Remembering Fall in February- Family Photographer West Hartford, CT

After being buried in snow for the past 3 days following Blizzard Nemo’s visit to CT, I thought that it might be the perfect time to revisit a few of my sessions from the fall that I still have not posted up on the blog. Just looking at the gorgeous foliage from this particular session is helping me forget about how cold my feet have felt for the past month and a half….how dark and depressing it is outside….and reminds me that soon, the snow will melt and I can get back outside for my family sessions again. I cannot wait! Although there is something very nice about being able to just curl up under a blanket on the couch and sip mugs of hot tea while catching up on TV shows and books that I was too busy to keep up with during my busy season, I really much prefer the more hectic pace (and warm weather) of the spring, summer, and fall.

So with that being said, if you are thinking about booking a spring family photo session, feel free to contact me now to get that on the calendar. Because there is nothing that makes me happier than when I can look at April on the calendar when it is February:-)

Okay, so here are some of my favorite shots from a session I had on October 21st. It was easily the best weekend of the entire fall for photos. The weather was PERFECT and the foliage was at its peak. This particular weekend always books up very early, so if you want to get that type of look for your next family photos, then you are going to want to book your session in late summer to guarantee you secure your fabulous foliage date. Take a look at what they had for a family session backdrop this past October….

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Toddler Photo Session at the Farm- Child Photographer West Hartford, CT

I have shot a few of my holiday sessions recently at Westmoor Park in West Hartford. It is a great little spot tucked away from all of the hustle and bustle of our big town, where you can take your kids to visit  a small farm with real farm animals. It’s a very popular destination for parents with small children as there is nothing more entertaining to little ones than animals, especially ones that make great sounds. The little one in these photos was very eager to show off her animal sound skills throughout our session. She could not get enough of the moos, baas, and all the other great sounds at the farm. You can tell just by looking at her face in many of my shots that she is mooing away with the cows. It was so adorable! Here are some of my favorite shots from our sunset session at the farm:

Go Irish!! Family Photographer West Hartford and Farmington, CT

Well, the timing couldn’t be any better to post the photos of the Notre Dame alum family that I shot last weekend. My husband is a Notre Dame alum himself, so I fully understand the intense amount of excitement that is bubbling over amongst fans and alumni this football season. These are some serious fans and they LOOOOOOOVE their football team! So I was very excited when I noticed the ND symbols on the guys’ shirts. I’m sure that they are also beyond excited this week about their team heading off to the national championship game, so congrats to the M family on your team’s big win….oh, and here are some of my favorite shots from your session last weekend. Enjoy!!

 They were just cracking themselves up whenever I told them to look at each other. It was too funny! I just had to share this because it is one of my favorite genuine laughter shots ever:-)

 This is based on a shot that the kids took when they were much younger. We decided to attempt to re-create it in 2012. They were both very good sports about it and the photo came out perfect!

 The following shot came from a totally spontaneous moment where the littlest M just snuggled into her mom and said, ” I love you, Mom”…..oh….my….goodness….I could cry just thinking about it. That’s how sweet it was:-)

 

 

 

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/

 

Six Month Old Boy Photo Session- Baby Photographer Farmington, CT

Finally, summer is here! My favorite time of year for so many reasons. I love the beach, the sunshine, summer clothes, vacations….the list goes on and on. And although it is in my DNA as a New Englander to complain constantly about the winter (only to then complain equally loudly about the summer heat),  I do try to remember to be grateful for even the hottest of these hot, sweaty days because they are soooooo much better than the dark, frigid days of winter. So this past weekend, I had to remind myself many times not to be grumpy about the sweltering heat that accompanied my three photo sessions, all of which involved very young children and their poor, overheated parents! But despite the heat and humidity, they were all very good sports and if you didn’t know otherwise, you could never tell by looking at these beautiful photos that we were all about ready to pass out! First up for the weekend was a six month old boy, who I first met this past winter for his newborn session. He was a tough cookie for that newborn session and fought sleep for the entire 2 hours that I was there…well, as it turns out, a lot can change in 6 months. This weekend, he rolled out an almost constant supply of adorable smiles and laughter for me to shoot for the entire hour. He was an absolute joy to photograph and I think you will truly share in my love of these photos that I captured of him and his family this weekend. Here are a few of my favorites…

A Beautiful Spring Morning for a Family Photo Session- Family Photographer West Hartford, CT

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of shooting a family session with some wonderful people whom I have known for several years now. Our daughters went to preschool together three years ago and we have stayed friends ever since. It is always really fun to photograph a family that already knows you because you can make them do silly things right away without much of a warm up! So we got to work and just had a good time from the moment we started. The kids were angels and did everything I asked of them. All in all, it was a laid back, fun shoot with some terrific results. I am positive that these photos will be treasured for years to come. Here are a few of my favorites from this session:

Okay, here is where I make mom and dad kiss…..

….and this is their daughter’s response. Too funny!!