I am an explorer who sees the world through the people I meet. I engage deeply with them one-on-one and learn their stories through the process of making a portrait.
I keep in the back of my mind as I am shooting one simple question, “Who are you?” My task is to see the face behind the face, to get past the uncertainty when someone first gets in front of my camera and encourage authentic expression. I recognize it when I see it—in subtle changes in their eyes from a fleeting thought, in their body language, and through movement in dance. That magical moment when they first emerge is when the session truly begins.
Portraits have the power to change the way people see themselves. The process can be cathartic. I’ve seen people laugh and cry as it brings up deep memories that form self image. Other times it is just fun. The most successful portrait sessions are when the photographs are a byproduct of a positive experience.
I run a portrait studio in Groton, MA and travel on location near and far helping people tell their stories through environmental portraiture.
“I am constantly amazed at the quality of Kathryn’s portrait photographs. She has an incredible eye for being able to capture the depth of personality of an individual and making everyone look not only beautiful, but also interesting. I plan on using Kathryn for my portrait needs in the future. In addition, I can’t think of anyone easier to work with, and this makes the process all that more enjoyable.” Dale Rensing | Ages Designs
“Kathryn Costello is an outstanding photographer. She is professional, polite, talented, and incredibly creative. She made me feel very comfortable, and was open to what I wanted to see in the shots. We had a blast working together, and I loved every shot she took. Kathryn works hard to ensure every shot she takes is purposeful and a piece of art. I highly recommend her photography!” Jennifer D | Disney On Ice
“Kathryn is one of the most talented and professional photographers I’ve had the pleasure of associating with. She makes a daunting task look easy, and her work is truly top notch.” Richard Waine | Gold Coast Images
“It was so wonderful to meet and work with you! I feel truly blessed. You truly have a gift and talent that exceeded my expectations. I keep going back and forth on which pics I want! I am going to take some time over the next couple of days to look at them and think about which ones I want. I will let you know within the week:) I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you again from the bottom of my heart for making this so easy! I am so very critical of myself but I can truly say that I look smashing in these photos thanks to you! I will be in touch with you soon!” Sheila MacDonald