Hummingbirds and CT Wedding Photography

I hope you all have enjoyed the holidays, made it through, or simply got some rest!  I hibernated a bit, had a great time with family and friends including many interesting conversations.  I would like to share one with you.  One night we shared ideas on personal Totems for each other… sometimes called Spirit Animals or  Totems that American Indians and other world peoples have adopted in their spiritual lives. I always thought I related to the Wolf as a totem… as I have had many dreams in recent years with Wolves showing up.  Perhaps it is just one Spirit Animal that I have needed in various times in my life, being a mother/pack leader for example.  But, my son mentioned that he thought the Hummingbird Totem was perfect for me, and everyone agreed.  Well, I was skeptical, but I do love those little birds, even have a Hummy Bird Feeder outside my window, plus a clock in my dining room with a hummingbird on it that my family gave to me.  I looked up info on the Hummingbird Totem and sure enough it does describe many of my attributes.  Perhaps, sometimes it takes a reflection back from others to […]

Fun CT Engagement Sessions!

This is what I believe: -That every engaged couple wants beautiful images of themselves to mark this special time in their lives, which will enable them to feel comfortable being photographed on their wedding day. -Every person deserves to have beautiful photographs of themselves that reflect who they are now, so that future generations can connect to their family history in years to come. If you feel this way, welcome! My job as a ‘family historian’ begins with weddings.  Yes, I am a wedding photographer in CT who cares about the importance of family history. A fun way to invite wedding clients into my studio is the engagement session.  Engagement sessions are fun and helpful especially if you can do it with your chosen wedding photographer.  I will tell you why- You and your wedding photographer, the person you will be spending a great deal of time with before, on and after your wedding day, will make it their mission to capture you and your partner as you are naturally and find out what your concerns are regarding how you look in photos. Do you suffer from photo trauma?  This kind of session before the wedding day can cure this!  Your […]

Wedding Tips for Interviewing a Photographer.

Hello!  I have been meeting with many brides for the 2014 Wedding Season lately, and I wanted to share some things with you if you are looking for a photographer for your CT wedding.  It is important that your research and interviews go smoothly and that you find the ‘right for you’ vendors for your wedding day. 1) Prioritize what is super important to you first.  Is it the dress or flowers?   The venue or food?  Or is it the photography?  Let’s assume you are making the venue and the photography a major priority and that they are the most important things to find first.  This seems to be the case with a majority of my brides and grooms. (note: most of my brides contract a venue and date first, but I have many brides who CALL ME first and ask me when I am available.  I love that!) So, once you have a date set, I would suggest that you start looking for a professional photographer.  Why professional?  I have spoken to many unhappy couples who did not hire a professional in order to save money and they were very sorry later.  I won’t go in to the many […]

CT Cathedral Wedding: Beth & Alan

There is nothing quite like the feeling I get when I walk into a large cathedral, even in Connecticut.  It could be anywhere in the world and it definitely takes my breath away.  Beth and Alan planned an extraordinary wedding here in CT at the end of September and their ceremony took place in the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Downtown Waterbury, CT.  It is an Italian renaissance design after the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, (cool link, check it out!) is an extraordinary place to be married and I loved photographing it.  While inside, you could pretend you were in Italy for an hour! Now, if you want to get married in a cathedral, you may want to get a dress that fits the church.  Beth wore the perfect dress and ‘cathedral’ veil for this venue!  I just love the long flowy dress and veil. They planned a joyous day – Alan’s family came all the way from Ireland and the two families met a few days prior to the wedding for the first time!  The reception was held at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, CT and their Stone Garden was perfect for formal photos […]

Connecticut Country & City Wedding

I had the honor of photographing the marriage of Candy and Bob this past July – with family and close friends standing by as they joined their lives together.  The ceremony took place in a tiny church in Hebron, CT which is located southeast of Hartford in the beautiful rolling hills and farmlands of this cool little state.  There were big beautiful bouquets of summer flowers; pretty pots with ribbons lining the pews and lovely bouquets and boutonniers.  After the ceremony & photos in the garden, we proceeded to downtown Hartford  for the party at the fantastic restaurant ‘Firebox‘ that specializes in ‘Farm to Table’ foods.  (A must visit if you have not already experienced this place.) It was a fine mix of sophistication and down to earth rustic which made a unique, fun and beautiful wedding day.  Congratulations to this beautiful couple! Take a peek at what the day was like and please leave your comments below!  Thank you for visiting my blog. Dress from Mariella’s in Rocky Hill, CT/Food & Flowers by FireBox, Hartford, CT  

Waiting out the Rain_Engagement Session in CT

My challenge this summer has been the weather.  The rains have come heavy and hard and it has made me stretch in many ways.  When it is pouring, photographing outdoors is impossible – so you have to make it work somehow.  My engagement session with Lily and Joe turned out great, but on my drive to their home I was not sure what I would do.  The sky was clear and sunny when I left my studio.  The forecast called for scattered thunder showers but I was optimistic.  Five minutes away from their home I saw a sight that made my heart sink.   The highway was up high so I could see the hills ahead where Lily and Joe’s neighborhood was.  A huge black cloud was hanging low and letting loose with a downpour…. it was actually quite beautiful… but I feared it was where I was headed.  I was right.  It was pouring right over their neighborhood!  We ended up sitting and chatting for awhile, which was fun.  Then we took a few images in the house, and this first one is my favorite.  They had a pretty living room window, so I silhouetted them together in front of […]

New Baby in Town!

Let’s hear it for baby Miles and his parents Andy and Priya!  I photographed their wedding and now the family is growing.   Miles was 10 days old in these images and they were all created in natural light at my studio.  Here are some of my favorites from the day.  Let me know how you like them.

Tips for Great Wedding Photos – Part 3

How can you be sure YOU will have a great time at your wedding reception?  The best way is to hire a good team.  A good party takes experience and skill to pull off.  A venue with experienced managers and a great band or DJ is key.  As a photographer, I work closely that day with the reception manager and/or DJ.  Make sure who you choose is experienced at weddings, as there is much going on.   This person is in charge of the timing of the entrances, dances and events of all kinds during the reception.  Your DJ or band leader must know how to throw a great party!  I have witnessed countless receptions where the DJ or bandleader takes charge of the room and creates a great time.  One person I have loved working with is Matty B who is a one man live band and DJ.  He is an exceptional wedding pro and throws a great party, plays sax, guitar and sings beautifully, as well.  He can suggest what songs to play that will make your party rock, will play your music, and knows how to handle all the events of the day.  Plus he works with […]

Tips for Great Wedding Photos _ Part 2

I am back with some tips to help you make your wedding day photography go smoothly so you can capture everything you would like.  In the last post I spoke about the early planning stages – the venue and time of day for good lighting to help you look good in your photos.  Next, let us talk about time-lines. TIME-LINES are very important for your images because you need to allow enough time for your photographer to help you create the images that you really want.  If the details of your dress, rings, bouquets etc are important to you, allow at least 1-2 hours before the ceremony starts to have yourself and your details ready to be photographed, along with your brides maids, mom and any other family or friends that will be with you in your ready room.   If your brides maids and mother can plan on being dressed around this time so that everyone looks great in the photographs. Allowing time to photograph your father and/or your groom in a “first look” is possible before the ceremony.  If you would like this, allow the time for it.  This should be done early or off site so that your […]

Happy Spring!

I can’t wait to see the spring green again!  Have a great day.