Out and About Mom Photo Session- Website/Blog Photography West Hartford, CT

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with the fabulous bloggers behind Out and About Mom and their families for a fun photo session to update their photos and polish their look for their blog site. Out and About Mom is a blog that tracks all of the day trips and activities that two Connecticut moms do with their young children. These ladies have visited an astounding number of places and have noted not only what the experience was like, but also great little details like whether or not you can take in strollers and other helpful facts. When I first saw their blog, I thought it was an absolutely genius idea and only wish that I had such an awesome resource to refer to when my daughter was so little. Shawna and Mandy are from the Glastonbury/West Hartford area, but have not limited themselves to just these two towns. They are an adventurous duo who have traveled to numerous towns throughout the state in their mission to create great memories with their little ones. Luckily for all of us, they generously share all their experience and wisdom regularly through their blog.

When we met up in Farmington for our session, we quickly plotted out our hour of shooting time and got to work with individual portraits, group shots, family photos, and even some maternity shots as well! It was like we did 4 sessions in one that day! But it was tons of fun and I am so excited about the results of this session. Thanks again to Shawna and Mandy for trusting my  vision for their photos and being willing to track down color coordinating outfits for so many family members and themselves as well. No small task, I promise you!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the session:

The next two shots show a really cute and creative idea that the OAAM bloggers came up with. They posed in a dozen different ways with blank white poster board and they plan to use these on their blog as a fun way to post little ideas, announcements, etc. With a little Photoshop text tool, you can write whatever you want on the posters. Here is a little sample that I came up with to demonstrate how the photos will work on their blog, but with a little self promotion for Kathryn Deane Photography mixed in for fun 🙂

The following photo may be a Kathryn Deane Photography first because I have actually come out from behind my camera to pose for a shot with Shawna and Mandy. I am so excited to be building this great partnership with these two fantastic women and I look forward to working with them again in the near future:-)

And if you haven’t already, please check out Shawna and Mandy’s blog at http://www.outandaboutmom.com/


Mentoring and Models in NYC- Child, Family, and Newborn Photographer West Hartford, CT

A week ago, I had the opportunity to travel into the city for a one on one mentoring session with the amazingly talented Benita Cloward of BRC Photography in Oklahoma. Benita and I worked on and discussed everything from shooting and editing to business and marketing. I don’t think there was a single thing we missed! It was not only a ton of fun, but it was also exactly the type of experience I was looking for to take my photography to the next level. What I loved the most about working with Benita is that she is a no frills photographer. She is not spending a lot of time altering her images in Photoshop, carrying around tons of lighting or devices to manipulate the shot, or counting on an entourage of assistants to get the photo she wants. She is so skilled that she knows exactly what to do with just her camera and a lens to get what she is looking for. That is precisely the type of photographer you want when you hire someone to shoot your wedding, family, baby, or child. And I am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to “look behind the curtains” and see exactly how a photographer with that level of talent makes it all happen. Here are a few samples of my shots of our beautiful model, Brittany, who allowed us to march her through the streets of New York with all kinds of crazy outfits on. Thank you again to both Benita and Brittany for giving me such a fantastic learning experience in NYC….

Lighting Workshop

After a full weekend lighting workshop with photographer Robert Meyer, I now know a ton of great lighting techniques that are going to help me to take my photography to a whole new level. Although I am primarily a natural light photographer, there are certain times when the careful addition of artificial lighting would allow me to make a certain photo possible, especially when the available light is insufficient. Unfortunately, I will likely not be able to sleep for nights because  my head is swimming with so many new ideas and information. But it is all worth it because this was such a phenomenal learning experience for me and I am in love with the photos that I took over the past few days. Here are some of my favorite shots with the models….Enjoy!!!

This is the set up for Day 2 with models getting ready to work their magic….

Photography Workshop with Carla Ten Eyck

Well, I usually only post photos of the beautiful children that I work with, but today I have a little something different to share. I went to a full day workshop with Carla Ten Eyck, who is an amazing photographer based in Hartford. You can check out her work here:  http://www.carlateneyck.com/   I had the opportunity to shoot with her and several other photographers for the entire day. I learned a lot and had a great time shooting an adult, which is definitely a major change from what I am used to. I didn’t get my usual workout like I do when I running around after the little ones!  Here are some of my shots from the day.