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Family Session @ the farm


Family Session @ Auer Farm

Last weekend we had the pleasure of photographing our besties, their kids, and the rest of the family.  We were super excited when they reached out to us for some photos.  They are like family for us, so it was an extra special session.  We had such a fun time capturing the kiddos running around and being silly.  The kids are adorable, little subjects, and the light was beautiful for some early fall photos.

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Family Session @ Auer Farm


Family Session @ Auer Farm

The fall is a beautiful time of year for photos.  Most people love the colors of the leaves, but we love the light.  Each season has its own beauty, but nothing beats the evening glow of Autumn.  We had an incredible time capturing this family.  There were so much fun to work with, and they definitely came with their adventurous spirit.  We took them off the beaten path for a beautiful view of Heublein Tower.  The evening light and weather was just perfect for the photos.  The girls were such fun to photograph.  They jumped, danced, and giggle their way through the session.  They even taught us a new song!  We LOVE the photos

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Family Session @ Westmoor Park


September 2017

Family Session @ Westmoor Park

We met this family for the first time on Sunday at Westmoor Park.  From the moment we met, we loved them.  I am personally smitten with these children.  They are positively adorable and sweet.  I can’t stop smiling each time I look at their precious, little faces.  They were expressive and excited for the camera.  It was such a was a beautiful and warm evening at the park.  We took advantage of the sunlight and all the park had to offer.  We walked, ran, smiled, and laughed all throughout the park.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.  And we hope this is the first of many sessions to come with the awesome family.

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Family Session @ The Beach


We love when this family reaches out to us for their annual photo session.  Not only do they give me an opportunity to put my toes in the sand, but they are always prepared for fun photos and a swim in their clothes!  This kids are just too cute.  This year there was another new addition to the family.  The little cousins all have such a blast together.  This year they even did a dance party for us on the beach.  For us, it is so rewarding to see families year after year.  As usual we had a great time with everyone and really appreciate the beautiful evening on the beach.

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First Birthday Session


Any parent will tell you that when it comes to kids, time flies.  A day can seem long, but a year will go by in a flash.  I cannot believe that this little girl turned one.  She is sweet, adorable, and happy.  She is a true second child moving along through life letting her presence be known and keeping her big brother on his toes.  When her big brother turned one, we did family photos in the park.  This was such a fun way to commemorate another first birthday.  We had a gorgeous morning and the roses were all in bloom.  It was the perfect day to play in the grass and celebrate a birthday.

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Family Session–Backyard Party


Every year the family has a party on Father’s Day.  This year they asked us to join the festivities with our cameras!  This was a year when father’s day had even more meaning as there were many new dads in attendance.Since last winter there have been 4 new additions to the family and one more coming in September!   Jake and I had the privilege of photographing a few weddings for the family, and now we get to watch it grow.   The first generation of cousins are all close in age and they are brining up the next generation the same way.  It is such a special and fun thing to see.  We have loved every family gathering we have been to, and we hope to see everyone at many more.

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Baby Dan!–Lifestyle Session


Welcoming Baby Dan

At Home Session

This gorgeous family was on our blog this past summer.  However they had one less member at the time.  Daniel Jr. was in Sara’s tummy and Liliana was celebrating her second birthday.  It was nice to catch up with everyone again and to meet the newest addition.  We love these in home lifestyle photo shoots.  It helps the kiddos to feel relaxed and happy.  And it gives us a glimpse into life that we can document for families for years to come.  I know with our own kids, it is nice to have photos of our earliest interactions.  They grow so quickly.  To have each stage documented is such a blessing and a treat to look back on as the kids get older.

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Family Session–Westmoor Park


Family Session

Westmoor Park, West Hartford CT

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family and celebration.  This was a big year for the family to celebrate.  Mom and Dad just had their 50th wedding anniversary!  This life’s tremendous milestone was cause for all the kids to come home from all over the country.  They came from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii to cook together, eat together, laugh together, and take photos together.  We were very honored to capture the family gathering for this funny, sweet family.  We especially love when the photos involve some fun props.  Despite the cold temps, we had a fun time walking around outside in the fresh air.

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Family Photo Session–White Plains, NY


Dan, Courtney, and Sam

At Home Session–White Plains, NY


This was such a fun and special session for Jake and me.  We photographed Dan and Courtney’s wedding almost five years ago.  We love meeting the little ones of past couples.  It is so nice to visit with the couples who we watch begin married life together and see how life has grown.  Sam is such a cute, little boy.  He was a little shy to start, but thanks to Jake’s willingness to do anything to make a kid smile, he managed to break him out of his shell.  Sam was very happy to take out his little guitar and strum away for us.  I can’t get enough of that little face and those curls.  He has caught the music bug, and I hope it stays with him.  I certainly hope this was the first of many visits for us.  We can’t wait to see how Sam grows!

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Fall Family Session


Natural Learning Children’s Community School
Fall Mini Sessions

J.Koteen “Outdoor Studio”


Our two daughters attend NLCCS in Simsbury.  This spring we had the idea to offer mini sessions to families at school.  We thought it would be a great way to meet more families in the community.  It has been even better and more fun than we could have imagined!  As I mentioned in the last blog, we are really focused on creating an “outdoor studio” at our North Granby property.  This blog is another great example of how one location can look so very different.  Each session is unique despite all photos being taken at the “outdoor studio.”  It is an excellent demonstration of how light moves and changes throughout the day.  We work with the light that we are presented throughout the day, which keeps us moving to different locations.  In addition it always offers different and equally enjoyable results.  We hope all the families at school love these photos as much as we do.  We had a really awesome time seeing everyone and documenting your family.

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Family Session–Granby, CT


Family Session
J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

North Granby, CT


Here are a few photos from this fun mini session.  The family joined us on our property last week.  It was a sun filled morning and nice day for photos.  It has been so nice to use our property for sessions.  It is amazing how in the end each session always looks unique and different despite the same location.  We have grand plans for this “outdoor studio.”  We really appreciate everyone joining us for photos on site since we are seeing all the things we love about the land and the areas we want to expand upon it.  Thanks everyone for coming out and letting us take you photos.  We really enjoyed meeting everyone!

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Family Session–Holcomb Farm

Family Session

Holcomb Farm
Granby, CT


This sweet family has found themselves on our blog again.  We love seeing families over and over.  Just like with our own kids, it is so rewarding to watch the little ones grow.  And we have been watching these two grow up over the last couple years.  I can’t believe that Jake has started first grade and Emilie is a spunky, talking,  two year old, girly girl.  As usual Jake got right into photo mode.  He smiled on command, and even hammed it up for the camera.  He is such a well spoken and polite boy.  I am sure Chistina and Kevin will be pleasantly surprised by all the smiling photos of Emi.  She was like any two year old at a session.  There were moments of unhappiness followed by endless smiles and giggles.  This is why we always love time during a session to let the kids run around and be themselves.  Family photos are sometimes difficult but candid photos always represent a child’s personality so well.  It is great to have the time to play around and catch those moments with the camera.

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Family Photo Session


Nodbrook Park
Avon, CT


We have met a lot of kids throughout the years.  Photographing families is my favorite part of our job.  As parents we know just how important it is to capture all the precious moments and stages of a kid’s life.  Even the stages that aren’t your favorite are nice to look back upon and realize that it passed by too quickly.  We tell parents all the time that any emotion or behavior during a session is ok with us since it is just capturing life’s real moments and fleeting stages.  And to be honest sometimes it is just too funny to catch not only a silly moment but moments of discontent.  Kids are cute no matter what they are doing.  HOWEVER this little man was amazing for us and the cameras.  He laughed.  He smiled.  He ran all around wanting to explore.  And most importantly, he loved to look at the camera on command.  He was the best!  It isn’t easy to for a two year old to be entertained, happy, and cooperative for a hour, but he did it.  It was such an amazing session with some amazing results.  Thanks everyone for a great time!

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Family Photo Session–Avon, CT


We headed out for a session in one of our favorite photo spots in Avon.  The weather kept us on our toes.  It seemed like the rain could come at any moment.  Instead the skies opened, and we had a mild fall evening to run around outside.  The kids enjoyed the open fields and the little bridge over the water.  There are endless things to capture a kid’s attention and keep them entertained.  It is all a matter of keeping up with their enthusiasm.  There is no shortage of cuteness with these three kids.  It was a great time running around capturing photos of these adorable kids.  Thanks for a fun session!

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Family Photos–Westmoor Park


David, Ashley, Theo, and August


We had a perfect evening for stroll and some photos in Westmoor Park.  The sun was close to setting, so we took a walk through the grass trails through the park.  Last time we did photos the whole family wasn’t with us.  David wasn’t at the session and Auggie was still in Ashley’s belly.  This time we got the whole family together for a fun time in the park.  Theo was his usual adorable self.  He knows how to turn on the charm for the camera.  August was incredibly alert for a baby only a couple months old.  Not that you can’t tell in person these two cuties are brothers, but you can really see the resemblance in photos.  Both boys were a delight to photograph.  We can’t wait to watch how they grow and change.  David and Ashley congrats on your beautiful and expanding family!

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Granby Family Session


Family Session

Granby, CT

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio

Matt, Kim, Naomi, and Ben are not just clients, they are long time friends.  We went to high school with Matt and Kim and now we are watching our kids play together.  So we couldn’t have been more excited to take some photos of their family.  The kiddos are adorable, and they both did such a great job behind the camera.

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Family Photos At The Beach


Family Photo Session

Westbrook, CT


I can’t believe that summer is coming to a close.  As usual it went by in a flash. Although we have been lucky with a sunshine filled summer for plenty of activity, it just never seems like enough time.  Jake and I headed to Westbrook to take some family photos on the beach.  It was the first time we stepped in the ocean all summer.  It was a glorious night along the CT shore with perfect weather.   It was so nice that, clothes and all, the family decided to get in the water for some photos and fun.  We love a little adventure and spontaneity in a photo shoot.  And we could not have asked for better light to finish off the day.  It was wonderful to see the whole family again.  We have been apart of a wedding and first year photos.  We certainly hope this just one of many family photo sessions to come.

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Earle Park
Audobon Society
Glastonbury, CT

Jake and I were elated when Sara and Dan contacted us for some family photos.  Jake photographed their wedding 6 years ago, so we were excited to catch up and meet their little girl.  I was even more excited to learn that they moved back to the area to my hometown of Glastonbury.  It is truly one of my favorite areas of CT with so much to offer and so many pretty places.

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Family Celebration–Beth Sholom B’nai Israel


Beth Sholom B’nai Israel
Manchester, CT

Hebrew Healthcare

West Hartford, CT


We had a fun weekend with this family.  Friday we headed over to the synagogue to take a few photos of Rabbi Plavin to document his retirement.  His family flew in from all over to celebrate his life’s work and the end of a long career at the temple.  The synagogue has beautiful grounds and it was a beautiful evening for photographs.  On Sunday we met up with another side to the family at the Hebrew Home.  We went there to photograph four generations of family from Great Grandma to the newest addition of a grand daughter to a family full of boys.  All weekend everyone was welcoming and fun to photograph.  We really enjoyed meeting everyone, and we hope you enjoy the photos.

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Mini Sessions–Granby, CT Private Land


Granby, CT

Mini Sessions

J.Koteen Outdoor Studio


Last summer we bought a new home out in the country.  It is a bit farther out than we had originally set out to be.  However with each season that passes we love the country more and more.  Now that spring is in full bloom, we decided that home would be a great place to hold mini session.  Our girls have been attending school in Simsbury for a couple years.  We love the school community and really enjoy all of the families we meet.  We thought it would be nice to have a day of mini sessions just for families at school.  Here are a few photos from the day.  We had such a great time capturing the kids and learning to love our land even more.  Hopefully there will be many more mini sessions to come.

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Cousins–At Elizabeth Park


Family Photo Session

Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

We had an awesome evening session last week in the park.  The three kids were funny, excited, energetic,  and a blast to photograph.  Claire and Beckett are three and a half year old twins.  There little cousin, Theo, is just shy of two.  They are all at such adorable ages to capture with the camera.  The kids played well with each other and encouraged each other to smile big and play for the camera.  They all did a great job together.  We even got the moms and Grandma to jump into a few photos.  This session was done so their Mimi (Grandma) could have some nice photos of her grandchildren for her home.  Sadly she lives a plane ride away, but hopefully these photos will keep her smiling on a daily basis.  I can’t seem to pick a favorite since I love so many of them.  Thanks everyone for such a fun evening in the park.

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At Home with Vijay, Supriya, and Arin


Vijay, Supriya, and Arin

At Home In West Hartford.


Preparing for a new arrival!

It seems like just yesterday that we were photographing Arin for his first birthday.  Now this little man is soon to turn two and preparing to become a big brother!  The newest addition with join the family in about a month.  So we headed over to get a few photos maternity photos of Supriya and document the last time they are a family of four (dog included).

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Jacob’s 1st Birthday


Jacob’s First Birthday

Southford Falls, Oxford, CT


Jacob made his blog debut a year ago as a newborn.  It is amazing how quickly a year can go by and how much a little one grows.  We were excited to see the family and document Jacob as he exits his baby life to his toddler stage.  He is such a sweet and happy little boy.  We could see how much love mom and dad have for him and vice versa.  He smiled and clapped and practiced his walking and standing.  I have no doubt this little man will be cruising all around soon.

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Lisette…a year later!

We met Lisette, Kylene, and Jim a little over a year ago.  We took photos of Lisette to commemorate her first birthday.  We love getting to see families again and again and to watch kids grow.  Lisette was even cuter than before.  She gave us a tour of her back yard and some of her favorite things, and Owl, her most treasured posession.  We even got to meet Jefe the dog.  Their backyard provided so much fun that we got a good sampling of Lisette’s favorite activities.  She showed us her driving skills in her Barbie Jeep, swung high on the swings, and took turn with Dad on the slide.  We had a fun time with the family, and we can’t wait to do it again soon!

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Wickham Park Family Photos

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Mike, Michelle, Olivia, and Tyler
Wickham Park, Manchester, CT

We had such a great time getting together with Mike and Michelle and their kids.  We were a part of their wedding a couple years ago, so we were quite excited to meet the whole family.  Olivia and Tyler are adorable.  Olivia was made for the camera.  She walked around the park following all the directions and smiling beautifully for the camera.  We found it only fair to reward her with a little time on the playground at the end of the session.  Tyler did great as well.  It isn’t easy at the age of one to stay focused and still for the camera.  These two kids are just adorable.  We can’t wait for the next session!

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Sophia’s First Birthday–Elizabeth Park


Sophia’s First Birthday

Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT

Sophia turned one yesterday!  Jake and I had the privilege of spending time with this adorable little one on her birthday.  We laughed and played throughout Elizabeth Park.  It was a sunshine filled day perfect for being outdoors.  If I didn’t already have my hands full with two small children at home, I would have scooped up Sophia and run away with her when Mom and Dad weren’t looking.  She is the cutest!  She giggled for us and put on a show.  She practiced her standing and walking and loved being behind the camera.  She was an absolute blast to photograph.  We were so honored to have been a part of her first birthday celebrations.

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Arin Is One!–Family Photos In Elizabeth Park


On Monday Arin turned one!  It was a big milestone for this very adored son, grandson, and nephew, so we documented it with some  photos of this handsome little man.  His grandparents came from India and Texas for the big occasion, and his Aunt and Uncle made the journey to CT as well.  Arin was in great spirits and did excellent cooperating for the camera.  It is hard work to stay focused, energetic, and excited when you are only one, but he did a great job.  The park is always a great spot for kids to explore and have some fun.  It was another great session for us in the beautiful Hartford park.

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Family Photos At Elizabeth Park


Kevin, Christina, Jake, and Emilie

Elizabeth Park

September 18, 2015


This sweet family made their blog debut exactly a year ago.  We met them for the first time to take newborn photos of their daughter Emilie.  Now she is a spunky one year old working on her walking!  As usual we had a great time with their son Jake.  He is a kind and energetic kid who is gearing up to start Kindergarten.  He is imaginative, polite, and a pleasure to photograph.  Jake and I were very excited when they contacted us to do another photo session this year.  We headed to Elizabeth Park for a nice park tour and some fun photos.  Enjoy!

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Molly–First Photos For Her First Birthday!

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May 24, 2015

Northwest Park, Windsor, CT


We headed out memorial day weekend for our favorite kind of photo shoot, a kid shoot!  We caught up with Colleen and Jason, who are the proud parents of 1 year old Molly.  Jake and I had the privilege of photographing their wedding a couple years ago.  So we were very excited to meet their little girl.  Molly is adorable.  After a little while, she forgot all about being shy with us and started enjoying playing for the camera.  We had a gorgeous day for the park.  We took a tour around to see the animals, play in the grass, and enjoy the playground.  Molly practiced walking and took a turn at feeding the sheep.  It was a fun session with a sweet family.  Molly was a delight to meet and photograph and super cute!  We hope to see everyone again soon.

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Family Photos At Elizabeth Park

Liana, Natalie, and Lindsay

Elizabeth Park

May 12, 2015


The weather is finally warm and the trees and flowers are in bloom.  It is the perfect time to get outside for photos.  Liana wanted some nice photos of her with her daughters.  As usual Elizabeth park was a great location for lots of color and different natural backgrounds.  We always find it fun to shoot in the park since each time is always different.  Different flowers are in bloom and different areas of the park offer more for photos at different times.  We are constantly finding new and interesting places for photos.  The ladies were fun and willing subjects.  They followed us around the park having fun as we snapped away.  They joked and laughed among themselves as we documented all the little moments.  We had a great time with the ladies, marshmallow included!  They were fun subjects, and it was a pleasure to spend time with all of them.  We hope they all had as much fun behind the camera as we had taking the photos.

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Newborn Photos–SNEAK PEEK


Alessandra’s Newborn Session

We had the pleasure of meeting this sweet baby girl the other day. She was an absolute joy to photograph. We had such a great time taking her first official photos. There are more to come soon!

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Welcoming Emilie–Newborn & Family Photos At Home


Kevin, Christina, Jake, and Emilie
Family Photos
Private Residence
August 21, 2014

Emilie was born just two weeks before our photo session. Jake and I wanted to meet the family and capture those sweet newborn moments that only occur right after a baby is born. And by this I mean those precious, sleepy moments. However Emilie was too excited for her first photos and fun evening with her family to miss the action! I have never seen a little baby wake up and be so alert for the camera. Emilie propped herself up and looked right at Jake for her very first photos. She was adorable and a pro behind the camera.

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