Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rachel & Ryan - Engagement Session - Gouveia Vineyards, CT

Rachel and Ryan met at a party during the college years. Not having seen each other in seven years they found each other again when Ryan walked into Rachel's current workplace. They have been inseparable ever since.

With the crazy weather and all the rain in CT; Rachel and Ryan's session was rescheduled a few times. We finally were able to meet up at the beautiful Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, CT and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.

Rachel's ring is stunning! I love the texture of the wood in the shot.

Yes, I love shoes!

Thanks Rachel and Ryan! I can't wait for the wedding! Enjoy your slideshow!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vanessa and Gabriel - Engagement Session - Hanford, CA

You better believe I was SUPER excited to shoot this engagement session. It was so awesome to get an email from Vanessa asking if I would come out to CA to shoot her wedding. How could I say no? A trip home, 4th of July weekend, surrounded by family. I have known Vanessa well, all my life; she is my cousin. :-)

Vanessa and Gabriel LOVE ice cream shoppes. What better way to start out an engagement session with two ice cream lovers (Make that three) than Superior Dairy Ice Cream in Downtown Hanford.

What was left of the S.O.S. Yes, what was left. That is one HUGE homemade sundae!!!

There was this really cool boutique called Rouge downtown. We noticed the lip couch and took full advantage of it. (Check out the slideshow at the end of the post to see many more shots).

Can't wait for the wedding! See all of you guys soon!
-Valeria xoxo

Kaitlyn & Alan - Engagement Session - Yale Campus, New Haven, CT

Kaitlyn and Alan knew eachother in high school. They reunited through friends while they were in college. Kaitlyn would hang out with her girlfriends and Alan with his guy friends. They would all get together and wanting to keep friendships alive they made a pact that no one would date within their group. That didn't happen. Kaitlyn and Alan are getting married!

I met up Kaitlyn and Alan at the Yale Campus in New Haven, CT for their engagement sessions.
Check out a few of my favorites and the slideshow at the end of the post.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Brianna & Jason - Engagement Session - Wickham Park

I'm sure everyone has a moment or a brief period in their lifetime that they remember being overcome by that giddy, restless and overwhelming feeling of puppy love. When so privileged as to be infatuated with someone that the world brightens around you at the mere memory of their tentative first words and shy smiles. Perhaps not everyone becomes as excitable as I did in the days following our chance encounter at the local Home Depot, with the idea of wiping the unintentional smile off my face laughable and the long hours at work somehow shortened by the anticipation of Jason's first phone call, but I can't imagine this kind of feeling being anything but splendid and I truly hope that each of you are able to envision it as vividly as I do.

I needed to build a dog house for Scampi. With the help of my father, I found that what I lacked were a couple pints of weatherproof paint (color later decided upon as a forest green that was in actuality much too bright to blend in with the deep woods of Ashford) and most of a roof's number of charcoal shingles. Thus, late-morning on a Sunday in July, I found myself wandering the tall aisles of the Home Depot in Windham, CT, swinging a can of paint and a can of white outdoor primer from one arm and wondering how I was going to hoist the awkward package of shingles onto my shoulder without making a fool of myself.

Cue Jason.

It was amazing. I turned out of the lamp aisle where I had been wasting time, too embarrassed to ask for help with the parcel one row down from where I was pretending to be interested in a horrendous ceiling hanging that gave off a rather garish yellow glow, and saw a familiar figure silhouetted in the sunshine pouring in through the automatic sliding doorway of the store. Was I ever glad to see him! From his fiendishly handsome grin (that didn't disappear from the moment he recognized me) to his generously formed biceps that so easily placed my shingles into the cart, I could not have been more excited to find myself in a situation where I had an excuse to rekindle our easy camaraderie.

Five days and a Scampi/Tia dog walk later, I was sold. Conversations of hours upon hours flew by like minutes, the more I learned, the more I fell in love with not only his charm and his good looks, but his noble way of treating the world and the beautiful way in which he lives each day. Now, years later, I find myself endlessly moved by the same incredible man, one who I have been both challenged and inspired by as our lives now continue on together, one who has miraculously turned out to be my best friend and the love of my life.

Here’s to you and I, Jason, and to all those who have made us who we are. For the beautiful history we now have together and for all the dog walks yet to come.


Isn't her hair amazing! Brianna scheduled her hair and make-up trial on the day of the engagement session. Something I highly recommend my clients to do. Make-up by Janice and Hair by Tonya both of Naomi Martinez Salon.

I love the play by play here. Watch Jason's expressions, lol.

Yes, I did a happy dance! The light was just beautiful! I am always chasing light ;-)
Enjoy your slide show Brianna and Jason! Congratulations!

Please be patient as the slide show loads :-)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Nicole & Matt - Married - Woodwinds, Branford, CT

Here are my favorites from Nicole and Matt's Wedding Day. Nicole's Sister Lisa did a beautiful job with her Make - Up and hair. Lisa is a celebrity Make-Up artist and heads up the make-up dept. for E! Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. She was recently featured in a few magazines and blogs. If you're interested in reading more click here. I love how close this family is as well as talented.

So of course we started with Nicole getting ready. Take a look at how beautiful she is!

I love to watch the reaction from the bride as well as the groom when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Matt's ring was a little snug. Check out the play by play. :-)

After their ceremony we headed over to the Woodwinds in Branford. Their grounds are perfect for beautiful wedding day images.

Doesn't the cake look scrumptious!

Thanks so much Nicole and Matt. I had fun. Special Thanks to Nikki Nicole teaming up with me on Nicole's special day. Enjoy the slide show!

CT Boudoir Photographer - Weekend Marathon just in time for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nicole & Brian - Wedding Day

I had the opportunity to help out a friend in need. My good friend and fellow photographer Candace Jeffery needed a second shooter for part of the day. You bet I helped her out! She has been there for me with last minute circumstances there was no way I would turn her down. I love the community of photographers that we have. We are so lucky to network with such great, talented people.

Nicole and Brian had such a beautiful sunny day. Below are a few favorites from the day. Thanks so much for having me Brian and Nicole. "Just one more." ;-)
Thanks for thinking of me Candace. I had a great time!