Adventures in Photographing Your Own Children! CT Children’s Photographer

There are few things on earth that are harder to photograph than your own children!  There, I said it!  I’m not the first to admit it though.  I’ve heard many great children’s photographers confess that they just stink at capturing their own children’s portraits.

First, they are photographed endlessly so they get mighty tired of that black thing in front of your face.

Second, children always give their parents all kinds of angst that they’d never dream of giving another person.

And third, as a photographer you just don’t have the same kinds of patience for your own as you do others.

There we were on Easter Sunday!  My children were oh so adorable thanks to the stylish wardrobe pieces their Mimi had chosen for them.  I wanted nice photos.  Mimi wanted nice photos.  And they had to be done before the children started playing and eating and ruining their beautiful clothes.

The children wanted to eat and play.  All the adults wanted to eat and play too!  So I did what I could as fast as I could!  What I got is totally precious and completely priceless.  I definitely captured my children’s personalities!


Want to see my attempt at a group photo with all three?  Hilarious!  Noah was apparently running away, Ezra was yelling about bugs, and Joyanna was discovering grass for the first time. She was apparently not too thrilled!

This one is my favorite for the day!  It is just so soft and sweet!  Look at the luscious lips!  Just makes you want to cover her with smooches!  Next week’s I Heart Faces challenge is “Soft and Sweet.”  I’m thinking of entering this photo.

Yes I was a Mamma – Razzi on Easter Sunday.  I think it just might have been worth it.  I created quite a little collection of hilarious photos!  Perfect depictions of just who my children really are right now.  I never want to forget these small moments.

FAQ: What is a Gallery Canvas Wrap?

My clients frequently ask me to describe for them what a Gallery Canvas Wrap looks like.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words I thought I’d share a few photos so you can see exactly what I am describing.  I cannot say enough good things about Gallery Canvas Wraps.  They are absolutely positively STUNNING.  They are worth every red cent you spend on one.  I would cover every square inch of wall space in my own home with them if I could afford to.

Canvas wraps are unique in that they arrive ready to hang.  No need to frame these beauties though you absolutely can if you want to.  The image is created on a beautiful quality canvas and stretched over a sturdy and long lasting frame.  The image is glazed to ensure long life and to reduce fading over time.

Canvas wraps take a photo and make it a true work of art.  You paid a premium to have a professional photographer use outstanding equipment and the latest techniques and artistry to create a special piece for you.  Why not showcase it?  Canvas wraps do a fantastic job of doing just that.

When considering an image for a canvas wrap you need to ensure there is ample, and I mean AMPLE room all the way around the main subject of the photograph.  With a gallery canvas wrap the outer edges of the photo truly extend and wrap around the outer frame. Imagine taking a piece of wrapping paper and wrapping it around a gift box.  The sides of the gift box are decorated by the edges of the wrapping paper.  The sides of a gallery wrap are finished (or decorated by) the sides of the photo.  If there isn’t enough room you might have part of someone’s head or a body lost off of the edge.  This is hardly ever attractive.  If you are interested in a package with a gallery wrap then I’d be happy to help you select the best photo from your session.

Now, I’m off to choose a few photos for my own home to have created as gallery wraps.

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge! WIND!

I’ve been eyeballing the I Heart Photo Challenges for quite some time!  I always MEAN to enter and then… well, it just doesn’t happen!  Life has this annoying habit of getting in the way.  Today I decided to change that!  It is time to jump into the water and take part.  This week’s challenge is wind!  This photo is of my crazy Ezra swinging away.  I just love how the wind made his hair so wispy and wild.

I look forward to next week’s challenge.  The theme will be pets!  I have two silly doggies I’ve been meaning take some new photos of.  The challenge comes at a perfect time!

Thanks for looking!

Tips for Your Photo Shoot! What to Wear! Connecticut Portrait and Wedding Photographer!

Do you have a photo shoot with Crystal Starr Photography coming up soon?  Have you thought about booking one soon?  Let me help you have the best possible experience and create photos you will treasure forever!  Let’s begin with the basics.  What should you wear?  What kinds of clothing are most flattering and look best in portraits?  Let’s get into that.

What NOT to wear!

  • Anything you don’t feel comfortable in.  Seriously!  If you aren’t comfortable then you will not look comfortable in photographs.  You will be self-conscious or fidgety.
  • Avoid solid dark colors and solid light colors.  When everyone in the group is wearing all white, all black, all gray, or all navy blue you create photo that is more 2 dimensional, flat, and to be quite honest… boring!  Not to mention very unflattering for everyone.  It becomes difficult for the eye to determine where one person begins and another ends so EVERYONE ends up looking much wider!  No one wants to look wider, trust me.
  • So toss out the white shirts and khaki pants or jeans.  You can do better.  I promise!
  • Avoid tiny stripes or patterns, or logos.  These are distracting and are not picked up well by the camera.
  • Avoid having everyone wearing just the same thing.  Seriously, the matchy matchy look is just not flattering or interesting!

So what SHOULD you wear?

  • Alright, I just massacred all of your ideas didn’t I?  Before you run away screaming keep reading! Bright, bold, saturated colors photograph best.
  • Choose colors that go well together. One way to style your family is to choose one colorful piece of clothing (like Mom’s dress) and coordinate everyone else’s outfits around it.  To be more specific, choose three bright colors and purchase everyone’s clothing around those colors.  Perhaps pink, blue, and yellow are your colors.  Maybe sister has a sweater with those three vivid colors.  Dad has a nice shirt in blue, brother is dressed in yellow, and mom has pink and blue in her attire.  Coordinated and interesting but not totally matching.
  • If we are shooting a large extended family then think in much the same way.  Choose three colors and just invite everyone to go with it.
  • Bold elements are a lot of fun!  A big bold necklace, a wide brimmed funky hat, a brightly colored scarf, big chunky healed shoes, all of these things add so much interest and variety to a photo.  A talented photograph can use these fun things to bring out the best in the photos and they can ensure these things do not overtake the photo.

Below I have a photo of one of the best dressed sessions I’ve ever had.   You can see they are definitely coordinated but each outfit is distinct and if you knew these children then you’d know what they were wearing is what they like and feel most comfortable in.

Confession time!  I stink at coordinating my own family for photo sessions.  I am NOT a shopper!  I cannot STAND malls.  I’d like to hire this Momma to dress MY FAMILY!

I hope this FAQ helps you when planning your next photo session!

Have a fabulous week!

Gorgeous Is Really An Understatement! Connecticut Maternity Photographer

There I was, in a place that was so familiar and yet so foreign.  A place that screamed out to me from another time but yet didn’t look anything like I remembered it to be.  In front of me was an absolutely stunning mommy-to-be and her very handsome husband.  I was giggling inside with each click of the camera as I just couldn’t get over how blessed I was to be photographing this lovely pair.  Yet I was slightly disorientated by my surroundings.  For this session we chose a park that was near and dear to my heart as a young child.  I spent many summer days splashing in the lagoon with my mommy looking on.  I had climbed the nearby rock walls and splashed into the refreshing water beneath.  I had dug and dug in the sand and created countless numbers of castle creations.

All of that was gone now.  In it’s place as a nature sanctuary of sorts.  No more lagoon, no more water, no more sand.  It made me dizzy.  I had heard sometime ago that they had closed the lagoon.  Countless issues with bacteria and water quality were to blame.  I remember thinking how sad that was.  But I have to say, standing there in the middle of tall grass on a beautiful new bridge, it didn’t feel quite so sad any more.  The town had done a very lovely job with the space.  Still my mind kept fading back to those endless summer days of so long ago.

Some things were just as I remembered them.  Off in the distance stood a pool house and pool that was SO MUCH TINIER than I ever remembered it.  That was where I learned to swim.  The summer I was six years old my grandmother dutifully drove me to my lesson each and every day.  She’d sit just outside the fence in her folding lawn chair looking on as I followed the instructors as closely as a six year old could.  It took me the entire summer to pass the very basic introductory swim class.  I remember I had a hard time bobbing in the water 10 straight times.  I had very very long hair back then.  Clear down to my rear end.  Each time I poked out of the water my hair got in my face.  It drove me NUTS so I would stop to wipe it away.  Well, that was against the rules!  So I just couldn’t pass.  Until the end when I decided not to let it bother me.

Now here I was in another time, a whole other person, living a life that six year old couldn’t have fathomed.  And I was having a ball!  When I received the inquiry for maternity photos from Heather I was absolutely thrilled.  (Okay, truth be told I am ALWAYS thrilled with new inquiries).  Heather, her husband John, and I attend the same church but opposite services so I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting them just yet.  I knew we had a number of mutual friends including the Jakum’s and I am just thrilled when my name is passed around between friends.  But I also feel pressured!  It is flattering to know my work was appreciated enough that someone new would like to book yet I always wonder… can I do it again?

I have to tell you Heather and John made things so tremendously easy!  Heather is just absolutely positively gorgeous and she just RADIATED as a mommy-to-be!  I was just so insanely jealous!  And I mean that in a good way.  She carried her pregnancy so well.  I would have eclipsed her with my own full term belly when I was pregnant.  Anyone who knows me well and has seen me carry three babies knows I am not exaggerating in the slightest.

Oh, and not only could this lady walk the runaway as a model, but her and her husband were just the absolute sweetest people!  We chatted it up like old friends right from the first minute.  I was overjoyed when they asked me to return to capture some of their newborn’s first days once she arrived.  The two of them stole my breath more than once!  The love they have for each other was just amazing.  I laughed when John ripped off his sweater so his love wouldn’t have to sit on the ground.  Who says chivalry is dead!

Their excitement for the day when they’d meet their new little bundle was just so sweet to behold.  For just a short time they gave me a peak into their little world and they invited me to document this special moment in their journey together as a couple.  What an honor and privilege.

We did take a few photos at Heather and John’s home.  I had to share this one.  Isn’t she just amazing?

I won’t soon forget this shoot.  It brought me back in time and reminded me to appreciate the here and now as it is always slipping away.  And I had the opportunity to meet to amazing people and start to develop a new friendship.  I’d say it was a day very well spent.

Enjoy the photos and do leave some comments in support of Heather and John!  I know they’ll appreciate it!

 

Baby Olivia & Family! A Newborn and Family Session!

Children are small for only so long.  It’s true.  Everyone says it.  Everyone KNOWS it.  But when you are the parents of small children it is somewhat hard to feel it.  They say the days are long but the years are short.  Blink your eyes and your newborn is a baby, a toddler, a school kid, a teenager.  That is why I delight in the newborn and family sessions.  Your family will only be just like this for an extremely short time.  Capture it before the opportunity passes you by.

This is the family of our great friends Pam and Tony.  I’ve known Nikki since he was just a baby crawling around my living room when his mom dropped him off once or twice a week while she worked part-time.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of watching this family grow along side ours over the last several years.  This fall they introduced their latest addition.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to photograph her.  This family is notorious for having children with LOTS of hair.  Baby Olivia did not disappoint.

All of their children are just absolutely gorgeous and such sweet kids to work with.  I was totally impressed with how well they did exactly what I asked for.  They were just delightful.  My studio was just filled with giggles.  Lots and lots of giggles.  What could be better?

Thank you Pam and Tony for sharing your family with me. It is always a privilege to capture the early days!

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