Family Portrait 2014.

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!  

Wedding at The Waterview. Chelsea & Peter

The day was cool and crisp and the fall foliage was at peak color.  Family and friends gathered together to celebrate Chelsea and Peter’s Wedding at The Waterview.  It was an honor for me to photograph their special day.  They will create a fantastic life together. This was a brilliantly fun and elegant affair, as is the norm for a wedding at The Waterview.  The details reflected the autumn colors with hints of Halloween everywhere giving it the feel of an old fashioned masquerade party. The Waterview has two wonderful settings for outdoor wedding ceremonies.  Set on Lake Zoar in Monroe, CT, the grounds are well manicured with patios and well landscaped gardens. A wonderful setting for the photography.  Here are some favorite photos from the day to share with you.  Congratulations Chelsea and Peter!  Best wishes to you both. This wedding at The Waterview was my last wedding of 2014.  What a wonderful way to finish the season.  Thanks for stopping by the blog.  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  🙂 Vendor Highlights: Dress: www.dessy.com;  Tuxes: Mens Warehouse;  Flowers: Main Street Florist & Gifts, Ridgefield, CT;  Hair: Pure Platinum Hair Salon in Oxford, CT;  Nails: […]

Perseverance – or why you should not give up on yourself.

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 […]

Pomfret School Chapel Wedding and Ellington Ridge Country Club Reception: Erin and Rob

Today I am happy to share with you this recent Pomfret School Chapel Wedding at the Pomfret School of eastern Connecticut.  Erin and Rob could not have had a more perfect day.  It started out a little foggy but, as Erin’s father exclaimed after the ceremony, “The skies cleared as soon as they kissed!”  The sun was bright and we had a beautiful, dry September day of celebration. Erin and Rob are two very special people.  I met Erin a few years ago at a chamber of commerce meeting.  She took my card then, and now many years later, she called when they decided to marry!  I am thrilled that she did, as they planned a really fun and beautiful wedding and I had a chance to get to know them both a little more.  One of her relatives had a Stanley Steamer car, so she arrived and departed in this cool old fashioned vehicle.  The Pomfret School Chapel is a gorgeous place to be married.  In fact, Erin’s parents were married there, too.  I think that is pretty special.  Erin and Rob included all her nieces and nephews as an integral part of the wedding party which made some […]

CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards.

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) […]

Family Portraits and Professional Photographers

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 […]

Sneak Peek – Wright’s Mill Farm Wedding.

Here is a sneak peak of last weekends wedding which took place at the historic and beautiful Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury, CT.  It is located in the northeast corner of the state.  A rural area with covered bridge, a pond and old barns.  I wonderful place for a June wedding and for couples who make the photography a priority.  This wonderful couple, Ashley and Jeremy, created a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception here at Wright’s Mill Farm.  Take a look and stay tuned for more images to come.  Congratulations to Ashley and Jeremy on marriage.

Engagement Session on the Storrs Campus, UCONN.

I loved photographing this gorgeous couple’s Engagement Session on the Storrs Campus at UCONN.   The UCONN campus is a park, a botanical garden, full of new and old architecture and a working farm!  So many photographic opportunities here, especially in the spring.  The trees were in full bloom, the grass was finally green and the skies cleared for us that day! Good light can be found anywhere. The trick is finding it with interesting backgrounds.  UCONN’s Storrs campus is great for this as well.  On this day we photographed between 4:30 -6:30 pm.  The light was soft due to some fine clouds which diffused the sun, and the quality of light was warm because the sun was low in the afternoon sky.  This helps to create pleasing skin tones and I can get ‘catch lights’ in the eyes.  Open skies (not too many big trees or buildings to block the light) is important as well.  I had good light reflecting on the faces.  No flash or reflectors were used here, I just found some good open or directional light.  The last photo is back-lit as the sun was very low.  I wanted to create a rim of light on their […]

High School Senior Photography that makes YOU look great!

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 […]

June Wedding in Connecticut!

I am very excited about Ashley and Jeremy’s June wedding in Connecticut!  It is taking place at Wrights Mill Farm in Canterbury, CT.  It is a lovely place with many beautiful rustic features you would expect of a wedding in the country.  A waterfall, winding roads and some cool historic buildings.  There is even a horse and buggy which is supplied with your wedding package!  To me, this kind of wedding setting is a dream.  If you are planning a wedding in Connecticut, especially a June Wedding, and rustic settings are your thing – I would encourage you to check this place out.  I will keep you in the loop after the wedding and share the photos right here on the blog. In the mean time, here is a quick portrait from last weekend when Ashley and Jeremy met with me briefly to go over the details.  These guys are two very cool people, and they have been pretty busy!  Not only busy planning their June wedding, but traveling overseas because of their jobs.   We did make time to photograph them by my new outdoor walkway – with a split rail fence and rustic woods.  Perfect for this couple! Thank […]