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Engagement Session in the Snow – Rachel and Rusty

This engagement session in the snow with Rachel and Rusty was a blast.  Any time of year is great for engagement sessions, but the snow is a lovely added element.  It is reflective on faces and simplifies the landscape in the backgrounds.  Rachel and Rusty will be married next summer here in CT, but we had to work around their semester schedule as they live across the country in California!  The only time we had for their engagement session was Thanksgiving weekend and what a beautiful weekend it was.  We had a light and pretty snow on the ground so Rachel wore gloves and a matching scarf which I love in portraits as they can add color and frame the face nicely.  All in all it was a lovely afternoon, with the soft light of winter on their beautiful faces.  Two of their favorite images will go on their 'Save the Date' cards. Thank you Rachel and Rusty for a great time.  I am looking forward to their August wedding here in Connecticut at The Pavilion on Crystal Lake in Middletown next summer. Here are some favorite images from this engagement session!
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Meet Rachel and Rusty. A beautiful couple and so fun to photograph!

 
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A lovely snuggle.

 
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Horsing around in a snowy meadow.

 
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Keeping Warm in a snowy CT orchard.

 
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Walking down the path together.

If you are newly engaged and would like to speak to me about scheduling an engagement session, please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Thank you for reading my blog.  Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.  

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.
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Nope, we all have to look at the camera.

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The camera is over there!

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Let's dance first to loosen up.

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Ah-oh! Matt slips on the ice!

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Can he get up?

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Pandemonium breaks out!

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Recovering...

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Just going with it!

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Oh, my...

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NOT Recovering.

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We finally got it!

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Thanks to our friend, Chris, who kept the shutter button going!

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.
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Beautiful colors that matched the landscape.

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Dress hanging in the beautiful Bridal Suite at The Waterview.

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Chelsea looking so perfect before we go outside for the ceremony.

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Before the ceremony I got some shots of the groom and his men, they were pumped!

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They settled down...

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The girls were silly too!

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What a fun group to work with!

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Here comes the Bride.

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Giving her away.

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At the Altar

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The Exchange of Rings

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First Kiss

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Husband and Wife

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By the Fountain at the Waterview

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A quiet moment by the fountain.

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Fun details.

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Chelsea and Peter did a fantastic job with the elegant and colorful details!

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The toasts.

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Laughter during the toasts!

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Maid of Honor

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Masquerade Party!

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The lovely wedding cake

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: Yumi Nails in Monroe, CT;  Cake: The Waterview

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 that!  Attention off my ego and attention on simply creating.  Try it, I find that it works. Well, this fall when the next competition came up... I looked through my images and there were four of them that I loved.  So, I forgot that I had given up and I entered the competition.  I am happy to announce that TWO of my prints placed 1st and 3rd in the portrait category.  This means they will hang in show at the State Convention in the spring and I have finally earned  points toward my Master Photographer Degree.  Yea!  I have a long way to go.. but I am going! The moral to this story is less about my win, and more about the process - sticking with it and not giving up on yourself.  Perseverance.  If you have ever felt like your goals were hopeless, I want to inspire you to not give up.  Do the thing you love.  Loose yourself in it.  Loose the ego.  Be yourself.  Keep going.  I am happy I did.  In fact, I actually forgot that I had given up!  Just take a break instead.  Play.  Have fun and reconnect with what you love about whatever that thing is you do.  If you keep doing it, you are bound to succeed. Here are my prints that placed 1st and 3rd. (in that order.)
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Title - Sun-Kissed Cowgirl

 
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Title - New England Love Story

Do you have an experience in perseverance?  Do share, I would love to know your story. Thanks for reading my blog.  Please leave some blog love.   I would love to know you were here. Kim

Creativity – a few thoughts.

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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 by inspiration in the moment.  Maybe creativity IS inspiration.  Think back to when you are doing something - anything- and in the moment something happens or an idea pops in your head and boom -- you are inspired!  It comes in a splash, a jolt of energy.  It overcomes you and you act on it.  This happens at weddings for me.  I know exactly what will happen on any given wedding day, as I plan so much of it with my couples.  But there are all the other cool things that each unique couple and family bring to the day... special moments that just happen when so much is going on.  So in this case, I am not thinking but, feeling my way through the day and my awareness is watching, just waiting for that special something.  Is this creativity? Or just being ready?   Maybe it is trusting that the creative spark will come and we have to be ready to take action when it does comes.  On the other hand, perhaps we don't always recognize it when it does come.  It may need be 'worked' or 'massaged'.  Giving it the time it needs time to brew - like working through a problem until you find the solution. Being open to the possibilities in the moment and letting that spark of inspiration come in and then, doing something is crucial I think.  As I continue moving forward in my creative work, my intention is to explore and "max out"my own creativity in my life.  I will do my best to not be afraid to just 'do'.  Experiment.  Explore.  Play.  Or, just try something.  Why not?  The photo above was one that I made one day in the spring when my Cornflowers were in bloom.  I was just playing in the studio.  Not sure what I will do with it... but the process was more important to me that day than the outcome. Working it.  Listening to oneself.  Not giving up too soon.  Having confidence in your self.  I think these contribute to our creativity. I would love to know what you think.  How does creativity or inspiration impact your life or work?  Where do you think it comes from?  What was the last most creative think you did?  Did it surprise you?  Please share. Thanks for reading. Kim PS:  For another perspective on Creativity check out this article by James Clear.

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 wonderful photo opportunities. This is what I love about photographing weddings.  It is a time for families to come together and really appreciate each other and reconnect in special ways, especially with family members that live so far away like this family.   Rob's dad was not able to be there as he is recuperating from an illness, however, the coolest thing was that he was able to see everything on a cell phone!  Thank goodness for technology.  We even got photos of him, too, via cell phone!  I was so moved by the love that these two families showed for each other and I was delighted to be part of their day.  Here are some highlights.
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Blue and White Bridal Bouquet

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Last minute adjustments

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Flower Girls

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Erin looks amazing.

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Our beautiful Bride

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The Ring Bearer.

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Our handsome groom.

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The Ring Ceremony

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Exiting the Pomfret Chapel

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Hey, Dad!

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In the Stanley Steamer

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In front of Pomfret Chapel.

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Priceless expression. So sweet.

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The Wedding Cake

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Father Daughter Dance with groom looking on.

Here is a list of the other wonderful vendors who helped make Erin and Rob's day so special. Music-  The Cartel's Dress & Veils: Jasmine Couture from The Wedding Dress in Portland Tux: Men's Warehouse Cake: Kim's Cottage Confections & Cake stand from Wallingford Taylor Rental Flowers: Floral Expressions, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reception Venue: Ellington Ridge Country Club    

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, safe and picturesque.  It sits on top of a cliff overlooking the St Lawrence River.  Truly a spectacular setting.  Our next goal for Québec City is to go to the Ice Hotel during the Winter Carnival!  Here are some of my favorite photos from our stay in Québec City.
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The Beautiful Grand Chateau Frontenac after a rain storm. We enjoyed our stay there.

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The view from the Chateau Frontenac of the St. Lawrence and Mountains NE of QC.

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The Streets were full of people enjoying the New France Festival.

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Citizens and tourists were encourage to dress up in the 18-19 c. costumes during this festival. It was a fun site!

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This troupe of performers were in a city square and they created quite a fantastic performance.

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I just loved the pretty stone buildings, flowers and colorful doors. We really did feel like we were in France!

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A glass artist demonstrating his craft in Quebec City.

 
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The view of the tower of The Chateau Frontenac was always spectacular from any viewpoint. Here is is at dusk seen from the lower part of the old city.

I highly suggest a visit to this amazing city to our north.  The food was wonderful, we met so many friendly and interesting Québec citizens and the festival was fun to experience.  These folks really enjoy life and their history.  Thanks for reading my blog.  Leave me a comment so I know you were here~ Kim