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.

Gratitude – Notes from a Wedding Photographer.

Gratitude.  How often do we all practice it?  I realize I don’t practice it enough.  What is enough is a personal thing, so I have decided that a daily practice would be awesome for me.  When I do this, it changes things.  I tend to forget when my attention is consumed during a busy day, but I am working toward a daily habit of gratitude. Wedding photography has become my business since Peter and I have been married, and as I meet with engaged couples, it triggers the memory of how exciting it was during our engagement to be planning a life together.  Today, it happens to be my own wedding anniversary, so I took time to pause and say thank you to, and thank you for my wonderful husband and the life we have created together.  So, the point, you ask?  To me, practicing gratitude seems to put things into new perspectives.  Life is what it is.  Take the good, the bad and all of it seems to be there for a purpose.  Being grateful for ALL of it, can be a way to view it in a perspective that is helpful.  Realizing how good our lives are (even […]

Engagement Session: Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI

Looking for a great spot for your engagement session?  Check out the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.  I had the pleasure of photographing Stephanie and Adam’s engagement there last week.  What a beautiful spot and it is open to the public.  There are rocky seaside perches, a sandy beach, a cute little lighthouse and more.   We had a blast there and the weather was perfect. Congratulations to Stephanie and Adam who will be married next June in New Haven at Amarante’s Seacliff, another pretty waterside venue!  Adam loves to sail and Stephanie loves to be by the sea.  It was important to them to have their engagement session and next year, their wedding, by the sea. Here are a few of my favorite images from our session.

Family Portraits: Why It Might Be the Best Gift You Give Yourself.

Family Portraits: Why It Might Be The Best Gift You Give Yourself – AND your family. Here are some reasons. 1) Create a photographic family history in print. This is valuable for kids to see themselves in photos, and to look back to see grandparents and others that are not here anymore.  Family portraits give them a sense of where they came from.  Even if you have not made many family portraits of yourselves, it is never too late.  Your kids will thank you for it and probably will continue to document their lives for future generations.  I love looking at old photos of my grandfather –  he died when I was five year old.  I remember the feeling of sitting next to him and combing his hair, but I know the memory of his face faded as I grew.  As I grew up, I could look at the photographs of him to remember and now, showing them to my children is priceless!  I will never forget what he looked like and my kids see where I came from.   2) You will have beautiful family portraits on the walls of your home to enjoy for years to come. If you have […]

Choosing your wedding dress.

Choosing your wedding dress is such an exciting part of the wedding planning. These days, there is room for individuality depending on your culture, taste and the style of your wedding day plans.

Baby Birds at My Door.

Baby Birds at my door – it all started early this spring with mom making the nest and raising her babies.  They are Eastern Phoebe’s and apparently the top of the lamp next to our back door is a safe place to raise a family.  Well, who would have thought our coming and going in and out the door would not bother her or her babies.  I decided to grab some photos today before they leave the nest!  Mama bird was fairly tolerant of me getting extremely close with a macro lens.  However,  she did flutter like mad all around and over my head until I left.  I had to work quickly and  it only took a couple of minutes.  I made sure to set up and get my light reading and settings worked out before hand so I would not linger there for too long.  I was so excited that I could hardly focus at first!   There is nothing like being this close to a baby bird, and what a lovely experience to witness this amazing process from beginning to end. Do you have a spring nesting bird experience?  Do share!

Sunrise in Sedona!

Sunrise in Sedona from our Bed and Breakfast – here is the view we enjoyed each morning.  The Cosy Cactus  in Sedona, AZ was the best B&B we ever stayed in.  Highly recommend you stay there if you get a chance to visit the area.  We also took time to visit the Grand Canyon (images will be coming) and that was just spectacular AND mind blowing. I got to practice my skills in landscape photography while we were there which was what got me interested in photography in the first place.  I could not imagine a better place to photograph as any direction I looked was magnificent.  It was nice to slow down, used a tripod late and early in the day and I experienced a different rhythm of shooting which was a welcome change.  I plan to continue photographing scenics in my spare time here in CT and will look with fresh eyes and appreciate the beauty right here where I live. I will post more as I edit all these images, but now it is back to photographing some beautiful families, weddings and HS seniors!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Mother Nature on Mother’s Day

Mother Nature on Mother’s Day! I am sharing a couple of photos I took of flowers called Bleeding Hearts that are blooming in my garden this week.  Amazing how they look like hearts ‘opening’ rather than bleeding. Mother nature is amazing how created a flower like this – mother nature reminds us to open our hearts.  These flowers represent the feeling I have in my heart today, Mother’s Day. I lost my mom to dementia quite a few years ago.  However, I had a mother in law who eased the pain of that loss until she died of old age a few years back.  My life as a mother has been guided by these two extraordinary women.  So, what can we all learn from mother nature on mother’s day?  Let your heart open.  My heart opens whenever I think about them.  Enjoy your day fellow Mothers!

Mother’s & Father’s Day Portraits

  Mother’s & Father’s Day Portraits It is that wonderful time of year again when Mother’s & Father’s Day bring families together.  I know it is not always possible – my kids are older now and have their own lives which makes it harder for us to celebrate together sometimes. If this is the case for you, I offer a way to give a gift you can send to your parents – a Gift Certificate for a Portrait Session that will reflect your relationship and love.  You can plan it together and do it at a time right for you.  The Gift of a Mother’s & Father’s Day Portrait session will be treasured for many years to come. It does take planning but, I never had a family that regretted doing it.  I will make the process as easy as I can for you. I offer gift certificates that I honor all year long – please Contact me today.  

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.