Wickham Park Wedding CT: Andrea & Jim

A Wickham Park Wedding I had the honor of photographing Andrea and Jim’s Wickham Park Wedding at the Log Cabin in September.  It was a bright sunny day with big puffy clouds so they could not have asked for weather.  Joined by their family and friends, their vows were exchanged high on a hill overlooking the spectacular view of downtown Hartford. Great reasons to choose a Wickham Park Wedding. The Log Cabin at Wickham Park is one of my favorite places at the park to photograph a wedding.  This location has a spectacular view of the city and sunsets.  There is a resident Moosehead over the stone fireplace in the cabin for those who care!  The white tent attached to the Log Cabin helps with larger events, rain, or hot days so this is a definite added advantage.  The Guests and newly weds are able to enjoy the gardens for lovely photo opportunities or simply the ability to relax outside on the benches.  On top of all this, the formal flower garden and outdoor ceremony patio (yes with a spectacular view) is a wonderful place for ceremonies. Andrea and Jim planned a day that was totally reflective of their interests and personalities resulting in a great time for everyone.  Here are some photos from the day.  We started photographing […]

Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits

Seeing value in professional family portraits is something I think everyone realizes, but can’t aways make time for.  I have fully documented my family in photographs since our children were born.  There have been times that I’ve thought twice about investing the time and energy into this ritual.  We all feel too busy, a little camera shy or perhaps we have had unhappy experiences being photographed at one time or another.  I hear these stories from my clients.  Creating family portraits for my clients is one of my passions and a very rewarding part of my work. Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits On Your Walls. Professionals know how to photograph all kinds of body types and we study the best way to compliment everyone.  We understand light and composition and how to handle kids who just want to have fun and not stand still, or who don’t want to smile right now.  My clients come to me because they see the value and the difference between the photos I can create for them and snapshots they make themselves.  They hang them on their walls so they can get the most enjoyment out of them. My goals as a professional photographer: To create a family portrait or a series of portraits that show who my clients are as a family. Show […]

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 […]

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 […]

Professional Headshots: Standout In Your Field.

As a photographer who mainly specializes in Wedding and Portraits, I do plenty of professional headshots as well.  I love doing them because I know this service is extremely helpful to business people of all kinds, but I also get to meet some of the most interesting people who are creating cool things! One of those people is Matthew P. Winkler.  He is an author and speaker regarding issues in mentoring kids and teenagers.  Matthew has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan.  He currently serves as the Visiting Writer at South Kent School in Connecticut.  He conducts presentations and workshops related to his book, ‘Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero’s Journey of Adolescence’, and his video “What Makes a Hero?” a TED-ED lesson with over 3 million views. Matthew called me because his DIY headshot attempt did not work well plus, the competition in the writer/speaker arena is steep and he needed to stand out.  Matthew is a dynamic speaker and writer with a vision so he needed something that reflected who he was.  He asked me for an indoor studio look and outdoor look for his professional headshots.  We worked together to make it happen and here is what we created. So, it […]

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 […]

Seaside Wedding in Westbrook, CT

I had the honor of photographing Tracey and Chris’s wedding in Westbrook, CT.  It was a perfect June day to be on the Long Island Sound.  The Elks Lodge in Westbrook was a wonderful place for a small and intimate wedding of family and friends.  Tracey and Chris were supported by their two amazing sons, close family and wonderful friends.  Congratulations to this couple!  Here are a few photos from the day.

Travel Photography

  Travel Photography has always been a love of mine.  Since I was young and traveled with my parents, I loved to make photos of the places we visited here in the U.S.  Many of you may know that I took some time off from my usual work of Wedding and Portrait Photography and went to Europe on a personal trip.   I went with my family to five countries over the course of 3 weeks.  I do not consider myself a Landscape artist, but I love making photographs of anything and anywhere.  I actually ditched my professional photo gear for those 3 weeks and brought a relatively inexpensive mirrorless camera with me.  We decided to travel light with backpacks only which was a great decision.  I picked up Lumix G85 with a 12-35 lens (the mirrorless equivalent to a 24-70mm lens).  I was happy I did, though I did miss the amazing quality of my Nikon camera and lenses.  I took it as a challenge to make the best images I could with what I had. I absolutely fell in love with France some years ago and have been back twice now.  I also took time to learn some french which made this trip the best ever. […]

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 […]

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 […]