Kero Photography: Kathryn O’Kane
Kathryn photographed a corporate outing we planned at Tupper Manor in Beverly last summer. She was super easy to work with and got some great shots! She even corralled the group of more than 100 employees for a group photo! Read on to learn more about Kathryn.
Where did you grow up?
How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I have been in business for 5 years. I have always loved photography. Growing up my father worked for Polaroid so we always had instant cameras around the house. I used to photograph my brother before my parents would wake up on weekends and pretend that our living room was my studio. After realizing I was not totally content with my 9-5 job as an adult I went back to school to earn a degree in digital photography from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging and Arts. During school I assisted a number of Boston Wedding photographers before going out on my own. I am booked mostly every weekend from May until October each year.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love that I get to see the bride and groom all dressed up before they get mobbed by friends and family at the reception. I know this is a privilege to be let into such an intimate part of someone’s life and it is something that I do not take for granted.
How would you describe your style?
I like my images to feel “airy” and fun. When you look at my photos I want you to hear the laughter between the groomsmen, the whispers between the bridesmaids and witness the craziness that happens on the dance floor during receptions. Some of the best moments are captured in photos and I love to help document those memorable moments that you can not always do for yourself.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Keeping up with the Kardashian/Jenner clan on Instagram. Also sitting on the couch all day on Sundays watching football with my family, wings and beer!
What is your favorite quote?
“Some people strive for perfect, but I often find perfection boring.” Sometimes during weddings I find the greatest images in imperfect moments. I have many brides and grooms tell me that these extremely candid shots mean the most to them.
What makes you unique in your field?
I have worked in customer service my entire life so I thrive during the formals because I know how to talk to people and how to make sure that each person looks their best in a short amount of time. During the reception I hang back and am like a fly on the wall. I love capturing black and white candids that show how much fun everyone is having. I like to party as much as the next person (not at your wedding of course!!), so I think the photos should reflect that! Lastly, I am meticulous in making sure that I get that shot of your favorite aunt that is camera shy. Family and friends make your wedding, the more loved ones I get pictures of, the more accomplished I feel at the end of the day.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?
Plan the heck out of your wedding day! But on the day of, give your cellphone to a trusted friend, so you can enjoy every moment without having to answer anymore questions. If you did your absolute best planning each detail ahead of time, you are entitled to reap the rewards and take it all in!
Check out more of Kathryn’s work here.
The Swank Team