Tips for Great Wedding Photos – Part 1.

So you would love to have great photos on your wedding day? Here are some things to bear in mind.  Usually you would be thinking about this from the start of your planning. LOCATION is key.  A beautiful location with nice backgrounds and ambiance will help create wonderful photos on your wedding day.   Take this into consideration as you look for a venue, church and reception site.   These are the places where light is important.  Plenty of window light is helpful in creating beautiful photos of faces and all the action at the reception.  If it is a night reception or a ballroom, check out the lighting beforehand.  Low light or candlelight can be wonderful for creating mood. A good photographer can ‘make’ their own light on location if necessary. THE SWEET LIGHT: Sunset times are very important to know when you set your date and your venue.  Two hours before sunset is the soft golden light and perfect for outdoor ceremonies & your formal portraits.  We photographers sometimes call this the sweet light.  This portrait was taken on a porch late in the afternoon in September at the Publick House in Sturbridge MA .   A good photographer can also create […]

More Weddings in CT and Beyond!

As promised, I am back with another New England wedding at the Historic Publick House in Massachesetts.  I photographed two weddings there this year and both were very different.  One reception was in the tent and the other in the barn, and there are two outdoor venues for outdoor ceremonies.  The big lawn on the hill and the garden lawn near the tent.  I love photographing at this venue, the opportunities for photography are wonderful and the staff terrific.  There are a variety of accommodations for overnight stays on site as well.  Plus, the food is great!  Check it out if you are looking for a unique place to get married. Here is Carolyn and Ryan’s wedding on the big lawn.  It was a wild day- from fog, sun to rain!  This was an August wedding.  Don’t you just love her dress?  This first image was taken in a lovely little house by the motel.  It had wonderful natural light for portraits. Here is the Gazebo with beautiful landscaping for the ceremony. And, that lucky rain.  Boy did it pour and really soaked the groom.  But look at their faces… he doesn’t care and she is happy as could be to […]

Wedding Photography in CT and Beyond!

Hi.  I am a wedding photographer in Connecticut.  I love this state and New England with all it variety.   I was born and raised here, but have not lived here my whole life.  After spending time in New York City and Rochester, NY  for my college years; Santa Barbara, CA and Baton Rouge, LA working and starting a family, I am grateful to have moved back to Connecticut to live in its’ ‘Quiet Corner‘.  I like the variety New England offers from its cities, beaches, mountains and of course the seasonal changes that make photography here so colorful.  It is a great place to raise children, too!  I have raised two of them.  Anyway, I just wanted to share some of the wonderful moments in my 2012 season of weddings here in Connecticut and New England…. though my reach this year was only in Connecticut to Massachusetts but, I loved every minute! Here are some warm weather moments to enjoy. This first couple, Heather and Eric were married in July at the beautiful Alumni House on the UConn campus.  It is a wonderful venue.  This ceremony took place in the lovely courtyard.   Here is Petra-Ann and Derrick whose wedding […]

Wedding Albums Tell the Story.

I promised that I would show you more wedding albums I designed this year… so on this last day of 2012, here is another sampling from one of my favorites.  This wedding took place at the Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Connecticut in July.  I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a elegant, intimate space for a wedding.  There ceremony took place outdoors in the Courtyard patio area and the reception inside the pretty hall with a beautiful stairway and lots of windows.  Graduates of UConn, Heather and Eric had a splendid day and created many of the wedding details themselves.  Their fun-loving, warm and unique personalities were evident and were reflected in their choices of decor and reception details right down to the “donuts to go” bags that made it fun and comfortable for all their guests.  Albums are a big part of my wedding business, it is the first family heirloom and will be a treasured keepsake to share with family and friends.  The digital world of photography can be dangerous as a digital file can be lost or corrupted easily, and who knows what kinds of technology we will have in […]

Album Design time!

  I have been roasting turkeys and hams, finding time to take walks and talk with friends.  That is what I love about this holiday season.  But also, it is the time to finish up album designs, print orders and things like that.  I would like to share a few pages from my album layouts that I am creating.  I like to keep the pages simple, elegant and create a layout that will stand the test of time.  No gimmicks or trendy stuff.  This is the first family heirloom, after all.  Here are a couple of pages from the album of Carolyn and Ryan.  Their wedding was at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.   It was an amazing day, from morning fog, to hot sun and then a torrential downpour!  But this lovely couple took it all in stride and loved every minute of their day!  I did, too. Well, now it is back to work on the final touches for the next album that I am getting ready for print!  Please leave me some blog love with a comment here.  I would love to hear from you.  

Anna & Nayan’s Publick House Wedding

I had the honor of photographing Anna & Nayan’s wedding recently at one of my favorite venues, The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.   It was a perfect day!  Congratulations to this wonderful couple.  They planned it all themselves with some help from some wonderful wedding vendors!  Take a look… Hair and makeup by Tiffany Leo of Tiffany’s Hair Studio in Sturbridge, MA.   She does great work for brides who like the natural look. The beautiful fall flower bouquets and totally inspired flower purses for the bridesmaids were created by Helena Willis of Perfect Princess Events in Vernon, CT. Anna all ready to go in a dress by Oleg Cassini. ‘First look’ in the tight corners of the publick House.  Nayan is very tall and the ceilings are very low! On the porch of the Publick House. A friend of Anna makes chapstick and they were the vehicle for the place cards on the reception table.  Anyone want to share the creators name?   This was cool. And the Publick Houses’ beautiful garden gazebo for the ceremony. The reception was held in the magnificent Canopy Tent next to the Garden Gazebo and Cathy O’Brien did an amazing job with catering and […]

CT Wedding at UConn Alumni House – Sneak Peek!

Heather and Eric, UConn Alumni, were married at the Storrs campus last weekend.  It was a really fun wedding with many personal touches.  Here is a sneak peak of a few images.  There will be more to come so check back soon.

CT Engagement – Anna & Nayan

  Thank you, Anna and Nayan for stealing time with me to create some photographs of you on your quick stop through Connecticut!  Travel is a part of this extraordinary couple’s lives who now live now in England.   We had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to have an engagement session right here in New England! We found some beautiful spots among the dogwoods, barns and country roads…. Congratulations to you both on your wedding in September!  I am looking forward to telling your story in photographs.

Wedding Photography Tips for the Bride.

Hair and make-up.  Keep it simple.  This is not the time to try a brand new hairstyle.   Why not plan a hair and makeup ‘rehearsal’ day.  This way you can be sure it is what you want AND you will have a clear idea of HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE to create it.  Very often things take longer than expected and that leads to a stressful situation – running out of time for photos or being late for your ceremony or both!   With good planning and time management  things will go smoothly and your photographer will have plenty of time to capture images of you getting ready, plus beautiful portraits of you dressed and ready to go!  And last but not least, add at least 15 minutes to everything.  Build time in for yourself and your wedding party to avoid running late.

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 […]