Kristen Swain Photography

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new england families, COUPLEs, and landscapes

Behind the Lens

ABOUT me


Leo Sun * Aries Moon * Scorpio Rising

I'm a New England-based puppy mama, nature lover, wife, yogi, and foodie who's just a little obsessed with astrology. 

Sometimes it's hard to believe, but I actually called the west coast of the United States home for the first half of my life. Even as a young desert girl in Arizona, though, I heard and couldn't resist the east coast calling. After college, I finally made it to the east coast when I moved to New York City for law school. After graduation, I went on to work as a litigator for a large international firm in the city. But after six years working as a lawyer, my heart yearned for something different, so I leapt from the corporate world to a job that allowed me enough time to explore my passion for photography. Soon I was carrying my Canon everywhere I went, and I began to realize that I had a new calling: I needed to turn this beloved hobby of mine into a career. I launched my photography business in New York in 2017. A few months later, life unexpectedly brought me, my husband Tim, and our golden retriever Hudson to Boston. Thanks to my earliest clients in Boston, who promoted me and my work on the Brookline Families Facebook group, I started getting many requests from Brookline clients, even while I was living in the North End. That gave me a chance to explore all of Boston, including Brookline and Jamaica Plain, for photo sessions. I ended up falling in love with that hilly pocket of beauty just outside Boston, and Tim, Hudson, and I decided to move to Brookline ourselves in April 2021. I serve all of Boston, but Brookline and Arnold Arboretum have a very special place in my heart.  Read on for a little more about me and my work.

I'm Kristen

about me

The love of my life, my husband Tim. Smart. Funny. Cuddly. He makes life better, and makes me better, too.

HUMAN

My baby boy, Hudson, of course.

ANIMAL

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This one's tough! In Boston, I'm obsessed with Pammy's and No Relation. In Portland, I love Chaval and Fore Street. And on Nantucket, The Nautilus gets my vote. (Can't wait to try their Boston location!)

NEW ENGLAND RESTAURANTS

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Prosecco. Dark chocolate. And recently, watching Jeopardy! every night with dinner. (I want my husband Tim to apply to be on the show - he's so good at it!)

guilty pleasureS

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South Africa, hands down. I've been fortunate enough to travel to South Africa twice for safari, and I can't wait to get back again. 

place i've been

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If I'm not behind the camera or the computer, you can probably find me out on an adventure with Hudson and Tim, practicing yoga, or studying astrology.

WHEN I'M NOT TAKING PHOTOS...

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my favorite things:

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LOOKING FOR MORE THAN A PRETTY PICTURE? LET's go deeper together.

My clients cherish every moment, and appreciate that life is short and beautiful. They know that great photographs can help freeze time. 

Perfectly posed photos are great, but images that capture genuine personality, the essence of a fleeting moment, a smile or glance that defines a person to those who know her best -- those photographs are treasures. My clients care about the little moments, and value my approach to photography, which emphasizes capturing my subjects as they are when they forget about the camera.

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Don't worry, I know there's a 75% chance my dog lured you in! My Instagram account features a mix of families, couples, and landscapes I've photographed, and of course, lots of updates on my very good boy.

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just here for the hudson pics? 

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