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Meet Daniela Klaz of Sacred Harbor Photography in Jamaica Plain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniela Klaz.

Daniela, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I had been interested in photography from a class I took in high school that taught students how to develop their own film and take film photos. After a few years of work after college, I invested in a professional camera for my job, which required me to take photos of protective packaging for home goods and the warehouses those products were stored it.

Although not very glamorous work, I found it fun to try to balance the composition to achieve the perfect photo – even if the photo was of a box, foam, or warehouse racking. I was asked to volunteer as a photographer 2 years ago at a local 5k run for charity, and I got hooked on the excitement of being a part of the group and giving participants a chance to see themselves in action.

Since then, I have been working to gain experience in all venues of photography: portrait, fashion, body painting fashion, boudoir, weddings, and more. It’s thrilling to work with clients; I love to hear them explain their vision and use my experience with posing and composition to bring their vision to life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have definitely been struggles, and many of them will continue for years to come. The biggest struggle is that Boston has a lot of great talent. Anywhere you look, there are probably 3-15 photographers in the same general area hoping to capture that clientele.

With only a few years of professional experience, I know I must delight my customers even before the photography session is scheduled to ensure they trust me as a photographer. This competition has pushed me to learn new communication and advertising skills, as well as to ask better questions to fully understand the dreams of each customer.

Please tell us about Sacred Harbor Photography.
Sacred Harbor Photography specializes in portrait and boudoir photography, but a personal favorite type of photography is pet photography. There is a subset of us that views their pets as their family/kids and seeks to have their personalities captured forever. In October, I was able to photograph the competitors in the Jamaica Plain Pet Parade Contest, and it was one of the most fun photography experiences I’ve ever had!

I was able to capture the joy of the pets and the enjoyment of their parents, many of the participants in the parade later told me they didn’t have any good photos of their pups because they were always in motion or they were taking the photo, so the two of them couldn’t be in the same frame. I believe the thing that sets Sacred Harbor Photography apart is the pricing flexibility it offers its clients.

The photography, not bottom line profit, is the motivating force for the business, so the pricing is negotiable based on the clients’ needs. Also, Sacred Harbor Photography regularly partners with non-profits to provide photos for events (5ks, charity dinners, public speeches), animal adoptions (Petfinder/Facebook photos to make dogs and cats local celebrities to get adopted more quickly), and other non-profits in the Boston area.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My mother still has Polaroid photos of my favorite childhood memory: me “helping” my grandfather with his “hairstyle”. My grandfather, by that age, was balding and had very little hair left around the base of his head. I was busy trying all sorts of knots, clips, ribbons, and bows into what little was left of his white hair.

I’m sure it wasn’t the most pleasant experience – his granddaughter treating his hair as she would a Barbie doll’s – but in the photo, he looks positively delighted. Since his passing, I’m thankful of having these photos to keep my memories of him alive (and proof I may one day realize my true passion of being a hairdresser).

Pricing:

  • Photography sessions are an hourly rate of $100/hr (editing included)
  • Mini-sessions (30 minutes or shorter) available for quick sessions, like head shots, for $20-$60

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Image Credit:
Miriam Stats, Constance Smith

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