I know I haven't posted anything new in a while, but that's because I am currently working on a brand new website with a new attached blog and lots of new work! Look out for some new site features and a whole new look for Kate Mullen Photo!
As a photographer, I think it's really important to capture moments and that is what I try to do anytime I pick up my camera. Time moves so quickly and that is especially true with children. If you blink you could miss what feels like a whole lifetime of these moments. Posed pics are great, but I also think that candids are equally important because they give us insight in to who the subject is. You get to see some personality and what they like (for these 2, Dr. Seuss is a big hit!) When working with kids, I think the best way to capture those really organic smiles and "kid" moments and personalities is just to let them run around and be themselves, so that's what we did here. I had the best time with these two! They just turned 1 and 2, respectively, so they had lots of energy and they were just so adorable and so much fun. We had some props and snacks, and a few different outfits to try on, but I really just let them do their own thing and snapped away. They were so good and so cute, I could have easily taken a million pictures; I definitely look forward to watching them grow and photographing them through out all the different stages of their lives. I think that I captured some really great moments with both kids (and one or two with Mom and Dad as well- I couldn't resist!) I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them! Above and below are 3 of my favorites from the day, but please check out their full gallery HERE.
I've known Kayla's mom since elementary school, so I was very excited to meet and work with her teenage daughter. At first glance, it is obvious how beautiful Kayla is- her hair, her skin, those baby blues. But she is also so much more; she is kind and playful, smart and ambitious with just a hint of that 13-year-old, ready to take on the world attitude. In short, she is awesome! I knew from our first meeting she was going to be great in front of the camera and I was right. She was ready to go from the minute I started snapping. She was not afraid to smile and have fun, but she was also not afraid of being quiet and strong and taking a deep breath to just be there in the moment. Not many adults can pull that off without awkwardness and Kayla was a total pro. It's awesome because in certain shots, we get to see the true teenager, but then at times its her maturity that really shines. See for yourself; take a look at the rest of Kayla's gallery HERE.
This is easily the coolest ladies room ever- a Crazee Swayze wall? yes, please. If you're ever in South Philly, head over to P.O.P.E. (The Pub on Passyunk East). Its a cool place with good pub food, lots of great beer, and a rock and roll jukebox (and the aformentioned Crazee Swayze wall in the ladies room)
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.