Sandin Family Session at Beardsley’s Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, CT

Fall arrived so quickly this year. It seems as though it gets shorter and shorter every year which is disappointing as Fall is one of my favorite seasons. When planning ideas of Fall mini sessions I decided to host them at a local orchard. What’s better than hot apple cider, warm cider donuts, and views of endless rows of sweet bright red apples? I hosted three families at Beardsley’s Orchards and Cider Mill in Shelton, CT.

We had tons of fun shooting the kids running around, sampling some of the apples, and overall enjoying the orchard. We managed to squeeze in a few posed shots! Here are a few images from the Sandin Family! Click here to view the full gallery.

Venue: Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, Connecticut

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Tim’s Family Session at Beardsley’s Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, CT

Fall is finally begining to settle in here in New England. My goal for next year is to offer my clients more styled shoots and I thought starting this Fall would be a great oppourtunity to try this new concept out. I offered Fall inspired mini sessions held at Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill this first go around. It was great to see everyone come dressed in some of their Fall bests! Children had the chance to pick their own apples and fill baskets we could use during the shoot. Beardsley is a beautiful apple orchard located in Shelton, CT. They offer several apple varieties, ciders, and of course cider donuts all sold on site in their farm store. If your local or in the area I highly recommend stoping in a visiting them!

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing galleries that took place at Beardsley. Enjoy the gallery below of the Tims’ family. Full gallery coming soon!

Venue: Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill

 

 

 

 

Tips on What to Wear for your Portrait Session

I have to say one of my most common questions prior to a portrait session is “What should I wear?” Below I’ve outline my top 5 tips to help you prep for session. Give them a read and comment if you have any tips I should add and expand on!

  • Consider your location
    When choosing what to wear it’s important to consider the location of your session. It’s best to think of the potential backdrops you’re images will have. For example are you going to be at a busy apple orchard or a beach. If you are having your portraits taken at a location where there are a ton of different backdrop options wearing neutral colors is the way to go, but wearing patterns can distract from the main focus of the photo.
  • Choose timeless clothing
    Stay away from trendy clothing options…unless you plan on having portraits done more than once a year. Don’t get me wrong having a fun creative photo session is a great idea and lots of fun! But you have keep in mind your plans for the final images. For example, am I going to display this in my home or is this just for fun? Wearing timeless clothing will most likely lead to you wanting to display images from your session year after year.
  • Choose an outfit you feel most confident in.
    When you’re wearing an outfit that makes you feel good it’s displayed through your confidence. It’ll be easier to pose and smile for the camera if you’re not worried about what your wearing!
  • Coordinate but don’t match.
    I always think that some of the best photos are the ones where everyone is wearing something from the same color scheme. Choose a few colors and pick items that will match the scheme.
  • Ask your photographer!
    My last tip in planning your photo session is work with your photographer. Yes, they are there to take your photos and make sure they are everything you expect. However, part of that process is making sure you have everything you need prior to start of your session.

Venue: Walnut Beach, Milford, Connecticut

A Fall Engagement Session with Chris and Tara at Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, Connecticut

Tara and Chris were excited about their upcoming nuptials and decided to have a quick mini engagement session. Since Fall was in the air they choose Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, CT as their backdrop.

We met on a dreary Fall afternoon but the seasonal colors help make for bright and airy photos. Check back soon for the wedding post! See below for the full gallery.

Venue: Blue Jay Orchards Bethel, Connecticut

 

Late Summer Family Portrait Session with the Johnson’s at The Seawall in Stratford, Connecticut

The Johnson family are avid beach goers and love the summer! When planing their session a beach location was required and I was happy to oblige as I too love the beach. I decided on shooting at The Seawall in Stratford, CT; it’s  mostly beach but also a great walking spot right on the Long Island Sound. A great place to stick your toes in the sand while embracing the seabreeze AND it’s also a great spot for a photo shoot!

Venue: The Seawall, Stratford, Connecticut

My First Family Portrait Session at Edgewood Park, New Haven, Connecticut

Just sharing some cute pics from one of my first sessions in beautiful Edgewood Park in New Haven. This is hands down one of my favorites places to shoot, especially in the spring. This park is massive, so big sometimes you have to drive to switch up locations, but there is so much variety it’s worth it. And the best part is during the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you get some of the best spring images.

Venue: Edgewood Park, New Haven, Connecticut

Best of June

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrated the 4th of July had a great day! I thought I would take a moment each month to share some of the most popular portraits from the previous month. Let me know what you think!