Planning Your Senior Portrait Session. So make sure to start planning your senior portrait session at the end of your junior year in high school. You will have more time to be photographed in the summer when the weather is good and the days long. OR, like I did with Lexi here, in the fall of your senior year – BUT plan it early, there are only so many weekends in October and the weather is not always good. I ALWAYS make rain dates. Big Changes Ahead. Once a student graduates from High School, everything changes. It happened with my two sons. The changes personally and physically are enormous. In fact, every parent of my high school senior portrait clients say the same thing one year later, “We are so happy we had a senior portrait safari with you, our daughter has grown up so much since then!” Interview Photographers in you area. Find an experienced photographer and look at their work. Make a date to chat with them in person well in advance so you can get a session date that works for you. There are limited weekends for fall portrait dates at the peak of color. I will shoot […]
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a great time for Senior Portrait Photography in Connecticut. This year has been both a pleasure and a challenge. The weather for the most part has been wonderful, even with so little rain and unusually warm conditions. Unfortunately, the colors never really popped. The only ‘reds’ I had here were the poison ivy vines! When the rain and wind did come all the leaves came down except for the mighty oaks which were pretty ravaged in my neck of the woods by caterpillars. Ah, the challenges of outdoor portraits! Besides all this, I managed to arrange and rearrange schedules to make it all work this October. Senior Portrait Photography does not have to be limited to High School Seniors. This year I did a number of College Senior Portraits for graduating UCONN students, both last spring and this fall. Meet Tara, a senior from UConn who called me about senior portraits as a gift for her parents after putting her through college. What a wonderful idea and I am sure her parents will be thrilled. Tara is a bright and intelligent young lady from Texas. She fell in love with New England and wanted an opportunity to be photographed in the beautiful fall colors. […]
Attention Rising Seniors- Class of 2018! Believe it or not, it is time for you to schedule a Senior Portrait Session! You will be a senior soon so here is the scoop: Summer is the best time to be photographed! Here is why: High School Seniors have more time in summer than in autumn. Less school stress and more fun because autumn semester is very busy. We can photograph a wider range of ‘looks’ when it is warm outside. You may bring that cool varsity jacket, prom dress, boots, sandals, shorts and more! Most High School Seniors love how they look with a tan and so relaxed in the summer. You can even bring a buddy! There are discounts for Rising Seniors who sign up early for late June and July dates! Call today ! Contact me now for a complimentary meeting to discuss your High School Senior Portraits; we can set a date for summer if you decide I am the right photographer for you. These sessions fill up quickly! Come in and meet Kim- she will show you the cool stuff you can do with your photos. Here are a few shots from an EO Smith High School Senior that I photographed last year. Meet Ryan, a football star and great kid all around! We […]
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. […]
Rising HS Seniors 2017! Are you interested in saving money on your HS Senior Portraits? Perhaps you wonder what it feels like to be a model? Or maybe you are not sure WHO to choose as your Senior Portrait photographer. If you answered YES to any of the questions, keep reading… Since it is that time of year to update my marketing materials for the upcoming senior portrait season, I am looking for interested rising HS seniors 2017 (or juniors now), who love to be photographed and who would enjoy being a model and have a short portrait session with me for free. This is a great opportunity for discounts on your ‘real’ Senior Session when the time comes (if you choose me as your Senior photographer) or if you are undecided on who you will choose to be your photographer – you can try me out! Remember, there is NO obligation to use me as your HS Senior Photographer. You would be helping me me with fresh looks for my upcoming senior season. So, come on in and join the fun! Please call or text NOW for more info about this opportunity – 860-230-8828. Don’t wait as I plan to start photographing these sessions really soon in preparation for […]
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 […]
Hi Everyone! Thanks for checking my blog. It is January and it is pretty cold out there now. The last couple of months were great for shooting natural light portraits out of doors. Now, it is really too cold… but would love to do some more snow portraits if anyone is game!
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 […]
I love the light in November. There is a soft golden light that stretches into the late afternoon at this time of year. I had the pleasure of photographing Haley in this light recently. She is a young lady that I have known for years as her family also lives here in Mansfield CT. We captured some wonderful head shots of Haley in the local fields and other areas around our town. She currently is a student at the University of Connecticut. Here are some of our favorites from our session.