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FREE Guide: How to prepare for your next session

     1. Get excited! It’s a photoshoot!

Having professional portraits taken is fun and exciting! The best part is you get to keep your images forever! Make a Pinterest board of poses, outfits, locations, and ideas that suit your fancy. Think about how you want to feel looking back at your finished images. Shop around for the photographer that best fits your budget, photographic aesthetic, and personality. Talk to your spouse and/or kiddos and get them excited as well! Make an event of it and plan a fun treat like a stop at by the ice cream shop following your shoot. Incentivize the smiles!

     2. Wardrobe selection

You are going to look back on these images for ages, so it’s best to stay away from very “trendy” looks. Keep your outfits neutral. Mom is usually who selects and prints images, so she is a great starting point when it comes to styling. Neutrals tend to work best with pops of accent colors through scarves, vests, jewelry, or shoes. Use a color scheme to style. This doesn’t mean that you all wear the same color, but rather you stick to a few well coordinated neutral tones and mix and match them across each family member. Don’t match, compliment. Keep in mind the setting of your shoot and consider the surrounding colors and textures. Freshen up before your shoot, that means go all out! We are talking hair, makeup, fresh haircuts for boys (but not too fresh. You want to be polished clean and bright! If you aren’t sure where to start with your wardrobe, it’s always a good idea to check in with the suggestions of your photographer. I personally favor lace, vertical stripes, high boots, and denim. All in all the most important part of selecting wardrobe for a photoshoot is that you feel comfortable and attractive in what you have selected.

     3. Pick your session time wisely 

Usually portrait shoots are booked for very early in the morning or in the late afternoon, right as the sun is setting. This is known as the “golden hour” and provides the best light for shooting. Depending on the ages and sleep patterns of your kiddos, you may be inclined to select one time of day over the other or opt for a midday shoot in a shaded wood or hope that the weather is a bit overcast (these can be some of the most magical!)

     4. On the day of your shoot

Arrive on time with an extra comb or brush. Enjoy yourself!! Be natural and enjoy your family while the camera captures genuine moments of affection, silliness, and love.

 

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Party of 3 at the Park

This is one my favorite families to photograph! Lexie is always a stunning mommy and little Grace was Oh So Cute as she pranced around the park posing with mom and dad! This is one of my favorite golden light sessions of all time!

Enjoy!

xoxo
     Kelly

 

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2 Little Girls and One on the way!

        I would like to introduce you to some magical little ladies. This is Pearl and her first little sister, Vesper. Both will be Big sistering again very soon! Little miss Josephine is due in just a few months! Everyone is so excited! Enjoy the wonder, classic beauty, and joy these little girls exude alongside their stunning mother Julie-Ann!
            xoxo
               Kelly
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a NEW camera

a NEW Camera!  (Eleanor)

The relationship a photographer has with her camera is intimate, filled with joys and frustrations, and a lifelong love affair. My camera is a ligament of my mind, heart, and hand, in addition she is the sole tool I must rely upon in order catch those epic moments. It’s tricky business finding the right camera and lens. In the past 6 months, I have labored over a decision of what equipment would be the best investment, I’ve researched, scoured reviews, and conferred with other professional. At the end of a long process I settled on this beauty!

May I present to you: “Eleanor”, my new Canon Mark III DSLR and her comrades.

The Canon Mark III is a popular camera in the world of custom portraiture, and for good reason. She is reliable, her quality is unmatched, and the camera features customizable settings that make shooting both more pleasurable and effective. She is light, intricate, and the images she produces are unparalleled.

For comrades (lenses), I have purchased a CanonL 70-200 with makes for the best bokehed images you could imagine, a SIGMA Macro 100 for all of my tiny little subjects, and a Canon 35mm for family portraiture. All three have proven themselves already and are brilliant lenses. While army of lenses will always expand, having this trinity as a base is proving a perfect foundation for future investments.

The quality of images she is putting out are more than I could have asked for. I am already experimenting with lighting scenarios, lens filters, and new angles. This camera will be serving both myself and my clients for years to come. Welcome to my world Eleanor! I love you!

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a beautiful opening

Thank you for joining us at our Open House! It was wonderful to see you all here exploring the new studio. I look forward to the many sessions that are being birthed out such a magical afternoon!

We officially opened our doors last Saturday. The studio is located in West Hartford in a beautiful historical mansion on Winthrop Road. We began demolition on the studio space in late December of 2015 and finished in late June of 2016. The space features 2 floors, a custom staircase, balcony, and portrait-worthy powder room! I designed the space myself with you in mind! Every inch of the studio can be used for portraiture. The first floor features a reclaimed barn wood grey wall that can be used for backdrops in formal portraiture. I found magnificent crystal sconces that serve to adorn the four corners of the room with reflective light. The hardwood floors add a perfect rustic feel to candids of children dashing about.

The Solid oak staircase leads to a landing area fit with props, blankets, cheesecloth, and more. The landing   preludes to the main studio where I have designed a space for “free-shooting”. A customized room designed to feel like a european sitting room, fit with chandeliers, an exposed brick chimney and three glorious windows. The upper room can be used for posed portraits or lifestyle portraits. The space will be redesigned seasonally to express the beauty of the time of year and celebrate changes in current aesthetic, fashion, and design.

I look forward to the many sessions, images, and memories that will be captured in the NEW STUDIO! Thank you all for your love and support as I venture into new territory and pursue my passions and talents in Custom Portrait Photography.

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