Spring flowers are finally blooming in NE Connecticut. The sun is shining today, even though the temperature is still pretty cold. This is a rare free Saturday for me and I just wanted to post a photo of these ‘Happy Daffies’ in my front yard before I go out and enjoy the sunshine. Daffodils are my favorite spring flowering bulbs – such variety and so upbeat I can’t help but smile when I see them. What is your favorite spring flower? Leave a comment below 🙂 Quick tip for my fellow gardeners – I now order my seeds exclusively from Johnny’s Seeds – great variety, organic choices and always get great results from them. I just got my packet of seeds (quick shipping, too!) and hope to get the cool weather crops planted this weekend. Bok Choi, snap peas, lettuce to name a few. Enjoy your day and thank you for visiting my blog. Please leave a comment so I know you were here.
What happens when a professional photographer attempts to create a family portrait of her own family? Each year I struggle with creating my own family portrait. First, I have to remember to do it because I get busy this time of year photographing other families on Thanksgiving weekend. Second, I have to round up my family, put the camera on a tripod and use the trusty self-timer, which means I run like mad to get into the photo with the rest of the family. It takes time, and also, the expressions on our faces are ones of worry (will she make it back in time?) or exasperation (this is taking too long!) etc. etc. So this year, my sons roommate from college came to spend Thanksgiving with us. We asked him to actually hit the shutter release once I set it all up, while the camera stayed on the tripod. Here is what happened. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me for your family portrait, I promise not to let you slip on the ice, but we can have some fun!
Perseverance. Definition: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It pays to practice perseverance and never give up on yourself. I learned that last week. The Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, which I am a member of, is an association of professional photographers who support each other in moving forward in skill and business. Print competition plays a large roll in this and I have entered many times, but have never received any awards. It is difficult, as each print is judged to the highest standards, plus, judged by other Master Photographers. With enough award winning prints, a pro photographer can work toward and achieve Master Photographer status. I gave up this summer on any chance that I could win any awards as I never placed in competition and the judges always found something ‘wrong’ with my work. I just gave up. I decided I would just stop worrying about obtaining Master Photographer. Really. I decided that I would not put any more attention on it and I would just shoot my best for my clients and stop stressing over this. And a funny thing happened. I started to have fun and ‘play’ behind the camera. Imagine […]
I had the honor of photographing Erin and Robert’s CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards in Glastonbury last weekend. Since this beautiful couple lives right in the Orchard neighborhood, they arranged permission with the Orchard owners for us to photograph where no other people were. Plus, we were able to stay after the picking hours for the golden evening light and had the whole orchard to ourselves. How special is that?!? If you follow my blog, you may know how much I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions. Not only do we have beautiful landscapes in every corner of the state, but there is so much variety such as: farm country, cities, small quaint towns, beaches, and hilly trails and woods. Here are the 4 most important reasons why I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions: 1) Besides the fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this beautiful little state and I know many cool areas and beautiful spots for a CT Engagement Session, this is an important time for my couples and I to get to know each other better. I learn a lot about them from their session. For instance, I can see how self-conscious (or not) […]
Looking for some fun summer portrait photography in CT? You have come to the right place. This time of summer, when the days are long and the kids are out of school, is the perfect time to schedule a portrait session. Think of fun summer portraits as a family activity because it takes some thought and planning in which you can involve the whole family, and it is fun for the kids in my studio because they will feel like stars! Plus parents have awesome images of the kids. Before each session I sit down with you and we make a plan. I find out what you are looking for in your portraits and I can visualize what would look great for your particular family. I like to custom design my sessions for each client, however you may also choose from some of the other ‘looks’ I have already created as well. Studio Choose from either a cool studio setting where I shot this portrait below. I have some fun hats and a variety of backgrounds that can be used to create the perfect look for you. Outdoors Or we can go outdoors in the early morning or evening when […]
Professional Photographers need Family Portraits, too. Professional Photographers personal family portraits often take a backseat to client work. Besides the fact, that in our home, our sons are grown up and out of the house, I take many photos of other peoples families and sometimes I just don’t think or take the time to photograph my own family portraits. On a walk in the woods yesterday with my husband Peter, on Father’s Day, I brought along my camera with the sole purpose of capturing some beautiful landscape photos or what ever I came upon. Well, we came to Diana’s Pool, a beautiful spot in Chaplin, CT in the NE woods near where I live and had such a nice time there we had to get a photo of ourselves. There were plenty of rocks and a waterfall so I found a fairly flat rock to prop the camera on and proceeded to take a few shots with the self-timer. I was a little nervous about the camera falling, but managed to do it without any disasters! This photo is a little out of focus but, for me… I love it! It is RARE to get a portrait of us both […]
I am excited about photographing many High School Seniors this summer. So I am writing about High School Senior Photography that makes you look great. The way I help you do this is by taking the focus off yourself. Follow? When your attention is off yourself, and you are having fun, you will look great! We will talk, chat, laugh and focus on having fun with poses in the studio… and if you choose an on location session, we go to a special places you love and that have meaning for you! I create a fun experience so that we can create photos that you look great in! Preparation is important, too. Both of us have to prepare. I will meet you prior to your session in order to find out what makes you special and unique at this point in your life and learn about your interests and accomplishments. Then we make a plan and pick a session that is appropriate for you. I want to personalize the senior portrait experience for you. You just have to decide on and bring your favorite outfits and props that mean something to you to your session. You know, things that represent […]
My Dog Day mini-session day was a blast! It was fun and challenging. My goal for dog photography is not that much different then when I am photographing humans. I want to capture each dog’s personality in a photograph that their ‘people’ will love, even after their ‘best friend’ is gone. Dog Portraiture is a patience building exercise. Never move too fast, don’t overwhelm the dog with too much action, treats or noises. I learned that I can make some really high pitch sounds that perhaps only dogs hear. For some dogs, boredom can set in fast, so I had to grab attention with surprising sounds to keep them engaged. With patience, I was able to get some nice portraits of these beloved pets for their families to enjoy. Thank you to all the folks who brought their best dog friends to the studio to be photographed for my special DOG DAY and to support the local animal shelter. And shout out to Stephanie, my assistant, who helped me lure, engage and get some fun photos of these lovely pets. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Meet Jake. This dog has tons of energy, […]
I have recently begun doing dog portraits. I find that my clients love their dogs and usually include them with the family portrait. But how special to do a portrait of the dog alone. Do you have a beloved pet that is part of your family? I grew up with cats, turtles, goldfish, and a parakeet named Ricky. When my two boys were very young we got a dog named Roxy – a standard poodle – who changed all of our lives. Really. Here are just a few of the ways she did this: She taught my boys not to fight but to make peace with each other and she would bark in their faces until they stopped; and to know the joy of taking care and being responsible for another being who depends on you. She taught me how to be a pack leader, firm and loving. She taught us greater awareness of unconditional love and devotion in action. She would wait by the window or door until we returned home. She offered her protection to us if she felt we were in danger, plus many more gifts of love. Roxy was with us for close to 11 years. […]
I spent a lovely evening with Rachel and Mario at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT. It was a great break from the rain and the heat as the cool breezes at the shore were glorious. Mario works there so I had a grand tour of the whole place – including the wine cellar! Check it out if you have not… the smells from the kitchen were yummy and they grow their own herbs and veggies, too. After the Chamard ‘experience’ we went down to the beach at Hammonasset for the sunset. It was a great time and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in August at the Guilford Yacht Club. I hope you enjoy these photos!