In August 2011, I took a leap of faith and left my career as a criminal defense attorney to pursue my passion in photography. At the time, I had NO clue what kind of photography I wanted to pursue, but knew that it made me happy and was a way for me to spread happiness to others.
I spent the rest of 2011 photographing anything and everything that crossed my path (including this beautiful bride, Bhumika). My first official assignment was to help my friends Ellen and Greg document the opening of their new high end designer consignment shop in Concord, NH. This led to me making some awesome contacts in New Hampshire and allowed me to brush the dust off the ol’ camera.
In October, 2011, I had the opportunity to photograph the amazing Betsey Johnson as she came to town with the South End Community Health Center to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. At Betsey’s fashion show, I met Siobhan Magnus, a wonderful, beautiful and talented singer who started her career most memorably on American Idol. I took a leap of faith and offered to photograph her headshots. She in turn took a leap of faith and let me! We had a blast during a few different photo sessions on the Cape during this past year!
In late October, I had the chance to photograph my first newborn session. It was during this session that I found my passion: babies. Little 5 week old Charlie changed my life and showed me talents I didn’t know I had. It was so fulfilling and rewarding to have had the opportunity to capture the first images of this little man for his family to share for generations to come.
Through the winter, I met so many new little friends and their families and captured dynamic images for my portfolio. I started forging relationships with my clients that have turned into wonderfully blossoming friendships. Who could ask for more?
In January, 2012, I attended my first Professional Photographer’s of America convention in New Orleans. I met some awesome photographers, attended seminars, and charged up some serious ambition! I came back to Boston bursting with ideas, inspiration and motivation to make my business thrive. I concentrated on developing a robust family and newborn photography business and hit the ground running.
In February, sweet little Nina was born. She started the ball rolling of a bevy of newborn baby girls. I reconnected with my talented friend from high school, Emily Palmer and we started brainstorming new hat prop ideas to create opportunities for even more fun in my newborn images.
I quickly realized that there was a market for maternity portraiture as well and started developing my portfolio using two of my favorite models: Heather and Erin. We captured some super fun images and kept my creative mind flowing.
In the Spring, I was so inspired by the gorgeous flowers along the Charles River, that I hosted my first round of Mini Sessions. This was wildly successful and I was able to meet these fabulous new families after connecting with them through recommendations posted on prominent parenting listservs in Boston such as Garden Moms, Somerville Moms, and Malden Moms!
With spring and summer came a bounty of births of beautiful babies! Meet some of the fabulous little ones that I had the privilege of photographing this year!
As the end of summer rolled through and fall came, Fall Family Portrait bookings boomed and I got to photograph some of the families I had met in the last year again! I also met more new friends and families along the way! Here are some of my favorites from this fall.
In the Fall, Frank and I escaped to Napa and spent a whirlwind weekend in wine country. We came home engaged and have started planning our wedding for the Spring of 2014! This time in my life has also opened my eyes to new possibilities for Kiera Slye Photography. Moving forward in 2013, I am excited to start offering wedding photography services to my arsenal of fun! Planning my wedding has opened my eyes to a whole new world of photography ideas and possibilities. I can’t wait to work with brides and grooms and to share some of my experiences with planning my own wedding along the way!
As we begin 2013 together, I hope that you are all healthy, happy and ready for another great year full of fun! Feel free to leave a comment about your experience with me along the way! I’d love your feedback! Can’t wait to work with you again in the future!