The Watch Hill RI Engagement Session for Elaine and Nick!

2018-06-26_0013The day, warm, sunny with a light breeze off the ocean…. The horseshoe crabs getting their groove on along the shore of the bay and Elaine and Nick were all smiles and love.

2018-06-26_0003Watch Hill is a place that really means something to them, so when we started talking locations, it just seemed like a great fit. Plus, after the shoot it meant that I could go and chill with my good friend Taylor Swift, with wine on her patio overlooking the Atlantic. ( just sucks she wasn’t home… ) Anyway, we strolled along the bay side, then up and over the dunes to the ocean. Greeted by the waves rolling in and a perfect breeze. The main goal, create some fun images, share some love and have a good time. I believe that was accomplished across the board. (we just won’t talk about Nick getting all teary eye’d. He tried blaming it on the sun, I think he’s just that in love with Elaine that he couldn’t hold back)…

Anyway, the day was great, the session went great, the weather was great and their wedding day, will be… Without a doubt. Great! So next May, a little under a year away, at the Candlewood Inn, these two will be saying their I do’s, dancing their first dances, and starting their next chapter! For now though. Their love…….


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Rachel & Steve And Their Lord Thompson Manor – Thompson, CT. Wedding Photography

Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosSo this one time, well, this past weekend to be exact, there was a wedding at what I believe is one of the very best venues in the state. The Lord Thompson Manor. It’s a place where the staff is so great, every single piece of the property is always… Well??? It’s just always perfect. Gosh. And the food… Gosh. I’ll be totally honest, it’s one of the few venues I will actually eat at. All I’m saying is that Lord Thompson Manor and any couple who is lucky enough to have their wedding day there, they made the right choice.

Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosSpeaking of couples, enter Rachel and Steve. Rachel and Steve are one of those couples. One of the ones that some could be jealous of. They’ve been together since pre-school where they first kissed. haha. Okay, maybe it was actually high school when they started talking. I knew from the engagement session that they loved each other. What I learned on their wedding day was that they are even more than that. They know each other’s thoughts. I’m not kidding. They seriously do. On more than one occasion on their wedding day, one or the other would know what the other needed or was thinking. And to top that, they had each others backs with those thoughts. They know what’s important, and it’s the love, and their family. While it may have rained on their day, and I mean…. It rained. It didn’t let up. Like ever. And while it did carry some sad thoughts with it, the reality is that for these guys, it didn’t matter. It wasn’t about the rain, or the weather at all. It was about their perfectly choreographed day. It was about their intimate wedding with only those that are closest to them. And it was… About…. Their love………..

Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosThe moment where all Rachel’s girls got to see her for the first time in her gown… And I can recall the moments when they read each other their vows after that other moment where Rachel and Steve saw each other for the first time. No one else there, just the two of them reading their words, their thoughts and their love. They would repeat them at their ceremony, but the things is, in this moment. When it’s just the two of them. The tears rolled from their eyes, Rachel twisting her hair as Steve shared those words that are just theirs. So many moments from their day. Every moment from their day. All the freakin’ moments – right to the party where the dance floor was filled… It was their day and they started their next chapter that was 10 years in the making…. So with all that and so much more.

Cheers to their love and hey, Rachel & Steve. Thank you so much for inviting TAB into your day!!!!




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The Normal Questions and Who I Am…. Questions you should ask your wedding photographer

Questions to ask your wedding photographerIt’s really quite easy to hide behind all the posts, all the weddings, the love, our TAB Photographic couples and more. Hide no more though! This is me!!! haha. This post really is going to be multi faceted. Partially, answers to some general questions you should ask your wedding photographer, and partially (a very small part), who I am. Reality is, you should know your wedding photographer just as much as you know their work….

Where do I begin with a post like this, I really just want to post the next wedding, and then the wedding after that… Questions, that’s where I will start. Then it’s not about me. Who really like talking about themselves? Well, narcissists to, but that’s surely not me, this I know for fact.

Sooooo, questions… Let’s do this! (some are definitely more important than others…)

Questions to ask your CT wedding photographersQuestion 1: Availability…. Are you available and will you be the one photographing my wedding. That’s a question I will answer in my first response, always. One thing I know for sure is that I will. If I’m not available, we can chat about a lead photographer capturing your day as well. 1a: How many weddings will you work that weekend, it’s usually 1 or 2. I used to capture more per weekend but I really want to put all my energy into making each wedding the best, and I realized that more than 2, quality can sometimes slip a little. And we don’t want that!

Question 2: Background Check – I’m not an axe murdered, so you’re all good. Really though, it’s the photography background. How many weddings have you shot and how long have you been doing this. Well, I’ve been photographing weddings for 11 years now and each year I am lucky enough to be invited into roughly 40-45 weddings each year. Tip: You want to make sure your photographer knows more than just how to photograph but also how a wedding rolls along. As a photographer, we, along with your DJ and if you hire one, your planner, make sure that your wedding goes off as perfectly as possible and we all work together to help make your day magic.

What do I ask my wedding vendor photographersQuestion 3: Are you insured? Yes, yes and YES. Any photographer or business owner who’s not insured should be nowhere near a wedding. That may sound harsh but it’s true. 

Question 4: Style? While you will hear some photographers talk about “photojournalistic” “natural light photographer” “formal photographer” etc… I don’t believe you can honestly capture a wedding in just one style. For me, I want to encompass every aspect of every style. Some pieces of the day need to be captured in a photojournalistic way, some other pieces artistically and yes, some photos need to be captured in a formal way. The reality is, your day deserves the style that it calls for in that moment and from that single moment onto the next, because that’s what your day is and will be. One moment after the other…. Your love. Your family. Your Future.

Hammonasset Engagement Session Photos Madison, CT Wedding Photographers TAB PhotographicQuestion 5: Logistical Stuff (I wanted to use a different word, but I didn’t) When will we receive the contract? Everything I now do is digitally worked up, from invoices to contracts to questionnaires. So once we work up your wedding day questionnaire, I get the contract put together and zapped over your way for initials and signatures. How much of a deposit do you require? There are two ways to cover the financial side. 1: a 25-30% deposit with the remaining due 3-4 weeks pre-wedding day or there’s a small discount if the entire balance is paid in full with the contract signing. Do you accept payments in installations? You can always pay everything earlier if you want, just give me a heads up so I can make sure everything is noted properly. What is your refund or cancellation policy? That’s in the contract, but if you do cancel for some reason, if it’s more than 60 days out, you will receive your deposit when I book your day with another wedding. If it’s with in 60 days, there is no credit back. Do you carry backup equipment? Always. Backup equipment is key, whether something malfunctions or I drop it. Better have another way to make sure I do what needs to be done!

Candlewood Inn Wedding Photos for Matt and Janet by CT Wedding Photographers TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.comQuestion 6: How and when will I receive my photos. I always work around 4-6 week timetable. So all of your edited photos will be online in their private gallery in 4-6 weeks. (though I actually aim to have it done much sooner). From there your USB is ordered, once it arrives I load them up and send them your way. When I send a link to the gallery, I will also send links to download your photos instantly as well. However for printing, I would wait for the USB as quality will be slightly crisper. 

Question 7: Will you edit my photos? Totally, nothing leaves my hands until it’s ready for the world Simple as that. And once you receive the above mentioned USB, you get to print any photo you want or share in any way you want. No water marks, full resolution. They’re your images and they shouldn’t be held ransom. 

Question 8: Is this all you do? Actually yes, even more so than many other photographers. Lots of other photographers either have photography as a part time gig or they photograph as many different things as they can. And those options are all good. For me though, I actually photograph weddings and weddings alone. Engagement sessions are part of that and while I do some family portrait and other portrait work, it’s for my clients only. So if a past couple wants to have a family session, I hope they invite me to also capture that. But if a random family contacts me, I refer them in another direction. 

CT wedding photographers questions to askQuestion 9: Can I give you a shot list? You can, for sure. Especially when it comes to people who are special to you, god parents who are very close to you, high school or college friend shot. Or something unique like a grandmothers watch or something special. Those are some things I wouldn’t know coming into your day. The reality for everything else, while you can totally share a list with me, I ask that you keep in mind why you hired me or the photographer you hired. Because you like their work and who they are as an individual. My reality is that we will follow any shot list but I want to create shots that are unique to you. So if that means you like a certain shot on Pinterest, totally share away, but I want to work your own unique shot off of it. You deserve special. 

Question 10: Do you have anything else to share as a wedding photographer? Quite simply, I love what I do and moving forward, my goal is to capture weddings for the couples that want to showcase their love, their day and their story. Every bride, groom and couple deserves to have their day highlighted and captured as their story. For their day. Beyond that, we can move forward into a little about me, so you know what you’re getting into. haha. 



21543794_10155633361343665_1979311741668460519_oNow onto what you really want to know (I actually hope that isn’t a true statement), who am I… As I said above, who really wants to talk about themselves??? Definitely not me. I guess though, you should know more about who I am. One of the keys to your days photography isn’t just someone who knows what they’re doing with the camera, but also someone who you want as part of your day. That being said, I’m sarcastic and want to enjoy your day just as much as you do. It’s rare that this seems like work to me, it’s a passion, it’s fun and it’s always new. And for 2018 and beyond, my goal is to continue on with that passion and working with couples who truly believe their day should be special. I’ve been told more times than I can count that I should charge much more than I do. The reality is, while I need to make a living and support my kids, I want to do what I do for couples that will appreciate me and in turn, their photos. And kids, yes, I have kids. 7 of them to be exact!!!

12697402_10153921627538665_6177188626053437176_oHAH! Okay, I don’t have 7 of them. I do have three. Two of them humans, one of them furry. I started early in life so I’m lucky enough to be on the younger side with the ability to still do so many awesome things with them. Though it seems as if this fall, will have me in this home with just the furry one still under the roof… What will I do!?!?! Other than being their father, I’m a cyclist, adventurer, and lover of life. Traveling in the RV that I recently purchased when ever I’m not out on the wedding scene. My daughter races on a National BMX team and I to race. I’m a whiskey enthusiast (last year I think about 25 of the bottles I have came from my couples. haha) and I would rather enjoy my porch as the sun goes down than the bar. Right now, I’m going to stop because really, this whole about me thing, well, I thought it would be cool, instead it sounds like I’m on a dating site. And while I want you to like me, that’s definitely not why we’re here. haha… So instead, let me just say that I want you and your bridal party / family to have just as good of a day as you, I don’t want to drag out the photos but instead use our time the best way we can. And the truth of the matter, more than the best photos the world could ask for, more than the best photographer you can have in your day, if there’s one thing I truly wish, from the depths of me, is that you and your partner, your lover and your best friend have the kind of love as Roo Panes talks about in the song above.

Well I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve been nowhere,
It was all viridian in vermillion blood.
There was a void before me; it was as deep as truth,
Because all the world couldn’t hide the view of you.

Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!
Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!

You’re my Eldorado; you’re my holy grail,
I found my treasure through the rain and hail,
Knowing I was taller when upon my knees,
Knowing you’d back to me if I just said please! Please! Please!

Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!

Oh you take me back to the morning light,
You take me back to the morning light,
The very moment that I found my sight,
You’re forever by my side.
You take me back to the morning light,
You take me back to the morning light,
The very moment that I found my sight,
I’m forever by your side.

So let’s just do this and make it awesome. (side note, I say awesome way too much)





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がんばりましょう – Let’s do our best…. Sarah and Bert’s Wadsworth Mansion Wedding

2018-04-09_0006It’s two days before what will surely be an awesome wedding, the weather, this New England weather, has been unpredictable at best… Saturday forecast, on one day it’s 55 and sunny, next it’s 35 and snow. I call Sarah and we chat about this, if it’s 35 and snowing, everyone will look miserable and be freezing. We come up with a solid plan and we get ready to make Saturday great. Well, Saturday gets here and the weather gets here…….. What’s that, it’s sunny out? That’s a plus, it’s not 35, that’s a plus. We can totally work this magic outside!!!

The reality is, no matter the weather, we do our best. And that’s the plan. I bring that up, only because it also touches on the toast of the groom’s father. Talking about something Bert, the groom had said once in a speech of his own. がんばりましょう “Ganbarimashou” which means… “Let’s do our best”…..

2018-04-09_0011Anyway, the day is now underway, the guys are getting ready and it’s a riot, everyone is having a blast, Bert is relaxed and enjoying himself. And one of the coolest groom pieces to his boys, a sock and tie combo with a “will you be my groomsmen” on the box. Sounds so simple, but so cool… For all the guys though, their only concerns – get ready, look dapper and get out before the girls come back. And that’s pretty much how it rolls. The guys are ready and moving on before the girls are even close to coming back.

The girls walk, no, they roll in and take over the room! Now things are starting to get real, pieces being finalized, a bride elegantly getting into her gown, a mother looking so proud. Everything is rolling along perfect, a few minutes behind, that we are. The good news, no one can get married before the bride gets there so is it a big deal, not so much…

2018-04-09_0003From the hotel, to the ceremony (in a spectacular church), photos around Yale’s campus real quick (real quick because the ceremony time was a little further behind), and off to the Wadsworth Mansion for the PAARRRTTYYYYY!!!!

Before the party though, photos! Photos for Sarah and Bert, if there’s one thing I would tell every couple, it’s allowing us time to create some great shots and allowing yourself the time to be relaxed, and with that time, you still get to enjoy your cocktail hour! Anyway, the day as a whole, was pretty spectacular. The staff at the Wadsworth Mansion nailed it once again. The food perfect, the staff always on point. And now, most of all, their love, finally united to bring even more brightness into their already bright lives and their families now one, together with so much strength and support for Sarah and Bert…..

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A little tease for Allison & Jim – Brandford House Wedding – Branford CT. Photographers TAB Photographic

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2018-03-21_0008Saint Patricks Day! First full wedding of the season day!!! Allison and Jim’s Day!!!!!

The weather, crisp, the sun high and the temps cool. We will all take the cool temps over the nor’easters that have been attacking us every week. The girls, excited, music pumping, hair being did and makeup made up…. The guys, quiet, chill and relaxed. Jim’s main concern, making sure everything is perfect for Allison. He’s not even married yet and he’s on the right track. haha.

2018-03-21_0016The details, wedding ceremony in New Haven at St. Mary’s Church which happens to be right on Yale’s Campus. The reception to follow at Woodwinds in Branford. And this post? A quick highlight of their day. Not necessarily my favorite photos as I haven’t made it thru them all yet (though maybe a couple?), more so, a bunch of shots grabbed so I could lift up the spirits of these two on this snow stormy day. (though, as Allison’s a teacher, something tells me her afternoon off will bring happiness and enjoyment for the extra time off. Not to mention, they just got married, something tells me their spirits are still riding high!!!)… Anyway.. Back to the day. It was awesome to see all the detail Allison put into the day, and she didn’t just mimic all the other weddings around. The cute little brass whale with blue matches and ribbon to match her day, the custom printed water bottles. The tulips and the vases all around. The monogrammed ribbon on her awesome bouquet. OH!!! The blue plaid shoes she chose! SO GREAT. And Jim’s suit, an awesome deep dark navy to match.

Allison definitely scores an A+ for making the wedding her own and being super chill and just wanting to have fun!!!

2018-03-21_0010Things rolled pretty smoothly, things were on time, things were pretty. And one of my favorite images of the day was right there, arriving at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven…. Running out to check on Allison, the first time I could sense any nerves coming from her. The window rolled down as she looked up at the church. I could sense some of what she was feeling but man, I wish I could have been in her mind at that moment. (she was probably just thinking “TIM! It’s cold out, I wanna roll up my window and just get married. Leave me alone!!!” hahaha… kidding kidding. I’m sure she wasn’t thinking that. Or was she???) Anyway, I think the only thing I would have changed would be a little more time with the two of them on Yale’s campus, though with light fading, time slipping away and a cocktail party to get to, we had to roll! 12.8 minutes later and we find ourselves at Woodwinds. Drinks to be drunk and eats to be eaten. These two newly married love birds were riding the high. Laughing, smiling, dancing and living.

If you don’t know Woodwinds, it’s a nice little venue hiding in Branford CT. The food is always tasty and the staff some of the nicest. They run a tight ship but revolve everything around the bride, as it should be. haha.

All in all, with the attention to detail that Allison put into the day, the loving spirits of these two and the awesome family and friends. The day…. It was a perfect one!!!!


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No Wedding Photo Will Ever Compare….

In Memory of Edmond Searles

This past weekend I captured, what is and will always be, “THE” photo from a wedding day. Really, there are two. In 11 years, I have never taken a photo that was a moment like no other, of a love like no other, and one that brought back so many feelings, like no other…. A photo that brought back such emotion and thoughts as to how I got into this entire industry. When my father passed away and I got into the photography world to keep that part of him with me, as he was a professional photographer.

Anyway, the week or two prior went like this. (I’m recapping and keeping some of this story private for reasons that are somewhat obvious”…)

Hey there, a mutual bride used you for her her wedding and I was on the hair and make up team that morning. You had a great energy and I’m curious on your fees. My boyfriend and I are throwing a super spontaneous wedding together. My fathers health is deteriorating quicker than anticipated. 

Right away, I knew I would be there, I would help out and I would do what I could do to make sure one more piece of the day was off her plate. Fast forward two weeks and we were at her wedding day.

Smiles abundant, tears sneaking in from time to time. Her father on the way to the house to get dressed so he would walk or if need be, roll his daughter down the aisle. (Not litterally roll HER, just maybe he would need to be in a wheel chair)… Unfortunately this didn’t play out as hoped, he did make it to the house but wouldn’t make it to the wedding ceremony as he had to get to the hospital. Energies were in turmoil and everyone was doing what ever we could for him, for her and for all of the family. Really, let’s just call it like it was, and that’s a pretty sucky situation.

So, we run around outside and do a few bridal portraits. The wind was high, the temps where low, but we ran around and laughed and got Emily to her ceremony and her now husband. The ceremony was emotional, certain pieces a miss, but the love, the love was strong. Family photos, a handful of photos of the now husband and wife and the decision had been made, we will go to the hospital so Emily and her father could spend some wedding day moments together. And well, this moment, this time, I don’t believe any other wedding in the past or the future will ever compare to this moment. When we entered the hospital, walked down the hall and turned the corner into his room. The smile that snuck onto his face, the softness of their hands holding the others. The quiet words spoken. I stepped out after a few quick photos because this wasn’t my moment. This was theirs and I felt as though I captured it in the best way I knew how.

And in that next moment, walking down the hall, back to the car, the tears, the memories of my past, and that moment. Emily and her father and his new son now welcomed to the family. It was that moment, right there, that no other wedding moment will ever compare to….

And it was these… Right here. These will always be two of my “strongest” images…. Without question…

And yes, unfortunately I write this post in memory of this incredible man, Edmond Searles, Emily’s father. He passed away less than 12 hours later, no longer in pain or fighting the struggle. He’s at peace knowing that his daughter is safe in the arms of her husband. Wrapped in love, from the memories of her father and the future with her husband. More than anything, I want to thank the entire family for trusting me with this day, this love and this moment… Right here.

I am always reminded of how lucky I am to do what I do…..


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