Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits

Seeing value in professional family portraits is something I think everyone realizes, but can’t aways make time for.  I have fully documented my family in photographs since our children were born.  There have been times that I’ve thought twice about investing the time and energy into this ritual.  We all feel too busy, a little camera shy or perhaps we have had unhappy experiences being photographed at one time or another.  I hear these stories from my clients.  Creating family portraits for my clients is one of my passions and a very rewarding part of my work. Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits On Your Walls. Professionals know how to photograph all kinds of body types and we study the best way to compliment everyone.  We understand light and composition and how to handle kids who just want to have fun and not stand still, or who don’t want to smile right now.  My clients come to me because they see the value and the difference between the photos I can create for them and snapshots they make themselves.  They hang them on their walls so they can get the most enjoyment out of them. My goals as a professional photographer: To create a family portrait or a series of portraits that show who my clients are as a family. Show […]

Fall Portrait Sessions – Booking Now.

Fall Portrait Sessions are a favorite of mine.  Autumn seems to be arriving early this year so I would like to encourage you to get a jump on scheduling a portrait session time for yourself, significant other, family, pets, or all of the above!  The days are warm and the evenings cool – perfect weather for portraits here in Connecticut! There are limited weekend days so hurry and call me if that is your only time to schedule your Fall Portrait Sessions, or I am available on weekday afternoons after school or work as well. Things to think about: 1-Portraits make create holiday gifts for family.  Why not get a jump of the holiday shopping?  Portrait gifts make it easy to create a personal gift that can be shared with many family members.  Family portraits are priceless, especially to parents and grandparents.  Whether they are far away or living close by, grandparents love having your beautiful faces and smiles on their wall or mantle all year round.   2- Children grow up fast. (Although I realize, sometimes it feels really slow) Time flies and before you know it you may realize that you do not have a professional quality family portrait that is up to date.  Right NOW is a great time to […]

Kim’s End of Year Review

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. […]

Fall Family Portraits!

Fall Family Portraits! 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 […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. It is not too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.  Mother’s Day is on May 8th this year.  How about something personal and experiential?  Considered gifting Mom a Family Portrait?  You know she would love it, but probably won’t have time to do the leg work.  It is easy – just call me and I will send you a gift card in an envelope for a special Mother’s Day Family Portrait Session. Here’s the Deal-  Special $99 Session fee for Mother’s Day (a 50% discount) Purchase a Gift Certificate Card for Mom before May 1st.  That is a 50% savings on a full session fee.  You may schedule the session anytime between May and October 15th.   A 5×7 print of your choice is included. OR, if you would like to surprise Mom on Mother’s Day with photos of your kids – please contact me ASAP to secure a session time before Mothers’ Day at this same special price.   April vacation is a great time to sneak this in!  $99 session fee plus 5×7 print.  Call for more info – 860-230-8828. *All additional prints, wall art or books will be at regular pricing. Give a Family Portrait Gift Certificate for a future date […]

Photographic Print Awards Won at CTPPA Convention

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.

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. 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!  

Fun Summer Portrait Photography

Looking for some fun summer portrait photography in CT?  You have come to the right place.  This time of summer, when the days are long and the kids are out of school, is the perfect time to schedule a portrait session.  Think of fun summer portraits as a family activity because it takes some thought and planning in which you can involve the whole family, and it is fun for the kids in my studio because they will feel like stars!  Plus parents have awesome images of the kids.  Before each session I sit down with you and we make a plan.  I find out what you are looking for in your portraits and I can visualize what would look great for your particular family.  I like to custom design my sessions for each client, however you may also choose from some of the other ‘looks’ I have already created as well. Studio Choose from either a cool studio setting where I shot this portrait below.  I have some fun hats and a variety of backgrounds that can be used to create the perfect look for you. Outdoors Or we can go outdoors in the early morning or evening when […]

Family Portraits and Professional Photographers

Professional Photographers need Family Portraits, too. Professional Photographers personal family portraits often take a backseat to client work.  Besides the fact, that in our home, our sons are grown up and out of the house, I take many photos of other peoples families and sometimes I just don’t think or take the time to photograph my own family portraits. On a walk in the woods yesterday with my husband Peter, on Father’s Day, I brought along my camera with the sole purpose of capturing some beautiful landscape photos or what ever I came upon.  Well, we came to Diana’s Pool, a beautiful spot in Chaplin, CT in the NE woods near where I live and had such a nice time there we had to get a photo of ourselves.  There were plenty of rocks and a waterfall so I found a fairly flat rock to prop the camera on and proceeded to take a few shots with the self-timer.  I was a little nervous about the camera falling, but managed to do it without any disasters!  This photo is a little out of focus but, for me… I love it!  It is RARE to get a portrait of us both […]

Ideas for Your Connecticut Wedding

Congratulations to those couples who are newly engaged and planning your 2014-15 weddings!  I have been meeting with many couples over the last month discussing their ideas about venues and details as they plan their weddings.  Showing my albums and seeing the wheels turn as they look at my photographs,  I decided it would be cool to share these ideas that my own clients created with everyone who drops by my blog as it could be helpful to others. In this post I will concentrate on a favorite of mine – ‘Black and White’ Weddings.  Elegant, clean and appropriate for any time of the year.  Thank you to my wonderful couple, Nicole and Michael for creating a beautiful day. One of my favorite venues for photographing – the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.   Below you will see we photographed the formal portraits there.  Black & White just pops in that setting and the garden colors were perfect with Mom’s beautiful dress.  Be aware that there are fees and restrictions, but worth every penny, and please know that the fees help keep this very special place in tip top shape – so do your part and plan […]