Today’s we’re here with an interview of Kris of K. Lenox Photography, based in Boston, MA! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I have always been interested in stories, and where people come from and what led them to where they are today, though never in a million years did I ever expect to end up a wedding photographer.
Going back quite a few years, (almost 20 years now) when I was still in high school — I always carried one of those Kodak disposable cameras, and quite honestly, I would annoy everyone because I was always trying to “capture the moment.”
My only response was… “You’ll thank me in 20 years!”
I didn’t realize it then, but that was the beginning of my career as a Photographer. It took quite a while to find myself. I actually starting attending college for Elementary education, then switched to nursing. I was a nurse for almost 14 years when I ended up giving up my nursing license to pursue my photography career.
See the rest of the interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
After I had my second son- the interest to tell stories was becoming more and more apparent. And while working in long-term care, I was always surrounded by those beautiful elderly souls, actively passing on to the next chapter. Loved ones would visit, bringing family albums, and other photographs to reminisce about “back in the day” when the resident (patient) was in their prime. So young and full of life.
I witnessed how these photographs brought back joyful memories. And how these photographs told a story. And what I realized was, these photos would continue to tell the stories long after everyone else has passed on. It is really quite amazing to see our respected elders in their younger years… lounging around a pool with a beer in their hand. They too did the fun stuff we do… and they too thought that they were never going to “grow old.” Yet here they were, preparing to take their last breath.
At first, I dabbled in it part time (photography) … but as I improved, the need to learn more just kept on nagging at me… So I enrolled in an online photography course…. and I eventually gave up my nursing license. Now I am a full-time professional wedding and senior photographer.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Do I have to pick just one? LOL I love many parts of the wedding day! But If I had to choose one part that is my absolute favorite though- I would have to say the getting ready portion of the day! There is so much anticipation and excitement… Wonder about how the day is going to unfold. I love seeing the transition from a lovely lady, to a glowing bride.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
HAHA If I’m being honest- I would say there have been a few! But… the MOST awkward moment was when the step-father of a bride… Stood up after the first kiss of the ceremony and took a ½ hour to re-propose to the mother of the bride, completely stealing the spotlight off the bride (his step-daughter) and the groom. I didn’t know if I should photograph that or not! Everyone was appalled (including myself.) And at that same wedding, I referred to the Mother of the groom as his Grandma. From that day forward I now come to every rehearsal and get to meet the VIP’s before-hand so I don’t make that same mistake.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I love estate weddings and venues that have a lot of individuality and character. As of right now my favorite venue is the Bradely Estate in Canton Ma. It offers so much charm and wonderful photo-ops!
Nikon or Canon?
I’m a total Canon gal! I currently have three cameras. Two Canon 5d M3’s and One 5d M4. (I really want a 1DX…. All in good time!)
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
The CARIBBEAN! I really want to travel more for weddings! Anywhere with white sandy beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters… I’m game!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Carrie Underwood! I’ve been a huge fan of hers from her American Idol days!! I’m really hoping to somehow break into the celebrity market! (hey… a girl can dream right?!)
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Please remember that we all start out somewhere… and as creatives… we never will be where we want to be. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to have compassion for yourself! Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. We are all special in our own ways. We all offer a unique perspective. Stay true to who you are and embrace your own ‘weird’.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day? Rather than looking at wedding photography as an expense, look at it as an investment. Your wedding photos will be treasured long after you (we) are gone. Having photos will be a true piece to your family history. Invest in an album! Quality archival albums are also an investment… but one that you will not regret making!
Additionally: please hire a photographer who you feel comfortable with, and whose style you absolutely LOVE. These are two major factors into the the who experience. Don’t focus on price alone. You will end up being disappointed.
Thanks Kris! For more about K. Lenox Photography, check out their WeddingLovely profile or head straight to their website.
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