Hello! I am Serena and the face behind the camera. In June 2018 I formed this beautiful business of mine. Serena Burroughs Photography LLC was born and the first step was made. What followed were many many families and weddings I got to document.
I am a German national, born and raised in Lower Saxony, a mother of two, a wife to a veteran of the U.S. Navy and an obsessively passionate photographer. Creativity has been with me since I was a child and I've expressed it in many ways throughout my life. In the end, photography is what truly stuck with me.
You'll find me most happy in a beautiful space, with my kids running free, a bunch of film and my favorite film camera in hand. I live and breathe photography, and a day where I don't get to hold a camera at all, is usually a sad day for me.
Photography has been my obsession since I was 16 years old.
In my 10+ years of experience I have always felt very driven to capture real emotions and true moments. Things that would otherwise get lost during very organized and overly posed sessions. I strive to connect with my clients on a personal level to ensure they can feel comfortable in front of my lens and with me as their photographer. It allows for my subjects to let down their guard a little, which lets me capture genuine heartfelt joy and many candid situations.
I serve all of New England, but the majority of my work is taking place in my state, Massachusetts.
Fun Facts about Serena
- obsessed with Star Wars Books
- I listen to heavy metal to unwind (Slipknot, S.O.A.D., Metallica etc.)
- Am bilingual but constantly lose words in both languages.
- Love learning new things and thrive on new challenges
- Addicted to coffee
- Addicted to shooting with film and getting surprised with the results
- In very close circles people know me to be a rebel at heart.
- Will impulse-buy old cameras at flea markets
- Have a garden fascination like you would not believe. Will save clearance plants at big box stores almost every time. Also have a major love for everything horticulure & permaculture. Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh are my idols. I own more Indoor plants than I can count
Meet the Team
If I need to try out a new location or take test shots to try out new equipment - my crew is there to help.
They get paid in chocolate and dollar bills - and are always ready to rock and roll with me. These two train me daily to be the best family photographer I can possibly be, and keep me on my toes.
6 years old with the humor to match.
Likes helping daddy with his classic car restorations ever since he could hold a wrench. Steps in as a model if the pay is good or when we go on a hike after.
Master negotiator. Also a Master Lego-builder that regularly shocks with his elaborate vehicular creations.
3 years old and serious trouble. A force of nature. Looks cute, and knows it.
Will work for chocolate or ice cream. Heavily opinionated.
Will turn from wild banshee to cuddle bug in 3 seconds.
Gives the best back rubs in the house.
Serena recently took our engagement photos and all I can say is WOW! They are absolutely astonishing! Something like this is completely foreign to my fiancé and I. Serena made us so comfortable with her amazing personality. We are excited to have her as a part of our big day and highly recommend her to anyone!
- Karyn, Client
Family Sessions that are fun and always different - that's my jam!
If you book me as your photographer, be prepared to play with your children, and get some fun cues to help document carelessness, a freedom and natural connection otherwise only achieved at home. I want everyone to be 100% themselves and most of all, have fun while we get these memories!
Babies and Newborns
I also photograph babies and newborns. My style has a lifestyle approach, which means if you're looking for posed baby photos with backdrops - I am not the right photographer for you!
I can recommend colleagues to you if that's what you prefer - But over here I prefer the comfort of your home, baby in your arms, or in a pretty location outdoors during the summer months.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get my gallery?
A fair turnaround time is always a priority to me. During off season you can expect a wait of two weeks and during the busier time, toward fall I would say no longer than 4 weeks.
Do you shoot film, too?
Absolutely! In fact film is my favorite medium. I'm fascinated by the dynamic range and beautiful colors. Taking pride in a timeless style, film is in fact the best choice for my work. It has already been tested by time and decades later, it's still in such demand and won't age poorly.
Do you still do wedding photography?
Yes, although I have scaled them back quite a bit, as I prefer my main workload to be family portraiture. This however makes me appreciate the ones I do photograph all the more, and I feel much more present this way. You may view my wedding website here.
Do you have backup equipment?
You bet! I usually bring along two full frame digital cameras (Nikon D750's), an array of lenses. I also own one medium format film camera and a bunch of 35mm film cameras. For sessions in which film is requested, I bring several cameras and lenses as well.
Once your wedding or family portrait session is all said and done, I will package up your film immediately and send it off the following business day so my film lab receives the order as soon as possible. Digitals get imported the same night and will be backed up to several hard drives for safety.
How long have you been a photographer?
Over 10 years! I have an extensive background in fashion and commercial photography and know my way around photoshop, and posing but also on how to create a safe and comfortable environment for my subjects so that emotional and meaningful moments can unfold naturally.
How far do you travel?
Currently I am serving New England or an overall radius of about 300 Miles of Central Massachusetts. I do not offer destination weddings at this point.
How can I learn more about your rates and availability?
That's easy! Just get in touch with me here. Ask away and feel free to ask me about scheduling a meeting or a phone call.
How much do people usually spend?
The average investment for a portrait session is $400 and the average wedding investment lies at $4,600.