High School Senior Portrait in Storrs, CT

High School Senior Portraits are one of my favorite kinds of sessions to do. Big life changes come at this time of life- so capturing ‘who you are now’ in photos is important.  I am often asked, “Why schedule my High School Senior Portrait the summer before my senior year?  Why not in the fall or next spring?”  My answer is: Your Senior year is super busy with College applications, school sports, clubs or a job. It is hard to find time after school or even on weekends.  If you work in the summer, the days are long and more relaxed – and it’s fun! I believe in creating a good experience for my clients. Many people hate being photographed because they never liked how they looked in their photos.  Guess what?  It’s our job as pro photographers to make you look look good. Meet Miles. He is a high school senior and soon to be a freshman at UCONN in the fall.  Here are some samples from his High School Senior Portrait below.  First, his headshot in the studio.  I love this one because he looks confident and happy.   Include your pets or favorite things. I strive to […]

How to Photograph the Moon.

Lets look at how to photograph the moon. I had never photographed the moon intentionally, but because there was a Full Blood Wolf Moon on 1-21-19,  I just had to do it!  The cold did not deter me and I was very lucky that the sky became clear just an hour or so before the eclipse.  The only downside, it was 3 degrees outside. Upon finding that I could set up my camera and tripod just outside my front door, I decided to go for it! First, below is the composite photo I made of my efforts afterwards. I did not have a telescope or a super telephoto lens, but I did have a 200mm lens. It worked out pretty well. So if you do not have one, you could rent a telephoto lens for a couple of days from Borrow Lenses or any other rental outlet online or in your city and take a day to get acquainted with it.  Be careful, you may fall in love with it! You must also use a TRIPOD that you can easily adjust almost directly up to the sky and also move it as needed to stay guided on the moon’s movement […]

Planning Your Senior Portrait Session

Planning Your Senior Portrait Session. So make sure to start planning your senior portrait session at the end of your junior year in high school.  You will have more time to be photographed in the summer when the weather is good and the days long.  OR, like I did with Lexi here, in the fall of your senior year – BUT plan it early, there are only so many weekends in October and the weather is not always good. I ALWAYS make rain dates. Big Changes Ahead. Once a student graduates from High School, everything changes.  It happened with my two sons.  The changes personally and physically are enormous.  In fact, every parent of my high school senior portrait clients say the same thing one year later, “We are so happy we had a senior portrait safari with you, our daughter has grown up so much since then!”    Interview Photographers in you area. Find an experienced photographer and look at their work.  Make a date to chat with them in person well in advance so you can get a session date that works for you.  There are limited weekends for fall portrait dates at the peak of color.  I will shoot […]

Spring Flowers in West Hartford, CT

I stepped into a field of Spring Flowers in West Hartford, CT at the Elizabeth Park Greenhouse Flower show in March.  I was overcome and intoxicated by the scent, the colors and the beauty.  This is what I saw.  Enjoy. The intention behind these photographs of Spring Flowers, were to capture images that reflected the feeling I had upon entering the Elizabeth Park Greenhouse in West Hartford a couple of weeks ago in March.  I guess it was a long winter.  Viewing the wash of color and intense aroma of these tulips took my breath away.  I just stood there breathing in and looking at the array of colors and the variety in size and shape.   Once I returned to earth, I decided a macro lens would give me the ‘feeling’ of dreamy, intoxication that I experienced being in the presence of these gorgeous blooms. Therefore, I used a very shallow field of focus, that is, a large aperture on the camera settings like f2-f4.  I wanted a wisp of focus, no details needed, but just enough to be drawn in my the lure of these beauties.   If you love spring flowers, make sure you put it in […]

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 […]