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Meet Kristen Arpin-Fitzgerald of Kristen Fitzgerald Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Arpin-Fitzgerald.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I guess you could say my journey to where I am today started at a very young age.

Growing up I always had a camera in my hand. My father, uncles, and grandfather all worked for Polaroid so there was never a shortage of instant cameras around our homes. I always had a love for photography and capturing moments. When I was younger, I would often stage photo sessions with my brother, sister, and friends. I’d use my Polaroid, set up a theme and snap away – I still have some of those photos.

Like most people, I was taught “you go to school and then you get a job” and that’s what I did. For about 10 years I worked on the administrative side of medicine. I worked a desk job at well-known hospital in Boston and I did love what I was doing and the people I worked with but something inside of me knew that I had more to offer but didn’t know what.

Moving forward (trying to keep this as brief as possible) I met the woman of my dreams and she got me to move out of the city and down to the burbs (the things you do for love). One of the first things that attracted me to my now wife was that she was living her life and doing something she loved. I had heard the saying “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” and never fully understood that saying until I met Stacey. She was living that life and I wanted to live it too.

Fast forward to the Spring of 2017; one day my wife asked me “If you could do anything, what would you do?” with no hesitation I responded “open my own photography studio” she smiled and said, “then DO IT!” With full support from Stacey and our 2 beautiful children, Julia and Lucas’, I left the world of medicine and started Kristen Fitzgerald Photography.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve been very lucky and blessed since day one of opening Kristen Fitzgerald Photography. So many people have taken a chance on a new photographer in town and I’m so grateful for that. One of the best things about this journey has been reconnecting with so many old friends and making so many new friends. So far the road has been beautiful and filled with so many amazing experiences and people.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Kristen Fitzgerald Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Kristen Fitzgerald Photography is a Lifestyle Photography Studio. I love photographing all types of people, locations and occasions. Lifestyle Photography to me is capturing natural moments and telling a story through my lens. I’ve had the honor of capturing so many moments for so many people over the past 7 months.

From newborn sessions to weddings, high school seniors to a family who wanted to capture moments with their grandmother who passed away only 3 months after our photo shoot, a widow and her 4 children to a proposal in Boston, sunset family sessions on Cape Cod to cabins in the woods. It’s hard to say what I specialize in because every session is special to me. When people thank me for their photos, I always thank them for trusting me with such an important part of their life.

Photography is how I make a living, yes – BUT photography has allowed me to LIVE.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I recently started a project called “Faces of Sobriety” on Facebook and Instagram. This project is something I’ve been thinking about long before I started Kristen Fitzgerald Photography. I personally do not struggle with addiction but I am the child of an alcoholic and the sister to a recovering drug addict. Addiction has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and it will be for the rest of my life. My brother’s recovery is something private to him and I will always respect that but to truly explain why I started “Faces of Recovery” I do have to mention that he is 10 years sober and I’m so proud of him.

Every day I log onto my social media and I read another name of someone I know who has died of an overdose or has been arrested for a drug-related crime but what people don’t read are the stories of recovery. The newspapers don’t report on what happens when you choose sobriety and that’s what “Faces of Soberity” is all about. My goal with this project is to share stories of individuals who hit their rock bottom, got up, got help and now live a life they never thought they would.

One of the best messages I’ve received since starting “Faces of Sobriety” was from a guy named Mike whose story I recently shared. Mike sent me a message on the first day of his story being published saying that 6 people had already messaged him who were serious about getting help. And that’s what this is all about! Share stories of recovery, give people hope, give people courage to ask for help and to share resources.

It’s important that people know that drugs do not discriminate and don’t think it can’t happen to your family because it can. I want people to talk about addiction, we need to talk about it! I’ve had the honor of meeting and photographing some amazing people who chose recovery and are brave enough to share their stories so publically in hopes that they can reach at least one person.

I love the quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and that’s what I’m trying to do with “Faces of Sobriety”. I want to help change the way people view those who struggle with addiction and I want to let the voices of recovery be heard.

**I will not reach out to anyone to share their story as I know that some people are private about their journey but welcome people to reach out to me who would like to share.**

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