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“who would know beautiful spots better than a photo demi-god?”  (Their words not mine…. haha)

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Topsmead Park Engagement Sessions PhotosI mean… You get pulled up onto the dance floor by your platonic date at your sisters wedding and the one who pulls you up says “I Love You…” Seriously, does it get any better than that? Because that’s how it happened for Phil… However, that all started long ago when they were in high school together and Phil was always trying to put the moves on Evanica but she played it cool. And now, this time… It’s their day. Their Love. Their wedding….

Topsmead Park Engagement Sessions PhotosSpeaking of their wedding day, it’s getting close things are falling into place and Evanica is playing that cool too, nerves??? “Nervous about the day? Not really. We know that there will be struggles and things that go wrong, but overall we are excited for our day of celebration; having a whole day that’s about us and our love for each other. Nervous about everything leading up to the day? Absolutely. Stress, organization, budgeting, bills, invitations, blah blah blah. The first 9 months of our engagement was cake, no pun intended, but the next 5 months are shaping up to be a pita.” I’m sure their day will be awesome because these two, they love each other with out a doubt! And you can see it when Phil’s eyes light up as he glances back as Evanica….

When it came to their engagement session, they surely have some thoughts. Pre session thoughts, well, actually pre-second session session thoughts… “We weren’t too sure about where we wanted to have the session. We had previously been out for a session with Tim but the weather turned out not to be in our favor (fun stuff like strong gusts and frigid temperatures) so we snapped a few shots for our save the dates but knew we would have to schedule another session when things were more temperate. Consequently our big trepidation was location. We had shot our save the date pics at Chaffinch Island State Park in Guilford, a lovely little spot, but I pushed hard to find a different location. She loves the water and we got some pictures there; I love land a bit more so I was looking for a picturesque wooded arena. We agreed to have Tim decide on a spot because well, who would know beautiful spots better than a photo demi-god? We had never been to Topsmead so we had some reticent feelings, but once we got to the location we were very happy with his decision, it was beautiful.”

Topsmead Park Engagement Sessions PhotosAnd then post session thoughts, one thing that I love about what they share is that it made them “feel” more. It brought them closer to their day and their togetherness…. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. “We were very pleased with the location, and while we dont exactly have a photographer’s eye, we were confident that the pictures would come out excellent. Topsmead Park Engagement Sessions PhotosWe also had a little chat in the car ride home about how quick and easy taking pictures with Tim was. He allowed us to be ourselves and, while we laughed on the ride home at how unnatural it was to kiss on command and we sometimes weren’t doing natural kisses (no tongues for the pictures), the feeling of just being there for an engagement session knowing our wedding was coming up soon and being with each other and having Tim capture our love… it really felt special and amplified our feelings for each other.”

Anyway… If they have anything they want to share for future engagement sessions:

Hers: “wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking around on different types of earth finding a good spot for a pic. Also wear clothes that make you feel good; nothing that would make you feel self conscious or need to keep adjusting, be yourself because you want your pictures to represent you.”

His: “do, say, think, act, and feel whatever she and Tim want.”

Let’s just get onto some of the shots from their day… K…

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TylerAndShanaWedding_0628So wedding season is upon us. Well, at least it’s beginning…. And one thing I SOOOO love with each and every wedding is when we have time to create images that are all yours. When we can slow our roll and put the best possible energy and love into the best possible, and unique to your day, photography… Here’s the thing, no matter what, we will make sure your photos are spot on. You’ll get photos that you’ll love, photos that will tell the story of your day and photos you will love sharing with pretty much, anyone who will slow down to look at them…. But, BUT, what if we could make the time to create photos that will stop anyone who sees them instead of just slowing them down. What if we can make photos happen that will be all yours, photos that are more your own personal pieces of art work. That you may indeed just want to frame and hang on the wall in a 24″X30″ size. And not so you just have a big photo of your wedding on your walls. More so you have a photo on the walls that can pull the eyes of guests in who may not even know it’s you at first??? If you’re in, read on. If you just want to make sure your photos are awesome and the day cruises by super quick like… Close this window and go back to work. :)….

instaTAA_7878So… Did you leave or do I still have ya’???

Okay, assuming you’re still here, and well, hopefully you’re a piece of or both parts of a TAB Photographic couple (and if you’re not, no matter where in the country or even world you are, we can work to make some awesome happen, just reach out using the contact button…)… Anyway, as I was saying, assuming you’re still here, if you want to really make images that will be all your own, if a part of your day would be better spent with a handful of unique quality photos over quantity then it’s time we talk about timing. ( there’s another post I recently wrote about tips for your day here as well ) Timing is, with out a doubt, one of the most important pieces of your day. And no matter what, we will work to make sure the day goes seamlessly between all of the professionals you bring into your day. That we will do our best with no matter what….

LauraAndIanWeddingPhotos_0477Here’s what I’m asking though, can we steal 30 minutes of your day to create stunning unique images? Images that convey love but will stay fresh? Images that will be all yours??? Maybe it will be tough to do with both of you together because a first look isn’t an option you want to work into your day. If that’s the case, it’s fine. But can we have 30 minutes of time for bridal portraits alone??? Ya see, here’s the thing, because I don’t work off those “normal” set timeframes that most photographers do, this won’t cost you more, it won’t steal away from another piece of your day. What this will also do, is give some quiet time where we can slow down for the first time all day… Where we can work to create a handful of photos that will be a million percent…. Special to your day…….

Okay, I’m going to be honest here, this post is me being totally selfish. haha… I just want to create, and I want to create images that are all yours. It’s really that simple. And with a wedding day where this time is slotted in, we will still create, the photos will still be all yours, but just imagine what could be possible if we could slow down, even just for 20-30 minutes?????? Let’s chat about making some awesome… You in?????

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Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State CapitolSo yesterday I had set up a bunch of images from a wedding so this morning, I could roll out that post. Well…… That’s not happening. Those thoughts, those images and that post, HIJACKED!!! By these two…

Yesterday I met Michelle & Evan for the first time. I would say that 80% of our TAB Photographic couples work everything up over the phone and thru e-mail so many times, the engagement session is the first time we all meet. Yes, it can sometimes be awkward, HAH! It’s almost always awkward at first. I mean, you guys are walking up to some new person with a camera who’s going to start demanding you show your love… lol… Or like yesterday, you may get a little lost like these two did, and end up walking the longest way possible to our meeting spot……

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State CapitolHowever, I promise, once we meet, it will be a blast. And really, I think yesterday these two made it more fun for me. I mean, I hope they had a good time, their love, their laughter, their moments… All I’m saying is that it was a blast. Hence them taking over what was going to be a wedding post, with their engagement love….

Evan, a metal rocker playing drums in a heavy metal band, Michelle pumping thru her days with some EDM music. Meeting at work until Evan decided he needed to head in another direction. Luckily not a new direction with Michelle and she actually ended up following along and also heading to the new place of employment… Mad props to all that!!!

So now, they will get their engagement photos so Evan can “throw together” some save the dates…. And then, later this year, these two will say ( with some laughter I’m sure ) their “I Do’s”….. And I believe their day will flippin’ rock and I can’t wait to pull it together with their entire bridal party!!!

Here’s to what will be an awesome wedding and heck, even more awesome than their engagement shoot!!!!

Anyway… Some of yesterdays goodness……

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Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

Hartford Ct. Engagement Session Bushnell Park State Capitol

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No, seriously. I am… I’m one lucky duck…..

This past weekend, beginning Thursday and ending Sunday, I was invited to capture three different weddings. I won’t lie, three weddings can be a doozy, but three weddings can also be awesome. And the best part, wrapping up Sunday, the last wedding of the bunch, I was just as excited to get to the next wedding….. That’s one way I totally know I still love what I do.

One of those reasons, the love what I do reasons, is because every wedding, every location, is so flippin’ awesome and new.

Thursday’s wedding I got to shoot on the beach at Madison Beach Hotel…. One of the best locations for a beach wedding in Ct.

Saturday’s wedding, Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Ct. ….. Such a stellar estate for beautifully crafted weddings.

And then Sunday I got to wrap up in Downtown Hartford at The Hartford Marriot. Offering up city streets and more for awesome shots…

At every wedding I shoot, I do what I can to stop and take in some of the awesome. From the people to the location to the details. Each wedding always unique in their own way and offering so much. And being invited in to capture their love. F’in great!!! Anyway… I’m just lucky. That on a holiday weekend, I got to hang out at the beach, visit a historic manor and find myself in the city… All in a three day stretch. Not many people get to experience all that over a three day stretch…

What can I say… I’m one lucky duck…..

And while these three images barely touch on their days… I might as well share one from each wedding!!!

::The Madison Beach Hotel Wedding::

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::The Lord Thompson Manor Wedding::

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The Downtown Hartford Marriot Wedding

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“What’s your style?”….. I hear this question with almost every one of my awesome couples. I even hear it from the couples that aren’t so awesome. Of course that’s only because they went in another direction. But hey, I can’t be for everyone and they’re still awesome… Just not as awesome. haha…

Anyway… “What’s your style?”…. I believe somewhere, there’s a handbook with questions to ask your wedding vendors and this is just one that falls under photographers. Of course my answer is generally “it’s the style you want for your day”… Followed with a laugh. Really though, wedding photography styles. They vary across the board. You’ll see some photographers with their work being very photojournalistic. Why is this? Do they prefer not to interact? Is it how they were trained? Are they more of a voyeuristic type individual? Is it just what they want to shoot? Then there’s the very formal and portraiture style, almost trained to a “T” by the book. What ever book that may be. Every pose, every piece of a day detail oriented, formulated and set up…. Artistic. Many pieces and parts of the day. At times more fun, other times more serious. Really working off the photographers thoughts and feelings of the day… Shots that you need to just trust the photographer on because you may see what they’re trying to do but really not have a clue at how awesome the shot will be. High fashion, lost of off camera lighting, more dramatic. Worked around the style of the day and in my eyes, a very edgy style with images that can be striking but with less softness to them. And then the natural light photographers. Generally softer, more elegant and love. Each style incredibly fitting for a wedding day and perfect in it’s own ways….

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Anyway…. Back to what where I was originally going with this… (I tend to ramble and get off subject at times, don’t hate. haha)… “What’s your style of shooting?”…. Well, here’s the thing for me. I don’t want to just shoot in any set style. If you look at my work you may see images that hit you more than others. Images that make you smile, think, cry, feel…. Some images a moment, some more posed or styled with off camera lightning. Some may be a single tear as the bride put on her gown and just realized “oh, shit just got real, I’m walking down the aisle to my forever”…. Maybe it’s a laugh between a bride and her girls. Maybe it’s the photos of the details, or your hands together, almost cropped out of the shot but enough where you know what that moment was. That piece of your day.

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What I’m really getting at is that I don’t want to be “a style”… I’m self taught and have run thru all the styles over the past 10 years and what I realized was this. Well, a couple things.

One: No two weddings are ever the same, no two couples are ever the same and no two days are ever the same. Wedding photography and photography in general are dictated by a few things. Lightning, imagination and creation, the subjects and the emotion.

Two: Therefor, no two weddings can ever be captured in the same way or with the same style. Maybe that’s why some couples gravitate toward certain styles that they like.

That being said, for me, it’s not about a certain style. It’s about all the styles. Each and every one and using each and every one while capturing a wedding and the days story.

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I don’t want to pigeon hole any wedding into a style. And hey, let’s be honest, I don’t want to pigeon hole myself into any certain style. What I do want to do is capture a day as it’s meant to be captured. From the moment I arrive and begin shooting I do so with an open mind. A wedding will dictate much of how I shoot. From being a fly on the wall with the getting ready shots, or capturing that tear rolling down your grandmothers face – But at times, coming in for that artistic or stunning image of a bride or groom. To the ceremony, where I’ve been told that I’m part ninja because couples never knew where I was or that I even got certain shots. I’m going to use off camera lighting for the family shots and for the bridal portrait shots we’re going to have a blast…

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For the photos of your newly married love and yourself, we’re going to run the full spectrum (as long as time allows)… We want to capture some formal shots because even if you say you don’t want any, I promise in 10 years you’ll wish you had some. We want to capture more artistic shots. We want to capture shots that are just moments happening. It’s these moments where I want to run the full spectrum of what should be, your wedding day captured…

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And yes, at just about every wedding, as long as it’s possible and time allows, I want to create some stunning images where we set up some lighting. Maybe we do this later in the night when you need a break, or maybe it’s as the sun sets and we just want that stunning images captured. Either way, as long as you’re both “put together” (let’s face it, there have been some weddings where a groom or bride has, well, had a bit too much to drink and these shots just won’t work) we will rock out some of those creations.

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Really, what I’m saying here is that I don’t want to be a certain style for your day. I want to be every style. I want to shoot the moments in a photojournalistic style. That slight touch of a hand, the tears, the love… I want to create bridal portraits with you that will be stunning, who doesn’t want to look the best they can? I want to be a photo ninja during your ceremony… And when it comes to the formal family shots, I get the director hat put on and rock them out in a quick and painless way so everyone can just get to the party. I want to rock out the bridal party shots where we’re all having a blast and get to creating the images of you and your love. Classic, artistic, edgy and timeless….. Then we rock out the reception. Additional lighting when needed, in the middle of the dance floor while everyone is partying all around, or off to the side for those intimate shots….

Your day, your day doesn’t deserve one style. Your day doesn’t deserve to be pigeon holed…. Your day deserves every moment and every piece to be captured as it’s dictated by that moment. And well…. That’s my style. To use everything I’ve learned to create with the moments as they unfold. It’s really that simple, yet not simple at all. 🙂

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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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