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 […]

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 […]

Attention Rising Seniors – the time is NOW!

Attention Rising Seniors- Class of 2018! Believe it or not, it is time for you to schedule a Senior Portrait Session!  You will be a senior soon so here is the scoop: Summer is the best time to be photographed! Here is why: High School Seniors have more time in summer than in autumn.  Less school stress and more fun because autumn semester is very busy. We can photograph a wider range of ‘looks’ when it is warm outside.  You may bring that cool varsity jacket, prom dress, boots, sandals, shorts and more! Most High School Seniors love how they look with a tan and so relaxed in the summer.  You can even bring a buddy! There are discounts for Rising Seniors who sign up early for late June and July dates! Call today !  Contact me now for a complimentary meeting to discuss your High School Senior Portraits; we can set a date for summer if you decide I am the right photographer for you.  These sessions fill up quickly!  Come in and meet Kim- she will show you the cool stuff you can do with your photos. Here are a few shots from an EO Smith High School Senior that I photographed last year.  Meet Ryan, a football star and great kid all around!  We […]

Fall Family Portraits!

Fall Family Portraits! Fall family portraits are an important and meaningful service I offer my clients.  I have a family of my own and there were years with young kids when I was not in any of the photos.  This is  because I was taking the photos!  How nice it would have been to see us all together.  This is the plight of many families whether they are photographers or not.  Being in service to my clients as a professional portrait photographer, it gives me great pleasure to capture Mom, Dad and ALL the kids together! Are you are a family with growing children? Do you want to create a family history with professional photos where everyone looks great? And YOU, the parents, are included too?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you love what you see here, please contact me today to set up a consultation for your family portrait.  Grab your favorite sweaters and meet me in a beautiful setting outdoors with your family.   It is not too late –  CALL me today! My Top 3 reasons why I love photographing families: 1- I have extraordinary clients every fall who want to update their family history in photos.  It is so much fun to see how they change and grow every year.  I hope my […]

Horsebarn Hill, Storrs, CT

Horsebarn Hill.  One of my favorite places.  If you are a student, teach or live here in the area, you know this place.  This is an early morning shot taken from the road looking east at the Hill.  Fog was lifting and it was magical!  Enjoy.

Dynamic Headshots

Dynamic Headshots stand out from more traditional ones to show who you are and what you do.  I agree that we all need a straight forward headshot for certain sectors of business, but why not shake it up if you can and stand out from the crowd?  If you do not work in a corporate office, take advantage of that to show your unique business. I had a great time creating headshots with Mary Hurley of Sunshine-n-Daisies, a physical trainer and health coach here in Connecticut.  We did some standard shots and some for her website as well.  But this image below was one of our favorites because of the uniqueness and this dynamic headshot quality.  My goal is to help my clients grab the attention of potential clients, help them create an images for their business that reflect what they do and still be professional. I shot this dynamic image in my studio against a dark grey background (http://www.backgroundsbymaheu.com ).  This is a 1 light portrait with a little fill from a reflector on the opposite side.  I wanted to light her profile and show her as her clients would probably see her as their physical Trainer! Let me know if you need to update your headshot or other photos on your website. […]

Maternity Photography Session

Maternity Photography I love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography.  I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some “fashion designer wanna be skills” to create something special like in this image below.   I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her.  Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks!  Isn’t Petra a beautiful mother to be?  I could not wait to share it with you.  Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.  

Great Portrait Locations

  Great portrait locations. Great portrait locations are everywhere, depending on what kind of portraits you are creating and what your are looking for.  Light rules.  If the light is awful, find another location.  Every town or city has great portrait locations,  it is just a matter of finding places that provide backgrounds that are not too busy and don’t overwhelm the subject(s) and you need to know the time of day when the light will be perfect.  High noon is not great, ends of days are.  (note: I have photographed many noontime weddings, where I use flash, or decide to blow out backgrounds if I have to to capture good portraits or action at high noon.  This article speaks to the ideal light for portraits only) This example above was literally a pretty bush by the side of the road!  I loved the colors against her neutral clothing, and the woods behind her were not distracting.  The most important thing was that the sky was wide open (no big trees) at an angle slightly to the side and in front of her so I could use it to light her face.  It was late afternoon warm light with the sun backlighting the trees behind her […]

High School Senior Fall Portrait.

  This high school senior fall portrait was so much fun!  The weather could not have been more spectacular and this autumn is proving to be a wonderful one.  If you want cool natural backgrounds and look your best, then call me! My sessions are photo safari’s – we pack the car with your favorite clothes and head out for the best light of the day. I keep it fun and fast moving.  Here are a few of my favorites from Madi’s Senior Session from Ellington High School in CT.  My best tips for your HS Senior photography is to be yourself and have a great time.

High School Senior Portrait Ideas For Hot Summer Sessions

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAIT IDEAS _ FOR HOT SUMMER Sessions. High School Senior Portraits usually happen in the summer after JUNIOR year.  It can be really hot and this Senior above from Ellington High School in Ellington, CT  really had the hottest day of all.   Allie is a wonderful young lady that I had the honor of spending a couple of hours with on our senior safari session.  She looks as cool as can be, even in her favorite boots.  We kept to the shade of the beautiful Library in town and we did some head shots in my studio.  Allie is an aspiring writer and also interested in law.  What a powerhouse she will be!  I can see it in her already can’t you?  Take a look and if you are a High School Junior (Rising Senior) check out my Senior Portrait page and come in for a complimentary meeting to discuss your senior portrait options for next summer, or apply to be a Senior Model with perks right now!  Call me today.  Thanks.