Sunday, December 28, 2008

Melinda & Tom E-Session

Ahhhhh, Melinda and Tom. Such a sweet story. The were both young teenagers in high school. Fate would take them to the same location on this particular day. Where: A high school party. So how did fate bring them together? Well, the cops showed up to bust this party up! Everyone made like eggs a scrambled outta there (something like that you catch my drift). People were running and jumping. Jumping over a chain link fence. Everyone but poor Melinda, who got stuck on the fence. But not to worry; good ol' knight and shining armor Tom came to her rescue! Now they will live happily ever after. Sweet story right. :-)

So for the engagement session we went shot right across the street from Tom's high school. I had a great time checking out lighting situations all through the shoot while Melinda and Tom just forgot I was there. No, really they would forget I was there. All the better to capture them though. So enjoy some of my favs and the slideshow. I can't wait for your Wedding Day Melinda and Tom!!!

She's a Boston Red Sox Fan.  He is a New York Yankee Fan.  Since I am a Yankee Fan.  (Yeah that's right, Back off Eric Foley!)  I only thought it was more than fitting to get a Yankee style ring shot.  

A rock on a rock ;-)

The very last leaf on the tree!

I love capturing hands especially with beautiful engagement/wedding rings :-)

My absolute FAVORITE of the session!

Isn't she gorgeous?!

Another thing I love is reflections.  Are you proud of me Carla? ;-)

Enjoy the show :-)  Music Credit: Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

Friday, December 26, 2008

Val McCormick Photography featured on ROCKTOGRAPHERS.COM

Recently I was absolutely honored to find out I was accepted as a founding member for Modern Mark Erik creator of was the founding member for and now some other incredible sites including

On Christmas Eve I received such an AWESOME surprise! Some of my ring shots were featured on ROCKTOGRAPHERS.COM! Go check it out and leave some love :-)

I absolutely love the idea of this site as it's a wonderful resource for someone looking for a great photographer. Here are Mark Erik's words and I couldn't agree more:

Why Modern Photographers?
Have you ever noticed that photography is one of the rare industries that requires no licensing or certification? Just about anyone can pick up a camera and claim to be a photographer with absolutely no experience. Unfortunately, many couples and families have been harmed by the actions of some wreckless “photographers”.
Modern Photographers was created to give those looking for artistic professionals a place to connect with qualified working visual artists. Our members have been voted on by true professionals in the industry. We require our members to:
*Maintain a proper business license (pay taxes)
*Have backup equipment in case of equipment failure during an important shoot
*Maintain a good reputation in their local community, as well as within the photography industry
*Have solid technical skills (exposure, lighting, composition, post production)
*Have a creative eye that lends itself to a modern style
If you are looking for a photographer recommended by other photographers, look no further than Modern Photographers.

Thanks for your support and inspiration friends; you know who you are!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Little behind...

Hey everyone, I just want to apologize that with this time of year I have gotten a little behind with my blog.  Melinda and Tom, Rebekah and Alberto and Marissa and Mike; I will be posting your e-sessions soon and I can't wait for your wedding.  I am so excited to be working with the most amazing couples.  Cheryl and Nontas your slideshow is coming up as well.  I had an amazing time photographing your wedding.  I have received so many compliments about the beautiful bride!  What a wonderful holiday gifts to be surrounded by a wonderful family and amazing clients turned friends.  What a great way to start the new year.  Val McCormick hearts her clients!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Giving Is Awesome!!!

I love finding ways to give through my gift of photography and am so excited to join in on this "Giving Is Awesome" giveaway.  Fellow photographer Kristen Kalp has put a call out to the photography community to join her in Giving back this season.  My Awesome friends Justin and Mary Marantz has joined in and when I saw their last two blog post I new this was something I HAD to do!

Everyone MUST comment; for every comment left on this post Val McCormick Photography will donate one canned good per comment and donate them to a local shelter!  That's an awesome idea that the talented Duo and Fellow Modern Photographers Chris+Lynn came up with and it has really caught on.  Here is a chance to do something for someone in need.  If you find it difficult to leave a comment here is something to make it a little easier, tell me your what favorite, Yankee Candle Scent, Song or television show.  :-)

Thank you Kristen for letting me borrow some of your words:

You know someone.  I guarantee it.
I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography - $2050.00 worth to be exact!!!
It's in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.
Oh, and the best part?  The person who nominates the winner receives a $100.00 Val McCormick Photography Gift Certificate.  What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The Rules:
You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services.  (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two - million - dollar vacation home in Paris does not qualify as a sincere financial need.)

The nominee must reside in Connecticut.  Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork.  Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well. 

Comment on this blog entry to let me know you've entered, and e-mail me the full story:

Spread the word, tell EVERYONE you know to visit my blog and get in on this! If you have MySpace or Facebook post the link, Remember every comment will be matched with a canned good.  I wonder how full of cans my grocery cart(s) will be!  You have until Friday, December 19, 2008! 

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve...get nominating!  I can't wait to read all of your entries and comments!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season - and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

*To all my photographer buddies; especially CT Photographers, let's give CT families greater opportunities!  Get involved and let's make a big mark on the map!  Be sure to visit the registration page and get yourself registered!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I am so excited about LOVE!

Love; Interpreted that is.  I feel so honored to be a part of this photography Art Show that my friend; the talented Nikki Nicole put together.  Myself and eight extraordinary women photographers from the New England area will be showcasing their works of art and our views on love.   Not only are these women extraordinary wedding photographers but amazing individuals.  I hope you can make it out and support us. Everyone is welcomed with open arms ;-)

Here is more information about the show:

A group of nine award-winning New England female photographers will display their photographs on the theme "Love: Interpreted" at the MAC 650 Artspace at 650 Main Street in Middletown, CT from December 5th to January 3rd, 2009. The opening reception on Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm is open to the public. 

The "Love: Interpreted" theme was chosen because these women primarily photograph weddings, documenting the strong bonds they witness between couples and within families. "What we really do at weddings is interpret the moments of love, and with this show we wanted to get back to our art school roots, creating something creative and personal in the same theme," noted Nikki Rinaldi of Nikki Nicole Photography, who helped coordinate this event.

Artists exhibiting are: Jacklyn Greenberg, Jo Kaplan Lee, Mary Marantz, Val McCormick, Tina Parsadanov, Nikki Nicole Rinaldi, Krystal Prue, Jane Shauck, and Carla Ten Eyck.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Melissa & Marty - Married - Lighthouse Point, New Haven, CT

When Jay Fleming of Fleming Portrait Design contacted me on helping him out with a family member's wedding at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven I was more than honored.  It's difficult when your a guest and a photographer to enjoy yourself as the guest so to help ease the tension Laura Landau and I pitched in.  

Melissa and Marty are such a great couple.  Marty should have actually been named Jack because he is literally a "Jack of all trades"  He and Melissa coordinated the wedding themselves!  What a beautiful job they did. 

Being that there were two other photographers besides myself; gave me the flexible to play with my settings during the ceremony and spot meter for different areas to get such different outcomes with my images.  The sun was setting, the sky was gorgeous and there was so much love in the air.  Really there was........:-)  Enjoy

I love the sunset and love...what a great combination!!!

Check out the gorgeous details!!!!

What a beautiful moment!

As alway I had a difficult time choosing my favorite ring shot.  I would love to see who can figure where all these ring shots were taken.  Show me some blog love with an answer and I will announce and send out a prize to a lucky winner :-)

Thanks Jay for thinking of me to help you out with this :-)  Thanks Marty and Melissa and congratulations!