Sister Session at Harkness Memorial State Part, CT

Sister Session at Harkness Memorial State Part, CT

Elizabeth and Ally were such a joy to photograph.     These two sisters have been dancing almost as long as they’ve been walking!   Harkness Memorial State Park is where their parents got married, making it the perfect location for this shoot. (How sweet is that!?)     My favorite part of the shoot was at this tree.  I gave them this prompt: “Run towards me, when I say NOW, give each other the biggest bear-hug ever!”   It had been a little stormy earlier that day, which meant we were blessed with clouds and a gorgeous sunset!          ...
Romantic Water Shoot

Romantic Water Shoot

  There are two things I adore capturing, water and love.  When I get to photograph those two things together, I’m in my happy place!     I was beyond excited when these two said yes to this shoot idea (it might help that its my sister and her dear husband)!     It was like watching them dance in water.     Obviously, we had our goofy moments too!     And to top it off, Katrina also wore a set of wings and pretended to be a swimming bird....
Rice Family Session, Buffalo NY

Rice Family Session, Buffalo NY

  This family is TOO ADORABLE!     I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Rice family for a few years now.  They are sweet, quirky, genuine, and have such strong bonds of love.     Guys, look at little Ruby’s stockings, they have cats on them!     The best way (in my opinion) to get genuine smiles, is to just have FUN!  The obvious choice, was an impromptu leaf fight.     Sometimes, I just like to sit back and see what happens naturally.     My favorite photo from this session has to be this gem.  There was something so sweet watching this moment unfold below me.     Thank you for choosing me to capture your love!...
Concept Shoot at Haley Farms in Groton, CT

Concept Shoot at Haley Farms in Groton, CT

    I’m not usually one for waking up early, but this sunrise shoot was worth it!     After discussing ideas with Monique, we landed on three things: innocence, pensiveness, and vulnerability.     Specifically, we discussed representing these ideas symbolically through butterflies.     Monique revealed, “I love their airiness, ability to flutter on and about, yet soar if they need to. They are delicate. That’s what I admire about them.”     I spent the evening before the shoot covering a sheer mesh dress in paper butterflies.  These butterflies had been carefully cut out for a previous shoot.     For the second look, we went with something simple and flowy to show off graceful movements....
Why I didn’t want to do a 365… but did it anyway.

Why I didn’t want to do a 365… but did it anyway.

265 days down, 100 more to go. I’ve wanted to do a 365 ever since I saw Alex Stoddard, David Talley, and Rosie Hardy embark on theirs.  So why did it take 5 years before starting my own?   “I can’t be as good as they are.” Why does anyone start a project like this?  To get BETTER!  If you aren’t seeing progress in what you are doing, then you need to shift the way you do it. Yes, talent plays a huge role, but raw talent without refinement will still leave you frustrated knowing you can accomplish more.  Work hard so that your abilities can do your ideas justice!   “I don’t have the time.” Oh really?  But you have time for that tv show, for surfing the internet looking at cat videos, for looking at other people’s work despairing that you’ll never be as good as them? Trust me, you have time, it just won’t be the same amount or type of time every day.  It could be 10 hours on a Saturday and 1-2 hours every weekday.  You might need to shoot a week’s worth of images in one day, plan ahead.  You have the time, but you need to sacrifice less “worthy” things and prioritize yourself.   “I will probably fail.” Take that word off the table.  Don’t give yourself “failure” as a viable option.  Every day may not be the best work you’ve ever done, but we need the hoard of “mediocre” pieces to teach us how to make work that really soars! Give yourself permission to learn and make mistakes, but don’t let...
Wall Art: Stoic

Wall Art: Stoic

As an artist, a lack of resources can be my most glaring limitation.  This limitation, however, forces me to use the materials I do have in a creative way.  Along the way I learn methods of how to bridge the gap. The “Wall Art” series is an exploration of a number of new techniques for me.  I don’t have access to the finest make-up, a high key studio, or a large budget.  Instead I have learned how to work with what is available (and feasible for me): costume body paint, an off camera strobe, and cardboard (oh, and Photoshop of course!). Body Paint: I use a paint from Party City (but I have started experimenting with a cream-blend paint by Mehron).  The paint has all kinds of drawbacks: its dry, crumbly, and delivers spotty coverage. Lighting: One day I would love to learn how to use studio lighting.  Until then, I’ll use my single strobe in a huge light-box and make-do.  Before figuring out the basics of my strobe I used natural window light. Budget: Working with a tiny budget forces you to get creative.  I use cardboard, curtains, fake flowers, and wrapping paper to construct the scenes for “Wall Art.”  The cardboard I use was actually a Christmas gift from my husband’s family last year (I get waaaay too excited about sheets of cardboard and nice boxes… there’s just so much potential!). Photoshop: Some of the “before” pictures are a little scary!   This typically leads to heavy post-production work to smooth out the color (mixer brush & selective color), keep an even texture (high pass), and add dimension (dodge &...

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