Project Beauty 2020 on location

Project Beauty 2020

on location

Project Beauty is always one of my favorite shoots. It’s a way for me to meet a whole bunch of local teens and show them that they are good enough, beautiful enough and deserving of beautiful images of themselves. Usually we shoot in the studio but this year I visited everyone to shoot them in their natural habitat. I have to say, I kind of liked the new twist!

Our 2020 Donation

Every year I select a different organization to support with Project Beauty and this we were able to donate $550 to Camella’s Cupboard. The COVID crisis has affected us all in many different ways and we are all experiencing our own version of hardship. Some are lonely and suffering anxiety and depression. Some have lost jobs or have been sick for weeks at a time and some families are living, working and studying in small homes without adequate food, internet access or the technology to maintain school grades. Camella’s Cupboard has been supporting local families suffering from food insecurity and not surprisingly their number of families needing support has swelled during this crisis. I hope that our project can help to remove some of that stress. 

Additional Donations can be made directly to Camella’s Cupboard 

Thank you to all the girls who participated in Project Beauty 2020. 

Covid Safety

Policies and Procedures

A Covid-19 update

Let me tell you that I can not wait to get back to work and scheduling portrait sessions again, I have missed my clients and the Planet Photo Tribe so much. I am committed to following the guidelines set out by the state of CT and my own common sense guidelines to do everything I can to protect the safely of my clients, their family and my own. I fully expect I will be updating these policies and procedures a few times over the next few months and I will do my best to accommodate the needs of all my clients. 

What's new?

  • I will be wearing a mask during photo shoots.
  • Shoots will be outdoors for the time being – as guidelines change I will add individual studio sessions. 
  • Long Distance Shooting – I will be photographing clients from a safe distance using a long lens during this pandemic. I have an amazing 70-200mm lens in my kit that was a favorite before this all happened!
  • In-person Consults or Ordering Sessions – For the foreseeable future, I will continue with virtual consults and ordering appointments via zoom 
  • Style Closet Items – Because the virus can be transferred onto fabric, I am temporarily discontinuing my style closet, prop use, accessories, etc for now.  
  • Cleaning supplies on shoots – I will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on every shoot and of course washing hands before meeting new clients. 
  • One Person Only Policy – clients are only allowed to bring ONE person to the shoot.  Someone who can help adjust hair, fix a bra strap or clip clothing would be best so that I can limit ALL personal contact with clients. 
  • Professional makeup – we will follow the state guidelines regarding make up appointments. At the moment I will be offering a zoom consultation with my make up artist as in person appointments are not yet available. 
  • Sick Policy – If you or any family member shows any signs or symptoms of coughing, sneezing, runny  nose, sore throat, fever, etc please notify me as soon as possible and your session will be rescheduled.  Similarly, if any of my family member has symptoms then I hope you understand that I will also reschedule your shoot. Please try to give at least 48 hours notice if possible. 

We will get through this together and find our new normal. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Project Beauty 2020

Celebrating the natural beauty of our teens

It’s that time again!

For the third year in a row I am going to be doing all natural portrait mini shoots to celebrate the natural beauty and confidence of our local teens. Now more than ever we need to recognize our teens and remind them that they are “good enough” just the way they are. They should not be judged by their clothes, hair, make-up or designer labels and you NEVER should judge a book by it’s cover; 

  • Everyone is unique. 
  • Differences should be celebrated. 
  • Appearance does not matter.

We are all worthy and important.  

Project Beauty is a movement among senior photographers all over the U.S. to place emphasis on simple, natural light portraits of young adolescents. No make-up. Simple clothes.  The emphasis is on you. You DESERVE it!

This year has been challenging to say the least, so let’s have some fun and remember who we are behind that snapchat filter and instagram worthy selfie!

Every year we make a donation to a local charity from Project Beauty. This year we will be raising funds for Camella’s Cupboard. Helping to provide food and supplement nutritional needs of local children.

What do I need to know?

Who can sign up?

Anyone and everyone between the ages of 13 and 18!

All are invited to join the movement to celebrate natural beauty. In the past it’s been mostly girls but I am not going to say no to the boys!

What should I wear?

I want the emphasis to be solely on you, so please choose a white or black top and denim on the bottom. 

How much does it cost?

$60

50% of the proceeds will be donated to Camella’s Cupboard. 

Can I include my family?

Unfortunately not for this one. This shoot is about our local teens. If you have a dog who joins in that would be OK. Teen aged siblings can book a time slot next to yours. 

Where will we shoot?

I will come to you. 

By that I mean, I will come to your yard or outside your home. I will not provide props or have a chair with me. You need to meet me outside and we will maintain AT LEAST six feet between us at all times. 

 

What do I get?

You will get an app with FIVE social media sized files. Full resolution and additional images are available for purchase. 

SIGN UP BY LOCATION

I am going to be coming to your yard or door step in May so please sign up for the day I will be in your area. I might contact you to adjust the time ever so slightly to cut down on zig zagging across town! 

I will be in Southern New Milford (south of the bridge) on Tuesday, Sherman on Wednesday and Northern New Milford on Thursday. 

If you are in a different town but would like to participate I would love to hear from you. Fill out the contact form and let me know your town and then invite your friends to join you!

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can't wait to meet you!

Newborn Model Call – New Milford CT

Newborn Model Call – New Milford CT Photography Studio

I just got a whole selection of new props that I am dying to try out…… so I am looking for a newborn!

Did you just have a baby? Are you about to deliver? Do you know someone who might be interested?

Please send them my way! They should email me or call 203 313 1303 asap!

 

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CT Photographer Danbury CT – It’s Twins!!!!

CT Photographer at Tarrywile Park in Danbury CT Twins!!!!

A client called me and said she wanted to do a family shoot to announce that she is having twins – do you know how excited I was?!?

Ashley and James did their first session a couple of years ago and they were back for a birthday session for Gigi earlier this year, so it felt like we were just hanging out and catching up on everything that has been going on. Ashley and Gigi had the poses down, the accessories and their outfits were spot on and Stacey from Blush Couture had met with Ashley to make her feel extra pretty and ready to make the announcement of their lives! TWINS!

They are going to be great parents and Gigi will be an awesome big sister. I can not wait to meet the babies. We’ll just have to wait and see if they are boys or girls or maybe one of each!

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CT Photographer – Bat Mitzvah

CT Photographer – Bat Mitzvah in Trumbull

This is one of my favorites from a session to celebrate Saige’s Bat Mitzvah in Trumbull this weekend. Saige is a beautiful young woman and she told me that this was her first time having a portrait done. Well, I am sure you agree she knocked it out of the park!!!

I’ll be adding more images but this one was too good not to share right away.

Mazel Tov!

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You can feel the pride and the love surrounding Saige in these images. The traditions of the ceremony were honored and memories of past occasions were all around them.

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The term “bat mitzvah” refers to two things:

  1. When a girl reaches 12-years-old she becomes a “bat mitzvah” and is recognized by Jewish tradition as having the same rights as an adult. She is now morally and ethically responsible for her decisions and actions.

  2. “Bat Mitzvah” also refers to a religious ceremony that accompanies a girl becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Often a celebratory party will follow the ceremony and that party is also called a bat mitzvah.

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Brookfield CT Family Photographer – Birthday Mini Session

Brookfield CT Family – Happy 10th Birthday Gigi!

One of my mini session clients last month was a beautiful little girl who visiting on her birthday. I have met Gigi before and she is a sweet girl with a huge smile and an eye for fashion and styling. With a little help from her step-mom Ashley she was photo ready for the first session of the day. Her Dad James? Yeah, let’s just say he was happy chilling in the giant yogibo I have in the studio with a giant cup of Starbucks in his hand! Ashley and Gigi had props with them from her birthday party the day before and I hope you agree that the photos came out great and we put those props to good use. I have a feeling that she will always remember the day she turned “double digits” but she also has a leather photo book or all her favorite images to help jog her memory.

Happy Birthday Gigi! Thanks for including me in your birthday celebration and thanks for being a great sport in the shoot – I look forward to working with you again soon 🙂

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I LOVE these playful ones….. you can see that she has a twinkle in her eye and that we had so much fun!

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See if you can spot Gigi in this post from my Raw Photo days….

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

New Milford CT Photographer – Spring has Sprung!

Spring Mini Session Sneak Peaks!

There are a couple of things that will instantly make me smile (well to be honest there are lots of things, but I won’t bore you with the entire list) but a little girl in a pink bow and a baby size jeans jacket brought a smile to my face and a flood of memories. My daughter had a Calvin Klein jeans jacket that I absolutely adored on her (check out the last photo for a picture of Olivia in her jeans jacket).

Baby Erin was one of the first baby sessions I showed on the Planet Photo website and it was fun to get her back to test out the spring mini session looks but also to show just how much she has grown and changed. We put her in some similar colors and the baskets we used for her newborn session so that you can see the difference!

land of nod_pinwheels_new milford photographer_bunnies_easterThe milestone package includes three sessions and you choose between maternity, newborn, sitting and cake smash. Erin was a little older than the typical sitting age so of course it became a crawling session!!! I think will agree it only added to the cuteness.

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Hooray for Easter – isn’t that the cutest picture ever?!?!?

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Baby Brody getting in on the act.

I have to say that having a friend with a newborn baby has brought so much joy to our family. My kids adore him and now that he is smiling and interacting with everyone around him it is just getting better all the time.

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If you are interested in booking a Spring Mini Session then check out the information on the last blog post – I would love to see you!

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And here is Olivia in her jeans jacket in the fall of 2004.  I absolutely love this.

 

Family Photo Session – Three generations in Atlanta, Georgia

My kids and I had a wonderful time in Georgia recently and I took the opportunity to photograph my Aunt Susan, Uncle Keith and my cousins and their new families. My kids loved being part of the family mix for a couple of weeks and are already planning our next trip. Sue and Keith emigrated from the UK to the US when Rob and Jon were only 1 and 3, so it was great to have them interact with my kids and remind them all that they belong to a larger network. Our extended family might span multiple continents but thanks to modern technology we keep those family connections alive as best as we can.

So the family photo session started out with a maternity shoot for Rob and Jeanna – their baby boy is due later this month. I know, she has one of those perfect tiny baseball baby bumps – I can promise you that I didn’t look like that at 8 months pregnant! They are all ready for baby Asher to arrive and Caulden is going to make a great big brother!

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Jon and Natalie welcomed their new baby Elizabeth a few weeks ago and Alex is so cute with his baby sister.

Natalie introduced us to some good Southern food and was our guide at Cracker Barrel! My kids were so fascinated by the Waffle House and Cracker Barrel at every exit that they became obsessed by the idea of waffles…..

Doesn’t he have the most beautiful clear blue eyes? He is one of those chatty kids that is completely comfortable talking to almost anyone!

When you don’t have a newborn posing beanbag then of course the arm of the leather sofa works in a pinch!

Can you believe Nat just had a baby…? And just how completely adorable that little baby is?????

These two are hysterical together. Caulden and Alex live close to each other and Grammy and Grumpy so they get to spend time together all the time.

Their friendship is amazing and I am sure it will just continue over time.

Three generations!

A Hot Air Balloon Launch in Litchfield County, CT – Up, up and away!

Litchfield County, CT – Hot Air Balloon Launch

So, I was hanging out at my friends house watching our girls swim in their pool when a man knocked on the door. He wanted to know if he could launch a hot air balloon from the front yard.

Yeah, we thought we had heard it all before too, but that was really what he wanted to do….. Apparently the regular launch place wasn’t working out and they were looking for an open space on relatively high ground to unload the balloon from the trailer and get it up in the air. It turned our relaxing Sunday beside the pool into a wonderful, beautiful and unforgetable afternoon.

Hot air balloons were discovered in France in 1783 but they have come a long way since those early days of a fabric bag filled with hot air and now-a-days balloon pilots need to have a commercial pilot’s license. The basket on the balloon that we saw was beautiful – I didn’t get a chance to ask, but it looked as if it was hand made and stitched with leather. The balloon was initially filled with air from a fan and a couple of blasts of hot air from the burner heated the air enough to get the balloon inflated and up off the ground.

The pilot suggested I peek in one of the flaps at the top of the balloon – it reminds me of a stained glass window.

I was standing right next to the pilot when he turned on the burner. It was LOUD!

We were all so excited when the balloon lifted off the ground and started to fully inflate – the family taking a ride looked nervous but really anxious to start their adventure.

They were planning to fly to Woodbury, CT. It probably takes around 30 minutes to drive there from New Milford, they expected to fly there in under an hour. It didn’t seem like there was a breath of wind but apparently there was enough to send them on their way.

Lift off!

There was quite a gathering of neighbors – it’s not everyday a hot air balloon takes off from the front lawn. They waved and shouted good bye!

Tell me you are not thinking of the movie Up!  right now!!!!