Out and About with Shawna and her Beautiful Family- Family Photographer Hartford CT

This past weekend, I had a really fun maternity/family session with Shawna from Out and About Mom. Some of you may remember my first session with the entire Out and About Mom team and their families this past summer. We were taking some photos to get their blog looking extra fabulous, which we were thrilled to accomplish despite the 90 degree heat and three restless toddlers that day:-) So when Shawna contacted me about a family/maternity session for the spring, I was really excited to have the opportunity to focus on just her family and help them to document this special time in their lives. We were able to get some really fun, beautiful shots, which I can’t wait to share with you all. For any of my mom readers out there who are not familiar with Out and About Mom, it is THE top resource for learning about all the best places to go and things to do with preschool age kids in CT. Shawna and blog partner, Mandy, have created this amazing blog that is filled with great information for parents of young kids, so definitely take a few minutes to visit their site and also “like” them on Facebook to get regular updates.

Here are a few of my favorites from our session:

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An Architect and Casual Business Portraits- Corporate Headshots- West Hartford, CT

Last week, I met up with Michael Kilkelly who is the owner and head architect at Space Command architecture in Middletown, CT. Michael contacted me to get a series of casual, creative headshots to use on his new business website. I was really excited to do this shoot with him for a couple of reasons:

#1) my business is heavily concentrated on women, babies, children, families, etc. And though there are frequently men present at my sessions, it is rare that they get much camera time. So having an hour to just shoot with a man is a great opportunity for me to shoot with a more masculine perspective, which I love doing.

#2) I have become kind of obsessed with the belief that everyone, in every profession, should have a high quality headshot taken of themselves. This is particularly critical for anyone who owns a business of their own. When you put in all of the work it takes to create a website, it is just crazy to not have a professional, high quality photo of yourself on there.

I think there is a misconception that headshots have to look like a mugshot, up against a boring backdrop while sporting a stuffy business suit. The truth is that this is becoming less and less common in the workplace. It is much more common now to see a more relaxed, artistic photo that is better able to convey a person’s individual style and personality. When Michael contacted me about photos, he knew that he wanted photos that looked professional, but that showed his creative, unique style as well. Prior to our session, we shared inspiration photos and wardrobe ideas via Pinterest and then selected locations that would help us achieve the look we were hoping to capture. As always, I find that a critical part of the relationship between photographer and client is this type of collaboration and advance planning. It is what makes it possible to achieve a vision like we did with this session.

The samples I am sharing today show you the type of variety that I strive for with a business portrait session. This session proves that corporate headshots don’t have to be stuffy and boring. Business portraits can be fun, creative, and unique while still being professional. If you don’t have shots like this for your website, blog, Linkedin profile, company bio, etc, you need to call me right away and book an appointment. Just say no to blurry photos taken by your friends or spouse. Instead, say yes to photos like these:-)……

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If you are looking for a creative, experienced architect, here is some more info about Michael and his work:

Michael Kilkelly is the owner of Space Command, an architecture firm in Middletown, CT. Space Command focuses on beautifully designed and thoughtfully detailed residential and light commercial projects. A graduate of Norwich University and MIT, Michael recently moved back to New England after seven years in Los Angeles. While in LA, Michael worked for the renowned architect Frank Gehry on a number of high-profile museum and theater projects. Though he misses living near the beach, Michael is happy to have four seasons back. Michael can be reached via email at michael@spacecmd.comor through his website (http://www.spacecmd.com).


Halloween Stroll: Blue Back Square 2012- Family Photographer West Hartford, CT

A week ago, I was thrilled to be a part of the annual Moms and More Halloween Stroll in Blue Back Square/ West Hartford Center. This is an event that is put together by the Moms and More group of West Hartford and it involves families bringing their children to the Center for a costume parade where the kids can trick or treat from store to store throughout Blue Back and the Center. This is always a very popular event, but this year it was more popular than ever with Hurricane Sandy threatening to cancel yet another Halloween night for the kids of Connecticut.

When I connected with Moms and More this summer to brainstorm some ideas for working together, I suggested having a photo booth at the Halloween Stroll where families could get a great shot of their kids in their costumes. The Moms and More ladies liked the idea and we decided to give it a shot.

I shot from 9:30am-10:30am in the Whole Foods parking lot and then, when the stroll began at 10:30, we packed up our station and moved up to a second location in front of the Toy Chest on Farmington Ave. And I am very happy to report that the photo booth was a HUGE success!! I photographed 85 families in just 2 hours! I was most surprised by the overwhelming response from the families I photographed that day. I have received tons of email from parents who just wanted to say thank you and let me know that they were so thrilled that we offered this opportunity. Here are are just a few comments I received this week (kept entirely anonymous, of course!):

“Kathryn, Thank you! I can’t believe you were able to capture this amidst all of that chaos! We’ve heard of you many times and will definitely reach out to you when we are ready for our next family photos!  Thank you!”

“Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for taking this photo of our son! It turned out great and you were wonderful! Thanks again for capturing this memory and allowing us to share it with family and friends! “

“Kathryn!!!  These are SO CUTE!!!  Totally amazing (and even more appreciated because all of my pics from that day sucked).  Thanks so much! I’m in love with these pictures!”

“Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for the great photo!! This was such a great idea to have at the stroll, not to mention a affordable price!!  Loved your website’s photos & I liked your Facebook page.”

“Dear Kathryn,  A wonderful photo and such a great addition to the WH Halloween Stroll.  Thanks very much!”

“Thank you so much! These are adorable.  I really appreciate you doing this for M&M”

There were many more like these, but that gives you a sense of the amazing response from the community to this event and to the photo booth, in particular. I just want to thank again all of the amazing women from Moms and More of West Hartford (who started working MONTHS before this event to organize and plan it), the West Hartford police, the management and stores in Blue Back and the Center, Whole Foods, and everyone else who donated their time and hard work to make this happen. West Hartford is such an awesome community and I absolutely love that I live in a town where people work so hard to do something so amazing for the children and families in our area.
So enough of my writing, let’s get to the fun part! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day. The first batch came from my Whole Foods photo booth tent and the second batch were from my outdoor setup in front of the Toy Chest. All were shot with natural light. Prepare yourself for a boatload of cuteness:-) Enjoy!
Last, but not least, here’s a shot of the adorable kids of the Out and About Mom team. Check out their blog to read Mandy and Shawnas’ post about the Halloween Stroll and to see read about all of the fabulous things there are to do in Connecticut with young children. You can also check out their post from this past summer about their big photo shoot with yours truly as we worked to update the photos on their blog.