Family Beach Photo Session

Last night I had so much fun doing a family beach photo session. This was my last beach session of the year and it was a great way to wrap up the season. We finally had a break in the weather and it made for a wonderful night.

These guys have been patiently waiting for their session having to reschedule due to rain twice but it was totally worth the wait. We had so much fun playing in the sand and tall grass. There was shell collecting, splashing and everything you’d expect from a fun beach session. Combine that with a sweet family and well you can imagine what a great time we had.

family beach photo session

Miss. M (Class of 2019

Last night I had a great time hanging out with Miss. M for her senior photos. It was a bit chilly but Miss. M was a trooper. When we planned her session we were totally expecting to have a warm sunny evening. Who knew it would barely be 60 and windy. Anyway, like I said M was a champ and powered through and we got some great shots. Take a peek.

Support Carson and T1D

I’d like to introduce you to my little fiend Carson. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little dude since he was just a few days old. Recently, his mom reached out to tell me the news that he has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. As you can imagine, my heart hurts for him and his family to know that he will face this challenge for the rest of his life.

That said, there is hope. The JDRF foundation is working hard on a cure for this disease. And Carson’s awesome mom is participating in the JDRF One Walk to raise money for their research and treatments for T1D. Let’s support this family and all families facing this disease.

Here is a little about Carson’s story.

Tell us a bit about Carson. How old is he? What are some of his favorite things?
Carson just turned 3. He loves to build Legos, and color but most of all he loves searching for sea creatures at the beach.

When was Carson diagnosed with juvenile diabetes?
He was diagnosed on January 9, 2018 when he was 2.5

Was it at a regular checkup or did you just see symptoms that made you suspicious?
I noticed he was constantly wanting to drink water and he was urinating large amounts.

How has his diabetes effected his daily life? And what are some of the challenges he faces?
Carson’s Pancreas stopped producing insulin so he will be insulin dependent for the rest of his life,( unless a cure is found). He will always be monitoring his sugar levels to make sure they don’t stay high for too long or drop too low. Both of these instances are extremely dangerous.

How do you monitor/treat his disease?
Luckily there has been so much progress made with monitoring and treating T1D. Carson wears a Dexcom sensor that monitors his sugar levels every 5 minutes. It is transmitted through Bluetooth and I am able to see his readings at all times. I could be in Europe and I would know what his sugar levels are.

2 days after his 3rd Birthday he received an Omnipod pump. This will help keep his sugars at a more flatlined level and it also means no more shots with every meal. He wears the pump and I control when he gets the insulin. It’s been a great asset to treating his diabetes.

Tell us about the walk you are participating in. When is it? Where is it? And how can people donate and help support this cause?
The walk takes place on October 21 at Yale in New Haven. It’s a 3 mile walk and the proceeds go to the JDRF. The program is pretty spectacular and they are committed to finding a cure. They are currently funding around 70 human trials of potential therapies for T1D.

You can click here to donate.

Senior Beach Photos – Class of ’19

Last night I had such a fun time doing senior beach photos, for Miss. A. The weather and light was wonderful but mix in Miss. A who was a perfect model and well you can imagine we had an amazing session.

We started our session in the park while the sun was still high in the sky and then moved to beach as it approached susnet. I had so many favorites from this session that it was seriously hard to choose for the sneak peek. Let’s just say there may have been a little eenie meenie minie moe going on. LOL! Take a peek and see for yourself, and I’m certain you’ll see what I mean.

senior beach photos

Sibling Beach Session – CT Photographer

Last night I had a sunset sibling beach session with the S kids. We had so much fun hanging out at the beach. There were jumping contests, splashing, a wiffle ball game and just plain being silly. Needless to say, I didn’t stop laughing the whole time.

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family for a little over 9 years now. I first photographed them when then boys were born and have been with them ever since. I know I say it all the time, but this is the best part of my job. In my book, it doesn’t get much better than watching families grow and capturing their special bond. Thank you guys for choosing me year after year. It’s truly an honor.

sibling beach session

Mr. J (8 days old)

This morning I met up with the adorable Mr. J. This guy takes the cake as one of the biggest babies I’ve ever photographed. He weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs. 13 ozs! It took him a little bit to doze off today so we mixed up the session and did family and sibling poses in between sleepy times. In the end, it worked out great.

As you can see from the family picture below, his big brother and family are so excited about his arrival. Once he fell asleep, he was easy peasey to pose in wrap after wrap and even tolerated a prop without fuss. We had such a great session. Here is a tiny peek at our time together.

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4 weeks old – Newborn Baby Girl

This morning I met up with sweet Miss. J. At 4 weeks old, this newborn baby girl was an absolute delight to photograph. Most of the time I see babies when they are under the two week mark. But Miss. J was the perfect example of an older newborn who rocked her session.

She was awake a bit when we first started her session but after a swaddle and a cuddle she dozed off. And only woke once for a quick feeding before falling asleep for the rest of her session. She really was such a wonderful little model. Have a look for yourself, I think you’ll agree.

4 weeks old

Baby J (Nine days new)

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting the adorable baby J.  When I first arrived he was wide awake and I was able to capture some photos with those gorgeous baby blues of his. After a quick feed with mom, he was zonked out for the rest of his session.

At just nine days new this little sweetheart is already so full of personality. He had me cracking up with all his expressions. He even smiled for a few of his photos. Plus I was able to capture some sweet bubbles on his lip. I just love tiny baby bubbles. Here is just a tiny sneak peek of our time together.

Mr. C (High School Senior Portraits)

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting up with C to do his senior portraits. It is so hard for me to believe this guy is actually a high school senior. You see, I have had the pleasure of photographing him for about 10 years now. I know, that’s crazy right? I honestly don’t know where the time goes. Anyway, as you can imagine I was honored to shoot these special photos for him.

We started our session today at the baseball diamond where he grew up playing ball. I always love incorporating things like that into senior sessions. I think it really helps make them a true reflection of my subject. Not to mention that it will make these photos even more special as a reminder of one of his favorite hangouts. Anyway, after that we went to a local park and finished our session with more classic type photos. Needless to say we had a blast! Here is a little sneak peek of our time together.

Baby Z (Old Saybrook Newborn Photographer)

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing sweet baby z. This baby girl is just seven days old but already so full of personality. She had me cracking up, posing herself, smiling and making the best expressions. When I first arrived for her session she was fast asleep so we got started right away.

Baby Z slept for quite awhile and breezed through several poses. Then it was off for a feeding with mom and she was back to sleep for her prop pose. She only stirred when we did the family photos. But when mom wanted to snag a few shots outside she was happy as a clam. It was so sweet. Who knows, maybe she is going to be an outdoor kind of girl. Either way, I think you will agree we had a great session.

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