ABOUT KATIE DONNELLY PHOTOGRAPHY,
Voted best PAris Portrait PhotographER
Who set the rule that says family photos are awkward?
And can't be Natural and fun?
Great photos speak of the real you, of your true personality.
Let me guess…. When your last "professional" family portrait was done:
- Someone told you that the whole family should wear white shirts and jeans
- Your son cried the whole time
- The photographer may have said something cliché like "smile for the camera" or "say cheese".
Forced, unnatural smiles....
No "portraits" that were wall-worthy.
Wouldn’t you agree that family photography is about capturing:
- The way your husband makes your daughter giggle so much her dimples show.
- The joy you feel when you’re together on vacation...
Toasting to more travel.
To great food.
To your doggie.
To each other.
I believe that family portraits should be joyful, singing songs of YOU, capturing your magic, highlighting your love, and celebrating who you are right in the moment.
I’m Katie Donnelly, Paris + NYC Photographer, and owner and creative behind Katie Donnelly Photography. I created KDP to celebrate families, big and small, whether it's just you and your dog, or you and your 7 kiddos, mom, dad, and grand-dad.
At KDP we CELEBRATE your everyday: The happiness you feel on vacation and in the simplicity of Sunday morning pancakes, all the twirls your 3 year-old can muster, and all the hide-and-seek your twin boys can summon. We celebrate little things like blowing bubbles, big things like getting your Phd, little things like bath time, big things like first steps, little things like the joy of spinning in mom’s arms, and big things like the joy of being engaged.
Call me a celebrate-r, a happiness enthusiast, and a storyteller.
For the last 7 years, I’ve been creating timeless family portraits, inside the studio and on location, all over the world but most notably in NYC and Paris, where Katie Donnelly Photography is currently based. I’ve had the absolute HONOR of joining families during rainy days and sunny ones (literally and figuratively) Catching in time the joy they give each other.
I believe with my whole heart that family portraiture is there to be documented in the good times, and used to remind us why we go through hard times together. Every time you see that stunning portrait of your family on the wall, it will be a reminder of why you love so fiercely.
Like a glass of your favorite champagne toasting in your big life-moments, I help our KDP families celebrate their love by creating stunning heirloom portraits destined to hang as art in their home and designed in albums for their children and grandchildren to look through for generations to come.
To have your own family portraits with KDP or to learn more, get in touch with us HERE.
We’ve also created a VIP section with tons of resources and over HERE.
AND IN CASE YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT ME WITHOUT CAMERA IN HAND :
Born and raised in NYC and then Westchester, NY, I now live in Paris with my awesome French husband. I come from one of those classic huge NY Italian families minus the mafia and plus way too much spaghetti and garlic bread. Actually, I take that back, there's no such thing as too much spaghetti or garlic... or family.
Interested in watching an interview about me and why I started photography? Head over here
See my Luca Magazine interview HERE
Read my interview with Rebecca LaChance HERE
One of my favorite quotes from Robert McCammon's book, Boy's Life:
“You know, I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magicians. Oh, most everybody else didn’t realize we lived in that web of magic, connected by silver filaments of chance and circumstance. But I knew it all along. When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.
After you go so far away from it, though, you can’t really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just seconds of knowing and remembering. When people get weepy at movies, it’s because in that dark theater the golden pool of magic is touched, just briefly. Then they come out into the hard sun of logic and reason again and it dries up, and they’re left feeling a little heartsad and not knowing why. When a song stirs a memory, when motes of dust turning in a shaft of light takes your attention from the world, when you listen to a train passing on a track at night in the distance and wonder where it might be going, you step beyond who you are and where you are. For the briefest of instants, you have stepped into the magic realm.
That’s what I believe."
The soul of my work is finding magic and showing it to the world. To rediscover the simply joys that we've forgotten, and to capture that childhood perspective of wonder, of boundless possibilities, of limitless creativity.
WHEre IT ALL BEGAN...
Hello Baby Katie!
Rocking Jasmine swim suits from the beginning..
My book, The Authentic Portrait: A Parent's guide to Photographing Childhood is all about how to capture the magic. It helps parents overcome their fears of using their fancy camera and teaches them how to capture their child's life more authentically.
My cousins and I on halloween. No, I'm not a lobster, I'm an alarm clock.
KDP’s Paris Engagement and Family Photography clients are categorically awesome. They love the hell out of my work and I love the hell out of them. They're giggly, cultured, open-hearted, passionate, and are a huge part of the joy in my life.
I'll forever be grateful.
My Paris and NY Portraits work has been featured on international blogs and magazines such as
Style Me Pretty, Brooklyn Limestone, Mimosa Lane, New York Magazine, Eloquii, My Style Vita, Everyday Pursuits, French Wedding Style, Expatriates Magazine, Inspired by This, Observer Playground and Image Magazine amongst others.