As a photographer who mainly specializes in Wedding and Portraits, I do plenty of professional headshots as well. I love doing them because I know this service is extremely helpful to business people of all kinds, but I also get to meet some of the most interesting people who are creating cool things! One of those people is Matthew P. Winkler. He is an author and speaker regarding issues in mentoring kids and teenagers. Matthew has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan. He currently serves as the Visiting Writer at South Kent School in Connecticut. He conducts presentations and workshops related to his book, ‘Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero’s Journey of Adolescence’, and his video “What Makes a Hero?” a TED-ED lesson with over 3 million views. Matthew called me because his DIY headshot attempt did not work well plus, the competition in the writer/speaker arena is steep and he needed to stand out. Matthew is a dynamic speaker and writer with a vision so he needed something that reflected who he was. He asked me for an indoor studio look and outdoor look for his professional headshots. We worked together to make it happen and here is what we created. So, it […]
I had the honor of photographing Tracey and Chris’s wedding in Westbrook, CT. It was a perfect June day to be on the Long Island Sound. The Elks Lodge in Westbrook was a wonderful place for a small and intimate wedding of family and friends. Tracey and Chris were supported by their two amazing sons, close family and wonderful friends. Congratulations to this couple! Here are a few photos from the day.
Travel Photography has always been a love of mine. Since I was young and traveled with my parents, I loved to make photos of the places we visited here in the U.S. Many of you may know that I took some time off from my usual work of Wedding and Portrait Photography and went to Europe on a personal trip. I went with my family to five countries over the course of 3 weeks. I do not consider myself a Landscape artist, but I love making photographs of anything and anywhere. I actually ditched my professional photo gear for those 3 weeks and brought a relatively inexpensive mirrorless camera with me. We decided to travel light with backpacks only which was a great decision. I picked up Lumix G85 with a 12-35 lens (the mirrorless equivalent to a 24-70mm lens). I was happy I did, though I did miss the amazing quality of my Nikon camera and lenses. I took it as a challenge to make the best images I could with what I had. I absolutely fell in love with France some years ago and have been back twice now. I also took time to learn some french which made this trip the best ever. […]
Ten Tips For the aspiring wedding photographer will, I hope, help those interested in this kind of career. I think in person education with a mentor is most valuable. If you have already taken the leap and feel that you just jumped into more than you bargained for, this post is for YOU! Ten Ten Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer: GEAR and SKILLS: This is the MOST important of the ten tips for the aspiring wedding photographer. It takes time but please do it. First, learn what good light is and how to find it or create it. Be in complete control of your camera settings and exposures so you don’t have to look at the camera to find them. The camera must be professional in quality with high ISO capability, auto focus and at least 2-3 lenses that are fast. You will be working in low light situations. Have lenses that are at least f 2.8 and that cover wide angle from at least 24mm and one that can zoom to 200mm, I carry two zooms -24-80 and 80-200mm, plus a 105 macro lens for details. You must have at least 2 flashes and know how to use them ON AND OFF the camera. ASSIST a wedding photographer to see how the day flows. Preparation is key because you […]
Exploration. Remember when you were a little kid, everything was new and exploration was a daily activity? I have chosen the word Exploration as my word for 2017 and I am really excited about it. My intentions behind this choice is: Let Exploration imbue all that I do. Use this word to help me continue to grow as a person and photographer. To have fun and let the kid in me be rediscovered. The best part is, I am excited to explore! If you have a word to inspire you this year and you’re willing to share it here … I would love it if you would reply to this post. There is power in this practice!
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. […]
I had the honor of photographing this Mystic Seaport Wedding of Krisann & Tim. What an awesome couple! Krisann just happens to work at Mystic Seaport so she knew how wonderful it would be. Plus she is so creative and talented that she made her own veil and arranged all the flowers bouquets and arrangements! The ceremony took place in the Greenmanville Church and their reception was at Latitude 41 the restaurant right next door to the Seaport. It was a lovely day for a wedding however very hot and humid, so we stuck close to the air-conditioned Latitude 41 and took photos around that area of the Seaport. Here are some photos from the day.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Indianapolis, IN. I had no time to do any research or to develop any ideas of what the city was like before visiting. I was very happily surprised at what I found to be a beautiful city – small and very easy to walk to everything. There are beautiful monuments, old historic buildings and parks, tons of business and but places to relax outdoors with wonderful breweries and restaurants. Here are a few photos that I was able to make while I working in Indianapolis for a few days.
Amarante’s Sea Cliff Weddings are among my favorites to photograph. Located in New Haven, Connecticut on the shoreline, it is a romantic, fun place to celebrate. I have found that the staff treat every bride, groom and their families as if they were their own! Peter Garceau and his staff do an amazing job. On June 11th, Amarante’s Sea Cliff was at its best. It had rained all morning, however, just in time for setting up chairs out on the lawn, the clouds parted and the day that Stephanie and Adam had dreamed of became a reality. They could not have asked for more perfect timing. I met the bride and her girls in the beautifully decorated dressing room upstairs. There was champagne, laughter and anticipation. Stephanie’s father stopped by as soon as she was in her gown and we caught a beautiful moment as he saw her for the first time as a gorgeous bride! Here are some highlights from Stephanie and Adam’s special day.
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.