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 […]
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 […]
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 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- 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 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 […]
Exploration. Remember when you were a little kid, everything was new and exploration was a daily activity? I have chosen the word Exploration as my word for 2017 and I am really excited about it. My intentions behind this choice is: Let Exploration imbue all that I do. Use this word to help me continue to grow as a person and photographer. To have fun and let the kid in me be rediscovered. The best part is, I am excited to explore! If you have a word to inspire you this year and you’re willing to share it here … I would love it if you would reply to this post. There is power in this practice!
Fall Family Portraits! Fall family portraits are an important and meaningful service I offer my clients. I have a family of my own and there were years with young kids when I was not in any of the photos. This is because I was taking the photos! How nice it would have been to see us all together. This is the plight of many families whether they are photographers or not. Being in service to my clients as a professional portrait photographer, it gives me great pleasure to capture Mom, Dad and ALL the kids together! Are you are a family with growing children? Do you want to create a family history with professional photos where everyone looks great? And YOU, the parents, are included too? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you love what you see here, please contact me today to set up a consultation for your family portrait. Grab your favorite sweaters and meet me in a beautiful setting outdoors with your family. It is not too late – CALL me today! My Top 3 reasons why I love photographing families: 1- I have extraordinary clients every fall who want to update their family history in photos. It is so much fun to see how they change and grow every year. I hope my […]
A Guilford Yacht Club wedding is always wedding in Connecticut that I look forward to! The setting is fantastic with views of the Long Island Sound, pretty sailboats next door, and a beautiful green lawn for an outdoor ceremony. This venue is perfect for the photography especially when the weather is cooperating like on this day. Cassie and Steve’s wedding last October is a perfect example of luck when it comes to the weather. Leading up to that day, it was a little nerve wracking but, that morning the sky cleared and we could not have asked for a better day. Their guests were able to ramble on lawn and the wedding party and their families were able to have portraits done there before the ceremony began. The Venue. Inside the Guilford Yacht Club there are many benefits to note for a wedding celebration. I love the main dining room’s open space with a four sided balcony above. It provides great views of the action below, plus, the outdoor balcony that looks out to the Long Island Sound is great for group photos of the Bride and Groom and all their guests. The entryway is nice for greeting guests and there is plenty of room upstairs for the bridal party to get ready on site. A plus for everyone with […]
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 […]