Monthly Archives: April 2017

Some of my friends and even some of my couples know that I have two awesome pups. If you follow me on instagram at either @tabphotographic or @theadventuretab you will see photos of them pop up…

Anyway, Banksy, the guy pictured here, while he may only be 21 months old has had a tough go of it. He was rescued from a local rescue and shortly there after, his brother Blue came home. I don’t really want to get to deep into details here but things weren’t going to smoothly for a while and effected many pieces of life in this household. Now though, these two guys are such loves together and always look up at me as though there’s no one better in the world……

They’re not really what this post is about though, this post is actually about giving back. And it’s because of all the TAB Photographic couples that come this way which make giving back possible. As April wraps up, this months donation went to the ASPCA ( you can donate here as well https://www.aspca.org ) with a donation of $200.00…. I do wish I could give more, but some is better than nothing. And even if you donated $10.00, that’s awesome. For this year, at the end of each month I will donate a certain amount of proceeds to causes which combat animal neglect, cruelty and more. If there’s a non-profit you believe I should know about which revolves around that, feel free to comment or email me and I will add it to the future list…

Anyway, for now, I just wanted to thank all the couples from this month which made the donation possible….. I can’t wait till the months really start rolling and I’m able to do more for every animals future…..

 

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Tyson – nope / Calli – not getting overly excited and getting into my dress too early. It literally was the only thing that went “wrong” all day.” And really, it wasn’t “wrong” at all because Rachel was there to cover what was going on so really, as a photographer, while I did cry a little because I missed some of that moment, it was all okay. haha….

That is a good way to sum up there day though, nothing went wrong because these two were there for the same reason. Love… And when you love each other, you can work through anything and you know that the future holds such great possibility!

Avon Old Farms Inn Wedding Ct. Photographers TAB PhotographicSo… The day goes something like this, pull up at Avon Old Farms Inn, jump out of the car, unpack gear and start to head inside trying not to lose a finger to frostbite. Somehow Tyson is not effected by the cold at all. Still trying to figure that one out. haha. Up to Calli’s room where she’s all laughs and giggles and so elated for her day. And her day that finally arrived because of a proposal which had her in giggles just as much, those giggles just ended with a  “YES” where these ones ended with an “ABSOLUTELY!”

Avon Old Farms Inn Wedding Ct. Photographers TAB Photographic“It was a day of swapped roles. Calli drove to Dennisport instead of Tyson. Tyson took pictures along the way instead of Calli. Tyson asked to go to the beach instead of Calli. Calli didn’t follow directions instead of Tyson. Tyson said, “Would you please just look at me?!” instead of Calli saying that to a usually distracted Tyson… Calli turned around to Tyson on one knee and instead of crying, laughter ensued along with smiles and saying, “Yes!”” So while it was a yes to the proposal it also came to one of their most important moments of that day Saying “I do” – to which I said, “Absolutely!” and Tyson saying “I will!” That’s what it was all about, wasn’t it?”….

Now, now they live on as a married couple, he her husband and she his wife… Together in one love which is really the most important piece to life. One love….. Together… “remembering to always begin and end the day with each other and love.” <– That pretty much says it all…

As for any tips or thoughts, from them to you….. When choosing a photographer, their thoughts “That we clicked and felt comfortable and that he/she was a true artist. We knew we’d get the token/standard wedding photos with anyone; we wanted to get some really fantastic and amazing photos that we could feel excited to display in our home.” From there, Any tips for future couples getting married??? “Choose TIM! And also… just remember why you’re doing it – because you love each other – and that’s also why everyone is there for you on your day – because they love you too – it’s a day of love, just enjoy and smile in knowing that.”


  • Avon Old Farms Hotel
  • TAB Photographic Wedding Photographers ( Myself and Rachel Varenelli )
  • DJ John Rzasa of PartyProDJ LLC, Hartford, CT
  • Always Blooming’, Plainville, CT
  • Hair: Christina Make Up: Pam Contreras of KiSSandMaKeUp
  • Michael Kors
  • Justin Alexander – In White, Agawam, MA
  • Cake: Dee’s One Smart Cookie, Glastonbury, CT
  • Dustan Jewelers (Now, sadly, closed)
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Weddingpaperdivas.com

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2017-04-26_0001“Not nearly as awkward as we had expected”…. That’s really all I could hope for. Okay, maybe not all I could hope for but really, I just want all of our moments as client / photographer to be fun and relaxing. So skipping out on the awkward is all good. I mean, I may say things a tad awkward, I may be a tad more awkward, but as long as the session isn’t….. It’s all good.

The engagement session was our first time meeting, which isn’t actually out of the norm. We met at the studio and ventured out locally as the green hadn’t started popping quite yet. I could sense that this was something new to them, as it should be, so we strolled… Laughed. The lighting was nice. It was a “soft” day with an overcast sky. Actually, I think about 3 minutes after we departed the rains came. So timing couldn’t have been better.

2017-04-26_0003When asked about their thoughts before the session, they were straight up with me… “We were a bit nervous, and did not know what to expect. We were excited about doing the session in Collinsville, though, since neither of us had been there before. It was a fun mini-adventure.” And they must get me, because yes, an adventure!!!! Lately that’s pretty much my goal. Taking everything as an adventure. Even when I’m shooting, it’s an adventure for me too! Each of our TAB couples, each location, each shoot, a new fresh and fun adventure!!!

From here, while Mary Rose is a tad nervous about the logistics of their day, they’re also VERY excited to be holding their days festivities at Choate Rosemary Hall. Hang on, HOW DID I JUST PICK UP ON THIS Mary Rose is getting married at Rosemary hall… <— See what I mean about being awkward with my thoughts and what I say. No filter no holding back. haha… Anyway, she’s got nothing to be nervous about. Families coming together and an awesome day ahead!!!!

In departing from this post, if Mary Rose and Kyle could share one thing, they nailed this on the head too. “I would recommend trying to have as much fun with it as possible, and try to be really present in the moment. We were sort of looking at the engagements session as practice for the wedding day, and since the amount of time taking photos on one of the biggest days of your life is not insignificant, it would be a shame not to have fun with it.”

Anyway… Thanks for reading, leave some love for them in the comments but either way. Enjoy your day!!! You deserve it!

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