Connecticut Fashion Photographer

Meet The Team: Christen {professional stylist, Make-Up By CG}

Hey guys!  I wan't to introduce to you another important member of my 'team'!  I put the word team in quotes because my make-up artists are not actually my employees, but when I hire them to come in a pamper my clients, we become a team as if we DO work for the same business. Please meet Christen Gundersen, a beautiful, and incredibly talented make-up artists, military spouse and the mother of three kids, two of which are teenage boys and one toddler girl!

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Christen is a certified make-up artist and esthetician, who owns Makeup by CG, located in Southeastern CT.  She has earned over 15+ years of experience, on top of an education at Brio Cosmetology school, and completion of the Master program at The Val Garland School of Makeup. Christen specializes in photography makeup, and has extensive experience working with photographers, models, art directors, fashion designers and stylists in order to help her better understand the artistic demands of the industry.  Although photography makeup is her speciality, she can also effortlessly fulfill additional makeup needs such as bridal, prom/formal, headshot, commercial, advertising, film and even underwater!  Christen has also offered make-up lessons by request.

Christen LOVES what she does.  Specializing in photo shoots gives her the chance to see all the behind the scenes and to experience the masterpiece come together with a team.  She feels that it is incredibly rewarding to be able to watch a vision come together from start to finish.

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Christen's hobbies include shopping, family time, dreaming-up creative set ideas and building her legacy. She loves 80's (rock) music, Halloween, comfy clothes and pumpkin spice. Christen admits that it's taken her a long time to find her true passions when it comes to her career, and in all the leg work, trials and errors she's gone through to get where she is, she humbly admits she wouldn't be there without the loving support of her husband and family.

Christen's favorite quote: "Well behaved women seldom make history." ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

byQuinn Fashion {July 2016}

We meet again!  This time, we visited Elizabeth Garden in mid-July where the flowers are FINALLY starting to show their colors.  We hoped to gain access to the green houses but they were locked - which worked out perfectly since the outfit we wanted to shoot inside there was accidentally left at home! Michelle's outfits were as usual, gorgeous, feminine, flirty and flowy!  Just like this peach top that is paired beautifully with her light wash denim jeans!

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It was a HOT sunny day with just a little breeze, but she rocked her session no sweat!  (We ran into TONS of Pokemon-Go players, go figure!) 

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Michelle brought along an adorable denim top with a lace accent that I drool for (you know I'm addicted to lace, right??).  Paired with sweet white denim shorts, some fun shades and a good book - this is the perfect outfit for a little me-time afternoon in the park!

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As usual, we also photographed some gorgeous dresses including this great black cocktail dress.  It is casual enough to wear every day, but can be dressed up for an evening out.  Sadly Michelle couldn't find her choker (until after she switched outfits).  Yes - I said neck choker!  They are back IN! 

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Seriously, this white dress is stunning.  Simple, lacy, elegant.  It would be perfect for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner, wouldn't it?? 

This floral beauty is SO flowy!  You should have seen it when the wind picked up.  The dress came alive with every step Michelle took and every gust of wind the sky gave us.  What a great dress to wear on a Summer evening out!

Visit Michelle's site to learn about these latest styles and where to get them!  www.byquinn.com

Stay posted, there will be many more weeks of fashion posts!

KuDeTa Spring LookBook Shoot {CT Fashion Photography}

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by KuDeTa boutique in Boston to shoot their Spring Look-book Collection.  They planned to have 5 fabulous fashion bloggers from the Boston area modeling their styles for them - and I had the pleasure of meeting them all last weekend!  Check out the images from our Spring line fashion shoot ! **Make sure to scroll all the way down!  Behind the scenes video footage is waiting for you at the bottom of this post!!**

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The bloggers all visited the boutique a week prior to the shoot for a fitting and outfit selection with owner Heather O'Connell, and assistant Kathleen Grey.

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Come Saturday the 5th, we all met at the boutique and introduced ourselves and dove right into shooting!  We started off with Natalie of the Chic Boston Mama blog and her adorable daughter.  We took a quick detour into a local cupcake shop- Treat Cupcake Bar- for some sweet snacks and mama/daughter bonding.

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Natalie was wearing one of KuDeTa's fun and flirty combos, the Woven Vest and Dress by Moon River!  This outfit is seriously the PERFECT Spring ensemble and Natalie rocked it like a superstar.  Oh yes- and check out those stunner shades designed by Quay Australia, also found at the KuDeTa boutique!

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Once we were done with Natalie's shoot, we grabbed the beautiful Alisa of Cultura Giusta blog and ran across the parking lot to take advantage of the gorgeous lake.  It went hand-in-hand with the style of her super-cute Malia romper by Lovers and Friends and layered necklace by TRUST jewelry company!  Little fact: it was FREEZING during our shoot. Alisa rocked the cold weather like a pro!!

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When Alisa retreated back to the boutique to warm up, Michelle of Rosemary & Lace joined me on the streets.  We even found a gorgeous furniture and decor spot that accented that bright orange Nostalgia dress by Lovers and Friends and the super cute metal clutch by Z&L Europe.

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Michelle's gorgeous layered deco necklace also by Z&L Europe made the perfect accessory to her dress.  Fun fact:  I took some of the outdoor shots while laying on top of Michelle's car!  Woot!

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Our next blogger is Elissa, of the Style Wire blog!  She rocked the cutest dress ever, seriously!!  This is the Miss Lilly Cross Front dress by Mink Pink! How totally fun and perfect for a day on the town!

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We wrapped up our shoot with the gorgeous southern belle, Kathryn of the Mrs. On the Move blog.  She wore KuDeTa's Gentle Fawn floral tunic, their Dittos brand denim jeans which look amazing on her, and finished it off with a cozy wrap by Eis, a luxury-lounge contemporary women's clothing line. 

Check out the shoot video here!!

When In Doubt, Wear Red

I seriously had the BEST time last week working with Michelle, the beauty and brains behind the fashion blog, Rosemary & Lace.  The fact that we literally JUST met that evening didn't even phase us.  Within minutes, I felt like we were besties who just finished an afternoon rendezvous of coffee and muffins and decided to end our soirée with an evening fashion shoot.  For real!  I can't wait to do it again!  In the mean time, check out this stunning outfit.  That skirt is to DIE for!!  The fact that Michelle paired it with those boots is genius!  There is seriously NO need to put your spring/summer skirts and dresses away.  You can always 'seasonalize' them and wear ALL YEAR ROUND!  Yes, I made up that word seasonalize.  No judging. :)  Go check out Rosemary & Lace to find out where and how you can get your own ;)

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

Blue Back Square, West Hartford Center, Photographer, Fashion, Red Floral Skirt, Crate and Barrel

If you're curious, we did this entire shoot within ONE block of Blue Back Square in West Hartford Connecticut!  I could spend an entire day just on that one block!  Did I mention we were steps from the Cheesecake factory?  YUM!!

Madison {Class of 2016}

Madison is a Class of 2016 Senior at U-High who plans to pursue Nursing and bio-tech at Lewis University.  While she finishes up her last year of HS, Madison spends her spare time dominating the discus and shot-put events at track meets, killing it at weight lifting competitions, roller skating her heart out and tearing it up on the tennis courts.  This girl is an amazing athlete and young lady all around.  I'm so honored to have known her and been able to work with her! We met up with Morgan Matlock at Moda Salon for some beautiful professional make-up and hairstyling.  Then we scooted downtown for a little fun in the city before hitting up good ol' nature.  Our favorite was the gorgeous pink tulle skirt paired with Madison's skates in the alley way.  Senior Pictures in an Alley, check!

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If you don't already, be sure to look for more senior portrait sessions on my Facebook page!