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 […]

Great Portrait Locations

  Great portrait locations. Great portrait locations are everywhere, depending on what kind of portraits you are creating and what your are looking for.  Light rules.  If the light is awful, find another location.  Every town or city has great portrait locations,  it is just a matter of finding places that provide backgrounds that are not too busy and don’t overwhelm the subject(s) and you need to know the time of day when the light will be perfect.  High noon is not great, ends of days are.  (note: I have photographed many noontime weddings, where I use flash, or decide to blow out backgrounds if I have to to capture good portraits or action at high noon.  This article speaks to the ideal light for portraits only) This example above was literally a pretty bush by the side of the road!  I loved the colors against her neutral clothing, and the woods behind her were not distracting.  The most important thing was that the sky was wide open (no big trees) at an angle slightly to the side and in front of her so I could use it to light her face.  It was late afternoon warm light with the sun backlighting the trees behind her […]

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 […]

High School Senior Photography that makes YOU look great!

I am excited about photographing many High School Seniors this summer.  So I am writing about High School Senior Photography that makes you look great.  The way I help you do this is by taking the focus off yourself.  Follow?  When your attention is off yourself, and you are having fun, you will look great!  We will talk, chat, laugh and focus on having fun with poses in the studio… and if you choose an on location session, we go to a special places you love and that have meaning for you!  I create a fun experience so that we can create photos that you look great in! Preparation is important, too.  Both of us have to prepare. I will meet you prior to your session in order to find out what makes you special and unique at this point in your life and learn about your interests and accomplishments.  Then we make a plan and pick a session that is appropriate for you.  I want to personalize the senior portrait experience for you. You just have to decide on and bring your favorite outfits and props that mean something to you to your session.  You know, things that represent […]

Waiting out the Rain_Engagement Session in CT

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 […]

Engagement Session at Chamard Vineyards & Hammonasset

I spent a lovely evening with Rachel and Mario at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT.  It was a great break from the rain and the heat as the cool breezes at the shore were glorious.  Mario works there so I had a grand tour of the whole place – including the wine cellar!  Check it out if you have not… the smells from the kitchen were yummy and they grow their own herbs and veggies, too.  After the Chamard ‘experience’ we went down to the beach at Hammonasset for the sunset.   It was a great time and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in August at the Guilford Yacht Club.   I hope you enjoy these photos!

New Baby in Town!

Let’s hear it for baby Miles and his parents Andy and Priya!  I photographed their wedding and now the family is growing.   Miles was 10 days old in these images and they were all created in natural light at my studio.  Here are some of my favorites from the day.  Let me know how you like them.

Engagement Session in Boston Garden

I had the pleasure of photographing Beth and Alan in Boston Garden.  What a day it was… a little chillier than expected but the light, tulips and flowering trees made for a wonderful backdrop.  We had to dodge the crowds, but otherwise it was a glorious day.  We are all looking forward to their September wedding in Connecticut.  Here are a few favorites of the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             […]

The Importance of Planning Your Portrait.

Are you thinking of making a photographic portrait of yourself?  Your family?  Maybe you have a High School Senior in your midst?  Planning for this portrait is equally as important as who you choose to photograph it.  I have made a list of things to consider to help you have greatest success. 1) When you call a professional photographer, make sure you have seen and love this persons work. This is crucial.  Take advantage of the fact that every professional photographer these days has a website or blog that shows off their style.  If you like what you see… contact them.  [Ex. When I first started out in photography, I had a client come in for their consultation for a wedding and asked me if I could make a photo in Photoshop of her and her fiance with their heads together in their First Toast Glass just like her mother has.  She never bothered to look at my website and see that I never do things like that!  If your face is on your head, I will never put it on a champagne glass unless it is a naturally occurring reflection.  I love reflections by the way!  I did not […]

Why do I need a new Head Shot?

Most people do not enjoy being photographed.  I understand that, as I have felt what it feels like to be photographed and honestly, I did not like it either earlier in my life as a pianist.  This is probably why I put myself “behind” the camera instead!  But, it is very important to have a good photograph of yourself, especially if you are looking for a new job, own a business or have a web presence, plus countless other reasons.  So, every couple of years I suggest that you update your head shot or profile image since styles change, you change and new content is always a good choice.   Head shots in the studio are best as a good photographer can create lighting that highlights your best features.    Choose an experienced photographer who will help you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. It should be a fun experience. So, here is an example of a head shot I did recently.  Meet Charles Eaton, a long time Mansfield resident who is in his senior year at UConn’s Fine Arts Dept..  He is a very talented baritone and will be performing the role of Papageno in Mozart’s, “The […]