Archive for January, 2010

And so 2010 begins

January 31, 2010

I’m so excited to share all the shooting opportunities I’ve had already in 2010, from a fantastic lighting workshop with one of my favorite and inspiring photographers, Carla Teneyck (preview on her blog here), a wedding, a gorgeous newborn, another wedding next week…and it is still January.

Today I’ve got a preview of one of my 2010 wedding couples. If the groom-to-be looks familiar, it’s because he was one of the two male models in the December vintage winter wedding shoot I did with Lucinda Wesson of Chocolate Creative Design and a team full of inspired CT wedding vendors at Island Farm (Elihu Island) in Stonington this winter. The shoot was featured here in Style Me Pretty, and now I get to photograph this model and his real-life bride, who just happens to be a real-life model. Tough work, but someone has to do it.

Katie and Jayson

Photographed at Elihu Island (Island Farm), December 2009.

Happy love, K & J–so excited for September!

What the world needs now

January 25, 2010

More half-birthday celebrations.

Because six months is much too long to wait for more cake and candles.

Bride’s Connecticut, a custom wine label and a complete detour to Scrabble

January 21, 2010

This fun little feature  and accompanying image is in the spring/summer 2010 issue of Bride’s Connecticut, and was the result of a creative summer collaboration with Lucinda Wesson at Chocolate Creative Design, Sarah True at True Event and me.

The wine at Chamard Vineyard is delicious and inspiring, as is the location—a gorgeous vineyard venue for weddings and special events, with Sarah True as your coordinator. And thinking custom wine labels are just right for your vineyard event or a gift for a wine-loving friend? Call Lucinda for this custom touch!

The image is from a May 2009 wedding on Nantucket, and my creative client Antonia hand-painted these dolls as cupcake toppers. As soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect for ring shots as well—if you look carefully, you can see that Bill’s ring slides down around his likeness, while Antonia’s delicate band ring rests on top of her likeness, like a miniature bridal headpiece.

And yes, those are bananagram tiles, and I knew they were my perfect clients as soon as I saw them in her room.

Some people might not know my nerdy Scrabble background (who else do YOU know who has been in Real Simple magazine for playing Scrabble with friends?), and while I am not the player I once was (two children and a business will do that to you), I do offer all my booked wedding clients the chance to take $250 off their package if they can beat me at Scrabble.

P.S. I’m really not that good, but it means I actually get to play once in a while!

How to Charm Me

January 19, 2010

Henry, age 3 1/2.

Tell me, “Mom, you’re the cutest thing in the whole wide world!”

Okay, Henry.

If you say so!

What a nut!

Hot Mama

January 15, 2010

Last week I got to spend a chilly day in NYC photographing this smoking hot mama-to-be, and what a fantastic day it was—the session was a 30th birthday gift from her best friend who joined us, and it was a great girls day of champagne, celebrating baby and beautiful bodies and an engagement the night before.

And before you ask, she’s 34 weeks pregnant, no, she isn’t wearing maternity clothes and yes, she really does look that amazing in person. Oh, and lest you think she must not eat to look this good, ask her about her chocolate and challah French toast habit!

We ended the day with a sizzling boudoir session as a celebration of her gorgeous curves. Sorry folks, the sneak peek ends here!

Happy baby, mama—can’t wait to hear your wonderful news in just a few weeks, and happy love, Meghan—congratulations! Thanks for sharing your girly day with me, ladies!

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2010

This year finally seemed to slow down around December 30, and we’ve been enjoying lots of (rare!) snow, hot cocoa, fires, home projects (also rare this year!), more fires, visitors and, of course, good food.

Our New Year’s Eve was all the brighter with my college roommate in town, a culinary professional who brought with her a good bottle of wine and the fixings for this delicious dish, a simple pasta carbonara with fresh homemade pasta and mushrooms. We added our delicious Cobb Hill bacon. YUM.

For dessert we continued working our way through the delicious gift of Grater’s ice cream from a lovely family of clients and friends. Hard work, but someone’s got to do it.

The new year is starting fast and furious for us next week (you too?) but we got another weekend snowstorm on a day when we had nowhere in particular to go, and it will be a nice lazy memory to sustain us in the weeks to come.

Happy new year! Welcome 2010!

Haley Farm Family Session

January 2, 2010

Loved these sweet cousins and their parents earlier this winter, and loved this local state park in Noank, my first time doing a portrait session here–but definitely not my last! The light was amazing, and made these fair blondies positively glow in the early winter light.