Planning Your Senior Portrait Session

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 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 […]

Horsebarn Hill, Storrs, CT

Horsebarn Hill.  One of my favorite places.  If you are a student, teach or live here in the area, you know this place.  This is an early morning shot taken from the road looking east at the Hill.  Fog was lifting and it was magical!  Enjoy.

Dynamic Headshots

Dynamic Headshots stand out from more traditional ones to show who you are and what you do.  I agree that we all need a straight forward headshot for certain sectors of business, but why not shake it up if you can and stand out from the crowd?  If you do not work in a corporate office, take advantage of that to show your unique business. I had a great time creating headshots with Mary Hurley of Sunshine-n-Daisies, a physical trainer and health coach here in Connecticut.  We did some standard shots and some for her website as well.  But this image below was one of our favorites because of the uniqueness and this dynamic headshot quality.  My goal is to help my clients grab the attention of potential clients, help them create an images for their business that reflect what they do and still be professional. I shot this dynamic image in my studio against a dark grey background (http://www.backgroundsbymaheu.com ).  This is a 1 light portrait with a little fill from a reflector on the opposite side.  I wanted to light her profile and show her as her clients would probably see her as their physical Trainer! Let me know if you need to update your headshot or other photos on your website. […]

Maternity Photography Session

Maternity Photography I love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography.  I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some “fashion designer wanna be skills” to create something special like in this image below.   I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her.  Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks!  Isn’t Petra a beautiful mother to be?  I could not wait to share it with you.  Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.  

High School Senior Fall Portrait.

  This high school senior fall portrait was so much fun!  The weather could not have been more spectacular and this autumn is proving to be a wonderful one.  If you want cool natural backgrounds and look your best, then call me! My sessions are photo safari’s – we pack the car with your favorite clothes and head out for the best light of the day. I keep it fun and fast moving.  Here are a few of my favorites from Madi’s Senior Session from Ellington High School in CT.  My best tips for your HS Senior photography is to be yourself and have a great time.

High School Senior Portrait Ideas For Hot Summer Sessions

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAIT IDEAS _ FOR HOT SUMMER Sessions. High School Senior Portraits usually happen in the summer after JUNIOR year.  It can be really hot and this Senior above from Ellington High School in Ellington, CT  really had the hottest day of all.   Allie is a wonderful young lady that I had the honor of spending a couple of hours with on our senior safari session.  She looks as cool as can be, even in her favorite boots.  We kept to the shade of the beautiful Library in town and we did some head shots in my studio.  Allie is an aspiring writer and also interested in law.  What a powerhouse she will be!  I can see it in her already can’t you?  Take a look and if you are a High School Junior (Rising Senior) check out my Senior Portrait page and come in for a complimentary meeting to discuss your senior portrait options for next summer, or apply to be a Senior Model with perks right now!  Call me today.  Thanks.

Spring Flowers!

Spring flowers are finally blooming in NE Connecticut.  The sun is shining today, even though the temperature is still pretty cold.  This is a rare free Saturday for me and I just wanted to post a photo of these ‘Happy Daffies’ in my front yard before I go out and enjoy the sunshine.  Daffodils are my favorite spring flowering bulbs – such variety and so upbeat I can’t help but smile when I see them.  What is your favorite spring flower?  Leave a comment below 🙂   Quick tip for my fellow gardeners – I now order my seeds exclusively from  Johnny’s Seeds – great variety, organic choices and always get great results from them.  I just got my packet of seeds (quick shipping, too!) and hope to get the cool weather crops planted this weekend.  Bok Choi, snap peas, lettuce to name a few.  Enjoy your day and thank you for visiting my blog.  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  

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!  

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 […]