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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Priya and Andy were married on Saturday at The Riverhouse. It was a morning ceremony and the weather was perfect. The Riverhouse’s beautiful setting – a modern and unique patio with a beautiful garden was the ideal backdrop! Congratulations Priya and Andy – it was an honor to photograph your wedding. Here are a few favorites from the day. Very unique gift for the guests…a little live plant beautifully packaged! A quiet moment before the reception.. Our beautiful bride! And the beautiful gown by Maggie Sottero!
I am celebrating the love between Petra and Derrick on the blog today! These two very special people are to be married in October and I look forward to their wedding at Amarante’s! They were right at home in the fields around my studio in Mansfield, CT. The love I saw and felt between them warmed my heart! I feel that the engagement session is an opportunity for engaged couples to capture something special for themselves that they may not have another chance to do. These days leading up the the wedding day are very special. Thank you, guys, for a wonderful afternoon together. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Check back for other engagements, weddings and portraits; and friend me on facebook, too!
I recently attended the May Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp taught by Cliff Mautner in Haddonfield, NJ. Cliff, one of the top ten photographers in the world, is a natural teacher, as well as a supportive, generous and genuine person. I found this workshop to be a life-changing experience. Why go anywhere else? I highly recommend it to any wedding photographer who, like myself, always ran for the shade. Or, that struggles with adding light when there is no ‘quality light’ to be found. With Cliff’s coaching and personal attention, I was able to find the light, see the light, or add the light myself. We had plenty of time to work for 2 and a half days, with a group of beautiful models on location in downtown Philadelphia. ‘Hands on’ was what I needed to be able to see and understand what Cliff was teaching. The size of the workshop was perfect, no more than 18 photographers, who were some of the most wonderful and talented people from all over the world that I have met. We all delighted in the realization that we could actually leave this workshop with skills that each of us could use to create our […]
I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Melanie and Jeff on Sunday. It took place at the beautiful Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven, CT. Melanie looked fabulous in a gown by Casablanca from Fairy Tales Formal in Glastonbury. The cake was by Creative Cakes by Donna. The grooms mother, Beth Weller and friend, Janet Sanders provided the floral centerpieces and the beautiful sunflower bouquets! Here are a few of my favorite images from the day! The last image of the couples first dance was taken by the amazing, Jean Moledetz, who was my second photographer for the day!
Unlike looking for your perfect venue or dress, which you can see and experience in the moment…the photography is something very different. You need to be able to trust your photographer to produce the kind of imagery you desire at a future date! This is no small task. It requires asking for photographer referrals from family and friends; then looking at their websites, interviewing them in person, taking good notes and having a list of questions ready for them. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and let them know exactly what you envision for your wedding photography. San Francisco wedding photographer, Joseph Kohn, has a great article on his website about these specific questions to ask each photographer you interview.
Tip #3 When you picked your ceremony and reception site, what was it that you fell in love with? What ever it is, let your photographer know. It is important to me as a photographer to know what you envisioned when you chose that place. For instance, if it is at a mansion and the spiral staircase and graceful columns were what excited you; or if that stonewall and barn behind the reception site made you jump for joy – make sure you communicate this so it is not overlooked that day. This is a great reason why choosing a photographer who you feel comfortable talking with and who takes the time to listen and ask about what you have in mind is so important. If you chose a venue with no areas on site for creative photography, you can always find cool places on the way or in the area that are interesting and make good backdrops for your group photos. You just need to communicate the need for this and plan it with your photographer. I am always available to go to on site ahead of time and walk it with my couples so we are on the […]
Tip#2: With so many colors to choose from, think about how your color choices will look in your wedding images. Also, save the leftover fabric (hems) from your brides maids dresses so you can either match colors for the details, centerpieces or wrap the bouquet stems. Take a look at one of my brides from 2010, Pamela. She had a unique color scheme at her wedding at the Inn at Mystic, CT. I think it looked great for a summer outdoor ceremony! Pastels would not have stood up in the direct sun. Here they are in the shade for the photos and it still looks great.