Yearly Archives: 2015

Fly fishing engagement photo session ideas

Okay, that may be one of the most random post titles I’ve ever written. What can I say, after I finished editing Kristiana and Joe’s engagement session, it was stuck in my head. They totally made their session great. With the love, the laughs and more. To the trail walk and the fly fishing… Their session was great.

We started right outside the studio and around Collinsville and finished up downstream on the river. All in all, their session was another great one for sure. But alas, I’ll just share some fun and get back to all the other editing I’m in the midst of…

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So maybe it’s not quite like that, maybe there wasn’t really much “rescuing” that needed to happen. BUT… She did have dreams of finding that perfect man and she really liked the idea of that perfect man being a fireman. So that’s what happened. She did it, she found him and that was that. Sure, she needed to set her car on fire on the side of interstate 84, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. (okay, maybe she didn’t set her car on fire but I’m writing a story so let’s just believe she did. haha)…

firehouse engagement session idea with fireman inspiration

Anyway, Catherine and Dave are an awesome couple and we had an awesome session. Starting at the firehouse and then working our way to the beautiful Barkhamstead Reservoir. The day was great, the weather warm, the sun bright… Really, nothing to complain about at all…

So with all that said, let’s just share some of their shots and look forward to what will be a spectacular wedding for sure! And hey, if candles light something on fire, I think we’ll be safe.

Thanks to Karri of Karri Lee Designs for being the helpful and always fun sidekick.

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As the wedding season slows down a bit, it’s time to get my site rolling with all the awesome love that I’ve been lucky enough to be invited into. The moments, the laughter, the kisses the hugs… The tears the and the touches and everything in between…

This Harkness Park Engagement Session was nothing shy of awesome for Meagan and Waleed. The weather was spectacular and their connect was so full of this incredibly soft love… And their wedding day… I CAN NOT WAIT! But… Well…. I’m going to have to because it’s many months away. haha. For now, enjoy their photos.

 

Harkness Park Engagement Session

With shots like the above, the sun coming thru the most awesome trees hidden away at Harkness. And with the off camera lighting, these new profoto lights that are fantastic, we nailed so many great shots…

Harkness Park Engagement Session by TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.com

But the real shots come from their love. From these moments and these kiss…

Harkness Park Engagement Session by TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.com

And more than the kisses and the shots, it was their connection, their endless laughter and the energy that these two pull from the other. Wonderful across the board for sure!!!

Harkness Park Engagement Session by TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.com

 

 

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Watercolor | Calligraphy All things paper for Weddings and Events. envelopes, invitations, custom signage….

It’s time to bring another vendor spotlight into the mix. This time around, I introduce you to Karri of Karri Lee Designs… www.karri-lee.com

Karri has something special. She’s crazy talented as an artist and a creator. She totally loves those little moments, the ones that many let slip by, she not only sees but takes into her soul. The way the clouds pick up the faintest colours as the sun sets, the way the fog will fill a valley leaving the outline of trees hidden within… It’s those little things, the emotion, the discovery, the feelings. I think it’s those little things bring out the softness in her art. In her process…

What it comes down to is simple. When you need those specialty paper products, Karri Lee Designs is a perfect option. From creating that perfect invitation to hand calligraphy addressing envelopes. Karri will work with you to create that look that’s perfect for your wedding or event. From custom painting designs to digital graphics and if for some reason she can’t do what you need, she will point you in the perfect direction so you would be crazy not to start with her.

Instagram: @karri.lee.designs – https://instagram.com/karri.lee.designs/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karrileedesigns

Website: www.karri-lee.com

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Next vendor spotlight coming in the near future – Hair and Make Up Team

 

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11825739_10153507746543665_4978114759744452329_nEvery once in a while, I start to ask that question of myself and depending on the time of year or where life has me, the answer varies a little… But really. Who am I??? Well, in the past few weeks I’ve traveled quite a bit for weddings. And this Sunday I head to Jamaica for what’s sure to be an awesome one. I come back to a couple Ct. weddings, then back to Maine, then back in Ct. Rhode Island and more.

In that travel, I think- at times, more than I should, but I’m a thinker. I may not always say that most in words, but I think, think and then think some more… Sometimes it’s about the person walking down the side walk or the old man sitting on the bench I just walked by that I exchanged pleasantries with. Almost always curious of what their story is and who they are. And then my mind comes back to who I am… As a photographer, your photographer. Because who I am myself, surely reflects in who I am as a wedding photographer and creator as a whole.

First and foremost, this year I am in a quiet thinking space. I have found myself sitting, countless hours thru countless evenings in one spot… On my porch. Usually, a glass of whiskey in my hand. Something like a Double Oaked –  Woodford Reserve or Markers 46 if it’s being stirred in to create a tasty treat…

Anyway. I sit on my porch. Curtains pulled to the side. Music going, usually acoustic or indie folk at a very loud volume (good thing Chris my neighbor is cool). The sun starts to create a dappled light across the yard and into the porch area as it dips down into the trees. Then slowly, it rolls behind the peak of Sweetheart Mountain, but it’s not done yet! Because in that moment, if there are clouds, that’s when it really starts to come to life. Painting the sky in pinks, grays, purples and more.

And there… There I still sit. Lots of times I think of the way I shoot so many images, some that I pose, some that I don’t. And many more really, because my goal is to always make my couple look the best they can. Even for that couple that says “we want all candid images”, my question is this. “Do you want to look the best you can?” For a couple that says “no”… Okay then, I shoot away with out posing shots. For the couple that says “Yes, of course we want to look the best we can”… We pose. We create. Just not in a stuffy, old fashioned way. Instead in a clean, organic timeless way. All while I aim to still capture moments that happen on their own and shooting photojournalist’ically along the way. (By the way, no one has ever answered “no” to that question…)…

Back to my point, what I really do love. What I truly love about what I do, capturing weddings and all. Being invited into weddings, is love itself. I came back from a Maine wedding this past weekend and while I haven’t gone thru all the images. There’s one image that I have already gone thru and it’s actually already made it’s way onto the @tabphotographic instagram page. It’s an image, that in my head could sum up this wedding as a whole. Not because it’s full of passion. Or a sunset… Or that perfect lighting or perfect “pose”… It does it because for me – this image sums up the love of their wedding day. Newly married. His hand in hers. Not a locked down hand hold, but a soft, “come with me dear and allow me to guide you thru all the days of our future”… It’s that, or rather “those” moments and images that are my favorite thru a wedding day. And to me, it’s those that can be the perfect image of a wedding day. Not to mention, blow this image up to 48 inches wide and it would make an awesome piece of art for the couple.

So, maybe I didn’t answer the question in the way you thought I would. Maybe to some of you, I didn’t answer the question at all… I guess all I’m saying is that right now, who I am as a photographer, as your photographer, is a simple answer. I’m quietly strolling thru my year, capturing over 45 weddings across the country and more. In doing so, I love those hidden moments and gems that I find in a wedding day – in every wedding day. Because it’s in those moments I feel whole.

Because well….. I guess I just love love….

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“That moment, after the “I-do’s”… When every touch is more present. When she takes his hand and guides him up the trail as she will do now and forever… And he will in turn lead when needed and protect her always. But that simple touch of the hand in one of the most wonderful things around”……..

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So normally, an engagement session is much more details, a bit more in depth with a bit more behind it when it hits the website. For these two though, well… I’m holding back a little because their wedding is right around the corner.

Elizabeth Park Engagement Photo Session Inspiration West Hartford, Ct. TAB photographic www.tabphotographic.comAfter having to postpone the shoot due to weather at least once, it may have been twice (this has happened way too many times this year)… We finally made it happen right in their new home town of West Hartford. Recently buying a house. Mike becoming a full fledged Dr. That’s right. Dr.. Slow down ladies, he’s obviously spoken for. And now… Now they have their wedding right around the corner!

Elizabeth Park Engagement Photo Session Inspiration West Hartford, Ct. TAB photographic www.tabphotographic.com

Anyway… Their wedding is coming, And an awesome one it will be. With their goofy playful style, their real love hiding right there and shining bright… Awesome may even be an understatement… I seriously can’t wait!!!

Elizabeth Park Engagement Photo Session Inspiration West Hartford, Ct. TAB photographic www.tabphotographic.com

“because if you take my hand, I’ll in turn take yours… Guide me thru the hard days and let your smile light up the darkness that tries to take any day over and in turn, I will watch over you – and our love will be the strongest we’ve yet to know…. This I promise…….. ”  Written by –  me

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