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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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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!



We are the SEEN – Color Master Series

Color Master Series

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One of the benefits of being a member of the Planet Photo Tribe is being a part of the We are the SEEN monthly shoots. The theme changes from month to month but, whether it is a visual challenge or a new technique, designing the shoot is a blast. Last months theme was color so Katelyn and I found an amazing dress that worked with some graffiti I had seen on a recent shoot and the concept was born. We met at the new studio for makeup and a couple of shots there (working around the guy painting the windows and the paint pots that were still in the corner but I was so excited to shoot in the studio, we really wanted to make it work!).janet-taub-color-03

“Master-Series-Color”It was freezing on the day we met so with thoughts of palm trees and warm sandy beaches we tricked our brains for a few minutes and Katelyn braved the cold. She brought her extensive collection of “Love your melon” hats so they made the shoot too. I love the images we made and apparently We are the SEEN did too – we were chosen as part of the master series – WooHoo CONGRATS KATELYN!

Check out We are the SEEN to see our shoot and some of the other great shoots that made the Master Series.


We Are The SEEN – Finalist

We are the SEEN – Finalist Tony Harkin

You might have seen some of my recent posts about the We are the SEEN competition. I am sure some of you have been asking yourself, what’s the big deal? Well, let me tell you!

This year I joined a group of renowned senior photographers so that I could offer something extra special to Planet Photo Seniors; the chance to be featured in a national senior magazine and take part in an editorial fashion shoot in California. My Planet Photo Tribe Seniors are invited to submit an application and Tony was interested in applying. Next year I will be offering the We are the SEEN competition application as part of my Headline Senior Sessions.

It’s not just about the images (although don’t get me wrong, designing a session for submission is a really fun part of the process!) but each applicant must tell their story; why other seniors would want to see and read about them in the We are the SEEN magazine. What makes them unique? What makes them different?

This year there were over 800 applicants from all over the United States. Tony was a finalist. That’s the big deal. We’ll be doing something to celebrate his success in the new year, maybe our own shootout in New York city….. He won’t be traveling with me to Palm Springs as one of the “12 Undiscovered” but I am still incredibly proud of his achievement in the competition and throughout the year as part of the Planet Photo Tribe.janettaub-tonyharkin-compcardblog

I want to share Tony’s comp card and some of the other images we submitted with his application and I am including his story for you too.

“As I began to write this essay, I glanced around my bedroom. I had been attempting to come up with ideas for the better part of an hour, and was left with basically nothing. My eyes flitted about the room, and I realized that from my vantage point, the items I saw defined my whole life, my interests, hopes, and past. My 17 years of life were encapsulated in this collection of eclectic objects
One of the first things you see when you enter my room are my bookcases. I have two, one against a wall, one in my closet. Both are packed tightly with my books, as I personally own and treasure over 100 books. The books traverse all genres, authors, and eras, from Harry Potter to Stephen Hawking, with some Bertrand Russell and Shakespeare in the middle. I’ve always tried to learn as much as I could, and I love learning new trivia and facts, even or especially when they seem meaningless. This helped me a lot when I was 12, because I ended up getting on the show Kids Jeopardy (yes the real one, with Alex Trebek and all). Here my head for trivia really payed off, because I ended up winning. That love for knowledge continued. A few years ago, I got a question about the capital city of Madagascar wrong, and to better myself, I memorized every country’s capital, from Abu Dhabi to Zagreb. I always want to be as informed as possible, to help myself try to make a valid contribution to this world we live in.
My eyes slid past my bookcases and landed on my desk. I have a giant wooden desk that dominates the space, and currently it’s covered with college application materials. As a soon to be graduating senior, most of my free time is spent trying to figure out where the next 4 years of my life are going to be spent. Right now, I’m trying to attend Columbia University, my favorite college in my favorite city. Columbia has one of the best academic pedigrees available, while being in the largest city in the US, surrounded by theaters, museums, and restaurants. The only other major object on my desk is my record player. It was a gift last Christmas, and I use it nearly daily. I always need to have music playing in the background when I am trying to do homework. My music collection is almost as eclectic as my reading choices. My parents instilled me with an appreciation for the classics, so there is a healthy amount of artists like the Beatles and Billy Joel, but I also love newer artists that release work on vinyl, such as Jack Garratt and Raleigh Ritchie.
Currently on my floor is my dance bag. For 10 years I have danced daily, for multiple hours, in ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics. I am lucky enough to have a phenomenal studio in my town that has managed to grant me some element of grace. My friends, passions, and future have all been defined by dance. Tap and acro gave a formerly nervous, fidgety kid an outlet for his explosive energy. Jazz helped me communicate my meaning, and ballet imbued me with strength. Possibly most importantly, they helped me realize that when I am older, I want to be a performer. Most of all, I want to be in musical theatre, perhaps one day even on Broadway. I haven’t been able to find anything that gives me the unbridled joy of performing, and hope to do it all my life.
My eyes complete their journey about the room and end on my mirror. For a moment I stare at my reflection. It’s the end of the day, so I’m wearing glasses over my tired eyes. My messy brown hair is tousled over my eyes, and I’m in a comically large brown sweater. Something clicks in my brain. I was supposed to write about my story, but my story is never ending. As long as I take my breath, my story will be evolving. I can not wait to see where it takes me next.”
Tony Harkin, November 2016


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Do you want to be one of the We are the SEEN 12?

I will be starting a new round on Planet Photo models in the spring, let me know if you want to hear how you can be part of the 2KEIGHTEEN Senior and Teen tribes. All of my Senior Tribe along with Headline Seniors get the opportunity to enter the competition. I don’t know where the final shootout will be next year yet but I can guarantee it will be an experience you will never forget.

Contact me for more information!

Janet xo


Senior Photographer New Milford CT – Elizabeth

Senior Photographer New Milford CT

Congratulations Elizabeth!

Meet recent Brookfield High School graduate Elizabeth. She is a hard working student, an accomplished Irish dancer and a beautiful girl inside and out so you can imagine how fun it was to be a part of Elizabeth’s senior session. She has also been part of the Planet Photo Model Team and we will miss her when she leaves for college! She will be heading off to school at UConn in the fall and I have no doubt we will be hearing great things about her achievements there.

Elizabeth chose a natural, rural look for her portraits and we planned her outfits to fit the mood she was going for. I have photographed her a number of times through the years and it is always a pleasure.

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Good luck at college Elizabeth!

Thank you for choosing Planet Photo for you senior portrait experience.

Janet x

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Graduation Portrait session with Devin

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– A Graduation Portrait Session with Devin

Have you ever considered how light can affect your perception of a situation, how film makers set the scene by manipulation the light? Dark, moody, dramatic, romantic, harsh, bright, airy, soft, golden, broad, short. The list is far longer than I have listed but a photographer is also able to use this lighting bag of tricks to convey feeling and meaning in an image.graduation portraits
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This portrait series of Devin was part of a lighting challenge to use broad and short light.  She is an intelligent and confident young woman about to embark on a new chapter in her life. College life awaits her in the fall but this summer is a time to celebrate her transition; her past, her present and her very exciting future. I can’t wait to hear what the future has in store for this exceptional woman.


Oh by the way……Devin and I were chosen as part of the We are the SEEN master series #bestofthebest, so head over to see us and other examples of broad and short light from some of the leading senior photographers nation wide. I am constantly challenging myself to grow my photography skills and to offer a unique and modern portrait experience for my clients.

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July 4th – Newtown CT Photography

July 4th Patriotic Model Shoot!

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We headed to Newtown CT for our red, white and blue shoot. The model tribe had a blast with the shoot and then we stayed together for a picnic and they got to hang out a bit longer at a beautiful park in Newtown. The styling on this one was pretty simple; “Patriotic Americana” and they said it was their favorite so far, although they seem to say that after every group shoot……

The Edmond Town Hall movie theater is like a blast from the past, if you live close enough to check it out you should!

Thanks to our models, Taylor, Bailey, Sam, Olivia T, Tony, Olivia R., Lindsey, Payton, Avery and Meg!


Enjoy the images in time for July 4th. I may not have given up my British passport yet but I love this holiday and I am lucky to have my birthday this weekend so I almost always get fireworks on my birthday! Have a safe and fun weekend with your families and friends!




Beautiful girls! Newtown CT Photography

Look at the beautiful girls in

the Planet Photo Model tribe!

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Newtown CT Photography

When I first met some of the girls in our team we talked about our group shoots and tossed around some themes and ideas. The flower crown super girlie theme was a winner with this group! I mean really, who doesn’t want to have really pretty make up, amazing boho hair and wear a dress and a flower crown. I know, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but the goal here is to show you possibilities for your own teen or senior session and we had a blast with this one.

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I wanted to keep the look in the pastel family and I had some help from Lindsey’s mom making crowns. If I am being completely honest, she was much better than me and I begged her to stay longer and make just one more crown before she had to leave…. but we made it and I have to say I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. We found a great Nature Place in Newtown and that was our backdrop. We could see a huge progression in the girls feeling comfortable in front of the camera since that first model shoot and they totally blew me away with their group posing, I can’t wait to see what these girls achieve over the year!

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So, thanks to Caty, Katelyn, Olivia T, Olivia R, Sam and Audrey for being our models and of course, Stacey of Blush Couture for make up and Meagan of Meagan Jones Hair for amazingly creative hair styling.



We are the SEEN – Olivia and Avery BE SEEN

We are the SEEN –

One Light Challenge


Be Unique. Be present. Be creative. Show your personality. Be different. Be SEEN!

Planet Photo is proud to be part of a national group of photographers showcasing the stories of “the Undiscovered” Do you have a story to tell?

Each month I will be shooting a different theme; it could be a style, a photographic technique or a specific location but a selection of the images will be submitted for publication in the SEEN Magazine. SEEN Magazine is a style + culture magazine for a new generation of the Undiscovered. At the end of the year 12 models are chosen by the We are the SEEN team for a location shoot with the very best senior photographers from all over the country.

Olivia and Avery modeled on this month’s challenge – one light source. I will be working with the 2KSEVENTEEN Planet Photo model team to create these monthly challenges. There are limited spots available on the team for High School Seniors, the teen program is full for the 2016-2017 season but I am booking teen sessions.

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New Haven – Coachella Styled Shoot!

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I have always wanted to shoot in Wooster Square in New Haven on one of the very few days that the trees are blossoming and the weather cooperates. A festival in the square at the weekend narrowed down our options and spring break meant that lots of the model team were out of town but on the last day we managed to pull together a road trip. We decided on a Coachella styled shoot, festival goers caught on a spring day. I loved seeing how everyone interpreted the style and I think the Coachella theme will continue to be popular for senior sessions for 2016-2017, it lends itself to lots of different locations. This is the time to express your personality and interests and to capture them forever. Don’t forget you get to change your outfit as many times as you want with all the Planet Photo Senior Session options!

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Needless to say we had a blast and ended the shoot with a trip to Pepes arguably the best pizza in New Haven and then onto Libby’s for Italian pastries. Thank you to our Planet Photo tribe: Tony, Meg, Lindsey, Payton, Taylor and Avery

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CT Senior Photography – Meet Tony!

Planet Photo CT Senior Photography Session – Tony 2KSEVENTEEN

Tony came into the studio a couple of weeks ago with his dance bag in hand. I have known him since elementary school days and he has grown into such a handsome and well rounded young man. He is whip smart and has a great sense of humor but this is just a short introduction to his passion for dance and theater arts.

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Me:  So I think I might know the answer to this one but what is your dream job?

Tony: I want to be an actor on Broadway

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Me: What is your favorite place on earth?

Tony: New York City

Me: Three things you can’t leave home without?

Tony: My phone, headphones and a good book

Me: So what was the last good book that you read?

Tony: The Magicians series by Lou Grossman

Me: It looks like Harry Potter for grown ups! What is your favorite brand?

Tony: Converse

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Me: So your favorite thing in your closet?

Tony: I love cardigans

Me: They totally fit the NYC actor image. Who is your favorite fictional character?

Tony: Remus Lupin (I had to google that one….)

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Me: Can you share a random fact about yourself?

Tony: I love 80’s music and movies (Who doesn’t??? Breakfast Club? OMG, About Last Night? My list of favorites is endless!)

Me: How might your friends describe you?

Tony: Intelligent or funny

I am pretty sure his friends are right, but I would add a couple though….. Talented. Mature. Dedicated.

I can’t wait for the day when we are sitting in the theater and watching Tony perform on stage. He better get us good seats!!!

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