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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ten Tips for the Aspiring Wedding Photographer.

  Ten Tips For the aspiring wedding photographer will, I hope, help those interested in this kind of career.  I think in person education with a mentor is most valuable.  If you have already taken the leap and feel that you just jumped into more than you bargained for, this post is for YOU!  Ten Ten Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer: GEAR and SKILLS:  This is the MOST important of the ten tips for the aspiring wedding photographer.  It takes time but please do it.  First, learn what good light is and how to find it or create it.  Be in complete control of your camera settings and exposures so you don’t have to look at the camera to find them.  The camera must be professional in quality with high ISO capability, auto focus and at least 2-3 lenses that are fast.  You will be working in low light situations. Have lenses that are at least f 2.8 and that cover wide angle from at least 24mm and one that can zoom to 200mm, I carry two zooms -24-80 and 80-200mm,  plus a 105 macro lens for details.  You must have at least 2 flashes and know how to use them ON AND OFF the camera. ASSIST a wedding photographer to see how the day flows.  Preparation is key because you […]

Indianapolis – A beautiful city.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Indianapolis, IN.  I had no time to do any research or to develop any ideas of what the city was like before visiting.  I was very happily surprised at what I found to be a beautiful city – small and very easy to walk to everything.  There are beautiful monuments, old historic buildings and parks, tons of business and but places to relax outdoors with wonderful breweries and restaurants.  Here are a few photos that I was able to make while I working in Indianapolis for a few days.  

An Amazing Love Story!

We all adore love stories, don’t we?  Here is an amazing one  –  a story of love found and lost, and found again. Two people who were meant to be together are now back together. This is Dawn and Dale, two extraordinary people who fell madly in love with each other when they were teens.  They lost each other in Nebraska, due to life circumstances in the days before cell phones and internet, but a few years ago, they found each other! They both had been married and divorced, but, they immediately realized that their true love was as strong as ever and happily they reunited here in Connecticut.  Now, they can spend the rest of their lives together. I had the honor of photographing their wedding at The Lake View Restaurant on Coventry Lake in Coventry, CT.  They were married in the company of close family and friends wearing their native american style clothing in a beautiful ceremony that honored their past and present.  They both have native american heritage in them, by the way.  It was an incredible day and now their amazing love story can continue.  I wish them all the best!    

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.

Looking for a Great Caterer?

Looking for a caterer?  If so, for your next event or wedding, look no further!  One of my favorites is Matt Becker, of Becker’s Catering, located in Tolland, CT.  Matt takes food seriously and is a fantastic chef, as well as a great person.  Yesterday at a wedding we both were working at, I got to try his Gluten Free Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time.  Amazing.  You would never know they were gluten free.  The chocolate cupcakes melted in my mouth, the icing was creamy and dreamy.  The yellow cupcakes were just as perfect . The texture was no different to regularflour ones, but then again, I have been gluten free for 6 years,  I may not remember.  But I DO know how bad some gluten free cakes and cookies can taste.  I try to bake my own, but they never live up to the ‘real’ thing.    Becker’s Catering is a fantastic choice, if Matt can create the best gluten free baked goods, imagine how good the rest of his food is!  Here is the link to his website.  And – here is a look at his scrumptious and beautiful cupcakes!