Of course, we love our fathers, but this Sunday especially is dedicated to celebrating them. Over the years I have gained the opportunity to photograph many fathers, whether it be in the midst of a busy wedding day, an emotional welcome of a newborn, or an intimate family photo shoot. As this Sunday approaches, I’m devoting this blog post to the dads in our lives.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Today is extra special (and not only because we’re halfway through the week) but because it marks the start of #weddingwednesday. Every Wednesday I’ll be posting a new blog post and Instagram related to weddings. To kick things off, I’m applauding Jeffery Hoess-Brooks, General Manager at Avon Old Farms Hotel. The photo I snapped with my iPhone shows him pitching in and stepping up when the Director of Events was out sick to ensure that the wedding ran smoothly.

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Scott and Cindy, pictured below, are the parents of Ian and Calvin and I had the opportunity to photograph Ian meeting his baby brother Calvin for the first time at Hartford hospital. During these shoots I aim to capture the intimacy of the moment.

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The photo above captures the moment when Ian exclaimed, “I won the bet!” He and his mother bet on the gender of the baby and upon discovering that he had a baby brother, he rejoiced.

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On a warm day like today, there is really nothing better than a refreshing salad–especially one that has raspberries in it! This salad is a personal favorite of mine and I make it with special spiced pecan nuts (every recipe has a secret, right?). Below you can find an image and the recipe so you too can enjoy this summer salad. food-photography-berry-saladPIN IMAGE

Summer Raspberry Salad:

A mixture of red leaf and spring mix

Thinly sliced red onion

Raspberries

Goat Cheese

Spiced Nuts (recipe below)

Raspberry vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)

It’s up to you, depending on what you like, of how much of each ingredient you want to toss into your summer salad.

 

Spiced Nuts Recipe:

2 tlbs melted butter

2 tlbs sugar

1 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cups chopped (or whole) walnuts/pecans/almonds

Preheat oven to 350° and bake for 10-15 minutes

After nuts are cool, toss with another 2 tlbs sugar

 

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

1 cup vegetable or Canola oil

1/2 cup raspberry vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 cup poppy seeds

 

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This past Saturday evening I drove out to Holcomb Farm in West Granby for a sunset engagement shoot. Alex and Laura joined me and although they were a little nervous, their natural chemistry helped them to loosen up in front of my camera. The location had many trails and unique spots in which I found the perfect lighting to capture the special moments for the couple. Their wedding is also taking place at Holcomb Farm and I can’t wait to photograph it in July! alex_laura_engagment10PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment9PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment8PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment7PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment6PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment5PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment4PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment3PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment2PIN IMAGEalex_laura_engagment1PIN IMAGE

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