This post is long overdue as we photographed Kripa and Varun's engagement party in the fall of last year. In about a month from now we will be there to witness and capture every little moment of 3 day long wedding celebrations! We can't wait to photograph this cute couple again!
Here in New England we have the expression "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes". The weather constantly changes and you can never be sure that it will cooperate on any given day or even hour of the day; even less so when you schedule a photo session months in advance... When it was finally time for Mariya & Gabe's engagement session (they had traveled all the way from Maine for it) heavy thunderstorms rolled in and we were forced to cancel the beautiful sunset beach session we had planned and hope that weather would be better by the next morning before they had to head back home... and it was! mid-day sun and all, they rocked their session and were not afraid to step right into the cold water for some really cool shots. Thanks guys for being so awesome and flexible, I cannot wait to photograph your wedding next year!
We are SO excited and proud to announce that we have been featured in the Boston Voyager magazine! You can read the entire interview below. To read the entire article on Boston Voyager's platform, click on the header of this post!
Caroline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always loved photography and used to ask for disposable cameras for my birthday growing up. When I was 18 I bought my first professional grade digital camera and had my mind set on “becoming the best photographer in the world” and began freelancing as a nightlife photographer in my little hometown in Sweden and somehow booked a couple weddings (an honorable job I was nowhere ready for at that time!) . The more I learned about photography, the more I realized how little I knew and I lost my self-esteem and belief that I could do this professionally – it was an impossible dream and I put my camera away for almost 5 years.
I moved to Boston in February 2011 to work as an Au Pair (a live-in nanny) for a family with three young children for a year and I loved it! During this year I practically had my camera glued to my hands and I photographed every little outing I did – be it a trip to the local Starbucks or any of our travels across the US and I gained a little of that lost self-esteem back. During this year I also met my now husband Pedro, and it was during one of our trips to Disneyland that he saw how I paused and waited for a shadow to appear on a wall inside the Disney castle that he noticed that I had an “eye” for photography and that I noticed small changes in light, contrasts etc that made really good photographs. He pushed me to believe in myself and that my passion for photography should be more than just a hobby, and it is all thanks to him that I later decided to study and get a BS in photography at the New England Institute of Arts in Brookline.
It’s not always easy to study at a higher level when English is not your first language and I often second guessed myself. I remember one time during my first (American) algebra class when I had to ask my math teacher what the question asked for, since I wasn’t used to the American math terminology and didn’t understand even the simplest question. But, as most international students, we come here all alone to succeed and probably have the incentive to work harder than most American students who already have friends, family and a network to fall back on. I graduated as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA and had been working as a tutor and teachers assistant in Photography during my years at NEiA, so all that hard work paid off!
Since 2015, I have been working hard to build my brand (Klaar Photography) from the ground up and I have probably made every single mistake possible, but it has also taken me forward to where I am today! I have worked as an assistant to a very successful interior photographer here in Boston, been a second shooter to multiple wedding photographers to learn the trade and invested so much time and money into becoming a better photographer and business person. I now book my own weddings, have a bridal registry event coming up at West Elm at the end of the month and even been published in magazines, both in the US and internationally! I am still nowhere close to where I want to be, but when I think back at this journey I realize that my 18 year old self never gave up and that I indeed am still working towards becoming “the best photographer in the world”! (…alright, maybe the best photographer in Boston?)
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I tell all my friends to follow their dreams and passions in life, but also to be prepared that it is not going to be easy all the time. It is so much easier to work for an already established company with experienced people and be told what to do rather than to build something up from scratch, but the extra work is so worth it when you get to do what you love and see your hard work grow into something bigger! My husband always tell me “baby steps, caroline. baby steps” when I get impatient when things don’t move along as quickly as I would like, and that helps me put everything into perspective. I am baby-stepping it one inch at the time and I am enjoying the walk!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Klaar Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I love seeing my client’s reactions when they see their family photos printed for the first time and I believe strongly in printing what you want to keep because Facebook and Instagram won’t be around forever… I love to be able to provide family heirlooms to my clients, and my clients are always sooooo grateful when they see their family photos printed on a beautiful canvas. We all got so excited when the technology allowed us to take photos with our phones and forgot to print our memories. I don’t have many photos at all from when I was 15-22 because of this reason and I am really thankful that I grew up when we still used film cameras so that my parents had to print our photos in order to have them. It is so easy to think “I will do it later”, but then the photos disappear with the next phone upgrade or social media channel…
For this reason I offer my clients printed artwork and I have software that helps me project my clients’ family photos on their walls to see how beautiful their home looks with their memories displayed.
So yeah… I am very passionate about capturing this particular moment in time and make sure it is printed so that it can be passed on for generations! (Wouldn’t it be really amazing to be able to look at photos of your great grandmother when she was a young child back in the 1800’s? That won’t happen to our great grandchildren as long as we only post our photos on Facebook…just sayin’! )
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
At this point in my business I am mostly a wedding photographer and work with families on location, but in the future I would LOVE to expand my business and open up my own studio, have a few employees and specialize in photographing families and especially children! I live for capturing children’s personalities and spirit because this moment in time will never come back, children grow up, and my photos will only become more cherished for each year that passes from now on! I want a studio full of beautiful photographic artwork. I want anyone who comes in to feel inspired and reminded that we need to capture this very moment in our lives so that we can remember it later in life.
One of our most favorite sessions are engagement sessions. It is sometimes the first time we meet the couple before their wedding day and is a great opportunity to get to know one another and try out and practice poses before the big day. I met with Jessie & Stuart on a cloudy and windy Saturday afternoon, and after having tracked the weather forecast obsessively all week (being prepared for heavy rain) we decided to go for it despite the wind and make the best of what we had. And boy am I happy we did?! The overcast weather gave us the most beautiful muted color palette that perfectly matched J + S's outfits! Jessie and Stuart, I am so happy that you have found one another and cannot wait to be a part of your wedding day in just a few short months!
Spring is around the corner and there is a lot going on behind the scenes at Klaar Photography; Our latest change is our branding! As much as we loved our old logo, we felt that our bright and airy photography & editing style is better communicated with our new, softer branding.
To celebrate our new branding, we are offering our popular headshot sessions to a 20% discount! Although we don't promote much of our headshot session on our website, we do quite a few of them each week. This unique promotion qualifies for headshot sessions booked for the month of May 2017, and applies to our studio- and on-location sessions. If you do not have a professional headshot or have not updated your current one in the last 5 years it might be a good idea to give your LinkedIn, work, website or maybe even Facebook profile picture a new look that might better attract the clients or job position you are looking for! We take pride in creating creative one-of-a-kind portraits that show your personality and uniqueness, so no two sessions are ever the same!
Our regular headshot sessions are normally priced at $250 and include 8-10 hand retouched, high resolution digital portraits of your choice. To take part of this promotion and save 20% on your session (a $50 value!), please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 617.209.9360 to book your spot.
Listen up all brides and grooms!! I am SO excited to announce that Klaar Photography is collaborating with West Elm Fenway for West Elm's Bridal Registry Brunch on April 23rd in Fenway! Take this opportunity to mingle at this exclusive event and enjoy complimentary mimosas while learning more about West Elm's bridal registry and local professionals in the area. If you are getting married in 2017 or 2018, this is a great opportunity to meet trusted and experienced professionals in the wedding industry and ask them all of your questions! I hope I will see you there!
It's finally here! Our latest addition to our product menu is this beautiful photobook, hand crafted in Italy and completely customizable in colors, photos and pages and a sure winner in your book case! It comes with a display box (pick your favorite color!) with a magnetic acrylic cover, and is the perfect gift for grandparents who already have it all. For only $450 this Italian piece of art will be yours forever. For a limited time only, you can get The Ultimate Photo Book for 15% off and only pay $385, so don't wait too long with placing your order!
Congratulations Sara and Nick, your wedding was absolutely beautiful! (more photos to come shortly)
Congratulations on your wedding, Kathryn and Tom! The ceremony was so beautiful and the celebrations afterwards will be remembered for a lifetime. Thank you again for letting us be there to witness and capture your big day!
Attention! For a limited time only: Receive a FREE 11x14" mounted print when you book a family session for September or October ($110 value!). Hurry up and book your session, this deal is too good to miss!
Remember Julianne and Jordan from a couple months back when we did their engagement session? They have now tied the knot! Congratulations to you both, your wedding day was beautiful and I feel very fortunate to have been honored to document it for you! More photos to come!