Tips for Your Wedding Photography!

As a wedding photographer in Connecticut, I am comfortable behind the camera, but a bride and groom may not be so comfortable as the subject on the other side.  That is why I highly recommend ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS before the wedding day if possible.  This gives you time to feel what it feels like to be the main photographic subject all day!  The more time you spend with your photographer, the more comfortable you will be in front of their camera.  This kind of pre-wedding session will also give you time to get to know your photographer and visa-versa: be yourselves – wacky, fun or a little crazy and there will be plenty of “moments” to capture the real you in photos you will cherish. Also, your photographer can help you learn to pose so you look great on this day AND ON  YOUR WEDDING DAY.  Posing is the not the big bad ugly that so many people think it is.  I pose people to look their very best.  Isn’t that what everyone wants – to look great?  I also realize that it is important to look natural, too, there is no better place than an engagement session with your photographer […]

Spring in Connecticut is bursting out all over!

Here is a look at what is happening in my garden.  Bleeding hearts in full bloom.

Portrait of the Artist

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful painter, Blanche Serban, who lives here in Mansfield/Storrs, Connecticut.  I have gotten to know Blanche over the years because we both are volunteers for our town and serve on the Arts Advisory Committee.   Blanche has shown her work all over Connecticut, Rhode Island, Boston and Provence, France!  Her show at the Chabot Gallery in Providence, RI is closing today, but I believe she has a new show coming up, so check out her exhibition schedule on her website .   Her work is extraordinary.  

The Necessary Headshot

Recently I photographed Kristin Schwab,  Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.   My approach to headshots is to photograph each individual in an authentic way while highlighting their best features.  The eyes are especially important in order to connect them to their viewers as you see below.  That is why I find this image compelling –  you can see who she is! In this visual world we live in, the headshot has become very important.  Are you putting your best face forward?  If you would like to, give me a call today!  

Spring flowers in CT.

My Magnolia is blooming on this first day of spring 2012!  I love this tree and this year there is no fear that the blooms will freeze.  This week, at least!  Spring weddings should be wonderful this year!

Inspiration.

When I put myself in the company of incredibly creative people, inspiration seems to be contagious. Have you had this experience? It really does matter who you hang around with. I just came back from my professional convention and spent 4 days in the company of many wonderfully talented people. The most important part, whether you are a photographer or other professional, is that it doesn’t matter what business or area of expertise you are in. I believe we are all creative in some way in our work and our lives. We all need inspiration and we can create it with our “team”. It could be co-workers, or others! The connections made by sharing, collaborating and brainstorming can be quite profound. A marvelous photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, gave a presentation at the convention and said something like, “You never know where inspiration will come from”.  So true! Where will YOU find new inspiration? Stay open and  look out for a new perspective or idea by connecting with the people around you – and let me know what happens by commenting here! My inspiration lead me to ‘play’.  This effect was captured in low directional light and I experimented with camera […]

CT Wedding Moments: When the photographer is invisible.

I have been meeting with many engaged couples lately and I noticed that most of them are concerned about how the photographer(s) work at capturing natural images.  My clients want images where the subjects are not distracted from the action by a photographer who keeps telling them to smile, or pose etc.  So I thought I would post just a few that show what happens when I make myself invisible.  There are many more.. but this gives an idea of how I work and some moments that are captured while the subjects are unaware. The first one here is the couple enjoying the walk back from out portrait session after the ceremony.  I walked a head and waited until they were engrossed in conversation.  They didn’t know I was still photographing them.   Here is Dad, sitting on the bed looking up at his beautiful daughter as her mother arranged her veil.  I could not have caught that expression if I made myself visible.  I like to ‘shoot through’ as well.   This mother and daughter was a grab shot as I walked through the cocktail hour.  There was a nice connection between them that attracted my eye.   And […]

Do you need a new headshot?

I had the pleasure of creating some new head shots for Pamela Horton, AFFINITY MARKETING DIRECTOR at BEARINGSTAR INSURANCE.  We had such a good time, and she was surprised how painless the process was.  That made me really happy!  I think she looks fantastic, don’t you?   Three different looks for different business applications.  We did some studio lighting and natural lighting. It’s a good idea to update your head shot every two years, so give me a call and I can create something special for you, too.

Beautiful planet we live on!

I spent some time in Florida on the east coast and enjoyed a sunrise view every day.  I will share more of them as each morning was unique.  Here is one of my favorites.  (taken with my trusty little Nikon P7000!)  Amazing how the sunrise became a ritual event for us each morning. It doesn’t matter what season it is or where you are (unless it is cloudy), you may start your day with nature’s beautiful morning gift! 

A Favorite Image.

I know it is rather traditional and maybe out of date to some minds.. but this kind image is a favorite of mine.  I love the uniqueness of each hand; the contrast and the details.  Hands have always been a favorite photographic subject of mine.  When I studied fine art at UConn, I made a book (by hand)  filled with photographs called, “Hands at Work”.   These were dentists, artists, a baker, a mechanic, etc.   Hands in themselves can tell the story of the person or persons they belong to.  What does this image say to you?  Please leave your thoughts, I would love to know.