New Fairfield High School Prom Prep – Lyndall

New Fairfield High School Prom Prep – Lyndall

Lyndall chose to get ready for the New Fairfield High School Prom at the Planet Photo Studio so that her family could have some traditional portraits of her in her prom dress. I am so glad they did! Lyndall was anxious for the pampering to begin and with the help of her inspiration photos saved on her phone, Meagan and Stacey set to work on her prom hair and make up.

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Her dress was absolutely stunning and she glowed with excitement when the transformation was complete. Lyndall has her heart set on a career in education and I can imagine that she will make an incredible teacher. She is outgoing, confident and has a unique sense of style, she was also part of the New Fairfield High School Marching band this year so we probably saw her at band competitions in during the marching season!

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Lyndall had a fabulous time at her senior prom and her family have portraits to remember her day. It was a pleasure meeting you Lyndall, good luck studying education at Western Connecticut State University in the fall!

Janet xo

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Hair Hair by Meagan Jones 

If you would like to have portraits in your prom dress it is not too late! Contact me to set up a free consultation, we can incorporate your prom dress into your personalized senior session.

Call or text 203 313-1303. 

New Milford High School Senior Prom 2017

New Milford High School Senior Prom 2017

Tony, Will and Evan stopped by the Planet Photo studio on their way to the New Milford High School Senior Prom at the Amber Room. I have known them since 1st grade of Hill and Plain School and photographed them many times through the years, but especially over the last year as some of the first members of the 2K17 tribe. They all looked so handsome and happy to be prom bound and probably even happier to be in the final few weeks of high school! Tony has been accepted into the Musical Theater program at Western Connecticut State University, Will is on his way to study business at University of Connecticut and Evan will be playing lacrosse and studying at Lebanon Valley in Pennsylvania.

Will and Stephanie went on to be crowned the Prom King and Queen and it sounds like everyone had a fabulous time. Both Angela and Stephanie work at the Bank Street Movie Theater so we had to get a couple of shots with some movie theater co-workers, they turned out to be some of my favorites from the day.

Good luck guys. I am so excited to hear what the future brings!

Janet xo

Teen Portraits CT Studio and Location Fashion shoot

Teen Portraits CT – Taylor

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a fashion model for the day?

Taylor is part of the Planet Photo Tribe so she has taken part in a few photo shoots over the last year but this one was different. We planned and styled this individual shoot around her and she chose a combination of studio fashion shots and locations around the town that she has grown up in, so we kept our fingers crossed for the weather to cooperate so that we could be outside!

The day of the shoot arrived and first stop is professional camera ready make up at the studio. Taylor probably has twice as much make up and is at least four times as much talent as I do, but she was still overflowing with excitement to have the full make over experience with Stacey from Blush Couture. She had inspiration photos on her phone (always helpful!) and of course she looked stunning in all her outfits.  Most importantly, she was relaxed and confident in front of the camera.

I think it was Coco Chanel who said, “Confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it”

We braved the wind and chilly day to get some shots outside and the “wind machine” effect actually worked to our benefit LOL! I shared some of my favorite nooks around downtown New Milford and literally stopped traffic and drew a crowd for a couple of the 19 Main shots! Location is everything, but it doesn’t have to be a beautiful field of flowers or an elegant formal building, we found beauty in the most unexpected places.

Taylor is going to be back for the 2K18 Planet Photo Tribe so you will be seeing more of this beautiful young lady. I am so excited to get started on the group and concept shoots that are planned for this year so keep checking back or subscribe to get the blog updates. Taylor is developing an interest in being behind the camera too, so hopefully she will be sharing some of her images soon.

Whether celebrating a milestone birthday, a change of schools or just because they are changing EVERY DAY, remember that teens deserve portraits too!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hair by my Bank Street neighbors: Joes Salon and Spa

Concept Photo Shoot with Gels New Milford CT Photographer

Tribe Concept Photo Shoot

One of the benefits of being part of the Planet Photo Tribe is that I invite them to be part of concept shoots, it might be a technical aspect of photography or just something cool that I want to experiment with. This shoot was a shooting challenge from Seniors Ignite, to use gels creatively in a photo shoot. I enlisted Olivia and Avery to help me out and we ventured out of the studio into the alleyways of New Milford 🙂

You are probably asking yourself, What is a gel?

“A color gel or color filter , also known as lighting gel or simply gel, is a transparent colored material that is used in theater, event production, photography, videography and cinematography to color light and for color correction.”

That might be the actual definition but what it really translates to is another AMAZING photography trick to make portraits different and to convey a mood in an unconventional way. I love warm tones but I have to say I actually prefer the look of the cooler blue gel.

I guess I should also mention that Avery and Olivia were featured on the Seniors Ignite Master Series  Welcome to the Best of the Best! Avery was a master of the hair flip which is not as easy as it looks. I am so proud of the whole 2K17 Tribe, they have been a great group to work and collaborate with. If you are still thinking about joining the 2K18 Planet Photo Tribe time is running out and enrollment is closing SOON!




High School Senior Portraits CT Photographer

High School Senior Portraits CT – Will

A senior portrait session should reflect YOUR personality.

I literally twitch when I hear about the school portrait day. Girls are draped in black and the guys wear a fake jacket and bow tie so that everyone is guaranteed to look alike. Cookie cutter portraits in the year book are fine, I guess, but a senior deserves so much more to remember this important year.

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senior portraits CT

When planning your senior portraits ask yourself these questions: What has defined your high school experience? Do you march in the band? Play football? Lacrosse? Tennis? Are there places that mean so much to you that they bring a flood of memories? The answers will help you choose locations, themes and the style of your shoot.

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Will is a member of the New Milford High School Band so we incorporated some images with his mellophone into his shoot. He is also a really accomplished tennis player and a member of the high school tennis team, who has spent many summer days on the tennis courts of the New Milford Tennis and Swim Club, so we had to stop there!

Take a look at Will’s senior portraits, I am so glad they didn’t settle for the cookie cutter option! Including his sister Meg (and Tipper the family dog) into a couple of shots was great, I even encourage parents to jump in if they are available.

I can’t wait to hear what the future holds for Will but his parents will always have these portraits to remind them of this special time.

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Are you graduating high school in 2017? It is not too late to schedule a senior portrait shoot!



Teen Photo Shoot Studio Portraits of Caitlin

Teen Photo Shoot – Caitlin

Finding a time to schedule a photo shoot is hard for all of us. We are all busy. I know, we all get busier every year and don’t know how we will fit one more thing into our schedules, but you have to get out your calendar and find that gap. Caitlin’s schedule has been crazy with Amity High School Dance Team, competitions, rehearsing for the upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof and keeping up her grades in her freshman year at high school.

But we found the time.

Do you think her family will regret making time to capture this moment in her life? Teens deserve portraits too!

So of course we had a blast; Stacey did an AMAZING job on Caitlin’s make-up, she brought some killer outfits and being in front of the camera over the past year meant that she was relaxed and completely natural. And she had her gold dance team sneakers. Seriously? What more did we need?!?

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Caty is part of the Planet Photo 2K17 tribe and (spoiler alert) she will be back for the next season! I am so happy to have her, not just because I can stand opposite her and look her in the eye (I am a total sucker for my fellow tall girls) but she is a smart, funny and an absolute pleasure to work with. Oh and she killed it at her shoot!!!!

Oh the fun we will have this year, so many things in the planning stages and so many fun shoots in the making. I can’t wait!!!

Janet xo



Personal Branding – Updating your Headshots

Personal Branding – Julie

Julie is embarking on a career in real estate so she contacted me about getting an updated headshot. In 2017 the headshot has transitioned into personal branding!personal branding

I found this definition to help explain the concept:

“Personal branding” is simple; it’s showing potential employers, clients and the world at large who you are and what you stand for. Let’s face it, we all take first impressions pretty seriously. In an increasingly digital age, whether you know a person or not, you probably start making assumptions about him/her long before you meet in person, and their impression is usually only solidified after you exchange names and handshakes.

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Does your headshot date back to 2001? Is your hairstyle out of date or you have lost 20 pounds since then? If you meet someone in person and they “barely recognized” you after seeing your online profile then it’s time to book an appointment for a personal branding session!

Personal Branding sessions include a styling consultation and professional make up. When you feel confident, you look confident!

We took a couple of extra shots to show off all the hard work Julie puts in at Crossfit….. wow! You look amazing.

I wish you lots of success in your real estate career Julie.

Janet xo

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Passion Portrait CT Senior Photographer

Katelyn’s Passion Portrait

Do you have something in your life that both excites you and calms you? Something that just feels right? Do you feel the need to create something or express yourself through music, dance, sports, or art? The lucky ones do!

Katelyn is a member of the 2K17 Tribe and she is also an amazing artist. We wanted to celebrate that with a passion portrait photo shoot in the studio. I think that Katelyn is lucky to have found art and I hope that her talents will continue to bring her immense joy. Whether that joy comes in the form of art school or a life long hobby remains to be seen.

I totally put her on the spot when she walked in the studio and I began unrolling the white seamless paper and asked her to draw something! She barely hesitated. She picked up her pens and started to draw. (Can we talk about the marker suitcase that she arrived with….. I had some big time marker envy. Who knew that there are at least 100 shades of blue marker!!)

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”

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The things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.

What is your calling? I’d love to hear from you.


Prom Prep and Portraits Party Prom Portraits

Prom Prep and Portraits Party

This year I am so excited to be offering a unique experience for prom.

Come to the Planet Photo Studio on Bank Street in New Milford and get hair styling by Meagan of Rebel Hair and make up by Stacey of Blush Couture ON THE DAY OF PROM for editorial style portraits. Bring your date or come with your best friends. You don’t have to pay for hair and make up twice but you can still have a mini photo shoot and have the portraits you really want on the day of prom.

Doing your own hair and make up and still want portraits? – No problem! Just mention that when booking!

While you are here you can book a time to come back and view your portraits. If you book hair and make up we’ll even add a FREE 8×10 print.

By the way, have you ever been to Sabrina Style in Sandy Hook? The selection of prom dresses is seriously OUT OF THIS WORLD! It kind of made me wish that I was 17 again and getting ready for senior prom but without all the high school drama! Sabrina’s styled our shoot and every dress was more incredible than the last. If you are looking for a prom dress then head over and tell them I sent you – she has a special surprise for you!

See you soon!

Janet xo

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prom portraits

prom portraits

prom portraits

prom portraits

Contemporary Glamour Portrait Photography CT Photographer

A Contemporary Glamour Portrait – Kathy

When people first hear glamour portrait they think of big hair and a mall in the 80’s. That’s not what I am trying to achieve with my contemporary portraits of women. Everyone deserves to be made to feel beautiful. Now Kathy and her family have beautiful portraits of her. A mother. A wife. A daughter. A strong, beautiful, capable woman. A woman who deserves to be recognized as all of those things and so much more.

I asked Kathy to describe her portrait experience so here she is in her own words…..

“Back in the fall, Janet Taub, Planet Photo, and Stacey Palancia, Brush Couture, asked me to be part of a new campaign they are putting together focusing on women. Not knowing what to expect, I decided to jump in with both feet and go with the experience.
As I walked into Planet Photo for the first time, I was greeted with a warm hug from Janet and then a burst of beautiful sunshine. The lighting in Planet Photo is amazing – warm and inviting.
Stacey Palancia, took the time to apply makeup professionally. I’ve never had this done before. It was fun to sit in the chair and let her work her magic. My favorite part was the airbrushed foundation application. I was made up without being overly made up. I loved the lipstick choice too. Next she primped my hair and off I went to put on my first outfit.

Janet is so encouraging as she put me in all these yoga poses and then asked me not to move, but smile at the same time. It was a bird’s eye view of what a professional model goes through each day.
This experience allowed me to really focus on myself and appreciate who I am. I spend most of my time on my family and children. It’s very easy to lose yourself and this was a real treat.
Janet and Stacey made me feel so beautiful. I’m so happy I decided to jump.”

We are very happy you did too Kathy!
Janet xo
Are you interested in a day or pampering and magazine style portraits? How would you like to be photographed?