Wedding Color Trends for 2014!

COLORS! Wedding Trends for this year, 2014 are among my favorites!  This year the popular wedding colors include blues of all kinds, deep purples mixed with warmer tones – from red, orange to pinks.  So far, some of my 2014 brides are incorporating  orange and reds for the fall; shades of green and ivory for spring; and cool blue-violet mixed with whites for summer!  I love those pastels when it is blazing hot! I think color choices set a mood and tone for any event.  If you are a dramatic personality – hot colors may be your thing.  Romantic and understated, pastels and lace may be perfect! I think it actually depends on who you are, what you love and what time of year you decide to get married. What colors have you picked for your wedding day and why did you choose them?  Please share by leaving a comment! For some cool color combination ideas, visit this blog:  http://www.tulleandchantilly.com/blog/

Dog Day Portrait Event – Saturday, March 22, 2014

Special ONE DAY Photo Event at the Studio! DOG DAY: Get a portrait of your dog and help a local shelter*  Mini Portrait Session for $79 – includes 1- 5×7 print. Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the studio By appointment only CALL NOW to reserve your spot.  (860)230-8828 All sessions are pre-paid by credit card or check.  No refunds for no-shows. Limited to 14 sessions. First come, first served. *I will donate 20% of the session fee to a local animal shelter. Download a flyer for this event MORE DETAILS: Call now to schedule your appointment time.  All sessions are 20 minutes of photography within a 30 minute time slot (for getting your pup in/out with ease) This event is for DOGS only.  (NO cats, lizards, snakes or people – unless you feel you need to hold your dog.) Please arrive on time, NOT late or early.  Please be conscious of this for the sake of the dog before/after you.  We don’t want any growls or unhappiness.  This will be a fun time. Bring your dogs favorite treat in case we need to bribe. Potty your dog before coming into Studio.  I have plenty of […]

Dog Portraits in Connecticut.

I have recently begun doing dog portraits.  I find that my clients love their dogs and usually include them with the family portrait.  But how special to do a portrait of the dog alone. Do you have a beloved pet that is part of your family?  I grew up with cats, turtles, goldfish, and a parakeet named Ricky.  When my two boys were very young we got a dog named Roxy – a standard poodle – who changed all of our lives.  Really. Here are just a few of the ways she did this: She taught my boys not to fight but to make peace with each other and she would bark in their faces until they stopped; and to know the joy of taking care and being responsible for another being who depends on you. She taught me how to be a pack leader, firm and loving. She taught us greater awareness of unconditional love and devotion in action.  She would wait by the window or door until we returned home.  She offered her protection to us if she felt we were in danger, plus many more gifts of love. Roxy was with us for close to 11 years.  […]

Rachel & Ben’s West Hartford Wedding.

Rachel & Ben’s West Hartford wedding was a blast, not only for me as the photographer, but for everyone who attended.  Rachel and Ben were married on a beautiful day this past September.  When they told me that they were having a traditional Orthodox Jewish wedding, I was thrilled!  The traditions are so rich and beautiful and I was very excited to photograph it for them.  The weather was brutally hot and humid, but we had a wonderful air conditioned Temple to celebrate in. Rachel and Ben, with the help of the amazing congregation at the Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT, created a lovely day with family and friends in attendance from near and far.  The whole feel of the day was one of warmth, love and happiness.  Once the dancing and entertainment began – was wild and fun! I met Rachel, a very talented opera singer and teacher, through the photographic work I do for the Hartford Opera Theater at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.  Rachel and Ben (a lawyer in Hartford) moved here a few years ago.  They love the congregation at Temple Beth David so much that they decided to get married […]

Ideas for Your Connecticut Wedding

Congratulations to those couples who are newly engaged and planning your 2014-15 weddings!  I have been meeting with many couples over the last month discussing their ideas about venues and details as they plan their weddings.  Showing my albums and seeing the wheels turn as they look at my photographs,  I decided it would be cool to share these ideas that my own clients created with everyone who drops by my blog as it could be helpful to others. In this post I will concentrate on a favorite of mine – ‘Black and White’ Weddings.  Elegant, clean and appropriate for any time of the year.  Thank you to my wonderful couple, Nicole and Michael for creating a beautiful day. One of my favorite venues for photographing – the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.   Below you will see we photographed the formal portraits there.  Black & White just pops in that setting and the garden colors were perfect with Mom’s beautiful dress.  Be aware that there are fees and restrictions, but worth every penny, and please know that the fees help keep this very special place in tip top shape – so do your part and plan […]

Hummingbirds and CT Wedding Photography

I hope you all have enjoyed the holidays, made it through, or simply got some rest!  I hibernated a bit, had a great time with family and friends including many interesting conversations.  I would like to share one with you.  One night we shared ideas on personal Totems for each other… sometimes called Spirit Animals or  Totems that American Indians and other world peoples have adopted in their spiritual lives. I always thought I related to the Wolf as a totem… as I have had many dreams in recent years with Wolves showing up.  Perhaps it is just one Spirit Animal that I have needed in various times in my life, being a mother/pack leader for example.  But, my son mentioned that he thought the Hummingbird Totem was perfect for me, and everyone agreed.  Well, I was skeptical, but I do love those little birds, even have a Hummy Bird Feeder outside my window, plus a clock in my dining room with a hummingbird on it that my family gave to me.  I looked up info on the Hummingbird Totem and sure enough it does describe many of my attributes.  Perhaps, sometimes it takes a reflection back from others to […]

Amarante’s Seacliff Weddings in Connecticut – 5 reasons I love this place.

I do have the best job in the world.  I love serving my clients and thinking up cool ways to create something really special for each couple on their wedding day.  There are many wedding locations in CT where I love to work.  One of these is Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven.  Let me tell you a little about why I enjoy this place so much. #1:  Grace and the whole team at Amarante’s treat their clients and vendors like family.  (I am a preferred vendor there so I know!)  They really care about your wedding day.. and they work with you as if you ARE a member of their own family.  This is for real and not something you find anywhere.  Trust me. #2:  The food is awesome.  I love to eat great food and when I photograph weddings I get very hungry so, it is always a pleasure to eat their fine food.   Amarante’s does an awesome job at their Client Tasting events twice a year, too! #3:  The service is wonderful.  I have NEVER I experienced a hold up in the meal coming out or a glitch in the time-line that makes the guests fidgity wondering when […]

Fun CT Engagement Sessions!

This is what I believe: -That every engaged couple wants beautiful images of themselves to mark this special time in their lives, which will enable them to feel comfortable being photographed on their wedding day. -Every person deserves to have beautiful photographs of themselves that reflect who they are now, so that future generations can connect to their family history in years to come. If you feel this way, welcome! My job as a ‘family historian’ begins with weddings.  Yes, I am a wedding photographer in CT who cares about the importance of family history. A fun way to invite wedding clients into my studio is the engagement session.  Engagement sessions are fun and helpful especially if you can do it with your chosen wedding photographer.  I will tell you why- You and your wedding photographer, the person you will be spending a great deal of time with before, on and after your wedding day, will make it their mission to capture you and your partner as you are naturally and find out what your concerns are regarding how you look in photos. Do you suffer from photo trauma?  This kind of session before the wedding day can cure this!  Your […]

Giving thanks for “down time”.

Everyone needs a break and I am so grateful for holidays.  The fall has been hectic and fun, work has been really exciting.. but it takes a toll on this CT Wedding photographer!  By this time of year I am ready for a break! As I celebrated Thanksgiving with my amazing family, I came to appreciate what ‘down time’ means to me.  If we keep pushing the limits and become focused on the job constantly, there is no time for perspective shifts, or the time for resting the mind from its busy work.  Cooking for others and engaging in another creative process can free the mind, relax it and allow new ideas to flow in. I cooked like crazy…which was really fun because I only cook like this once a year!  A turkey AND a ham.. lots of accompaniments and desserts; visited with my family; spoke on the phone with far away relatives and friends, shared experiences and stories, reminisced and laughed a lot!  It was a refreshing break from my usual routine – AND I had a great time. Then earlier today, when I sat down to go over some layouts and designs for client albums that I had […]

Wedding Tips for Interviewing a Photographer.

Hello!  I have been meeting with many brides for the 2014 Wedding Season lately, and I wanted to share some things with you if you are looking for a photographer for your CT wedding.  It is important that your research and interviews go smoothly and that you find the ‘right for you’ vendors for your wedding day. 1) Prioritize what is super important to you first.  Is it the dress or flowers?   The venue or food?  Or is it the photography?  Let’s assume you are making the venue and the photography a major priority and that they are the most important things to find first.  This seems to be the case with a majority of my brides and grooms. (note: most of my brides contract a venue and date first, but I have many brides who CALL ME first and ask me when I am available.  I love that!) So, once you have a date set, I would suggest that you start looking for a professional photographer.  Why professional?  I have spoken to many unhappy couples who did not hire a professional in order to save money and they were very sorry later.  I won’t go in to the many […]