The Kellams, Hillstead Museum Mini Session

This family right here? These are my people. My husband and I have had the blessing of sharing life with the Kellams for several years. We have celebrated in each other's victories and have definitely shared an ugly cry or two. The openness, faithfulness and love this family has for one another is fierce. So when you donate a photo session to a fundraising auction, and one of your best friends wins it - you giggle (and fist pump a little bit). Love these guys. Highlights from our mini session are below! Enjoy.

Leah, Old Wethersfield Senior Session

Leah is a senior from Wethersfield, Connecticut. From our initial conversation, she wanted her session to center around the town's historic downtown area. Although I had some general areas I wanted to shoot in, Leah and her Mom really took the lead with locations that day. From the church her parents were married in, to the cove, to the ally next to their favorite pizza shop, every place had a memory and special story connected to it. It was a sweet night of reminiscing as we walked around the area. We even had the pleasure of bumping in to 'Kevin', the famous wild Turkey roaming around Old Wethersfield. Highlights from our session are below. Enjoy! 

The Vaccaros, Sub Edge Farm Family Session

When Blair & I first met over coffee, we spent most of our time swapping stories about how we met our spouses and the adventures of motherhood. During our conversation, Blair had shared in passing that she had hoped to make it to Sub Edge Farm on her wedding day, and that she loved the open fields on the property. For what ever reason, her and Brian had never made it there on their special day. After hearing that, making the trek out to the farm with their family just made sense. Five years and two kiddos later, they finally made it! We spent the evening exploring the property,it's red barns and of course it's wide open fields. Highlights from our time are below. Enjoy. 

Kelly Towart, Guilford Portrait Session

I had the chance to meet up with the wonderful Kelly Towart again. If you didn't have a chance to see my previous session with her, you can take a peak at it here. Kelly is a fashion & family blogger out of southern Connecticut. We spent an evening down in Guilford, wandering around the town green and making our way to the water just in time for sunset. We originally wanted to end our shoot on Grass Island, with it's 100 year old  fishing shack on the shore. Totally. Dreamy. But by the end of our shoot the sun was setting fast and we had to make a quick decision. Since we were racing the light, we decided  not to make the trek out to the island. Instead, we walked down the rocky embankment of the parking lot our cars were parked in, and shot with the calm, inlet water behind us. In some of the photos, you can catch a glimpse of Grass Island in the distance, with it's red shack. Kelly you killed it! Thanks for letting your inner Beyonce come out.

I am totally OBSESSED with this session. from the colors of this dress, to the deep, cold blue of the water. I literally can't stop starring. This was my fist time shooting in twilight - and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  Highlights from out night are below. Enjoy!

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Boxley Creek Design, Product Shoot

I'm a little bias with this one folks. Earlier in the summer I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Brittnay Smith, the boss lady behind Boxley Creek Designs. They are a small business based out of Arkansas. And Brittany  crafts the cutest bandanna bibs while her little one naps each afternoon. 

Brittany sent me  a few samples in the mail, and my sweet baby James got to try them out first hand. Boxley Creek bibs come in lots of great seasonal colors and patterns and have a snap closure in the back. This was a huge help considering my little guy is notorious for ripping bibs off mid-meal. The fabric is super comfy and they fit great. I am super picky about how bandana bibs  lay around the neck - and these fit just right! They were put to the ultimate test during our photo session. Turns out the area wasn't fully baby-proofed! My coffee was in full reach of those chubby little baby hands.  Before I knew it, I looked back to find my little guy trying to take a sip of my lukewarm coffee (all the mamas out there know there is no such thing as hot coffee anymore).

Check out some of my favorites from our session below. To see more of Boxley Creek Designs, you can sneak a peak at their Instagram here, or check out The Little Movement Shop a great little online boutique that carries Boxley Creek Designs.

Wynne, Professional Portrait Sneak Peak

We've all met someone like Wynne before. She's the kind of person who makes you feel like you're old friends who haven't seen each other in a while, and just need to catch up. She has a great sense of humor, and a genuineness that spills over from the first 'hello'. That sense of humor was put to the test when we stashed our coats in one of the foyers of the capital building, the day of her shoot. Halfway through her session, we decided to take a quick brake in said foyer, but much to our surprise - we found a locked door! Let's just say, after trying to rattle the door open a few times, the story ends with he police stopping by. Thanks for rolling with the punches that day Wynne! 

Check out a sneak peak of the newest Brooke Group agent below. Enjoy!

Joslyn + Aaron, Professional Portrait Session

Joslyn & Aaron are a husband & wife realtor team out of central Connecticut. They are currently in the process of creating & branding their business. When they approached me to help with photos for their website & marketing materials, I gave an excited 'Yes'! We spent one of the first warm spring days meandering around the UConn Law campus in Hartford. Joslyn & Aaron are genuinely sweet, caring and easy to talk with. By the end of our session, it felt like we were old friends. Check out some of the highlights from our day below. Enjoy!

Max, Professional Portrait Session

For the past 5 years, Max has been designing and building websites. He recently made it his full-time job and has been killing it ever since. Max wanted a location that was light, bright and simple. With it's modern layout and white walls, Hartford Seminary was the perfect fit. We spent most of our time shooting in the building's main entrance courtyard. The space was full of natural light and lines, which were fun to incorporate in to his portraits. Highlights from our time are below. Enjoy!

Kelly Towart, Downtown New Haven Portrait Session

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the wonderful Kelly Towart, a Connecticut based fashion & family blogger. Kelly lives in New Haven with her husband Justin, daughter Ayla, and fur baby Wimble. We spent the better part of the day meandering around her city, with stops at Yale’s famous rope swing , Coffee at Maison & Mathis, and the occasional turn down a picturesque alley. Kelly is an absolute gem to work with. Her laid back attitude and easy going spirit come across in each picture. From her smile and genuine ease, you’d never know it was a chilly January day! Below is a variety of the outfits we shot during our afternoon together. I totally want to steal (I mean, "borrow") her mauve Top Shop coat! Just sayin..

You can check out Kelly’s blog here, and follow along with her on Instagram here.

Highlights from our day are below. Enjoy!

Morgan + Max, In-Home Couples Session

This in home couples session was such a blast! I drove the backroads to get to Morgan & Max's quaint apartment on the edge of Collinsville. This is Morgan and Max's first home together. Both work from home and decided a cozy indoor shoot would be the best way to celebrate their last moments as a family of two. Their apartment is perfect! Filled with natural light and white walls, it served as the perfect backdrop to highlight this special season in their relationship. They brunched, they cuddled, drank coffee together and snuggled in bed. It was the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday. And the best part? Baby Bella was welcomed to the family a few short weeks later! Mama, Dad & baby are all doing great. Welcome to parenthood, guys! Enjoy the ride.