[gallery link="file" columns="4"] Remember in the 80's when people used the phrase "TGIF" to describe literally every Friday? Well, this week is one that completely reinforces the meaning of the acronym. I decided in celebration of my week from hell coming to a close, I would express how my week has been and more importantly, how I would like it to end in a series of photos I am calling simply, "the storm".
Summer means many different things to different people. To some, it means never leaving the beach and sun-kissed hair. To those who are fair-skinned, it means SPF 70, floppy hats, and freckles! Now that summer is in full swing, I figured I would do a weekly post that highlights something that summer means to me. First up? Laundry! Well, sort of. One of my most vivid summer memories from when I was a kid is the laundry line in my grandma's back yard. I always loved to bury my face in the sheets as she stripped them warm and fresh from the line. My mom always used to say "there's nothing like the smell of laundry dried in the sun" and she was right! I loved it (and still do!) I had a laundry line in my own back yard growing up as well. I remember playing tag with my friends and running through the newly cleaned sheets, my hands all covered in dirt. I also remember getting in trouble for ruining the nice clean sheets. As I got older, I remember hanging that laundry and taking it down to fold- my chores- and the pinch of the clothes pins when I accidentally caught my finger.
This simple photo takes me back to those summer days- the fresh, clean smell of the laundry at Grandma's and running through those hanging sheets in my own back yard. It makes me long for a laundry line of my own....someday, in my dream home :)
What does summer mean to you?
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)
This photo is from a wedding I attended last summer. It was a beautiful sunset on Spectacle Island and all the guests were dressed in white. I thought I would share it, in honor of wedding season. Enjoy!
Erica and Bryan met a little over 4 years ago in one of my favorite couples stories. He lived in the apartment directly below hers and she went downstairs to ask him to turn down his TV. He answered the door and they both liked each other immediately. He turned down his TV and she went back upstairs. Before the night was through, she was back downstairs knocking on his door to ask him out. They've been together ever since and now, they are getting married in less than a week! I was thrilled to do an engagement shoot with Erica and Bryan. Not only are they friends of mine, but they are a really fun couple and genuinely enjoy being together. I knew that this would shine through in all of their photos. I figured that the best way to represent them as a couple would be to spend the day with them doing what they normally do- hanging out in Boston. We started in the South End and walked through the Boston Common all the way to the North End. We had a lovely time together and I think the pictures came out really great! To check out the best of the best, click here.
I would like to extend a personal congrats to the happy couple and a thank you for being so awesome throughout the shoot! This was my 1st attempt at engagement photos and they made it very easy! I hope these photos document the start of a wonderful life together. XO
Ella is my friend's new kitty :) I met her on my most recent visit to Philly and she is lovely. Stay tuned for a follow up gallery in Pets! Also, coming soon- my other shoots from that trip- engagement and maternity photos!
I have been a busy bee lately and not posting, so I figured I would share a photo I took just for fun. Coincidentally, I took this on my last trip to Philadelphia, where I am headed this weekend for a visit and a few shoots! I loved the look of the orchid against the tiles so I took a few and had fun playing around with some editing. Check out the rest here. I have been taking plenty of photos and am excited to share them as soon as I go through them all. Coming soon? Photos from my trip to Montreal, a portrait shoot, AND my first attempt at both engagement photos and maternity photos. Very exciting!
My cousin and I were hanging out with her little brother and sister (ages 4 and 8) one night. After they went to bed, these rock 'em sock 'em robots caught my eye. I used to LOVE this game when I was a kid and wanted to play. She told me she never played before, so for a good hour, she and I (ages 33 and 31) sat on the floor like kids battling each other in match after match. We weren't keeping score, thank goodness, because she beat the pants off me! Seriously, it's like I forgot how to play! It was still so much fun I just had to share it with you all. As for my poor showing that night, beginner's luck, I say! Enjoy the full "fight" in this playful gallery!
Me too! It would be a whole lot easier to see the world if I had wings. This picture is for all of all you people who feel like I do this week!
I am in Montreal for a long weekend with my cousin, Nicole, half of the team responsible for Have Baggage, Will Travel. Tonight at dinner we decided to be adventurous and try escargot, as in SNAILS. It was actually not bad! It tasted like nothing, more like the flavors it was cooked in (garlic and cheese); it's more of a texture thing. I tried one plain and ended up wrapping a few more into a snail sandwich (an homage to my late grandfather who used to make sandwiches out of EVERYTHING). I am excited to see what surprises and challenges the rest of the weekend will bring. As for the snails? I might not necessarily eat them again, but it's something off my bucket list for sure!
I have been busy, busy, busy this past week! I am lacking in posts. Not to worry- I will be posting new pics from this weekend's shoot and from 2 events. I am editing and picking out the best of the best! In the meantime, here's a fun one from the fall! What a great adventure this day was- Salem, MA in October...can't beat it!
I love these pictures because they feature one of my favorite people in the whole world. I am extremely lucky to have about 10 amazing "best friends" in my life, but today, on March 26, I want to celebrate one. This is a friendship that began on a middle school bus on the way home from a singing competition about 20 years ago. Since that fateful ride home together, we have seen each other through good times, hard times, loss, accomplishments, fear, relationships, rocky roads, incredible JOYs, and music. I can't wait to see what the next 20 hold. For Bethany on her birthday, with love...
Here's an old photo I took with my old point and shoot in St. Thomas a few years ago. I was on a cruise with my cousin, Nicole. We are actually heading to Montreal in a few weeks, so I thought I would start the countdown by posting a photo from one of our older trips! I will be documenting our Montreal trip through pictures and she will write all about it in her blog, Have Baggage, Will Travel. Stay tuned for the crossover! Should be fun!
I love my city. I love all the places that I've lived, but having moved away for college when I was a kid and returned to Boston as an adult, I have a new appreciation for the place I left when I was 17, "never to return." Say what you will about our sports fans, the accent, or the dirty water, but Boston is a great city with a lot of history and I absolutely love it here! Each time I give directions to someone who isn't from here or I take a visitor out for a tour, my sense of pride swells just a little more. I can't help it. These are the times I realize how much the city of Boston has to offer and how lucky I am to live here. Of course we have our better known landmarks such as the legendary Fenway Park and Harvard University. there are also so many lesser known but just as important places, like the Headquarters for City Year, a non-profit that I will discuss in more detail farther down the road. I know Boston isn't perfect- no place is- but I am happy to be here and to say that after having lived in some awesome places, I CHOOSE to hang my hat right next to my heart, in the same place where I grew up.
This is why I decided to honor the beauty of Boston and all of its parts on katemullenphoto. Each week I will choose an image that represents something Bostonian and share it with you folks (including any back stories or links that you might find interesting or informative). To those of you who live here or are from here, I know you will appreciate these posts. As for those of you who live in other great places, I hope these photos and posts give you a little insight into what gives Boston its charm and maybe shatters (or confirms!) any thoughts or stereotypes that you already have in mind. First up, old bricks and old books- one of my favorite combos! enjoy!
Jessica C. is a freelance writer and one half of the team responsible for Have Baggage, Will Travel. She is currently revamping her website and social networking profiles and asked if I could do some photos that show off the different sides of her personality. Jess is extremely intelligent, fun, quirky, and a real individual and I wanted to make sure that these traits came through in her pictures.
For the shoot, we first headed to Beverly to show off her quieter, academic side. Then we took advantage of the unseasonably sunny weather and headed to Rockport to highlight Jessica's adventurous and whimsical side. Then it was back to Beverly Farms in a very inspired floral jacket that really shows off her individuality.
I had a great time working with Jess. She really warmed up to the camera and I could feel her confidence come through more with each shot. Enjoy the whole gallery here!
I can't say enough about this museum so I am going to show you how great it is! I featured one of my other favorite sculptures from deCordova in my All You Need Is Love post. I love this quirky army of pine cone people; they're fun and whimsical, but also amazing to look at up close. Each one really does have its own personality. For a closer look at these pine cone people and the rest of my photos from the day, click here.
It's raining and kind of warm out- feels like spring to me! This photo was taken last spring in Rockport. I can't wait for all the flowers to pop, but in the meantime, this will do.