Boston Wedding Photographers Person + Killian Photography specializes in documentary-style wedding photography and takes pride in artistically capturing the raw, honest, emotional moments of life.
Anyone trying to count Jill Person and Laurén Killian’s photography awards is likely to get a little dizzy. To date, the team’s tally includes nine consecutive years as The Knot Boston’s Best of Weddings photographers (winning in both readers’ and editors’ categories), the annual honor of WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award since 2009 (elected by over 500,000 newlyweds), and, in its famed Best of Boston vote, the coveted, crown for Boston Magazine’s Best Wedding Photographer.
Top this extraordinary pile of recognition with a constant stream of recommendations from Boston’s top luxury hotels; photographs featured on Good Morning America, LIVE with Kelly & Michael; multiple mentions on TV’s Chronicle; a feature spread in national industry favorite Rangefinder magazine; photographs published in Boston Weddings, The Knot, Newport Wedding, WellWed, Brides Boston, Seacoast Weddings, Panorama, Southern New England Weddings, La BellaBride, Bliss Celebrations, Grace Ormonde, Art of Celebration: New England; and an event resume including soirees with Bon Jovi, The Beach Boys, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Governor Deval Patrick, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Sean Kingston, Ne-yo, Natasha Bedingfield, Michael Strahan and Donald Trump to name a few. In 2013 they covered all of the behind the scenes VIP events for the Boston Red Sox World Series at Fenway Park. Last year they had the honor of photographing Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker and Hillary Clinton in Boston as the Democratic presidential hopeful returned to the city for a 2016 fundraiser. Most recently, they were hired by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to capture the 2017 Profile in Courage Award honoring former President Barack Obama.
Following an instinct-driven business model, the past 13 years of events, accolades and steady word-of-mouth referrals have built a highly sought-after, “book-well-in-advance” brand, shuttling the Boston-and-Newport-based photography duo throughout Massachusetts, across New England, as far south as Florida, west to Vegas, California, and Hawaii, and as far east as Paris. Always raring to take on a new location challenge, the team likewise feels honored to frequent their home turf—greater Boston’s countless, famous, beautiful venues.
Jill and Laurén are interchangeable when it comes to their photography philosophy, approach, style, and manner. In fact, clients frequently confuse the pair—a point further underscored several years ago when they both married unrelated McCarthys. Even Laurén and Jill aren’t immune to the confusion. Looking back at images, they often can’t tell who took which photograph.
This naturally symbiotic relationship and interchangeability is, in part, what makes them such a popular success story with not a single unhappy client in all their years of business. Clients booking a P+K wedding or event will find either Jill or Laurén onsite, and the end result will be the same: beautiful, candid moments interwoven with traditional photographs.
It’s easy to see why Person + Killian is one of the hottest, most beloved, high-end photography establishments in greater Boston today.
JILL PERSON – Jill Person discovered her photography passion the moment she was old enough to take a picture. Only 5 when she got her first camera, Jill spent hours outside, capturing images of trees, flowers, and other objects of interest in her yard.
Her hobby carried her through high school extracurriculars and beyond—spurring Jill to serve as photography editor for her high school yearbook, take film and media classes, and on the side, produce and direct TV shows in her hometown North of Boston.
Naturally, hobby soon morphed into intended career path, and college-age Jill enrolled in Salem State University’s photography program. In 2003, shortly after graduating with a BA in Photography (and Psychology minor), Jill accepted her first professional shooting gig and met Laurén Killian.
At a P+K event, Jill is the spirited, camera-laden, bespectacled brunette. To clients, she is their fun, creative, assertive-yet-calming photography force. She arrives ready to think on her feet and has an inherent knack for smoothly capturing a complete shot list—sticking to timelines while keeping everyone relaxed. The word “love” comes up often when Jill talks about her work—love for getting to know clients and their families before their big day—love of catching those emotion-filled first glimpses of the bride (whether by father, brother, mother or groom…)—love for the inherent uniqueness of every client and every event—love for transforming the energy and spirit of clients’ special moments into beautiful imagery to be treasured for a lifetime.
When Jill isn’t behind the lens, she’s most likely in front of her computer screen—carefully crafting albums for clients. When successfully peeled from her beloved vocation, she can be spotted on a road trip adventure, or camping/boating/fishing at AnyLake USA. She holds a 1st degree black belt in martial arts and is a certified medical qigong instructor. Married to her wife Cat since 2005, Jill lives in Wilmington, MA and has an 11-year-old Papillon, Izzy and 13-year-old Maltese, Peka.
LAURÉN KILLIAN – Living in Florence, Italy, during her junior year of college, Laurén Killian fell in love. As part of her study abroad program with Quinnipiac University, she enrolled in her first photography course, and instantly knew she had found her calling.
Upon return to the U.S. the following year, she received her BA in Communications—with a Fine Arts minor—and promptly began attending the New England School of Photography. Following graduation from the prestigious NESOP, Laurén (pronounced loh-REN) landed her first professional industry position and met Jill Person.
Spurred by their shared drive, ambition, technical savvy, business acumen, relentless work ethic and love for unobtrusively capturing life through photography, the team launched Person + Killian Photography in 2004.
From moment one, the P+K partnership felt organic, natural, meant-to-be. Laurén remembers walking up and down Boston’s famed Newbury Street with Jill, in search of “For Rent” signs—they loved the studio space they happened upon in 2004 and have been based there ever since.
Laurén is the enthusiastic, camera-laden blonde at a P+K event. Clients describe her as their creative, fun, assured-yet-easygoing photography force. She arrives prepared to rise to the inevitable challenge inherent in any shoot, instinctively sensing when to give direction and when to take a step back; all the while effortlessly keeping the atmosphere calm and schedules rolling.
When she’s not peering through a lens or creating a client’s album, Laurén can be found spending time with her family. She lives in her hometown of Winchester, MA, with her husband John, son Jack, and identical twins Ella and Sophie.
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