs of little newborn feet! Two of my favorite friends were blessed with the sweetest twin boys in 2018 and I was so excited to get my hands (and lens) on them. Check out the adventures of Ash and Finn below!
It was just over a year ago that I received a message from a mother expecting her second child. She explained to me that while this would be her second baby, it was not her second pregnancy. She had miscarried after her first child was born so this was actually a rainbow baby she was carrying. She had waited a long time for this baby and she wanted to make sure to document the “rainbow” part of this pregnancy in the photos. I am always humbled and honored to be a part of such important moments in my clients’ lives and this was no exception. This session was amazing. We definitely clicked and we ended up with a lot of amazing photos but the above image is my favorite from the day.
Shortly after our session, Mom delivered a healthy baby girl and I was lucky enough to go back and take some newborn pics. They moved to another country a few months after she was was born so I have not seen them since but it hit me today that this rainbow baby is about to be a year old. How awesome is that? With all the tough stuff in the news and in life in general these days, it’s so easy to get bogged down with all the bad. I share this image and story not only because of the happy ending but because of what I think the image truly represents and it’s something we all need right now- HOPE ❤️
Well the sun has officially set on 2018 and we are in full 2019 mode! I hope everyone is having a good start to your year. 2018 was a great year for me professionally and I hope to grow even more this year as an artist, as a person and of course, as a business.
I am excited to announce lots of new things on the horizon for me and for this blog! I have not been so great about updating my blog or my site in the past, so I am re-dedicating myself to staying in contact with you more often! Look for more blog posts, facebook posts AND updates to my portfolios on my website to both Kate Mullen Photo and Buttoned Up. I am excited to share more pics and creative shoots, photo and equipment tips, and a little more about me. I love traveling and cooking among other things and I thought it could be fun to start sharing some of those passions through my photos as well as my regular shoots. I’m excited to be more open and hopefully talk to more of you in the future. Up first, I have a question for you to help me get the ball rolling:
What types of posts would you like me to start sharing? Are there any photo related subjects you want to learn more about? Please leave your comments below!
This is one of my absolute favorite sessions I've ever done. Obviously, my subject is great- you can't go wrong with adorable kids- you just can't! And these 2 were fun and playful and excited to soak up the last moments of summer on the beach. The other thing that made these pictures so successful? They were taken at the best time of day- the golden hour right before sunset. The only other time to get this gorgeous kind of light? The golden hour right after sunrise. Suffice it to say, more clients are up for sunset golden hour than sunrise, but if you can handle getting up that early, I guarantee, you will get gorgeous lighting first thing in the morning as well.
Summer time is great because the sun stays out late so its possible to get that gorgeous golden light on a weeknight after work or during a summer vacation week and its great because kids don't have to go to school the next day. Check out a few more of my favorite snaps from this amazing session!
I mentioned in my most recent post that last year I left my full time job to pursue photography full time (YAY!) I thought it might be fun (and humbling) to check out how I got here. Below is my very first Blog Post from my very first (no longer LIVE) Blog- long before I had a legitimate website and clients and long before I knew 95% of what I know now. While I started my blog abut a year after I bought my first dslr camera, I did use the first photo that I ever took on my original Canon Rebel T1i on that inaugural post, so this photo is legitimately the first dslr photo I ever took. Not great- but it is certainly a testament to how far I've come and I am not embarrassed to share it because we all have to start somewhere. I posed a few questions at the beginning of that blog and I definitely got my answers. See for yourself...
February 14, 2012
Can 1 artistic medium lead to another? Is it possible for an old (ish) dog to teach herself some new tricks? Is a new career possible after 30? These are the questions I will attempt to answer on this page and in my life. Before I get started, here is some background on what brought me to this place. I love to sing. I have been singing as long as I can remember. My world revolved around music and still does, but not in the ways I assumed it would. Music was my identity and what set me apart from others. It was my "thing". Then one day it just wasn't anymore. I literally lost my voice. I have since had surgery and my voice is on the mend, but it might not ever be the same.
When I lost my singing voice, I think I lost my everything voice. I wasn't able to express myself and I felt lost and misunderstood and miserable. I tried painting and writing in journals and even toyed with the idea of writing a children's book but none of those things, while fun and worthwhile, were what I was looking for. Then I went on a trip to Seattle that changed everything. I started taking pictures and I couldn't stop. When I turned 30, I decided to treat myself to one of those fancy cameras I had always wanted to try. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself. I am 31 now and haven't looked back. I am learning new things every day about myself and about the world around me through a completely different perspective. I really am looking at the world through a new lens and I couldn't be happier.
I feel like 2017 was definitely a polarizing year all around, so I am ready to move on and excited to see what 2018 brings. Hopefully your last year was filled with more ups than downs and 2018 brings you everything you need. I can honestly say that professionally, I had a pretty eventful and successful year. After 12 years, I left my full time day job to pursue photography full time. This was amazing and exciting and absolutely terrifying, but I am so glad I did it. I feel incredibly fortunate to have so much love and support from family, friends, and all my clients; even when I am stressed, I am still happy and doing what I love and all the work (and occasional sacrifice) is completely worthwhile.
That said, I now have the time to take on more clients AND I have more time to actually share my work which leads me to this blog. I am committing myself to updating my blog and website on a regular basis to share not just client work, but also tips and tricks of the trade, lifestlyle/ personal photos from trips, events or everyday, and other local vendors (and their products) who I bump into along the way. The next month or so is going to be devoted to catching up with work from the second half of last year as well as anything new the comes along.
I look forward to your comments and questions and to crushing 2018!
I haven't posted in awhile because I was super sick and in the hospital and a rehab place (aka nursing home) because I was on IV meds to get better. I lost a few months of working and updating the site, so I just wanted to say I am back now and ready to start working harder than ever. I also want to apologize to anyone who made inquires for shoots in the few months and I didn't answer until recently. I didn't have access to a computer until the very end of my time there so I apologize for leaving you hanging. I promise I am good to go and excited to be working again! Actually, I have a few fun jobs in the next few weeks so keep your eyes open for new work. I am currently working on pics of my friend's baby girl and she is just amazing. Here's a preview of what's to come!
Here is my "Face" of the week. In case you missed the inaugural post, check it out HERE. This is an old college friend who I don't see nearly enough. We were just hanging out and catching up on the golf course behind his house right before sunset and I snapped it. It's one of my favorite portraits I've taken thus far and that's why I made it my Face of the week.
I decided to jump on this #tbt train and use it as an opportunity to showcase one of my absolute favorite shoots of 2014. We met at the Sandwich Boardwalk on what turned out to be a summery Sunday in September. This was a case of gorgeous weather in a beautiful setting with the right light and an amazing family, inside and out. The results are some of my favorite pictures to date. I loved capturing a few special moments between Mom and Dad while the kids played around them. And I loved working with the kids; they each had great, distinct, personalities that I think really came out in their individual portraits. The sunset provided gorgeous orange light and a perfect ending to a great shoot. I hope you enjoy them!
Here is my shoot with Baby Sweet P. at 8 days old. She was very alert for a newbie, so I captured a few of her beautiful eyes before we finally got her to sleep. This was especially fun because I grew up with her Mama and had not seen her in several years. We had a great time catching up (and dressing up!) both the baby and her older sister, who let me take a few pics with her as well. Take a look below and you will see the camera loved them both!
Anyone who knows me or has even just read the bio on my website knows about my love affair with music. This love also runs in my family; my sister and my cousins specificially share the same passion and eclectic taste and its something that I feel has always bonded us. I feel like I live to a private soundtrack that plays in my head through everything that I experience and I think they probably do as well. Music is the perfect condiment to life; it has the ability to truly change the flavor, so to speak, of whatever it is we are going through. It lifts us up when we feel sad, calms us down when we need to just chill out, helps us through the sad times, and celebrates the good times. Every memory has a song and every song recalls a memory or a feeling of some kind.
My cousin just had a baby girl and she is the first of all of us cousins to have a child so its pretty exciting and wonderful for the whole family. When I was visiting with her and meeting her daughter, Penny, for the first time, we were talking about her newfound motherhood and how quickly life and perspective changes with the birth of a child. She said that she even hears music and the meanings of songs differently, like "I've Just Seen a Face" for instance. We are all big Beatles fans so it is not surprising she would use one of their songs as an example, but how crazy that a song that she has been listening to for the last 30 years could just change for her, literally overnight. At the time, I thought that was pretty cool, but it wasn't until I got in my car to drive home and I put on the song that it really made me think. I listened to lyrics I know by heart and I, too, listened to them differently, from my cousins point of view. It made me hope that someday, I can know that feeling, too.
Naturally, because the other way I look at the world is through an imaginary camera lens, I've been inspired to do a portrait project. Each week, I am going to post a face of the week- either a full portrait or part of the face that I think is fun, special or spectacular in some way. My first "Face" is the face who inspired this whole project- my little cousin/niece, Penny! Also, have a listen to the song- refresh your memory. Who does it make YOU think of?
My best friend just married the love her life. It was a beautiful ceremony in Rockport on the water and a perfect reception; I was lucky enough to be a part of their day as the Maid of Honor. Obviously, I could not be the MOH and photographer at the same time (although you would be surprised how many people thought I would be doing both!) so I didn't take any pictures of the wedding itself. I did, however, get to do an intimate shoot with the bride and groom between the reception and after party and let me tell you, as a photographer, it was one of my most memorable and important moments thus far. I got to take pictures of my best friend in a gorgeous dress, in a gorgeous place with the person she loves most in the world (well, tied with their 2 year old son of course!) After the reception was over we went back to the spot where the actual ceremony was held and they had a quiet moment together to reflect on the day before heading back to the group for the after party. It was really special and I was very happy to be able to capture the two of them this way- so in love and newly celebrated and able to finally take a breath together as a married couple. It was beautiful and not something I will ever forget. They are such wonderful people and I am so happy they found each other.
Congrats to the happy couple who I love so much! I know your life together will be amazing! Enjoy every minute!