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Happy Anniversary | Jules Ko Boston Photographer

Last week was our 2nd wedding anniversary!

I’m not being cheesy, it has been the best 2 years of my life, despite the good times and less good times~

On our first wedding anniversary, Dan was out of the country.  So for the second anniversary, he took the extra step to take some time out from his work day, and we went for a quiet get-away to a serene Rockport beach, and had a great quality time and a great seafood dinner.

But it wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take a few pictures…

It also wouldn’t be us, if we didn’t value capturing such occasions with a proper portrait session.  I’d highly recommend to all our married friends, that professional photography isn’t just for brides and children.  How many nice images do you have with your spouse?  I hope you’ll consider getting an anniversary or any portrait session with your loved one, because you can!

So in celebration of the occasion, we combed our hair, and put on our nice clothes on, and roamed the cobble stones of Beacon Hill in heels.  My friend Kara of Kara Delahunt Photography graciously captured us in a her uniquely photojournalistic way!  Thank you for the special treat, Kara!  Here’s a small glimpse!


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Jill - You guys look so classy. LOVE the pics!!

lori - jules you look gorgeous as ever! i can’t believe your wedding was 2 years ago already! a very happy belated anniversary to you & dan. 🙂

Phyllis Myung - i love it!!!

Angie - Jules, You make me want to take more professional pictures! I haven’t been married a year yet! I think I have a new obsession. 🙂

Susan - You two ARE so cute!! Congrats on your anniversry, Jules!

grace - AHHH i LOOOOVE the one of you in front of the ocean! And congrats again on your anniversary!

Shang - So stylish Jules! Love it, and congratulations!!

Ed - Linda and I always enjoying seeing the photos you post on your site. We’re glad that you guys got to be in front of the camera again – the photos for you anniversary look great!

Ina - Hi, Jules!! Gorgeous pictures! Cyrus and I hardly have ANY pictures of our first year of marriage. I think it’s so great to do a portrait session for any occasion! 😀

Diana and John’s Engagement Session | Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photographer

What do you get when you have a couple of mathematicians and several higher education degrees and an ice skater/rock climber together for an engagement session?  Awwe and shock in a good way.

I’ve been attending the same church with Diana and John for the past 2 years, but haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know them.  And we didn’t actually get to talk in depth until we met up for the engagement session.  With both of them attending MIT for their college years, and getting married in BU chapel later this month, MIT seemed like a great place to capture their engagement period.

But still, the awe kept coming when Diana and John both started climbing things (in their dressy clothes, mind you), and John kept supporting Diana through these acrobatic formations!!!  I didn’t prompt them at all, that was all Diana’s competitive ice skating skills bursting at the seams!  Thank you Diana and John, for a session that was so uniquely you!

One of my favorites of the day, but notice something that’s out of place in the picture?  Look towards the far left edge of the image on the column, above John’s head.  Right? The engagement has a inscription that says, ‘persevere’ Staying off the grass~


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I quit my Job, a personal post | Jules Ko Photography

I’ve held a camera for a long time.  When I took my first photography class in high school, I couldn’t believe the fun I was having despite the broken light meter.  But when the time came for college, photography didn’t occur to me as a career, but more of a side thing.  So in the midst of my intense industrial design (engineering+art curriculum) courses, I took as much photography as time allowed, and it felt too “fun” to be “legitimate”.

For nearly 10 years, I pursued hard to be the best Industrial Designer I can be.  And the hard work paid off.

After Dan and I got married, we started photographing weddings together.  Further training peaked my interest, and I branched out to other aspects of photography.  And then a time came when my passion for photography exceeded my passion for my industrial design career, and the amount of time I had after a full time job wasn’t enough to do justice to the photography demand.  It wasn’t an easy decision though, this decision meant I was operating a business, and not a steady pay check with benefits and W-2 forms.  It meant I was entering a new career after investing 10+ years of my life into a demanding, cut throat career.   It sounded crazy in my head.  I had to pray through it for a long time, get respected outsiders’ assessment on my work, and most of all discuss with Dan to make sure we were wholeheartedly on the same page.

At the end of April, 2010, I resigned from my full time design job to be a full time photographer.  Though on occasion, people painstakingly ask, ‘so you aren’t working anymore?’ photography is a lot of work beyond being behind the camera, just ask my sleep deprived body.

I’m sharing this with you, to express that I am very serious and passionate about this, and with this new chapter, I’ll be bringing even faster replies to my clients, more attention to details, and best of my best to be the boutique photographer I trained to be.  But also hope that my replies aren’t going out at 3 in the morning, and I’m all zombie the next day~

Thank you to the friends and clients who have entrusted your precious moments in my hands.  It has been a joy to capture your key moments, and I look forward to many more with you!


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Steph - Best of luck Jules!! I think I’ll be following suit soon.

Jill - Hooray for a new chapter! Love your pics!

Wynn - Hi Jules,
I stumbled upon your page and am fascinated with your work. After reading this personal post of yours I felt very inspired to follow my dream. May I ask- what kind of training did you take to become a photographer? Is it just through practice or are there professional courses out there that I could take? I just graduated from college and working in sales now. I realized that this is not the career that I want for myself and have been interested in photography for awhile, but like you- I thought it could never be a career. I would very much appreciate your advice and input on how I can begin my training…


Nikki & Tom’s Engagement | Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photographer

It always feels like an extra treat when I have something in common with the bride and groom.  Nikki and Tom met the way Dan and I did, with changing times, scientifically~  🙂

Though now they live in DC, they are getting married in less than a month at one of the most beautiful Boston landmarks.  I was grateful when the Bostonian weather held up so nicely for the one weekend they were flying to Boston together to take care of wedding business.  We traveled back to the scene of the crime where Nikki and Tom’s dating story unfolded, interlaced with the different alleys of the North End.

Thank you for being such gracious models, I look forward to seeing you both very soon to capture your big day!

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, I just love how they almost never stopped smiling during the entire session!  I think even Tom’s Puma’s are smiling~


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Congratulations Mary & Richard | Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photographer

Weddings come in all sizes and shapes, traditions, styles and expressions.  On this rare occasion, I had the pleasure of being invited into a private ceremony where the only people in the room other then the Bride and Groom was the Justice of Peace, and myself.  My self being on the quieter side, I appreciated their decision process to hold a private ceremony.  I remember how one of the most difficult part of the wedding planning was the guest list, rsvp count, and guest seating chart.

In all honesty, I was excited on many aspects.

1.  Mary and Richard approached me very directly, and shared about who they were, and why they picked me as their wedding photographer: and I liked all of the above.  I don’t recall needing to ‘sell’ my services to them, they picked me all on their own before we ever met!

2.  I wouldn’t be dealing with other guests’ camera flashes getting in way, or a demanding wedding day schedule.

3.  This was a unique wedding, different from most wedding styles I have covered.

4.  It was at the beautiful Fairmont Copley, in Boston.

5.  Mary and Richard wanted the photography to help their friends and family to feel like they were there.  So I knew the photo were meant to be shared.

6.  It was my first day of being a full time photographer!  (more on that later 😉

Allow me to introduce Mary and Richard!

I’d share the story of how they met and so forth, but I’m going to respect their privacy~  =)

This is sweet Catie Copley.  She lives at the Hotel and can be walked by guests.


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