Today we’d like to give you the chance to meet Kate McKenna of Crabapple Photography, a wedding and portrait studio based in lovely Boston, Massachusetts. Kate was nice enough to answer a few of
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hey there! My name is Kate, and I love my job … it’s hard not to.
Before I took the official plunge into professional photography, I went on a quick detour through the internet world: graphics, programming, marketing —- ulcer. A few years flew by before it smacked me on the head life is just too short to purposefully waste a moment unhappy. Cheesy? Maybe. But I’m proof you can do anything you put your mind to.
I quit my job, packed my bags and boarded a plane headed to Paris, France. I spent the next year getting my masters in photography, soaking in the Parisian culture, hacking the French language and generally putting my priorities in order. Apparently, my priorities were family, relationships with friends and photography.
After about 7 years living away from my family, I decided to move myself back to the Boston area to be near them and to start a business. I’ve been in Medford, MA for the past 2 years living in my Great Grandparents house, taking photos, editing photos, retouching photos, falling in love and generally doing what it takes to be happy.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I choose photography because I’m happiest when I’m taking photos and I’m happiest when I’m dealing with the people in those photos. It’s not all about me, but in reality, a miserable photographer is not going to take good photos!
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been serious about taking photos for over 10 years, professionally for 3 years.
How would you classify your style of photography?
My style of photography is a fusion. It’s a sort of modern photojournalism meets the fashion world. Although I do love it, I don’t shoot strictly 100% photo-journalistically. Mostly because I love to set up a story to tell and love couples who love the same.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Love is a big influence of mine. In terms of photographers there are just too many to mention. I will credit Jesse and Whit from Our Labor of Love (ourlaboroflove.com) with helping me to realize wedding photography, under no circumstances, needs to be boring. In fact, it can be art.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II dSLR and various L series lenses. I do love the feel of a Polaroid camera and have several various Polaroid cameras.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
I would suggest meeting with a couple of different photographers face to face. In order to get the most out of the images on your special day, there needs to be a comfort level between yourselves and the photographer. In other words, you need to click. And of course be sure you’re dealing with someone who offers a contract and offers to go through the entire thing with you should there be any questions. You don’t want any surprises.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I am getting married myself this summer so I know what you’re going through! Also, I named my business “Crabapple Photography” because I grew up on Crabapple Lane … I am the most nostalgic person you will meet. [SK:Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, Kate! And thanks for the story behind the name – we were wondering about that ;) ]
Kate’s Special Offer:I would like to offer an additional $75 print credit towards prints, canvas prints, or albums ($25 already comes included in my standard price so that’s a total of a $100 print credit). Brides just have to mention SnapKnot.