Girl Power Tribe Group Shoot New Milford CT

Ocean’s 8 inspired Girl Power

Tribe Group Shoot

New Milford CT

The latest Ocean’s 8 movie builds on the premise that girls can do it themselves. The film follows a group of women, led by Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plan a highly sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala in New York City. Each character brings their individual sense of style, talents and skills needed to pull off the heist. Powerful women who can conquer the world? Now that’s a theme worth exploring!

This was the first group shoot for the 2k19 Planet Photo Tribe. A huge shout out goes to Rebecca Christine’s Consignment Boutique in Marbledale, CT for help with styling our shoot. They have an amazing selection of new and gently worn clothes for exceptional prices and they were so fun to work with!

 


The bank vault at 19Main provided a unique backdrop for our jewelry stealing crew.

Best of British A Royal Concept Shoot

Best of British

Royal Concept Shoot

Did you get Best of British royal wedding fever when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle? I grew up in England and I loved how some people turn into all out, top to toe, 100% committed royal watchers. They camp for days before the event for the chance to see the royal family or hand them some flowers. I know it sounds CRAZY but I still remember the Queen coming to my home town when I was a kid, she was there to open a garden for the blind. It was during her Silver Jubilee year, so 1977 I think, and we lined the streets and waved our union jacks with the best of them! There were street parties and union jack bunting everywhere you looked.

We got the chance to shoot with an iconic classic British sports car. An Aston Martin – think James Bond. Katelyn and Olivia turned into royal groupies for the afternoon. Nothing wrong with that 😉

If you are wondering where the union jack leggings came from…..Amazon came to the rescue with those. And yes, they are now in the Planet Photo closet and available to borrow for your own portrait session!

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Reputation Themed Shoot Seniors Ignite April

Reputation Themed Shoot

Featured on Seniors Ignite 2018

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years then you are probably aware of Taylor Swift. So when the theme of the last monthly shoot was announced as “Reputation” then the girls in the Planet Photo Tribe didn’t miss a beat to suggest we do a Taylor Swift inspired Reputation shoot. For those of you just finishing up pushing that rock off your head… Reputation is the name of Taylor’s sixth studio album and it was released in November 2017.

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I have to admit Taylor Swift is pretty stunning. Leggy, thin, blond, perky and with beautiful skin…. I also have to admit her music is not my favorite but I sure do admire her business sense, her support of her fans, and for generally just keeping it clean. Abbi and Avery were my Taylor Swift look-a-likes for the shoot and we had so much fun recreating some of her looks.

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What do you think?

Head over to the Senior’s Ignite website because Avery has been featured!

This is probably my last Planet Photo Tribe shoot with Abbi. She is graduating any day now and heading of to study at Western Connecticut State University, you might even see her on the women’s basketball team. I have really enjoyed getting to know her and working with her throughout the last year. Good Luck in all that you do Abbi!

 

 

 

Destination Senior Session Palm Springs, CA

Destination Senior Session

Palm Springs, CA

Day 3 of Nora’s destination session was warm and sunny and just what we needed! When you live on the east coast you kind of expect California to be hot all year round so the wind and cold of Joshua Tree was not really what we were expecting. The California desert doesn’t exactly have the dramatic season changes that we are used to in New England, but they believed they were in the middle of winter! When the flowers are blooming and cacti are all around it is really hard to equate that with winter but it is all relative I guess.

Day 3 was a mix of “drive around and jump out the car when saw a great location” and also a relaxation day. We wanted to see a bit more of the town, stop for lunch and prepare ourselves for the grand finale….. the windmills at sunset!
That pink door was on the list of the most “instagramable” locations in Palm Springs….


It was Nora and Becky’s first time seeing the windmills and they really are AMAZING! What a way to end their time in Palm Springs. The sight of Nora in the parachute dress surrounded my mountains, windmills and the desert is not one I will forget any time soon! Thanks to Becky and Jan Vokal for your excellent parachute tossing technique 😉

Make up: Nancy Z Beauty

Stay tuned for all the details on what will be offered for next years model team destination senior session. If you want to be part of Connecticut’s premiere senior photography experience then head over to the questionnaire and I will keep you posted.

Janet x

 

CA Destination Shoot Senior Portraits

CA Destination Shoot

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Day 2: We woke up to another spectacular Palm Springs day at The Saguaro Hotel, we were so excited for our second day of shooting! e couldn’t resist checking out Salvation Mountain. Seriously, who could resist it after reading this description???

“Salvation Mountain is a literal man-made mountain 28 years in the making, covered in half a million gallons of latex paint. What started as a small monument made of dirt and painted cement became, over time, a sprawling adobe and hay-bale mountain complex, with peripheral structures made of telephone poles, tires, and car windows, as well as art cars and sculptures, all painted in a patchwork of stripes and color blocks of whatever paint was donated that week”.

— Aaron Huey, National Geographic

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After leaving Salvation Mountain we saw the kind of abandoned building that I would TOTALLY avoid on my own, but we were an emboldened group of photographers, seniors and a couple of moms and it was the middle of the day, so we went for it. Come on, could you drive right by a graffiti covered abandoned building in the middle of the desert? Alright, most people would, but I think you will agree it was worth the detour!

All sessions are a combination of planned locations and spontaneous excitement when we drive past an amazing photo opportunity!

Limited number of destination, studio and CT location shoots available for 2018. Senior portraits should never be boring.

Janet x

Destination Shoot CA Senior Portraits

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When I entered Nora and Ryan into the Seniors Ignite Model Competition at the end of 2017 I had no idea that they would both be selected as finalists! I was so proud of both of them, and at that point I knew that I was inviting them to come, competition winners or not. Ryan’s play schedule meant that he couldn’t go, but Nora and her mom Becky were up for a trip to California. So the plans started to take shape.

Day 1 of the destination shoot was Joshua Tree National Park Model competition winner Timber and two other senior photographers joined us for part of the day. Palm Springs is known for its mid-century architecture, mild winter climate, and its stunning natural landscape so we had to make time to shoot around the town as well. 

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Timber it was an absolute pleasure to meet you! Thank you for braving the cold at Joshua Tree – none of us expected that when we planned our weekend in Cali! If you have never seen Joshua Tree it is totally worth a trip. The rocks look like giant pebbles dropped in piles from the sky and the joshua trees themselves look like they come from another planet. I can’t even tell you how excited we were to see tumble weeds…. I know, kind of silly, but seriously they exist outside of cartoons and old western movies

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Check back for Day 2 of our destination shoot in Palm Springs!

MUA: Nancy Z Beauty (thanks for the location tips too!)

Nora’s outfits: Guess Jeans, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, American Eagle

 

Project Beauty 360 Natural Portraits CT Teens

Project Beauty 360

Natural Portraits of CT Teens

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

This is one of my all time favorite Coco Chanel quotes, but if you google quotes about natural beauty there are many more ….

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear

A beautiful thing is never perfect

A woman is most beautiful when she smiles

Confidence is beauty

DO TEENS REALLY BELIEVE ANY OF THOSE THOUGH?

Unrealistic ad campaigns and peer pressure has always been a thing, but add social media to the equation and imagine how difficult it is for our teens to really feel confident in themselves.

I invited the girls in the Planet Photo Tribe to a different kind of photoshoot. Come as you are. Let me show you that you are beautiful just the way you are. Let your inner beauty really shine in black and white natural portraits.

I was overwhelmed by how many chose to participate, some even brought a friend.

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Project Beauty 360 began as a team shoot with a portrait photographer in Ohio and he luckily recognized the impact it had on his team and shared his idea with photographers throughout the country. I loved the idea; no makeup, no hairstyling, jeans and white top and a simple location. Let the emphasis be on the natural raw beauty of the girls. I always love spending time with my team but listening to their thoughts and stories about the pressures of being “good enough” “pretty enough” “popular enough” opened my eyes to the pressure they are under. I am so happy to show them that they are all of those things and more… THEY ARE ENOUGH!

Are you in High School? If you would like to be notified how you can participate in future Project Beauty 360 shoots then sign up here:



CT HS Senior Photography – New Milford High School Abbi

CT HS Senior Photography

Meet Abbi!

Planning a senior photo shoot around the crazy schedule of marching band, varsity volleyball, college visits and college applications is not easy. But we did it!

I always try to plan locations and styling around each individual client.  I knew back in the summer that Abbi wanted to shoot in the classic New England fall colors, so our date was on the calendar way before senior year started to get super busy. We chose Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot as our start point but we were on the lookout for road side locations. CT109 didn’t disappoint and we were climbing into the weeds before you know it!

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Steep Rock has been a favorite destination for my family for many years and I felt just a tad guilty for not having our dog with us. But what an amazing warm fall day…. we couldn’t have wished for better light.

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Abbi is long and lean (hence the varsity volleyball and basketball….) and she has the most amazing strawberry blond curly hair so I love to pose and photograph her. Her mom had a huge selection of outfits in the back of her car so that we could mix it up and match outfits to the different locations as we went. She didn’t wear it all, but we gave it a good college try!
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I absolutely LOVED the purple with the colors in the meadow, we didn’t even really notice the purple undertones at the time, but as soon as I opened the files in photoshop I knew I had found the winning shots of the shoot. Did I tell you recently how much I love what I do?
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A quick stop at a deserted barn on the way home and our shoot was done. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for beautiful Abbi but I know her family will treasure these portraits of her taken during that crazy senior year.

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Do you wish that you had portraits of your High School Senior or college freshman? Let me know and I can design the most amazing portrait experience for you!

Janet xo

 

Model Photo Shoot Camping Webb Mountain Monroe CT

Model Photo Shoot

Camping in CT

You are either an outdoors person or not. It was a damp Connecticut fall day but Avery, Olivia, Maggie, Sam and Payton did not hesitate to hang out in the woods for the latest Planet Photo Tribe Group Shoot.

I LOVE the outdoors, love hiking, picnics, hot cocoa in the fresh air and s’mores but I have to admit for me this was the best kind of camping…… NO TENT! We didn’t stay overnight but we had an absolute blast hanging out around the camp fire at Webb Mountain Park. Mobile phones stayed in the car so that meant we had fun with a rock, paper scissors tournament, a game of telephone and races down the trail. We even had an apple cider donut challenge!

“Welcome to our fire pit. The s’more the merrier.”

What happens around the campfire stays around the campfire! Except when we plan a group photo shoot camping theme….. Just kidding girls. Your secrets are safe with me!


Does your family love the outdoors? Would a camping themed family photo shoot be a perfect fit to show the fun you have when you spend time together? Let’s start planning. I’ll bring the s’mores!

Teen Photography CT – Meet Audrey!

Teen Photography CT

Meet Audrey!

I was so excited for Audrey’s individual shoot. She is part of the Planet Photo Tribe so I have photographed her a few times before and I know the camera loves her as much as I do. But it’s different for the individual session. For the individual session it was all about Audrey. Her interests. Her passions. Her style. And we picked the locations just for her.

She is a super talented dancer, which of course means she is at dance classes almost every day of the week and rehearsing for the Nutcracker on weekends, but we threaded the needle and made a plan. We met at the studio so that she could raid the studio wardrobe closet and got to work.

Head shots were first on the list. Check.

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We added a little make up and we moved on to studio dance portraits. Check.

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And onto the location part of the shoot. TRIPLE CHECK with a cherry on top! We stopped at a couple of different places, I joke about the best locations being on the side of the road but I am not kidding, sometimes they really are….

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Fairfield Hills is an absolute favorite and it was the look and style that Audrey wanted to create so we ended there. Sequins and tulle against a backdrop of an old psychiatric hospital which housed 4000 patients until closing in 1995 …. CHECK!

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I hope you love the images as much as we do.

Every teen is unique. I design every individual portrait session to be just as unique. I help to plan where to shoot your session and how to style it. Call to schedule your Teen Photography Session.

Make Up: Blush Couture