My wedding clients often ask: ‘What should we wear for our engagement session?’ Here are some answers to this common question- 1- Wear something that reflects your personality and that you feel good in. This will help you feel comfortable especially if you’ve never had a professional photographer photograph you before. Some of my clients have told me that they were nervous at first and that wearing something comfortable and familiar made them feel like themselves. I photograph many couples in jeans as well, so as long as you feel at home in the clothes you wear, it will allow you to be yourself. 2- Find clothes that flatter your figure. How do you do this? Here is an important photographic fact that will help you: The lightest color in a photograph will appear larger. Hmm, how about that! We all have some some body issue that we do not appreciate when we see ourselves in photos. It could be those few pounds we have been meaning to lose or something you don’t like about your figure. Try to avoid wearing large horizontal stripes as it may draw attention to the part you don’t like. Also, if your arms or legs are paler than your face, cover them up! They will only look larger. Your face should be the brightest part of the […]
Congratulations, you just got engaged and now what? This is an exciting time and – your life just changed. Now, that you are engaged, it is time to plan. Here is the first thing to figure out – your budget. It will determine where and when are you will get married. Eloping? Big wedding or small wedding? On the beach, mountain top, at the rose garden, big venue or small? What month, season or time of day? Now once you know what you can afford, have fun with it! Get creative and remember to get help if you need it. Ask friends who have just gone through this. Talk to as some wedding vendors or planners in your area, the people who do this all year long for advice. Next, once you have found a venue and set a date, start looking for your photographer. We photographers book up well in advance, from 6 months to a year or more before a wedding date. So start looking at photographer websites and look for style, price, AND last but not least, experience. Call and speak with the photographer and ask them how long they have been doing this, and other questions that you want answered. […]
I am proud to say that my photographic prints won some awards this winter. I attend the Connecticut’s Professional Photographers convention each year where Connecticut’s professional photographers come together to inspire each other, share ideas and help everyone grow in many different ways. The Photographic Print Award Competition is a big part of this convention.
December 22, 2014 in Pomfret, CT Last week in the beautiful rolling hills of eastern Connecticut, I photographed this Tyrone Farm Engagement Session with Julie and Chris. Their wedding will be next August, but December was the best time for their Tyrone Farm Engagement Session since they live in Dijon, France and were here for the holidays.
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! If you are newly […]
I had the honor of photographing Erin and Robert’s CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards in Glastonbury last weekend. Since this beautiful couple lives right in the Orchard neighborhood, they arranged permission with the Orchard owners for us to photograph where no other people were. Plus, we were able to stay after the picking hours for the golden evening light and had the whole orchard to ourselves. How special is that?!? If you follow my blog, you may know how much I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions. Not only do we have beautiful landscapes in every corner of the state, but there is so much variety such as: farm country, cities, small quaint towns, beaches, and hilly trails and woods. Here are the 4 most important reasons why I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions: 1) Besides the fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this beautiful little state and I know many cool areas and beautiful spots for a CT Engagement Session, this is an important time for my couples and I to get to know each other better. I learn a lot about them from their session. For instance, I can see how self-conscious (or not) […]
I loved photographing this gorgeous couple’s Engagement Session on the Storrs Campus at UCONN. The UCONN campus is a park, a botanical garden, full of new and old architecture and a working farm! So many photographic opportunities here, especially in the spring. The trees were in full bloom, the grass was finally green and the skies cleared for us that day! Good light can be found anywhere. The trick is finding it with interesting backgrounds. UCONN’s Storrs campus is great for this as well. On this day we photographed between 4:30 -6:30 pm. The light was soft due to some fine clouds which diffused the sun, and the quality of light was warm because the sun was low in the afternoon sky. This helps to create pleasing skin tones and I can get ‘catch lights’ in the eyes. Open skies (not too many big trees or buildings to block the light) is important as well. I had good light reflecting on the faces. No flash or reflectors were used here, I just found some good open or directional light. The last photo is back-lit as the sun was very low. I wanted to create a rim of light on their […]
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 […]
My challenge this summer has been the weather. The rains have come heavy and hard and it has made me stretch in many ways. When it is pouring, photographing outdoors is impossible – so you have to make it work somehow. My engagement session with Lily and Joe turned out great, but on my drive to their home I was not sure what I would do. The sky was clear and sunny when I left my studio. The forecast called for scattered thunder showers but I was optimistic. Five minutes away from their home I saw a sight that made my heart sink. The highway was up high so I could see the hills ahead where Lily and Joe’s neighborhood was. A huge black cloud was hanging low and letting loose with a downpour…. it was actually quite beautiful… but I feared it was where I was headed. I was right. It was pouring right over their neighborhood! We ended up sitting and chatting for awhile, which was fun. Then we took a few images in the house, and this first one is my favorite. They had a pretty living room window, so I silhouetted them together in front of […]