April Snow!

April snow in CT today!  Just hoping it melts very fast. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave

Summer Dreaming In March.

SUMMER DREAMING. Do you miss summer as much as I do?  Well, with another n’or easter rolling into Connecticut today, I am really done with winter.  Earlier today I was reading a blog post about how going to the beach is so healthy for your mind and body and found myself lost in a fit of summer dreaming.  Since it is not a good beach day I started photographing my seashell collection.  Yes, it is kind of dorky, but I love photographing pretty things.  Still, I would rather feel some warm sand under my feet and smell the ocean air.  Hopefully, today is the last snow storm of the season! My Favorite Beaches I feel very lucky to live here in southern New England because there are many nice beaches a few hours away.  These shells and crab leg (above) come from my visits to Cape Cod’s  National Seashore .   If you go there in the warm months, the beaches are amazing before 8 am and after 5 pm.  (Less people and free parking.)  We like the open space and feeling like we have more beach to ourselves.  Here is a great spot I found early one morning on the […]

CT Headshots: No Selfies Please!

CT Headshots: No Selfies Please! Headshots are so important these days for all professions online and in print.  All professionals need a headshot including business owners, real estate agents, actors, musicians and even photographers.  IF you have a business, you need a good professional headshot.  I created quite a few headshots at the studio this year, however, at least 5 people told me they finally called me after struggling with white sheets, make-shift lighting set ups, cell phones or a friend with a camera to create their own headshot on the cheap. Please DO NOT try to make a selfie as your professional headshot and think that you can get work from it.  Hire a professional photographer – we are here to help you.  It is unlikely, unless you have the skills to do retouching properly, to get a photo from a cell phone or cheap camera that would look professional.  If you want to stand out, do it right and hire a pro. CT Headshot for Actors: Like so many others, this young actor below tried a selfie at home with her family but thank goodness she came to me for professional images.  She is graduating from High School and is applying to theatre programs for college.  I could see […]

Family Portrait Wrangling

Family Portrait Wrangling comes in handy with kids in the portrait session. Family portrait wrangling is the photographers responsibility at a session with kids involved.  (Occasionally I have had to do it with adults but thankfully, not too often.)  I understand how hard it is for parents to get everyone together because I have I have a family, too.  However, the rewards are great and I encourage you to take the plunge if you have not already done so. Here is a common scenario at home while getting ready for a portrait session: Everyone is grouchy The boys don’t like getting dressed up. The girls can’t decide what to wear or if their hair should be up or down. Dad could care less and hopes it won’t take too long. Mom is feeling the pressure. Sound familiar?  This story before a session has been retold multiple by my clients over the years. First, let me share some photos of a family of 5 who came to me this past October for Fall Family Portraits.   Below is the last photo we created at our session.  Everyone was relaxed and comfortable. (I think I was making some strange sounds and funny faces to get their baby to look at me, too!)  It did not start this way.  In fact, this […]

Cantillon Brewery For Beer Lovers

Attention all Beer Lovers If in your travels you find yourselves in Brussels, Belgium, you must take the time to visit Cantillon Brewery.  It is the home of the traditional ‘Lambic Fermentation Style’ beer.  The final product is called ‘Gueuze’ (More about this amazing beer in a moment).  This post is a continuation of my family adventure to Europe in May.  My son Dave voted to visit Cantillon Brewery in Brussels.  I was luke warm on it since I am gluten free so beer and I do not usually get along very well.  So, Cantillon Brewery was on the agenda and as it turned out, I loved this beer and we are friends. Cantillon Brewery This Brewery is a working museum of Lambic Style beer.   For a small entry free of about 10 dollars you get a great experience: self guided tour a tasting of various flavors of beers in their delightful tasting room time to hangout and chat with the owner/creators about their delicious beer and their process. We were there for a couple of hours.  It was a fantastic experience.  The owners shared their passion, pride and dedication to keeping this craft alive for the world to continue to experience.  This Lambic style of beer is one that these people […]

Senior Portrait Photography in Connecticut

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is a great time for Senior Portrait Photography in Connecticut.  This year has been both a pleasure and a challenge.  The weather for the most part has been wonderful, even with so little rain and unusually warm conditions.  Unfortunately, the colors never really popped.  The only ‘reds’ I had here were the poison ivy vines!  When the rain and wind did come all the leaves came down except for the mighty oaks which were pretty ravaged in my neck of the woods by caterpillars.  Ah, the challenges of outdoor portraits!  Besides all this, I managed to arrange and rearrange schedules to make it all work this October. Senior Portrait Photography does not have to be limited to High School Seniors.  This year I did a number of College Senior Portraits for graduating UCONN students, both last spring and this fall. Meet Tara, a senior from UConn who called me about senior portraits as a gift for her parents after putting her through college.  What a wonderful idea and I am sure her parents will be thrilled.  Tara is a bright and intelligent young lady from Texas.  She fell in love with New England and wanted an opportunity to be photographed in the beautiful fall colors. […]

Fall Portrait Sessions – Booking Now.

Fall Portrait Sessions are a favorite of mine.  Autumn seems to be arriving early this year so I would like to encourage you to get a jump on scheduling a portrait session time for yourself, significant other, family, pets, or all of the above!  The days are warm and the evenings cool – perfect weather for portraits here in Connecticut! There are limited weekend days so hurry and call me if that is your only time to schedule your Fall Portrait Sessions, or I am available on weekday afternoons after school or work as well. Things to think about: 1-Portraits make create holiday gifts for family.  Why not get a jump of the holiday shopping?  Portrait gifts make it easy to create a personal gift that can be shared with many family members.  Family portraits are priceless, especially to parents and grandparents.  Whether they are far away or living close by, grandparents love having your beautiful faces and smiles on their wall or mantle all year round.   2- Children grow up fast. (Although I realize, sometimes it feels really slow) Time flies and before you know it you may realize that you do not have a professional quality family portrait that is up to date.  Right NOW is a great time to […]

Le Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

As many of you know, I am passionate about capturing ‘moments’ with my camera.  Weddings, portraits, and headshots to name a few.  I also feel this way about Landscape and Travel Photography.  Today, I am sharing this short travelog of my visit to Normandy, France.  In particular,  a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Mont Saint-Michel (Saint Micheal’s Mount) in Normandy, France.  It is an incredible historical living monument.  This was one of my ‘bucket list’ places to see.  It is an island located 0.6 miles off the NW coast of Normandy and still is the seat of the monastery that it is named after.  This small Island has held strategic fortifications since the 8th century AD and still has a town that hosts 5-6 families plus the Monks who inhabit the monastery.  It had been only accessible at low tide until the recent addition of a causeway which makes visits more convenient so that no one will be stranded when the famous tides come in – which happen VERY FAST.  That is another story! The short story behind this first photo is that my family and I rented an AirB&B in a small town called Vains which is directly […]

Professional Headshots: Standout In Your Field.

As a photographer who mainly specializes in Wedding and Portraits, I do plenty of professional headshots as well.  I love doing them because I know this service is extremely helpful to business people of all kinds, but I also get to meet some of the most interesting people who are creating cool things! One of those people is Matthew P. Winkler.  He is an author and speaker regarding issues in mentoring kids and teenagers.  Matthew has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan.  He currently serves as the Visiting Writer at South Kent School in Connecticut.  He conducts presentations and workshops related to his book, ‘Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero’s Journey of Adolescence’, and his video “What Makes a Hero?” a TED-ED lesson with over 3 million views. Matthew called me because his DIY headshot attempt did not work well plus, the competition in the writer/speaker arena is steep and he needed to stand out.  Matthew is a dynamic speaker and writer with a vision so he needed something that reflected who he was.  He asked me for an indoor studio look and outdoor look for his professional headshots.  We worked together to make it happen and here is what we created. So, it […]

Seaside Wedding in Westbrook, CT

I had the honor of photographing Tracey and Chris’s wedding in Westbrook, CT.  It was a perfect June day to be on the Long Island Sound.  The Elks Lodge in Westbrook was a wonderful place for a small and intimate wedding of family and friends.  Tracey and Chris were supported by their two amazing sons, close family and wonderful friends.  Congratulations to this couple!  Here are a few photos from the day.