Category Archives: Portraits

8Jun

Family Session–Granby, CT

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Family Session

Granby, CT

Our Outdoor Studio

We have had TWO glorious days of sunshine, and it feels amazing.  I still can’t believe that it is June.  Most days this spring it seems like the rain will never end.  In fact at the start of this session, the rain was coming down outside.  Everyone was incredibly patient and decided to wait it out and let it pass.  Fortunately it was all worth the wait.  Once the rain stopped the sky opened and the sun was shining.  Once we let the kiddos outside they wanted to run around in the grass.  Not only is it hard to stay inside, but it has been difficult to be cooped up for weeks.  We had a fun time playing outside with everyone.  Enjoy of few photos from this session at our “outdoor studio” and enjoy the weather!

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1Jun

Portrait Session–Senior Portraits

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Nice weather seems so fleeting these days.  Spring has sprung with such little spring in its steps making it difficult to get outside and enjoy.  However we did managed to find a perfect evening for a portrait session.  Some people call dandelions weeds, but I call them happy pops of color in a gorgeous field.  We found such a beautiful area for photos and the light was amazing.  We hope you love this portrait session as much as we do!

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25Jul

Henna’s Arrival–Family Session At Home

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Photos At Home
West Hartford, CT

Newborn & Family Session

We have truly enjoyed documenting this family over the past year.  It seems like yesterday that  we were photographing Arin for his 1st birthday.  He was just learning to take a few steps.  Now he is an attentive big brother.  We were thrilled to meet Henna.  She is a beautiful, sweet baby girl and a wonderful addition to the family.  Her temperament was perfect.  She gave us time to get some sleepy photos, yet she made sure to pop open her big brown eyes for a few photos as well.  We loved meeting her.  I can’t wait to see Henna and Arin continue to change and grow over the next few months and years.  Each phase with children is so fleeting that it is always nice to be able to capture each step along the way.  It has been such a pleasure to watch this family grow.

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13Jul

Family Session–Simsbury, CT

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Last Sunday this sweet family decided to brave the funny weather and meet us for a photo shoot.  It was a day of rain with pockets of sunshine.  Just as they were meeting us the raindrops started to fall.  They were good sports walking through the grass being shelter by umbrella.  However just as we came to the clearing the rain stopped, and they were able to toss the umbrellas to the side for a few photos before it started again.  The kids were super cute and cooperative with the camera.  We are very happy everything worked out for some great family photos.

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1Jul

Celebrating 40!–Private Party in Oxford, CT

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Jake and I headed back to Oxford, CT last weekend for an amazing backyard party.  Instead of hiding from this milestone birthday, Sandra put on a party dress and invited over her closest friends and family!  I couldn’t be more in awe of her attitude, her handwork, and her amazing details for the day.  Everything was beautifully put together in her signature vintage, rustic  style.  Her mom came in from Puerto Rico and set out an amazing spread of homemade food.  Her husband, Jason helped bring her vision to light with his DIY building magic and hands on help throughout the day.  All the kids, little and big, enjoyed a clever soda making stand.  Just the “big kids” enjoyed their own version of make your own drinks with a mimosas table.  I can attest to the fact that they were fantastic mimosas!  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We were excited to celebrate with Sandra, and commemorate the day with lots of family photos, party candids, and some gorgeous portraits of Sandra.  I think everyone should take a page out of her book and embrace each birthday with light hearted fun, lots of photos, and some great drinks!

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27Jun

Celebrating 15 years!–Family Session in Granby, CT

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Granby Family Session

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

Last week was Elana and Scott’s 15 year anniversary.  They decided to celebrate by spending a little time with us!  The family made the drive out to Granby in time to catch the nicest light of the day.  It was a fun session full of laughs, a few bugs, and beautiful photos.  It was a pleasure to meet the family.  I hope Jake and I provided enough entertainment to help commemorate this momentous day.  Happy anniversary to the both of you!

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24Jun

“Dress for the Sess”

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Hello Summer, it is so nice to see you!!

With the warmer weather and longer days, it is the perfect time to think about family photos and engagement sessions. The most frequently asked question I receive is “what should we wear?” This is an important question with an answer to which I will give a lengthy response, share my opinion, and give some examples. Taking this advice for your session does require some effort. Viewing your photos and deciding that you didn’t wear the appropriate clothes will instantly change your feelings on your photography session. Those photos will likely end up stored and forgotten. Therefore, you will be happy you put the time into outfitting yourself, your partner, and your family.

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29Nov

NIc’cole + YAssine=NIYA!!

Niya’s Newborn Photos

It hasn’t been very long since these Nic’ole and Yassine appeared on our blog. Athough you won’t see the in these photos, you may remember them from their maternity photos just a couple months ago. While these two were actually present for the photos, they were behind the scenes. As new parents will attest, it isn’t fun to be sleep deprived and feel camera ready. Instead the photos were all about Niya. They welcomed their daughter on October 24th, and she is adorable. I love her name and origins behind it. Since she is a product of NIc’cole and YAssine, so is her name. We had the pleasure of spending some time with everyone at their house. Niya wasn’t always a fan of the camera, but she did a great job! Check out some of her adorable photos below.

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