Québec City – A gem on the St. Lawrence River

Québec City is one of my favorite places to visit.  My husband and I took time off this summer and we chose to spend time with friends and family around New England, and then took off on our own to Québec City.  We love this city because, not only can we practice our french but, the people and the city are so beautiful.  We planned to go see the New France Festival and it was really fun.  I loved photographing the events and the city itself.  Travel photography is a passion of mine, so little time to do it, but perhaps I will make more time for this in the future…we’ll see! The New France Festival was taking place during our stay.  It is a celebration of life in Québec City during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was a colony of France.  The cobblestone streets of the historic Old Québec district are the setting for street performances featuring hundreds of characters dressed in period costumes. Visitors are welcomed to dress up and join in, or simply watch the events, which include dancing, music, markets, storytelling, thematic dinner shows and parades. We love how this city is so friendly, […]

CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards.

I had the honor of photographing Erin and Robert’s CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards in Glastonbury last weekend.  Since this beautiful couple lives right in the Orchard neighborhood,  they arranged permission with the Orchard owners for us to photograph where no other people were.  Plus, we were able to stay after the picking hours for the golden evening light and had the whole orchard to ourselves.  How special is that?!? If you follow my blog, you may know how much I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions.  Not only do we have beautiful landscapes in every corner of the state, but there is so much variety such as:  farm country, cities, small quaint towns, beaches, and hilly trails and woods. Here are the  4 most important reasons why I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions: 1) Besides the fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this beautiful little state and I know many cool areas and beautiful spots for a CT Engagement Session, this is an important time for my couples and I to get to know each other better.  I learn a lot about them from their session.  For instance, I can see how self-conscious (or not) […]

Family Portraits and Professional Photographers

Professional Photographers need Family Portraits, too. Professional Photographers personal family portraits often take a backseat to client work.  Besides the fact, that in our home, our sons are grown up and out of the house, I take many photos of other peoples families and sometimes I just don’t think or take the time to photograph my own family portraits. On a walk in the woods yesterday with my husband Peter, on Father’s Day, I brought along my camera with the sole purpose of capturing some beautiful landscape photos or what ever I came upon.  Well, we came to Diana’s Pool, a beautiful spot in Chaplin, CT in the NE woods near where I live and had such a nice time there we had to get a photo of ourselves.  There were plenty of rocks and a waterfall so I found a fairly flat rock to prop the camera on and proceeded to take a few shots with the self-timer.  I was a little nervous about the camera falling, but managed to do it without any disasters!  This photo is a little out of focus but, for me… I love it!  It is RARE to get a portrait of us both […]

Sneak Peek – Wright’s Mill Farm Wedding.

Here is a sneak peak of last weekends wedding which took place at the historic and beautiful Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury, CT.  It is located in the northeast corner of the state.  A rural area with covered bridge, a pond and old barns.  I wonderful place for a June wedding and for couples who make the photography a priority.  This wonderful couple, Ashley and Jeremy, created a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception here at Wright’s Mill Farm.  Take a look and stay tuned for more images to come.  Congratulations to Ashley and Jeremy on marriage.

High School Senior Photography that makes YOU look great!

I am excited about photographing many High School Seniors this summer.  So I am writing about High School Senior Photography that makes you look great.  The way I help you do this is by taking the focus off yourself.  Follow?  When your attention is off yourself, and you are having fun, you will look great!  We will talk, chat, laugh and focus on having fun with poses in the studio… and if you choose an on location session, we go to a special places you love and that have meaning for you!  I create a fun experience so that we can create photos that you look great in! Preparation is important, too.  Both of us have to prepare. I will meet you prior to your session in order to find out what makes you special and unique at this point in your life and learn about your interests and accomplishments.  Then we make a plan and pick a session that is appropriate for you.  I want to personalize the senior portrait experience for you. You just have to decide on and bring your favorite outfits and props that mean something to you to your session.  You know, things that represent […]

Hiring a Professional Photographer.

  Hiring a professional photographer for your head shot is one of the best things you can do for your business. Just about everyone has a camera these days, and many people are taking their own photos.  That is great, but when it comes to  business portraits it should look professional.  Consider hiring a professional photographer.  Take a look on LinkedIn or Facebook, there is a range of quality, and some people don’t even have an image.  Why?  Probably because they don’t have one they love.  Do you? We all want to look our best and have a record of ourselves that shows who we really are.  This is not to say that candid images are not showing that… there is plenty of energy in those images as they capture us in moments and experiences that we treasure and want to remember.   Those are great for a personal FB page.  For a professional look, it needs to be a professional photograph. Example: Look at this UCONN Business Student above – we did a session last week because she is looking forward to finding work and is about to begin marketing herself when she graduates. She understands the value of […]

Portraits in Black and White

Why Portraits in Black and White as opposed to color? I have a soft spot for portraits in black and white.  If I want to have full control of where my viewers eyes go in a photograph – black and white takes away the distraction of color.  Black and white can can highlight only what you want the viewer to see through line, form, light and shadow.  I don’t shoot with film anymore but I do miss the experience of creating imagery in a dark room.  Seeing the image emerge in a tray of developer was nothing less than thrilling!  Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to mimic a ‘film look’ by photographing the band Autolatry, a heavy metal band that I have known for a long time.  They are relaunching themselves and needed some photos for their marketing.  Actually, I must confess –  the reason I know them is because 2 of them are my sons!  They have had 2 tours of the USA and have made three records.  If you like heavy music, check them out! David and Matt are my sons, they have been playing music together since middle school.  Dave plays lead guitar, writes the […]

CT Bridal Show & Expo at Amarante’s Seacliff March 24, 2014

Please come join me and my fellow wedding vendors at a CT Bridal Show at  Amarante’s Seacliff in New Haven, CT.  This is the beautiful seaside Wedding & Event venue that so many brides love because of the sunset views, great food and a warm welcoming staff! This is a great opportunity to meet me and other wedding professionals to chat about the services that we offer, ask questions and see some samples of our work.  And, enjoy a sunset and cocktails, now that we have had our time change!  Oh, and it is FREE! I do not usually do CT Bridal Shows, but I love Amarante’s Seacliff.  IT is a very special place with a wonderful staff who treats their clients like family. Live band, Vendor Prizes, Discounts and more.  Register HERE! Date: Monday, March 24, 2014 Time: 7-9:30 pm Place: Amarante’s Seacliff, 62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512;  (203) 467-2531 I hope to see you there!

Wedding Color Trends for 2014!

COLORS! Wedding Trends for this year, 2014 are among my favorites!  This year the popular wedding colors include blues of all kinds, deep purples mixed with warmer tones – from red, orange to pinks.  So far, some of my 2014 brides are incorporating  orange and reds for the fall; shades of green and ivory for spring; and cool blue-violet mixed with whites for summer!  I love those pastels when it is blazing hot! I think color choices set a mood and tone for any event.  If you are a dramatic personality – hot colors may be your thing.  Romantic and understated, pastels and lace may be perfect! I think it actually depends on who you are, what you love and what time of year you decide to get married. What colors have you picked for your wedding day and why did you choose them?  Please share by leaving a comment! For some cool color combination ideas, visit this blog:  http://www.tulleandchantilly.com/blog/

Dog Day Portrait Event – Saturday, March 22, 2014

Special ONE DAY Photo Event at the Studio! DOG DAY: Get a portrait of your dog and help a local shelter*  Mini Portrait Session for $79 – includes 1- 5×7 print. Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the studio By appointment only CALL NOW to reserve your spot.  (860)230-8828 All sessions are pre-paid by credit card or check.  No refunds for no-shows. Limited to 14 sessions. First come, first served. *I will donate 20% of the session fee to a local animal shelter. Download a flyer for this event MORE DETAILS: Call now to schedule your appointment time.  All sessions are 20 minutes of photography within a 30 minute time slot (for getting your pup in/out with ease) This event is for DOGS only.  (NO cats, lizards, snakes or people – unless you feel you need to hold your dog.) Please arrive on time, NOT late or early.  Please be conscious of this for the sake of the dog before/after you.  We don’t want any growls or unhappiness.  This will be a fun time. Bring your dogs favorite treat in case we need to bribe. Potty your dog before coming into Studio.  I have plenty of […]