Matchmaker Photographer!!!

To start off this pretty special blog, I just want to get this out there.  

There were moments when help was required from others... BUT the pairing of Greg & Lauren was completely and 100% my idea!  If things hadn't worked out so well though. I would have denied all of this. Luckily for everyone, things went pretty great and..

In all seriousness though, I don't care how they got together, I'm just glad they found each other and are happy!  That is really all that matters right?  

So I think it's pretty safe to assume that I knew these two before their wedding planning!

Also, this is going to be a long one... get some popcorn and your favorite drink! Get comfy! 

  I met Greg in our junior year of high school.   We actually took a photography class together in high school with a DARK ROOM if you can believe that! It is crazy how things have changed! 

When writing this blog I was trying to remember when I first met lauren and honestly, I can't remember! I just remember knowing her. Is that weird?  I know we met through her brother, who happens to be my husband's best friend. It's funny how things work out sometimes! 

And now.. you know who helped me with the matchmaking.. :) 

Fast forward a few years and HERE WE GO! 

The wedding was beautiful and dare I say.. full of surprises? Just wait. 

We started the day at St. Francis Church in Torrington.  It was beautiful. And can I just say.. an old friend of mine was singing through the ceremony from the balcony and i was BLOWN away by her voice. Heather.. If you are reading today's blog. I was speechless! Beautiful job.

We raced off to The Inn at Mount Pleasant for our bride and groom and wedding party portraits. Fall in New England is one thing, but the view we had at the farm was incredible!  A HUGE thank you to the owners for letting us run around and play in the barn!!!  

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Our third and final stop was for the reception. It was held at Farmington Gardens and it was the perfect venue for these two. The staff was SO amazing and super helpful during all the planning and getting us around! Someone found me a ladder at the last minute so I could get up higher to take some photos.. You'll see why in a minute.  :) THANK YOU! 

Once we got to the reception hall things got crazy and NOT in the way you might be thinking... 

Greg & Lauren wanted to surprise EVERYONE including their family with something that would knock their socks off and get the party started.. And boy did they ever get the party started.  

After the parents and bridal party were announced into the room......          the music stopped 

YUP! the THS band kicked MAJOR butt playing and marching in to announce the bride and groom! HOW COOL IS THIS? Let me tell you, if you want to start a party right.. bring the local band. It was AWESOME!!!!

Now the party had officially begun!!!

What I LOVE about these two, other than the fact that they are pretty great people, is that they wanted this day to be special. Not only special for them, but for the people they love the most.

 I can't think of a better way to start a new chapter in your life.  

Didn't those ladies look gorgeous? Hair and Make-up was done by Mirror Mirror

Go Outside & Play In The Rain!!!

Tell You Story - Senior Sessions 

 

I must say, Heather's senior portrait session was super fun, but in no way was it traditional.  It was on a mountain in the rain. YES. 

 

I messaged Heather the day of her session.  I saw the forecast was just NOT going to clear up and I wanted to know  if she wanted to reschedule or move this party inside. She said, if I was willing to photograph in the rain, she was more than ready.

Challenge Accepted!

Senior portrait session on a mountain in the rain... Yes we did! 

 

We met at the top of Mohawk Mountain.  Unfortunately, the fog was so thick at the top that you couldn't see 5 feet in front of you, so we headed down the mountain a bit to see what we could find.

 

This is what we ended up with ... :)

 

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This girl.. she was willing to lay down in the rain because I thought the moss was pretty and it would make her eyes pop. 

SHE IS AWESOME!!

But seriously, those eyes....

AM I RIGHT?!?!?

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There are so many reasons I love living in New England. The people are wonderful... Heather was no exception!  The land that surrounds us.... and the seasons. Fall has my heart, but of course they all have beauty in their own way.  With "backdrops" like this, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? 

This photo session was designed by Heather.  She told me what she was about and we made these images happen. With Heather, an umbrella and a weird plastic bag contraption I wrapped around my camera (it was super classy, DON'T JUDGE ME!) THIS is what her senior self represents and THAT is what portraits are all about.  

Heart. Soul. Personal to YOU. Illustrating YOUR life story. 

Pretty fantastic If you ask me ;) 

Heather -- LHS Class of 2016

 

Get outside and play in the rain every once in a while... It's totally worth it!



Hiding Behind Trees and Photographing people


Maybe not the best business model when you are a wedding and portrait photographer, but during some photo adventures, it's a MUST!

We are welcoming in the                            NEW YEAR with a LOT of love!!!

Lets get started, Shall We? 

NEW YEAR, NEW WEBSITE, NEW BLOG!!! 

 

To start the year off right, we wanted to show off a real life fairytale that we had the privilege of being a part of! Well, I was hiding behind a tree the whole time…

BUT you’ll see why soon enough!  (and it was totally worth it!!)

Photo courtesy of my amazing assistant/husband who is also pretty great at hiding behind trees. 

I received an email from Christopher.  He had such a beautiful surprise for his girlfriend Christa.  He wanted to propose and he was going to make it perfect!  

My part in the proposal was to try and photograph the whole thing, while not being seen.  Let me tell you, this is MUCH easier said than done!!  I didn’t have time to cut a hole in any trees to stick my camera in, so we had to get SUPER crafty! 

The day started out with a carriage ride fit for a princess!  The horse drawn carriage rode through the beautiful back woods of Norfolk Connecticut and through the Yale Summer School Of Music campus.  Once at the school, they stopped the ride to “get out and stretch their legs” and thats when the magic happened!  

 

Christopher got down on one knee..

 

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In case you couldn't tell.. SHE SAID YES!!!!

I loved being a part of this day and being able to create these memories for Christpher and Christa! Even though we have never actually met! 

Also, can I just say, I could never be a paparazzi! It's tough work, running into buildings, hiding behind trees, and trying to not be seen!  BUT to the lovely ladies we met when we were hiding in the hair salon, THANK YOU!!!   My husband/assistant/get-away driver really appreciated the candy!!

Photographs bring people together!