The Importance of Planning Your Portrait.

Are you thinking of making a photographic portrait of yourself?  Your family?  Maybe you have a High School Senior in your midst?  Planning for this portrait is equally as important as who you choose to photograph it.  I have made a list of things to consider to help you have greatest success. 1) When you call a professional photographer, make sure you have seen and love this persons work. This is crucial.  Take advantage of the fact that every professional photographer these days has a website or blog that shows off their style.  If you like what you see… contact them.  [Ex. When I first started out in photography, I had a client come in for their consultation for a wedding and asked me if I could make a photo in Photoshop of her and her fiance with their heads together in their First Toast Glass just like her mother has.  She never bothered to look at my website and see that I never do things like that!  If your face is on your head, I will never put it on a champagne glass unless it is a naturally occurring reflection.  I love reflections by the way!  I did not […]

Why do I need a new Head Shot?

Most people do not enjoy being photographed.  I understand that, as I have felt what it feels like to be photographed and honestly, I did not like it either earlier in my life as a pianist.  This is probably why I put myself “behind” the camera instead!  But, it is very important to have a good photograph of yourself, especially if you are looking for a new job, own a business or have a web presence, plus countless other reasons.  So, every couple of years I suggest that you update your head shot or profile image since styles change, you change and new content is always a good choice.   Head shots in the studio are best as a good photographer can create lighting that highlights your best features.    Choose an experienced photographer who will help you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. It should be a fun experience. So, here is an example of a head shot I did recently.  Meet Charles Eaton, a long time Mansfield resident who is in his senior year at UConn’s Fine Arts Dept..  He is a very talented baritone and will be performing the role of Papageno in Mozart’s, “The […]

Wedding Albums Tell the Story.

I promised that I would show you more wedding albums I designed this year… so on this last day of 2012, here is another sampling from one of my favorites.  This wedding took place at the Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Connecticut in July.  I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a elegant, intimate space for a wedding.  There ceremony took place outdoors in the Courtyard patio area and the reception inside the pretty hall with a beautiful stairway and lots of windows.  Graduates of UConn, Heather and Eric had a splendid day and created many of the wedding details themselves.  Their fun-loving, warm and unique personalities were evident and were reflected in their choices of decor and reception details right down to the “donuts to go” bags that made it fun and comfortable for all their guests.  Albums are a big part of my wedding business, it is the first family heirloom and will be a treasured keepsake to share with family and friends.  The digital world of photography can be dangerous as a digital file can be lost or corrupted easily, and who knows what kinds of technology we will have in […]

Something to Lift Our Spirits.

It has been a tough week.   It has been hard to focus on anything other than the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.   So I decided to live in this moment and find some wonderful things in life that are happening right now.  The first – these lost children and their teachers are inspiring us as a nation to change.  Second, there are thousands of people on FB and twitter right now talking about their 26 random acts of kindness to strangers this week in honor of all those lost.  Spreading kindness and compassion is healing and uplifting.  Also, taking action, no matter how small, makes us feel like we can make a difference. I will be joining this action of random acts of kindness.  How about you? Click here to find out more about it. Thank you to Ann Curry for starting this. And thank you for reading my blog.        

‘Local First Mansfield’ 12-4pm on Dec 9, 2012

  I am announcing an opportunity for you to give a gift of photography for someone special this year.  I will be participating in an event in Mansfield called, ‘Local First Mansfield‘, on Dec 9th from 12-4 pm at the Mansfield Community Center.  Buy local!  I will have gift certificates for portrait photography, which is a great value for giving at the holidays.  Also, an unusual thing for me, I will have photographic prints of some of my favorite images, landscapes, skyscapes, and some scenes from my travels for sale, starting at $25 and up.  I have not in recent years offered any prints for sale, so please do stop by and see what I have been up to besides photographing brides & grooms,  high school seniors and families!   This is something that I may not do again for awhile so don’t miss it.  Other businesses in attendance will feature services such as:  massage, specialty candies, handcrafted jewelry and more.  Please take the time to stop by and check it out.. who knows, you may be able to finish up your shopping for the holidays. Here are the images that I will be offering or taking custom size orders […]

Album Design time!

  I have been roasting turkeys and hams, finding time to take walks and talk with friends.  That is what I love about this holiday season.  But also, it is the time to finish up album designs, print orders and things like that.  I would like to share a few pages from my album layouts that I am creating.  I like to keep the pages simple, elegant and create a layout that will stand the test of time.  No gimmicks or trendy stuff.  This is the first family heirloom, after all.  Here are a couple of pages from the album of Carolyn and Ryan.  Their wedding was at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.   It was an amazing day, from morning fog, to hot sun and then a torrential downpour!  But this lovely couple took it all in stride and loved every minute of their day!  I did, too. Well, now it is back to work on the final touches for the next album that I am getting ready for print!  Please leave me some blog love with a comment here.  I would love to hear from you.  

November Portraits in the Golden Light.

I love the light in November.  There is a soft golden light that stretches into the late afternoon at this time of year.  I had the pleasure of photographing Haley in this light recently.  She is a young lady that I have known for years as her family also lives here in Mansfield CT.  We captured some wonderful head shots of Haley in the local fields and other areas around our town.  She currently is a student at the University of Connecticut.  Here are some of our favorites from our session.

Photographing Opera in Hartford, Connecticut.

I had the pleasure to photograph last months production by the Hartford Opera Theater, of the Rape of Lucretia by Britten, at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.   This was a fabulous production by a group of young Connecticut based musicians.  Here are a few images from that production. Take note that this weekend on this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 pm, they will be performing six ten minute contemporary operas.  Please check out this link for the ticket and performance information.  These are truly talented young artists and directors, don’t miss it!  

Anna & Nayan’s Publick House Wedding

I had the honor of photographing Anna & Nayan’s wedding recently at one of my favorite venues, The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.   It was a perfect day!  Congratulations to this wonderful couple.  They planned it all themselves with some help from some wonderful wedding vendors!  Take a look… Hair and makeup by Tiffany Leo of Tiffany’s Hair Studio in Sturbridge, MA.   She does great work for brides who like the natural look. The beautiful fall flower bouquets and totally inspired flower purses for the bridesmaids were created by Helena Willis of Perfect Princess Events in Vernon, CT. Anna all ready to go in a dress by Oleg Cassini. ‘First look’ in the tight corners of the publick House.  Nayan is very tall and the ceilings are very low! On the porch of the Publick House. A friend of Anna makes chapstick and they were the vehicle for the place cards on the reception table.  Anyone want to share the creators name?   This was cool. And the Publick Houses’ beautiful garden gazebo for the ceremony. The reception was held in the magnificent Canopy Tent next to the Garden Gazebo and Cathy O’Brien did an amazing job with catering and […]

Cupcakes + Puppies + HS Senior = FUN!

I had the pleasure of spending an hour with a beautiful High School Senior named Hannah.  She is a fun-loving person, an expert baker, a leader at her school and has the cutest little dog named Luna.  What a fun time we had!  Here are a few of our favorite images.  Thank you, Hannah for a really fun session.