Vendor LOVE: Kero Photography

Vendor LOVE: Kero Photography

Kero Photography: Kathryn O’Kane

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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?
Weymouth, MA

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: Channing Johnson Photography

Vendor LOVE: Channing Johnson Photography

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Channing with his son; photo credit: Gina Brocker

We first worked with Channing on Matt & Seth’s wedding last September at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. Channing was cool, calm and collected throughout the entire event. He loves taking candid shots and was so discreet- you wouldn’t even know he was there until you see the amazing shots he captured! Here’s a bit more about Channing and to see photos from M & S’s big day, click here.

Where did you grow up?
I mainly grew up in North Carolina but also lived in New York and Missouri before graduating high school.

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I’ve been a professional photographer for 12 years. The first 4 years were spent working as a staff photographer for newspapers. I have a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. I’ve been documenting weddings for 8 years.

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What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the opportunity to be creative. Although I mainly like being around people. So it’s a real honor that photography allows you to be present in situations that strangers aren’t usually allowed.

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How would you describe your style?
Documentary. I generally don’t interfere with what I’m taking pictures of. I don’t try to perfect a situation by directing or moving things. You lose personality and authenticity when you do that. This approach doesn’t require sacrificing beauty in images either. It forces you to recognize the inherit beauty of your own life and the people in it instead of trying to unsuccessfully replicate something from pinterest. The only exception to all of this is during the portraits. That’s when I definitely take control, art direct, and make sure that part of the day moves along as efficiently as possible.

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What’s your guilty pleasure?
I have no shame. I don’t feel guilt for any of my pleasures: The Bachelor. All 730 calories of a Burger King Whopper. I move  effortlessly between high and low brow.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Stay this moment” – Sam Abell

What makes you unique in your field?
My commitment to not interfering on a wedding day which creates a better experience for those being photographed and yields pictures where you recognize the expressions and emotions of your friends and family.boston-wedding-best-2015-56

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?
You probably don’t need a second photographer. Some weddings can certainly benefit from one, but the number of photographers including them in packages doesn’t reflect the need. More isn’t always better. Thoughtful and purposeful coverage is always better though. Occasionally, that means adding on a second photographer.

See more of Channing’s work here.

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: Simi Rabinowitz Photography

Simi Rabinowitz Photography

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We first met Simi in 2012 when he photographed Chris and Ange’s gorgeous wedding at Glen Magna Farms. He captured their big day perfectly, taking advantage of all the beautiful mansion has to offer. We look forward to working with him again in the future! Read on to learn a bit more about Simi and how he got started!

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Lexington, Mass so I’m a local boy.

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

I’ve been shooting weddings for 7 years now. I fell in love with photography back in high school and for a long time only shot nature images. I took some photo courses in college and then after college went to Montana for a summer to study nature photography and then Maine back in the summer of 2006 to study photography as well. While in Maine I met a woman from Boston who shot weddings and when I came back to Somerville in the fall of that year I assisted her on some gigs. It was a lot of fun and after a year I decided to jump into the business as well and the rest is history.

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What’s your favorite part of your job?

Well I have to say I really love constantly shooting in different venues and interesting places. I’m big into traveling, but now that my wife and I have two kids we don’t get to do that too much anymore. But I’m constantly discovering new, awesome spot through this job. There are so many cool mansions, inns, and hotels in the area – and people really have weddings in all kinds of spaces. I’ve shot on the beach and in backyards, in small restaurants and even in a bar once. I get to go to the Cape and Vermont and Western Mass – its pretty cool and shooting in different spots all over is great for keeping my creativity growing.

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How would you describe your style?

My goal is to tell the whole story of the wedding day in the most real way I can with an unobtrusive approach focusing on candid moments. I find that staying out of the way and allowing everything to happen naturally is the best way to capture the raw emotion and joy I always witness on a wedding day.  And I love photographing the small details of the day and the quiet, sometimes overlooked moments – those make for some of my favorite pictures.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Probably slurpees and really any frozen soda drink from 7-11 or some other gas station/truck stop type of place. As I get older they seem a little more disgusting but I still make the occasional “slurpee run”. Definitely that started in college and got worse after when I went on a bunch of road trips across the country and gas stations were often the only choice for food and drink.

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What’s your favorite quote?

Anything from Seinfeld.

What makes you unique in your field?

I really love creating what I think of as environmental portraits where the couple is of course a part of the image but the landscape around them is showcased in the most beautiful way possible and I believe my background in nature photography allows me to do this very well. Its something I try to do in all of my weddings and engagement sessions. I also believe I have very strong anticipation skills which helps me capture the emotion of the day. Reactions to toasts or jokes or stories, quick glances between a bride and groom – many things on a wedding day happen in a split second but I’ll be there to get the image.

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What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?

The best thing I can say is that you have to relax and enjoy every moment because it goes by fast. Don’t take up any of the time worrying. I remember before my own wedding my wife getting pretty nervous about how would they know when we’re ready to eat, how will they know what music to play, etc. – but then everything ran so smoothly and on the day we realized everyone there that we hired had done this so many times before, they had it down. Just enjoy your day, celebrating with friends and family, eating, drinking and dancing – and from my perspective that’s what makes for the best pictures.

See more of Simi’s work here.

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: Anne Ruthmann Photography

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Anne Ruthmann was the first vendor that Kelli worked with back in 2008 when she started Swank Events. Anne did Kelli’s headshots, and after working with her for a couple of hours, Kelli knew that this was exactly the type of talented professional she wanted to collaborate with on future events! Swank Events has been fortunate to work with Anne over the years, and we’ve loved watching her work grow and evolve! We caught up with Anne to help our readers get to know her a little better.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Detroit, MI but spent most of my elementary school days in Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona, then middle and high school back in Lansing, Michigan.  I came to understand that cultures and people are vastly different depending on where you live.

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How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

I technically started receiving money from people I didn’t know for my photographic work in 2004.  My first wedding client was someone who needed an emergency photographer because her aunt backed out of taking photos for the wedding day.  While I was paid, all the money went to film, developing, printing, and album binding.  I was newly married, and would have been devastated without my wedding images, and figured I couldn’t do any worse than a fellow family member.  My second client was a friend of a friend who had seen the photography I’d done for other people and asked if I could do her wedding.  I hadn’t realized that my friends were sharing my photography with other people and telling them I was a photographer before I even considered myself one!

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What’s your favorite part of your job?

As a photographer in general, my favorite part of what I do is finding extraordinary beauty in ordinary people and everyday surroundings.  My photographic brain pretty much functions on two thoughts “Oh that’s pretty! Take a picture!” or “How cool is that?  Take a picture!”

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How would you describe your style?

Artfully documenting the unexpected.  Pure documentation of moment and intention is the key element for me, but doing it in an artful way that is thoughtfully considered for the subject and the surroundings.  The unexpected is what excites me.  Show me something rare, unique, and different, and I get giddy about it!

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What’s your guilty pleasure?

Independent Film Screenings w/ Filmmaker Q&As.  I’ve been so spoiled since living in Manhattan that I pretty much don’t even go to a movie anymore unless it’s a free pre-screening, or part of the filmmaking team is going to be there in person to talk about the movie after the screening.  Even when I didn’t live in Manhattan, I’d drive an hour out of town just to get to a theatre that screened independent films and documentaries.  I find a lot of inspiration in cinematography, so I also consider it part of my professional development as a photographer.

What’s your favorite quote?

“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert Schuller

I have a second that’s also a guiding principal about how I perceive the world around me and photograph people and places…

“The true voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

What makes you unique in your field?

I use the elements of environment and personality to create original work that’s hard to duplicate.  Anyone can duplicate a posed image, but not everyone is going to have the same environmental opportunities, resources, or personalities to work with, which will make an image extraordinarily unique and unforgettable.

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What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?

Trust that your wedding day is going to be perfectly imperfect, and that those imperfections will become great stories to remise about.  Know that your ability to go with the flow and have fun is going to be what sets the mood for everyone else at the wedding.  If you’re having a good time and in good spirits when the power goes out or there’s a tornado siren sending everyone to the basement, then all of your guests will be laughing, drinking, and enjoying the impromptu basement speakeasy along with you. Really? yep. Just savor the day. Enjoy the time you have with each other, with your friends and family.  Let go of the idea of perfection.

Check out more of Anne’s work in our gallery of Dan and Heather’s wedding or on her wedding blog: http://anneruthmann.blogspot.com/search/label/wedding

Cheers,

The Swank Team