Kate Cusick (Advertising, ’18) was in the right place at the right time—downtown Boston at the front of the crowd lining Tremont Street during the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade in early 2015, mere blocks from Suffolk’s campus.
Camera in hand, the aspiring photographer captured a perfect shot of Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman dramatically posed riding atop a duck boat. She posted it to Twitter, and not long after was contacted by Only In Boston - @OnlyInBOS (one of the most popular Twitter accounts in the city) asking to share her image.
Only In Boston, whose identity has remained anonymous to the general public since the account launched in 2012, was curating photos from the parade that day for its more than 100,000 followers. “Kate’s photo made my jaw drop,” the person behind the persona said. “The photo was high quality & captured some raw emotion that I hadn't [seen anyone] capture that day of the players, let alone Julian Edelman.”
It was a win-win: Only In Boston received a great piece of original content that garnered hundreds of Favorites and Retweets, and Kate was flooded with more exposure for her work than ever before. “I had to turn off all of my notifications,” Kate said, to keep her phone from interrupting her every time someone shared the photo online.
That was the spark of an ongoing relationship between Kate and Only In Boston. Her latest assignment: photograph the Prudential Tower every night in December during the building’s 31 Nights of Light campaign. Each night, the lights lining the top of the landmark skyscraper are changed to a different color to recognize a Boston community organization, shining red and white for Boston partners, purple for Big Sister Boston and purple for Relay For Life, to name a few.
“I usually start in Copley Square, and then move around that spot,” she said, noting that she gets a great view for her Canon EOS 70D from the top of a parking garage nearby. She also shoots from the opposite side, near Symphony Hall and the reflecting pool in Christian Science Plaza, as well as from her workplace on Newbury Street.
“After December is over I’ll still do freelance work for them,” Kate says of her relationship with Only In Boston. “I like doing freelance work… it’s a good thing to add to your portfolio.” She also notes that the job has helped her expand her network, which can improve access to further opportunities. “I’ve come in contact with a few other big photographers for the city of Boston.”
Kate’s plans for the future involve attending school in Ireland next year through Suffolk University’s study abroad program, where she will no doubt continue to put her camera through its paces.