Fun Engagement Session

This is one engagement shoot I never posted on the blog. I absolutely loved this session, I guess time just got away from me! The pics were taken at Hammonassett Beach and also Eli Cannon’s in Middletown. We went to the beach first (the beach is an important place to them) and then headed to Eli’s for some fun pics. I had a hard time going through these and picking a few out to post, I liked so many! They had a GREAT save-the-date made using the pics. The soon-to-be bride is very talented in many areas and one is photoshop. So, she took on the challenge of designing her own and sent one to me! I love the way they turned out. We are looking forward to a great time at the wedding in May!

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I love this one in black and white!!
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This is one of T’s favorite images from the shoot.
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This is so J and T, they are an awesome couple! Shaun added the border and “look” to the image on the right and I love it!
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My mom is a rebel…

So, a little history here. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years and 3 months ago. Since then, she has had numerous surgeries and grueling treatments. Thankfully (I’m BEYOND thankful) she is cancer free! Last year in Nov. to celebrate the one year mark, she went and got her ear pierced. Actually the TOP of her ear pierced. You know, way up on the side/top of the ear? She always keeps a pink earring in that hole. She thought this was really daring – I thought it was so-so on the daring scale but really great to have a mini celebration. It’s a great way to mark the 1yr anniversary! Soo…this past Nov. she calls me up and says she wants to do something daring again for her 2 year mark.

A TATTOO! What? She must have lost it for sure! My mother has ALWAYS been the anti-tattoo mom. (I know this first hand since I have a couple of my own and she was never very fond of it.) But, you know, she’s a rebel now. Soo…I volunteer myself to come along and possibly get another one. Just for moral support, of course. An old friend of mine who works over at Transcend Tattoo in Branford designed and did the work. What an amazing job he did! I can’t say it enough! My mom envisioned a butterfly with the pink ribbon for the body. We both decided to have it done on our left foot (that’s the side her cancer was on). So, we now have matching tattoos. It’s not the tattoo that’s imprinted on my foot, it’s the memory imprinted in my heart. It perfectly marks the anniversary. I’m just a little nervous for what this year might bring……

She wanted to go first
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Starting the outline
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The starting art from my guy at Transcend and the final product on my mom. (we wanted the ribbon longer than the drawing)
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One from my mom’s camera.. This is my 4th time under the needle, but my 3rd tattoo.
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What’s coming in 2009…
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Some tips for getting your “perfect” photo for the Holidays

If you haven’t yet captured the perfect holiday photo, don’t despair. Stephanie Roeder, a card stylist at Shutterfly, offers these tips to help get the job done. More advice is available online at www.shutterfly.com

  • When taking a photo of the whole family, the rule of thumb is leave the busy holiday patterns for holiday pajamas. If family members insist on wearing clashing colors, opt for a black and white photo. It’s flattering for everyone and pairs well with the largest selection of card designs.
  • You know your kids best, so plan on taking photos at a time that is right for them, not when they’re over-tired or craving a meal.
  • A posed family portrait is still the most popular choice for holiday card photos. However, candid shots are gaining in popularity as a way to add a light-hearted touch to the season. Have the family try to make a pyramid, bring the dog into the photo, or simply chronicle the spontaneous moments of any given day to capture your family’s unscripted moments.
  • If you are choosing an outdoor location, remember to keep the light source behind you and get some of the colors of the outdoors into the shot along with your subjects. If you’re shooting indoors, try to forgo the flash by flooding the house with natural or artificial light. The tiny flash on a camera can sometimes produce a harsh and cold effect.
  • Take your photos both horizontally and vertically to avail yourself of the greatest option of corresponding card designs.
  • Keep your camera close at hand — you never know when you’ll catch a perfect moment.
  • Get close up and down to a baby’s level; the photos will turn out much more interesting from that angle.

Engagement Session in Meriden

So, I’ve been on the lookout for some graffiti for the past couple of months. I was on a mission presented by this couple & his love of graffiti. My search ended when I found an underpass in Meriden and thought that might be a good spot. A little dirty, kinda run down, but it made for great pics. I Love railroad tracks! These guys were great sports about it. They got into the session (after a bit of convincing!) and we had fun. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in Sept. 09!

My cute little man

I took my son out the other day for a mini photo shoot. My daughter was in school and I thought I could get his full attention. And maybe, possibly have him make some eye contact with me (the camera) and not her. Well, it lasted for about 15 min. or so and then it was over. He’s 2, what can I say? I took him to Eli Canon’s in Middletown. The outside of that place is so cool, great colors, signs, etc. I pass by there all the time and have always wanted to do a shoot out front. I’m constantly on the look-out for new places to shoot. Sometimes the most unlikely places make the best backdrops. So….that brings me to my point (it wasn’t just that my kid is cute!). Everyone who decides to book a session should give the location some serious thought. There are so many great spots in CT and I’m open for suggestions. It can really take your session to the next level when you pick the right location. And I’m always willing to make recommendations too!

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