Milestones: Families: Photography

As a Connecticut photographer, there is nothing more rewarding for me than documenting families in photographs that celebrate the important  milestones in their lives.  We all have them: new babies are born, first words to first steps;  transitions to school age right through to the High School Senior!  First job, car, and marriage are all huge milestones in our lives and it continues over and over, repeating through the generations.  How important is it for you to document these milestones in your life?  Your family is continually transitioning through and toward another milestone.  Don’t take any of them for granted as each one is a result of much energy, commitment and love.  Celebrate them all, document them through photographs; cherish and pass them down to the next generation to be proud of.  Think about documenting your family this season in professional photographs that you will treasure.  The time is now.  Think about a photograph that documents the stage or milestone your family is at RIGHT NOW.   Then, please call me!

CT Engagement – Anna & Nayan

  Thank you, Anna and Nayan for stealing time with me to create some photographs of you on your quick stop through Connecticut!  Travel is a part of this extraordinary couple’s lives who now live now in England.   We had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to have an engagement session right here in New England! We found some beautiful spots among the dogwoods, barns and country roads…. Congratulations to you both on your wedding in September!  I am looking forward to telling your story in photographs.

Wedding Photography Tips for the Bride.

Hair and make-up.  Keep it simple.  This is not the time to try a brand new hairstyle.   Why not plan a hair and makeup ‘rehearsal’ day.  This way you can be sure it is what you want AND you will have a clear idea of HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE to create it.  Very often things take longer than expected and that leads to a stressful situation – running out of time for photos or being late for your ceremony or both!   With good planning and time management  things will go smoothly and your photographer will have plenty of time to capture images of you getting ready, plus beautiful portraits of you dressed and ready to go!  And last but not least, add at least 15 minutes to everything.  Build time in for yourself and your wedding party to avoid running late.

Tips for Your Wedding Photography!

As a wedding photographer in Connecticut, I am comfortable behind the camera, but a bride and groom may not be so comfortable as the subject on the other side.  That is why I highly recommend ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS before the wedding day if possible.  This gives you time to feel what it feels like to be the main photographic subject all day!  The more time you spend with your photographer, the more comfortable you will be in front of their camera.  This kind of pre-wedding session will also give you time to get to know your photographer and visa-versa: be yourselves – wacky, fun or a little crazy and there will be plenty of “moments” to capture the real you in photos you will cherish. Also, your photographer can help you learn to pose so you look great on this day AND ON  YOUR WEDDING DAY.  Posing is the not the big bad ugly that so many people think it is.  I pose people to look their very best.  Isn’t that what everyone wants – to look great?  I also realize that it is important to look natural, too, there is no better place than an engagement session with your photographer […]

Spring in Connecticut is bursting out all over!

Here is a look at what is happening in my garden.  Bleeding hearts in full bloom.

Portrait of the Artist

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful painter, Blanche Serban, who lives here in Mansfield/Storrs, Connecticut.  I have gotten to know Blanche over the years because we both are volunteers for our town and serve on the Arts Advisory Committee.   Blanche has shown her work all over Connecticut, Rhode Island, Boston and Provence, France!  Her show at the Chabot Gallery in Providence, RI is closing today, but I believe she has a new show coming up, so check out her exhibition schedule on her website .   Her work is extraordinary.  

CT Weddings: Stylish Details in your Photography

Many brides are looking for stylish, fun and helpful accessories and details for their wedding day.  Etsy weddings is one place to find such things.  One thing that I would recommend is a pretty hanger for your dress.  Most brides don’t think about this, but in the photos it can make a big difference!  Notice the dress on a clear plastic hanger (below)… this is better than the paper covered hangers from the cleaners, but a pretty silk padded one may have looked nicer.  Or a wooden one with a ribbon or two?   The dress hanging on a light colored armoire,  at Amarante’s Seacliff, as opposed to a darker surface, helps to hide the hanger or at least make it less noticed. If you are planning a wedding in 2012, check out the many wonderfully creative sites for unique ideas to enhance your special day!  (Pinterest, Esty, and the many wedding blogs you can find online. Check out bellableubridal.com – it is a couture bridal blog- it is filled with inspiring and cool ideas!  Some you can translate and create yourself…. Please leave a comment here if you have a favorite website or place where you love to get […]

The Necessary Headshot

Recently I photographed Kristin Schwab,  Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.   My approach to headshots is to photograph each individual in an authentic way while highlighting their best features.  The eyes are especially important in order to connect them to their viewers as you see below.  That is why I find this image compelling –  you can see who she is! In this visual world we live in, the headshot has become very important.  Are you putting your best face forward?  If you would like to, give me a call today!  

Spring flowers in CT.

My Magnolia is blooming on this first day of spring 2012!  I love this tree and this year there is no fear that the blooms will freeze.  This week, at least!  Spring weddings should be wonderful this year!

Inspiration.

When I put myself in the company of incredibly creative people, inspiration seems to be contagious. Have you had this experience? It really does matter who you hang around with. I just came back from my professional convention and spent 4 days in the company of many wonderfully talented people. The most important part, whether you are a photographer or other professional, is that it doesn’t matter what business or area of expertise you are in. I believe we are all creative in some way in our work and our lives. We all need inspiration and we can create it with our “team”. It could be co-workers, or others! The connections made by sharing, collaborating and brainstorming can be quite profound. A marvelous photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, gave a presentation at the convention and said something like, “You never know where inspiration will come from”.  So true! Where will YOU find new inspiration? Stay open and  look out for a new perspective or idea by connecting with the people around you – and let me know what happens by commenting here! My inspiration lead me to ‘play’.  This effect was captured in low directional light and I experimented with camera […]