Attention New Moms & Dads!!- West Hartford Newborn Photographer

Just wanted to share with my readers a link to the Out & About Mom website. If you are not yet familiar with the OOAM blog, it is a brilliant creation by two local moms who travel the state visiting baby/child friendly locations with their families and then share reviews, tips, etc on each location. It is truly one of the most genius websites for parents of young children because they do all the research for you and make it super simple for you to find fun, different activities to do with your little ones.

Here is a link to a specific post that they wrote specifically for new parents with babies. Since I have so many clients and readers who have babies, I thought I’d pass it along. Check it out and see what you think!

http://www.outandaboutmom.com/2014/02/20/oaams-top-5-outing-ideas-for-new-moms/

You can even enjoy some of my photography on their website! We most recently met for a photo session in November to get some updated photos for their new and improved website.

You can read about that photo shoot here

Here are a few of my favorite photos from that session:

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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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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. 

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/