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Planet Photo on Location

Austin Texas with Madisyn from NMHS

We were SO excited to travel to Texas in January. Who wouldn’t be excited to trade New England winter for Texas weather? Add that we were staying at a cool boutique hotel in the trendy Domain area of Austin and shooting with some amazingly talented photographers in some of the coolest locations in the city and the excitement was at crazy high level!

planet photo on locationHair and make up for Maddy and Lexi (from Minnesota) and the first part of the shoot was at the Lonestar Court Hotel. Parts of the hotel have a very old Texas vibe and the grounds were awesome. We had secured an amazing location for our next stop. Roadhouse Relics is the Austin, Texas, studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs. He has gathered memorabilia, old signs, fairground pieces and the most eclectic collection of vintage furnishings and we had private access to his collection. Literally every time you turned around there was something else to look at.

Our next location was a mix of restaurant’s, vintage stores and trendy cupcake stands. In fact, some of the streets have been featured on Austin’s “most instagram worthy locations” (yes, there really is a list of picture perfect spots for most cities!) so we could have stayed all day. Actually we could have eaten our way along the street but after a TexMex lunch we only had room for cupcakes!

Scooters were parked all over the city and run in a similar way to city bikes you can pick them up and drop them off wherever you are going, you unlock and pay for them via an app on your phone. University of Texas, Austin was our final stop for day one. It’s beautiful downtown campus is the jewel in the University of Texas crown with over 40,000 students.

Day 2 was a much mellower day. We wanted to see some of the traditional side of Texas and landed in historical Gruene Texas. Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall, most of the country greats have played there at some point and the sounds of country music could be heard from almost every corner of the town.

Where would you like to go for your destination senior session? Let’s start turning dreams into reality!

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White on White

Group Tribe Shoot

Everyone knows that you can’t count on the weather in New England. You’ve probably heard people say “if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes”. Well we waited for the snow and it never came, but the rain sure did. So we moved our white on white  snowy, winter-wonderland group Tribe shoot indoors and made do with pretend snow balls and hot cocoa!

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Did you ever read that book about snow, Miss Smilla’s Feelings for Snow? The Scandinavians apparently have hundreds of words to describe snow and frozen water in its various forms, not surprising when you consider that every snowflake is completely unique. I feel like we need more words to describe white… we probably had hundreds of versions between us but they were all beautiful. The Tribe did an amazing job of dressing in shades of white.

Thank you to Madisyn, Taylor, Cassie, Madi, Cadence, Zoe, Julia and Olivia for participating in our latest concept shoot. When you grow up in a small town then there is a really good chance that paths have crossed at some point or another. Have we met at a dance class or toddler program somewhere or have we been in the same school since Kindergarten? The girls love reconnecting with old friends!

Thank you to Seniors Ignite for featuring our shoot alongside some other amazing interpretations of the “whiteout” theme. Be sure to check them all out.


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Happy New Year

A celebration photoshoot in Times Square NYC

Almost every country celebrates New Year’s Eve in some way. If you live in the United States then the site of the ball dropping on Times Square is synonyms with the countdown to the New Year. Confetti, champagne, fireworks, glitz and glamour are all part of the New Year’s Eve celebration for many around the world. A time to reflect on the past and prepare and look forward to the future. How many people set New Year’s resolutions? It just feels natural to use the start of a new year as a turning point.

Times Square in December is busy, bustling and ALIVE with all walks of life and for some unknown reason lots of people dressed up as Elmo, Spiderman and Mario….. The famous billboards and signs cover every facade and are all around. Where tourists gather, vendors descend and you can’t walk five feet without being offered a bus tour, a restaurant coupon or discount tickets to a Broadway show. But it is magical and you feel like you are in the heart of New York City! Just blocks from Rockefeller Center, the Christmas tree, the department store holiday window displays and Radio City Music Hall but surrounded by Broadway and the musicals and plays that make it unique.

Madisyn, Julia and Olivia braved the cold and gave each other confidence to “work it girl” – they got lots of encouraging comments from passersby!! We were a few weeks early with our New Years celebration but we had a blast. 3000 pounds of confetti is dropped BY HAND at midnight, we even wrote messages on a couple of pieces.

Happy New Year to you all!

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The Faces of Immigrants Old and New

A Planet Photo Portrait Project

After the success of last year’s Faces of Female Entrepreneurs Exhibition I have been searching for an idea for my next personal project. This year I want to create portraits of immigrants old and new.

Did you immigrate to the U.S. as a child?

Did you live in many countries and finally settled in America?

Were you forced to leave your own country?

Were you looking for the American Dream?

Do you call yourself an American?

Did you fall in love and moved to the U.S. to be together?

Were you recruited to come to the U.S. because of a special talent?

If you answered YES to one of more of these questions then I need to hear from you!

Please complete this on-line questionnaire to be considered for the project.

I will contact approximately 20 individuals to be interviewed and photographed. You must be willing to come to New Milford, CT to be photographed and share your story.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event please e-mail me directly: janet@planet-photography.com


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The Future is in their Hands

Planet Photo Tribe

Teen Photo Shoot CT

Much has been written about Generation Z. They are more tech savvy than previous generations, most don’t remember not having access to the internet via their phones and they multitask. They are also starting to express their opinions and frustrations with the current political system. Most American school kids experience drills to prepare for an active shooter situation and they want someone to do something about it. They care about the environment and animals, they have lived through the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements and they took notice.

The New York Times wrote: “Alex Dunphy from ‘Modern Family’ represents the Gen Z antidote, Alex is a true Gen Z: conscientious, hard-working, somewhat anxious and mindful of the future.”

The girls in the Planet Photo Tribe picked the issues that they feel most passionate about and we highlighted some of those things. They believe that we should PROTECT our schools, our planet, our children, our water supply, our food supply, the environment, animals, minorities and the earth.

They say NO to racial profiling, labeling, transphobia, violence, sexism, racism, fat shaming, homophobia.

For today’s teens, the nation’s first African-American president is less a historic breakthrough than a fact of life. It is the responsibility and privilege of Generation Z to vote and they intend to do so. They make up almost 25% of all Americans and THEY VOTE NEXT.

They are Stronger Together. The Future is Female. They Support Equal Rights……The future really is in their hands.


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A Planet Photo NYC Photo Shoot

Who says you have to choose a conventional location for your senior portraits?

Candytopia, a pop-up location in New York City is ANYTHING BUT CONVENTIONAL!

Here is how they describe it on the website:

“What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation?  Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness!”

I’d seen the pictures on social media and I knew it HAD to be… we HAD to have our NYC photo shoot there! We got the golden tickets and Abbi joined me on an adventure into candy wonderland. It was insane. I can’t even imagine how many 100’s of thousands of jelly beans went into the exhibit, it was a crazy dream world on a massive sugar high and we were going in.

NYC Photo Shoot

I knew we needed something different and special for this location, but you know when you don’t know what you are looking for until you see it? Well the minute I saw this romper on Fashion Nova, I knew we had our outfit!

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Thanks to the amazing staff and crew at Candytopia for their help. We shot during regular business hours using the built in spot lighting. No off camera flash or light stands. But we made it work – you gotta love a challenge.

NYC Photo ShootSo where would you love to shoot? Let’s design something completely original. I love street photo shoots, don’t you?


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Fitness Portraits

New Milford, CT Photographer

Setting a goal and achieving it. It sounds easy right?

Janese had been training for a fitness competition so I persuaded her to join me in the studio for fitness portraits. She is a strong, beautiful woman who has her eye set on achieving peak physical condition. She’s not a career athlete and she hasn’t been training for body building competitions her whole life. She is a Mom and she set herself a goal.

Our portraits were taken a few weeks before her first competition and she was approaching her goal competition weight. Of course, she has been following a strict regimen of weight training and cardiovascular workouts. Diet is just one part of the puzzle but she has been fine tuning her macros and the results are amazing!

Fitness Portraits New Milford, CT

Fitness Portraits New Milford, CT

The results can not just be measured in the numbers on the scale or her physical appearance, her confidence has soared and she feels empowered to educate other women that they can do it too. She has many people in her corner cheering her on and she is incredibly grateful for their support but at the end of the day. Janese DID IT. She was the one who put in the hours at the gym. She said no to drinks with friends and she ate right; almost ALL the time!

I am so happy to have shown her just how amazing, strong and feminine she looks. She earned a medal in her second competition and I have a feeling she has the bug. She is already training for the next competition!

Good Luck Janese.



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