What should we wear for our engagement session?

My wedding clients often ask:  ‘What should we wear for our engagement session?’ Here are some answers to this common question- 1- Wear something that reflects your personality and that you feel good in.  This will help you feel comfortable especially if you’ve never had a professional photographer photograph you before.  Some of my clients have told me that they were nervous at first and that wearing something comfortable and familiar made them feel like themselves.  I photograph many couples in jeans as well, so as long as you feel at home in the clothes you wear, it will allow you to be yourself.  2- Find clothes that flatter your figure.  How do you do this?  Here is an important photographic fact that will help you: The lightest color in a photograph will appear larger.  Hmm, how about that!  We all have some some body issue that we do not appreciate when we see ourselves in photos.  It could be those few pounds we have been meaning to lose or something you don’t like about your figure.  Try to avoid wearing large horizontal stripes as it may draw attention to the part you don’t like.  Also, if your arms or legs are paler than your face, cover them up!  They will only look larger.  Your face should be the brightest part of the […]

Connecticut Farm Wedding

I had the honor of photographing Crystal and Zack’s Wedding a few weeks ago.  It was a fantastic sunny and warm day, perfect for a Connecticut Farm Wedding!  The day was full of family and close friends, yet an intimate and fun event that everyone enjoyed.  The farm setting was unique and lovely, even the bride’s horse was right at home.  The kids had a blast running free all day and I think the adults had a really good time, too. A unique location like this has its challenges photographically because of the time of day, 12 noon, and open fields have no shade.  It really is the most difficult light of the day, however, I did not worry and found ways to make it work.  You see, the sun directly overhead makes it difficult to make light contour the face and body.  No light in the eyes, and people tend to squint more.  I had to make sure I used backlight and sidelight so everyone would look their best.  The shade of the big old tree, nature’s alter/church, was perfect and a nice backdrop for the ceremony.  There was an orchard where we did some photos down by the barn where we had darker […]

How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer for You.

So you just got engaged and you have your venue and wedding date set. Congratulations! Now it is time to find a Photographer. Read on for 3 simple steps on how to find the best wedding photographer for you.

Tyrone Farm Engagement Session: Julie and Chris

December 22, 2014 in Pomfret, CT Last week in the beautiful rolling hills of eastern Connecticut, I photographed this Tyrone Farm Engagement Session with Julie and Chris.  Their wedding will be next August, but December was the best time for their  Tyrone Farm Engagement Session since they live in Dijon, France and were here for the holidays.

Rachel & Ben’s West Hartford Wedding.

Rachel & Ben’s West Hartford wedding was a blast, not only for me as the photographer, but for everyone who attended.  Rachel and Ben were married on a beautiful day this past September.  When they told me that they were having a traditional Orthodox Jewish wedding, I was thrilled!  The traditions are so rich and beautiful and I was very excited to photograph it for them.  The weather was brutally hot and humid, but we had a wonderful air conditioned Temple to celebrate in. Rachel and Ben, with the help of the amazing congregation at the Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT, created a lovely day with family and friends in attendance from near and far.  The whole feel of the day was one of warmth, love and happiness.  Once the dancing and entertainment began – was wild and fun! I met Rachel, a very talented opera singer and teacher, through the photographic work I do for the Hartford Opera Theater at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.  Rachel and Ben (a lawyer in Hartford) moved here a few years ago.  They love the congregation at Temple Beth David so much that they decided to get married […]

Giving thanks for “down time”.

Everyone needs a break and I am so grateful for holidays.  The fall has been hectic and fun, work has been really exciting.. but it takes a toll on this CT Wedding photographer!  By this time of year I am ready for a break! As I celebrated Thanksgiving with my amazing family, I came to appreciate what ‘down time’ means to me.  If we keep pushing the limits and become focused on the job constantly, there is no time for perspective shifts, or the time for resting the mind from its busy work.  Cooking for others and engaging in another creative process can free the mind, relax it and allow new ideas to flow in. I cooked like crazy…which was really fun because I only cook like this once a year!  A turkey AND a ham.. lots of accompaniments and desserts; visited with my family; spoke on the phone with far away relatives and friends, shared experiences and stories, reminisced and laughed a lot!  It was a refreshing break from my usual routine – AND I had a great time. Then earlier today, when I sat down to go over some layouts and designs for client albums that I had […]

CT Cathedral Wedding: Beth & Alan

There is nothing quite like the feeling I get when I walk into a large cathedral, even in Connecticut.  It could be anywhere in the world and it definitely takes my breath away.  Beth and Alan planned an extraordinary wedding here in CT at the end of September and their ceremony took place in the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Downtown Waterbury, CT.  It is an Italian renaissance design after the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, (cool link, check it out!) is an extraordinary place to be married and I loved photographing it.  While inside, you could pretend you were in Italy for an hour! Now, if you want to get married in a cathedral, you may want to get a dress that fits the church.  Beth wore the perfect dress and ‘cathedral’ veil for this venue!  I just love the long flowy dress and veil. They planned a joyous day – Alan’s family came all the way from Ireland and the two families met a few days prior to the wedding for the first time!  The reception was held at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, CT and their Stone Garden was perfect for formal photos […]

A Lovely Garden Wedding at Home

I love the small intimate feel of a garden wedding at home.  It is a personal reflection of the couple, their families and their new life that lies ahead.  This past weekend I had the honor to be the photographer at Beckie and Lester’s wedding.   What a lovely day they planned with the help of family and friends.  They even had home brewed beers with the coolest custom labels!  After all the rain, it turned out to be a ‘picture perfect’ day. Here are a few images to give you an idea of how wonderful a day it was!  Congratulations to this awesome couple and their families.      

Tips for Great Wedding Photos – Part 3

How can you be sure YOU will have a great time at your wedding reception?  The best way is to hire a good team.  A good party takes experience and skill to pull off.  A venue with experienced managers and a great band or DJ is key.  As a photographer, I work closely that day with the reception manager and/or DJ.  Make sure who you choose is experienced at weddings, as there is much going on.   This person is in charge of the timing of the entrances, dances and events of all kinds during the reception.  Your DJ or band leader must know how to throw a great party!  I have witnessed countless receptions where the DJ or bandleader takes charge of the room and creates a great time.  One person I have loved working with is Matty B who is a one man live band and DJ.  He is an exceptional wedding pro and throws a great party, plays sax, guitar and sings beautifully, as well.  He can suggest what songs to play that will make your party rock, will play your music, and knows how to handle all the events of the day.  Plus he works with […]

CT Weddings: Stylish Details in your Photography

Many brides are looking for stylish, fun and helpful accessories and details for their wedding day.  Etsy weddings is one place to find such things.  One thing that I would recommend is a pretty hanger for your dress.  Most brides don’t think about this, but in the photos it can make a big difference!  Notice the dress on a clear plastic hanger (below)… this is better than the paper covered hangers from the cleaners, but a pretty silk padded one may have looked nicer.  Or a wooden one with a ribbon or two?   The dress hanging on a light colored armoire,  at Amarante’s Seacliff, as opposed to a darker surface, helps to hide the hanger or at least make it less noticed. If you are planning a wedding in 2012, check out the many wonderfully creative sites for unique ideas to enhance your special day!  (Pinterest, Esty, and the many wedding blogs you can find online. Check out bellableubridal.com – it is a couture bridal blog- it is filled with inspiring and cool ideas!  Some you can translate and create yourself…. Please leave a comment here if you have a favorite website or place where you love to get […]