What a year this was. We probably all need some time to reflect on it and that is what I have been doing as I end my wedding and portrait season this week. Hence, my End of Year Review!
This year, 2016, there was disruption, excitement of all kinds, plus many wonderful things, too. In my business - my wedding clients were the best ever, all of you so interesting and creative how you planned the perfect wedding celebrations to share your love with family and friends. I am grateful for my returning clients who've come back every year or so to record life's milestones. Thank you. I have enjoyed every minute with you all!
This year stretched me and challenged me to see familiar things in new ways. There is always something new to learn and this year came with opportunities to grow. I decided early in 2016 to have a word for the year. It was - 'Effortlessness'. I did manage to find moments personally and in my work that became effortless. Quite amazing, actually. I will find a new word for 2017 that will inspire and push me forward again.
I decided to limit this End of Year Review to 8 photos. It was definitely a challenge. The images I chose include clients I have spent a lot of time with over the years, and those clients that sat in front of my camera for only a few minutes, and in doing so, gave something of themselves to the photo and me. I wish I could include everyone, but that would be to large a task and too long a post.
So, thank you to all of you who entrusted me with your wedding, event, headshot or portrait this year. If I did not include you here, please know that it is not because I did not care about you or that something was not good enough... I chose to share those moments that were unexpected or that stood out in a unique way for me. Please know that each one of you are special to me.
Here goes -
This is a band that I photographed on Talcott Mountain in CT. We spent more time hiking to the top then actually photographing! It was a pleasure to get to know these guys and create a series of photos for their new album. Check out their album here [link]
The center of Indianapolis! I was hired to do some work in this city last summer and part of my job was to capture nice scenics of the city. This is the Soldiers and Sailors War memorial. It reminds me of Europe. This was view from my hotel room. It is a long exposure to capture the car lights and give an idea of the street life at night. It really is painting with light as the cars moved thru the streets. I never went up to the top but I hear there is a great view from there as well. I love landscape photography and it gave me a chance to spread my wings a little.
This one touches my heart. This moment is during a larger family portrait session. They were unaware of me, a quick moment of just simply enjoying each other and feeling the love.
I have been photographing this business called Parks Superior the last few years. This is Sam. He is a mechanic there and services the limousines. This session was on site and was scheduled to create up to date images of all the employees for the company website. I was struck by Sam's naturalness and he did not seem to mind this task that so many hate doing - having a headshot done. I think I made 2 exposures. It took one minute or less. I just asked him to sit there and be himself. He gave me great connection and eye contact. There was nothing I could have done to make it better. I thought that was cool. Thanks, Sam.
Meet Adam. Here is a person who does not like having his photo taken. He came to me as a senior in high school 4 years ago ONLY because his mom insisted. He is actually a friend of my son. They were buddies in high school and I had not seen him in years! Now that he has graduated college his mom asked him to come again for portraits. He agreed thank goodness, and I am very happy he did. Somehow he felt comfortable enough to let this smile fly and show his warm and friendly personality - This is the Adam I remember from years ago hanging out with my son. Just love that I could capture this handsome young man in a portrait, again.
I don't do a lot of maturnity sessions, but Petra Ann was a wedding client of mine and now comes back for family portraits. This was her first pregnancy and I am thrilled she asked me to do this for her. This photo was after we did others in her own clothing. I asked her to give me a chance to try some thing new... so we made her a dress out of a length of tulle and created this Studio Portrait a few weeks before her son was born.
One of my favorite wedding portraits this year. I only chose this one because I was struck by the attention to detail that this couple had in creating their wedding day and how that amazing veil and dress looked in that late day light. Her veil, bouquets, and many other details were hand made by this very talented bride and it made the whole experience for their friends and family very personal. Their engagement session was at Harkness Park and this wedding day portrait was taken at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Here is a link to view more.
Talk about unique weddings! This one was last weekend in Willmantic CT. I include it here as it was a moment that surprised me and their guests. Caroline and Kevin nailed it with a pop-up drumline who escorted them and their guests from the Kerri Gallery (where they were married) to the reception at 750 Main, Cafemantic's event site. It stopped traffic, created plenty of cheers and car horns were honking! Quite a fun celebratory march. I believe this couple played in the UCONN marching band so the drumline was a perfect addition to the evening!
That wraps up my End of Year Review. By the way, if you are thinking about your 'word' for 2017 here is a link to a word list to inspire you. It is from Christine Kane, a business Coach, who I heard about through a friend who has worked with her. Just click this link and you will find a pdf download with the info about choosing your word of the year! Have fun with it and I hope you create a wonderful new year for yourselves!
Fall family portraits are an important and meaningful service I offer my clients. I have a family of my own and there were years with young kids when I was not in any of the photos. This is because I was taking the photos! How nice it would have been to see us all together. This is the plight of many families whether they are photographers or not. Being in service to my clients as a professional portrait photographer, it gives me great pleasure to capture Mom, Dad and ALL the kids together!
Are you are a family with growing children? Do you want to create a family history with professional photos where everyone looks great? And YOU, the parents, are included too? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you love what you see here, please contact me today to set up a consultation for your family portrait. Grab your favorite sweaters and meet me in a beautiful setting outdoors with your family. It is not too late - CALL me today!
My Top 3 reasons why I love photographing families:
1- I have extraordinary clients every fall who want to update their family history in photos. It is so much fun to see how they change and grow every year. I hope my new clients this year will come back every year as well.
2- I feel like I am training my families to be comfortable in front of a camera where fun is the name of the game. They may ago out into the world NOT being camera shy, and knowing the benefits to hiring a professional photographer who can help them look their best.
3- I know that these families will always have a record of these years as they all grow and change, which include Mom and Dad in the photos, as well.
Meet the Leonards. This family has been coming back year after year for family portraits with me. Sometimes we do it in their home, or at a location, but this year they moved to a new home so we photographed them there in their beautiful yard. Here are some of my favorites from our session.
A Guilford Yacht Club wedding is always wedding in Connecticut that I look forward to! The setting is fantastic with views of the Long Island Sound, pretty sailboats next door, and a beautiful green lawn for an outdoor ceremony. This venue is perfect for the photography especially when the weather is cooperating like on this day.
Cassie and Steve's wedding last October is a perfect example of luck when it comes to the weather. Leading up to that day, it was a little nerve wracking but, that morning the sky cleared and we could not have asked for a better day. Their guests were able to ramble on lawn and the wedding party and their families were able to have portraits done there before the ceremony began.
Inside the Guilford Yacht Club there are many benefits to note for a wedding celebration. I love the main dining room's open space with a four sided balcony above. It provides great views of the action below, plus, the outdoor balcony that looks out to the Long Island Sound is great for group photos of the Bride and Groom and all their guests. The entryway is nice for greeting guests and there is plenty of room upstairs for the bridal party to get ready on site. A plus for everyone with less running around before the wedding begins! Gourmet Galley, who has been serving beautiful celebratory meals for the last 20 years, did a fantastic job with the cocktail hour and dinner! It is always a pleasure to work with them at the Guilford Yacht Club.
Congratulations to Cassie and Steve! I wish the best to you and your families. If you are contemplating a Guilford Yacht Club Wedding, call soon see if your date is available. I highly recommend them!
Cassie's beautiful gown and flowers.
Getting ready in the pretty bridal suite.
A spectacular gown!
Their "First Look" as Cassie sneaks up on Steve.
The whole bridal party on the lawn.
The Groom and his men.
The ceremony with an amazing view. Thank you to my trusted helper and photographer Jean Molodetz!
This venue makes it possible to have a group photo of everyone!
A look at the dining room before the guests eat dinner.
The golden hour and a short walk on the grounds.
The beautiful couple has a chance for a quiet moment together.
I had the honor of photographing Crystal and Zack's Wedding a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic sunny and warm day, perfect for a Connecticut Farm Wedding! The day was full of family and close friends, yet an intimate and fun event that everyone enjoyed. The farm setting was unique and lovely, even the bride's horse was right at home. The kids had a blast running free all day and I think the adults had a really good time, too.
A unique location like this has its challenges photographically because of the time of day, 12 noon, and open fields have no shade. It really is the most difficult light of the day, however, I did not worry and found ways to make it work. You see, the sun directly overhead makes it difficult to make light contour the face and body. No light in the eyes, and people tend to squint more. I had to make sure I used backlight and sidelight so everyone would look their best. The shade of the big old tree, nature's alter/church, was perfect and a nice backdrop for the ceremony. There was an orchard where we did some photos down by the barn where we had darker backgrounds and places to backlight the couple, and we managed to find some shade at the corners of the property for some portraits as the day wore on.
Oh, and how could I forget - the pig roast was amazing and tasty too! They were up since 5 am that morning getting it ready. Congratulations to Crystal and Zack and best wishes for a long happy life together.
The Bride and Her Horse. I put my bride in the shade of her horse and back lit them both.
The Flower Girl with a delicate touch!
The Bride and her father, coming down the field to the alter under the tree.
"We did it!"
The very handsome couple!
Down by the Barn.
The Flower Girl is Free at last!
A quiet moment.
Pig Roast. Dinner is ready!
Father of the Bride.
Kids always add fun to the party!
It was a great day! Thank you for visiting my blog.
I had the honor of photographing this Mystic Seaport Wedding of Krisann & Tim. What an awesome couple! Krisann just happens to work at Mystic Seaport so she knew how wonderful it would be. Plus she is so creative and talented that she made her own veil and arranged all the flowers bouquets and arrangements! The ceremony took place in the Greenmanville Church and their reception was at Latitude 41 the restaurant right next door to the Seaport. It was a lovely day for a wedding however very hot and humid, so we stuck close to the air-conditioned Latitude 41 and took photos around that area of the Seaport. Here are some photos from the day.
A quiet moment as newly weds at Mystic Seaport. This Bridal Gown is a 'Rosa Clara Soft' from Ceremony in Boston. They both looked amazing and the light was perfect to show off the dress- plus the veil that she made herself.
The brides shoes by Betsy Johnson with the brides handmade veil.
The Bridal Bouquet - the Brides creation.
In the pretty dressing room at Latitude 41, Mystic, CT. Krisann has a great sense of style!
Adjusting the handmade veil... how many beads? It was spectacular!
The Groom and his Best Man - final adjustments in Latitude 41. Bow Ties by Brackish Bow Ties (Charleston SC)
Two very cute kids with important jobs carried out perfectly! Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
Our groom, Tim, gets a first look as his bride enters the Greenmanville Church at Mystic Seaport.
Here comes the bride!
The "I DO's" in front of the amazing Sea Mural in the Greenmanville Church, Mystic, Seaport, CT
The whole wedding party.
Some time alone for photos around the docks.
Latitude 41 table setting with the brides own floral arrangements.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Indianapolis, IN. I had no time to do any research or to develop any ideas of what the city was like before visiting. I was very happily surprised at what I found to be a beautiful city - small and very easy to walk to everything. There are beautiful monuments, old historic buildings and parks, tons of business and but places to relax outdoors with wonderful breweries and restaurants. Here are a few photos that I was able to make while I working in Indianapolis for a few days.
The center of Indianapolis! The Soldiers and Sailors War memorial. It reminds me of Europe. This was view from my hotel room. It's a long exposure to capture the car lights and give an idea of the street life at night. I never went up to the top but I hear there is a great view.
An example of the historic architecture.
A view of the city skyline.
Lots of museums and a nice place to walk and enjoy the canal and adjoining park.
Another view of the canal area, a place to chill. There was a band playing at one of the restaurants and lots of dancing and fun going on.
A view of the Indiana World War Memorial.
A view from the top of the World War Memorial.
Rides in carriages in the center of town at the Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial.
Old and New juxtaposition. I found it so interesting. This is the post office in the foreground.
Amarante's Sea Cliff Weddings are among my favorites to photograph. Located in New Haven, Connecticut on the shoreline, it is a romantic, fun place to celebrate. I have found that the staff treat every bride, groom and their families as if they were their own! Peter Garceau and his staff do an amazing job.
On June 11th, Amarante's Sea Cliff was at its best. It had rained all morning, however, just in time for setting up chairs out on the lawn, the clouds parted and the day that Stephanie and Adam had dreamed of became a reality. They could not have asked for more perfect timing. I met the bride and her girls in the beautifully decorated dressing room upstairs. There was champagne, laughter and anticipation. Stephanie's father stopped by as soon as she was in her gown and we caught a beautiful moment as he saw her for the first time as a gorgeous bride! Here are some highlights from Stephanie and Adam's special day.
Flowers by 'One Fine Day', Sarah Parlos - Floral Artist and Event Planner.