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 […]

Creativity – a few thoughts.

Creativity is something that amazes me.  Where does it come from, what is it – do we all possess it?  I am a photographer, but spent years being a musician.  These are creative pursuits and I never really thought much about how creativity worked.  It just was.  We all create tons of stuff every day, every hour, maybe non stop! One thing is sure in my mind,  it is not a button that I can turn on and off.  Except, sometimes it does feel like the switch is off.  What happens then?  Especially under stress, pressure or when just too tired to care, can you turn it on again?  Perhaps it is a state of being and creativity comes when you listen to yourself.  If that is the case, maybe we should listen more of the time, especially if our job demands it.  What about that voice in your head that says “But it won’t be good enough” or, “I don’t have time” or,  “They won’t like it”.  Arg – real creativity killer!  Giving up is not a good thing for creativity. When I “TRY” to be creative… I am not.  I cannot force it.  Creativity comes to me  many times […]

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 […]

Québec City – A gem on the St. Lawrence River

Québec City is one of my favorite places to visit.  My husband and I took time off this summer and we chose to spend time with friends and family around New England, and then took off on our own to Québec City.  We love this city because, not only can we practice our french but, the people and the city are so beautiful.  We planned to go see the New France Festival and it was really fun.  I loved photographing the events and the city itself.  Travel photography is a passion of mine, so little time to do it, but perhaps I will make more time for this in the future…we’ll see! The New France Festival was taking place during our stay.  It is a celebration of life in Québec City during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was a colony of France.  The cobblestone streets of the historic Old Québec district are the setting for street performances featuring hundreds of characters dressed in period costumes. Visitors are welcomed to dress up and join in, or simply watch the events, which include dancing, music, markets, storytelling, thematic dinner shows and parades. We love how this city is so friendly, […]

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) […]

Fun Summer Portrait Photography

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 […]

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.