Horsebarn Hill. One of my favorite places. If you are a student, teach or live here in the area, you know this place. This is an early morning shot taken from the road looking east at the Hill. Fog was lifting and it was magical! Enjoy.
Looking for a caterer? If so, for your next event or wedding, look no further! One of my favorites is Matt Becker, of Becker’s Catering, located in Tolland, CT. Matt takes food seriously and is a fantastic chef, as well as a great person. Yesterday at a wedding we both were working at, I got to try his Gluten Free Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time. Amazing. You would never know they were gluten free. The chocolate cupcakes melted in my mouth, the icing was creamy and dreamy. The yellow cupcakes were just as perfect . The texture was no different to regularflour ones, but then again, I have been gluten free for 6 years, I may not remember. But I DO know how bad some gluten free cakes and cookies can taste. I try to bake my own, but they never live up to the ‘real’ thing. Becker’s Catering is a fantastic choice, if Matt can create the best gluten free baked goods, imagine how good the rest of his food is! Here is the link to his website. And – here is a look at his scrumptious and beautiful cupcakes!
Dynamic Headshots stand out from more traditional ones to show who you are and what you do. I agree that we all need a straight forward headshot for certain sectors of business, but why not shake it up if you can and stand out from the crowd? If you do not work in a corporate office, take advantage of that to show your unique business. I had a great time creating headshots with Mary Hurley of Sunshine-n-Daisies, a physical trainer and health coach here in Connecticut. We did some standard shots and some for her website as well. But this image below was one of our favorites because of the uniqueness and this dynamic headshot quality. My goal is to help my clients grab the attention of potential clients, help them create an images for their business that reflect what they do and still be professional. I shot this dynamic image in my studio against a dark grey background (http://www.backgroundsbymaheu.com ). This is a 1 light portrait with a little fill from a reflector on the opposite side. I wanted to light her profile and show her as her clients would probably see her as their physical Trainer! Let me know if you need to update your headshot or other photos on your website. […]
The Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT was the setting for the wedding reception of Marie and Josh yesterday. What a beautiful day it was. There was warm brilliant sun, then a few clouds and cool winds – but the day was joyous and fun. Here is just a few photos from the day…MORE to come SOON.
Maternity Photography I love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography. I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some “fashion designer wanna be skills” to create something special like in this image below. I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her. Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks! Isn’t Petra a beautiful mother to be? I could not wait to share it with you. Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. It is not too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Mother’s Day is on May 8th this year. How about something personal and experiential? Considered gifting Mom a Family Portrait? You know she would love it, but probably won’t have time to do the leg work. It is easy – just call me and I will send you a gift card in an envelope for a special Mother’s Day Family Portrait Session. Here’s the Deal- Special $99 Session fee for Mother’s Day (a 50% discount) Purchase a Gift Certificate Card for Mom before May 1st. That is a 50% savings on a full session fee. You may schedule the session anytime between May and October 15th. A 5×7 print of your choice is included. OR, if you would like to surprise Mom on Mother’s Day with photos of your kids – please contact me ASAP to secure a session time before Mothers’ Day at this same special price. April vacation is a great time to sneak this in! $99 session fee plus 5×7 print. Call for more info – 860-230-8828. *All additional prints, wall art or books will be at regular pricing. Give a Family Portrait Gift Certificate for a future date […]
Working From Home: My Ideas for Staying on Task Working from home as a professional photographer has had it’s rewards for the past 10 years. It is really practical and convenient since I am a very small business and I run most everything myself. I love it – most of the time, however, there are times when working from home is not helpful and I can become less productive. That said, here are some ways to shake it up. 1- Get dressed for work. This may seem obvious when working from home, but it was not for me. If you spend most of your days working from home, it is very easy to just throw on your comfy jeans, a pair of slippers and get down to work. Most days you may do fine, but, if you feel stuck or uninspired, try dressing up. Wear what you would normally wear if you worked in pubic, or at least, what you might wear out to lunch with a friend. This makes a huge difference for me. I feel more awake, energized and professional. This past Monday was a very blah morning for me. So, I dressing up for work. I went down to my office […]
Rising HS Seniors 2017! Are you interested in saving money on your HS Senior Portraits? Perhaps you wonder what it feels like to be a model? Or maybe you are not sure WHO to choose as your Senior Portrait photographer. If you answered YES to any of the questions, keep reading… Since it is that time of year to update my marketing materials for the upcoming senior portrait season, I am looking for interested rising HS seniors 2017 (or juniors now), who love to be photographed and who would enjoy being a model and have a short portrait session with me for free. This is a great opportunity for discounts on your ‘real’ Senior Session when the time comes (if you choose me as your Senior photographer) or if you are undecided on who you will choose to be your photographer – you can try me out! Remember, there is NO obligation to use me as your HS Senior Photographer. You would be helping me me with fresh looks for my upcoming senior season. So, come on in and join the fun! Please call or text NOW for more info about this opportunity – 860-230-8828. Don’t wait as I plan to start photographing these sessions really soon in preparation for […]
Congratulations, you just got engaged and now what? This is an exciting time and – your life just changed. Now, that you are engaged, it is time to plan. Here is the first thing to figure out – your budget. It will determine where and when are you will get married. Eloping? Big wedding or small wedding? On the beach, mountain top, at the rose garden, big venue or small? What month, season or time of day? Now once you know what you can afford, have fun with it! Get creative and remember to get help if you need it. Ask friends who have just gone through this. Talk to as some wedding vendors or planners in your area, the people who do this all year long for advice. Next, once you have found a venue and set a date, start looking for your photographer. We photographers book up well in advance, from 6 months to a year or more before a wedding date. So start looking at photographer websites and look for style, price, AND last but not least, experience. Call and speak with the photographer and ask them how long they have been doing this, and other questions that you want answered. […]
Great portrait locations. Great portrait locations are everywhere, depending on what kind of portraits you are creating and what your are looking for. Light rules. If the light is awful, find another location. Every town or city has great portrait locations, it is just a matter of finding places that provide backgrounds that are not too busy and don’t overwhelm the subject(s) and you need to know the time of day when the light will be perfect. High noon is not great, ends of days are. (note: I have photographed many noontime weddings, where I use flash, or decide to blow out backgrounds if I have to to capture good portraits or action at high noon. This article speaks to the ideal light for portraits only) This example above was literally a pretty bush by the side of the road! I loved the colors against her neutral clothing, and the woods behind her were not distracting. The most important thing was that the sky was wide open (no big trees) at an angle slightly to the side and in front of her so I could use it to light her face. It was late afternoon warm light with the sun backlighting the trees behind her […]