On this 18° day I was day dreaming of the warm sandy beaches of San Diego. Then I remembered I had these wonderful images from a photo shoot I did of an amazing woman and her two beautiful twins.
Congratulations to Danielle and Antonio who have won the best photo of 2013!
Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be a great year for Studio Pura Photography! Please leave a comment to congratulate them!
When 2013 began, my mission was to find a long-term home for my business — one that would satisfy a lengthy list of demands.
In order to best serve my clients, I wanted a studio space with:
- Large windows
- Hardwood floors
- High ceilings
- Dressing area
When I found 485 New Park Ave. in West Hartford, it was as if it had been designed for me — after a little hard work.
It was a great start to what has been a wonderful year. Since I moved into my new space in May, my clients have helped fill the place with memories and beautiful photographs.
It’s been a year of firsts, from a proposal shoot in an apple orchard to a sunrise engagement session in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, and a new emphasis on glamour and boudoir photography, which has me so excited about what 2014 holds.
I want to thank my clients for trusting me with their most treasured moments. It has been my privilege to join you on the journey that begins with a consultation and ends with memories that will last a lifetime.
Below are some before-and-after photographs of my studio, along with a few of my favorite images from 2013.
Please vote for your favorite image through December 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on January 2, 2014… and will receive an 11×14 print!
Here are the contest photos! The voting poll is on the top, right side of the blog! You can vote once a day until the 31st of December.
Thanks for visiting!
Here’s my Tuesday Tip from Walbridge Design Build – A David Booth Beers Company and a few of the images I have taken for him.
What does Walbridge Design Build specialize in?
Walbridge Design Build specializes in our customers! We love using our experience to imagine, design and build a project along with the customer. We want to bring your needs and dreams to life – within your budget, of course. Your home is a personal space and we work hard to get to know you and find out the best way to provide a product that respects your personality and needs.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
There are many quality companies in the area and choosing the right one for you can be a challenge. We are a small company with more than 30 years of experience and can offer a personal touch every step of the way. Our customers work with us because they can trust us to build a quality product that will last and be something they can be proud of for years.
What advice would you give a homeowner looking to do a remodel?
Relationships are important! The person working in your home will be causing a significant disruption to your life. Don’t invite someone to work on your house that you don’t trust or has a shaky reputation. Be sure to do some research before you start. Call past clients and visit other projects the builder has done. You’ll find that if the builder has a good reputation, references will be more than happy to tell you all about their project and their great experience.
Thank you for visiting and please visit David’s website. You will be inspired!
From a photographer’s perspective
Here the top five things I look for when hiring a photographer.
1. Talent. I have to be WOWed by their photography. I look at composition, lighting, focus and drama. I love images with drama.
2. Trust. They need respect my privacy, especially with boudoir photography. Will they be respectful of my insecurities? Will they show up to my session?
3. Customer Service. Are they nice to work with? Do they listen?
4. Value. I have to value their work and the art they create in order to hire them as my photographer.
5. Price. I have to be honest… even I care about the price. However, the price comes back to the value. If I value the photographic artist and the products they provide then I’m willing to pay the pretty penny.
Educating clients on the value of the products and services offered is the hardest part of owning a business.
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I met Chelsea and Jeremiah through her mom, Bernie. Bernie and I are in a networking group together and she came into our meeting one Tuesday morning beaming, “My daughters engaged!”
She talked to her daughter about me and she must have said nice things, because the next thing I know, I’m booked!
I love engagement sessions, because it gives me a chance to get to know the couple before their big day.
Please enjoy these photos of Chelsea and Jeremiah and keep a look out for their wedding photos next month!
INSPIRATION. That word sums up this engagement session in Brooklyn, NY. I’ll be photographing Jackie and Jordan’s wedding at the Hartford Boat House in May, and we chatted about potential locations for their engagement session. We talked about Elizabeth Park, and places in Connecticut. Then I asked my favorite question… If you could have your engagement session anywhere, where would it be? Her answer: Brooklyn. So we made it happen!
We met right before sunrise at the Clark St. subway stop, walked to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and ended the session in Brooklyn Heights.
Thank you for looking! Please leave the lovely couple some comments!
I have always wanted to photograph a proposal. Engagement shoots are great and beautiful, but a proposal… it doesn’t get more heartwarming than that!
Greg, thank you for the honor of photographing your proposal to Abby.
Greg and I met at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT two and a half weeks ago to scout out a location for the proposal. We found this spot away from the crowd. The morning of the proposal came, and the rain was coming down.
The rain finally broke, and I was able to sneak out of the trees and capture their proposal.
Antonio and Danielle are amazingly kind people. Their families are filled with love and laughter, and there was no shortage of beautiful moments. These are a few of my favorites, as I had many to choose from.
Danielle and Antonio, thank you for allowing me to photograph your wedding day. It was an honor. Your images fill me with happiness, love and laughter, and I hope they do the same for you.