Fairfield CT

Bohemian Boudoir {Woodbury, CT}

I can't even put into words how happy this shoot made me.  Scroll down to learn about Giuliana and the shoot!

Meet the beautiful Giuliana.  She is 23, which if you met her - you'd think more like 28.  She has a wise soul and comes across is smart, responsible and driven.  She is currently studying Early Childhood Education & Child Psychology, but when she is not in class, she loves to hike, bike and kayak.  Kayaking is her favorite.  Giuliana loves to be out on the water because there is just something so therapeutic about it- floating in silence surrounded by nature.

Giuliana also absolutely loves to travel, as she grew up living in several different countries across the European continent.  To Giuliana, it is an incredible feeling to be immersed in new culture.  "It opens your mind to so much, it makes you more aware of everything around you that your normally wouldn't notice."

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I asked Giuliana if she could change one thing about the world, what would it be? She said she would want everyone to learn to be more compassionate and aware of everything and everyone around them, whether it be people, animals or nature.

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On a topic more close to home, I asked her if she could share a message to young girls about self-image, what would she tell them.  Her answer was beautiful.

"I have always struggled with my self-image, being thin from a young age, I was always asked questions about "do you eat enough?" or "your too thin".  Luckily I never let that get to me, but it is frustrating to always hear, especially with my body type where it is not easy for me to put on weight no matter how much I eat.  I am sure everyone struggles with their body type, perfect or not, people will always have something to say, but the only opinion that matters is your own.  If you are happy in your own skin, that's all that matters!"

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Giuliana's mother is her biggest inspiration in her life.  She has been through so much in her life in general, and with health issues and has never given up.  Giuliana continues to be inspired by her mother every day and she only hopes one day that she can be half the amazing mother that her own mom has been to her and her sister all of her life.

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography

Giuliana's Fear: REGRET.  She would never want to do something and regret it.  "At least if I do something and it doesn't work out, I can always say I tried.  I would never want to look back and say 'I wish I had done that'".

Now - for some fun facts:

Favorite musicians: John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Kygo

Favorite Book: The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

Dream Place to Travel to: Thailand.  "I am so in love with everything about that country!"

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Giuliana dreams of being an archaeologist because she loves history and discovering items and places from specific time periods.  She finds it so magical.

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Her favorite inspirational quote: "Be at peace, not in pieces."

Giuliana's Testimonial:

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath

"I absolutely adore working with Sasha and Chelsea.  I have done a shoot with them before and I would love to do more.  Chelsea is an amazing make-up artist and hair stylist.  The make-up is always flawless and elegant, she is very talented!  Working with Sasha is always so fun.  She is super energetic and friendly, she can make anyone feel comfortable during a shoot.  She has an incredible eye for great photography, she gives excellent directions.  They are both such amazing people and phenomenal artists, I would recommend them to everyone for their shoots and events."

About the Shoot

I get over the moon excited when I get to bring one of my visions to life.  I've been wanting to style and photography a Bohemian styled boudoir session for quite some time and I finally got the opportunity.  I actually had some of the supplies leftover from a Boho styled senior session last year so I was able to recreate the teepee (but for this shoot, I used all white instead of different colors).  I wanted it to be soft, sexy and timeless.  I also purchased some wardrobe items to style the shoot from Old Navy, Forever 21 and Icing (By Claires)

The heatwave died down, so we were blessed with upper 70's for our shoot, so no sweat and a light breeze made for the perfect evening.  Giuliana met with Chelsea first (of Beauty by Chelsea Dae) for her hair and make-up styling.  Chelsea and I agreed on a look to work with the Boho theme and Chelsea pulled it off with flying colors.  Go check out her site - she will be posting a you-tube tutorial on the look soon!

While Chelsea was performing her magic, I was setting up on a gorgeous private property in Woodbury, CT.  Teepee, lots of blankets, flowers, lantern, and a warm golden sunlight.  When Giuliana arrived on site, we were ready to go!

We started the shoot with soft, simple and sexy.  Giuliana donned the floral wreath I made with a floral garland from Hobby Lobby.  Her wardrobe includes a beautiful lace bralette and sheer cardigan, both from Forever 21.

Our next outfit we took over to the gorgeous man-made pool - blue lace bralette (also from Forever 21) and necklace from Francesca's. These poolside images were gorgeous, and although chilly at first, the water felt quite refreshing.

As if the shoot couldn't get any better, I learned that the property owners I was working with, also owned the airplane hanger up the road - so we took advantage of that and the beautiful sunlight.  The floppy hat was my weekend find from Old Navy and the flirty flowy peasant top is another gorgeous find from Forever 21.

I seriously LOVE the airplane in the background of these. Love. Love. LOVE.

Before heading back to the pool for our shoot Finale, we did a few romantic shots with Giuliana, the white scarf and the old airplane living in the wildflowers.

We headed back to the pool before the sun went down to capture some artistic and moody images of Giuliana.  She was an incredible trooper.  The water was chilly, and especially with the wet dress matted to her skin.  But, the images - to die for.

CT Beauty Portraits {Katie 2016}

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Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Katie is a 26 year old Navy spouse originally from Virginia, who currently lives in Jacksonville, FL where her husband is Stationed.  She is "fiercely" independent and a go-getter who works in communications and public relations, and loves to explore new places and cultures.  Some of her recent adventures took her to Ireland and Japan!  Her husband is currently deployed and Katie admits that she's learned so much about herself since he's been away.  She wanted to do this shoot primarily for him to give him beautiful images of herself to show him that she has been "KICKING ASS" while he's been gone.

To relax, Katie loves to curl up with a good book and glass of wine or beer and "go somewhere else". (she loves Jane Austen and Harry Potter!).  Fun fact: they named their cat Gryffindor.

Katie also enjoys cooking, decorating/DIY and binge watching Netflix with her hubs (girl after my own heart!)  Katie also loves to crank up the music and belt it out when no one is watching!  I absolutely LOVED her choice of music - brought me back to my high school days!  We listened to some Matchbox 20, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Panic at the Disco, etc.

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Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

When asked why she decided to do these portraits, Katie said that she'd always been awkward in front of the camera, and self conscious, but she had always loved seeing timeless images of family members from when they were younger.  She wanted to give these as a gift to her husband for the present, and show family members later in life what she was all about during this period! (her twenties!).

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Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

One of Katie's favorite features about herself are her eyes (and her hubs loves her shoulders too!) so we made sure to focus on those throughout her session.  Our stylist, Chelsea Krasnow with Beauty by Chelsea Dae gave her a beautiful and natural look with hair and make-up that helped Katie to feel beautiful, sexy and confident during her shoot.  She brought some gorgeous wardrobe items and suddenly I wished I could raid her closet!  We had an amazing afternoon, beautiful weather - and believe it or not, as awkward as Katie "THOUGHT" she was in front of the camera, you would NEVER have known.  To me, she was a natural.  Gorgeous, confident, strong.  

It's safe to say I think her hubby is going to fall in love with her all over again <3

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!!

CT Glamour Portraits {Ericca}

There are 168 hours in one week.  Women's Health Magazine states that women on average, spend 7 hours during the week getting ready for their day, 35 hours per week at the office and 15 hours per week in their cars.  According to a study done by Forbes, women spend an average of 11-30 hours per week with their kids. An article in TIME magazine recognizes that the average woman spends 1-2 hours per day doing chores.  Factoring in about 42 hours per week of sleep and about 21 hours per week prepping and eating meals - that leaves about 4 whole hours to herself.  That's just over 30 minutes per day.

Every hard working woman and mother deserves a day with ZERO chores, ZERO duties, ZERO responsibilities.

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ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

Ericca is a high school teacher who puts in countless hours per week into her job and spreading education and knowledge to dozens of other peoples children.  We already know that teachers are overworked and underpaid as it is - so we can imagine how much free time she has to herself.  She goes home to a beautiful baby girl in which she cares for, not to mention the daily commute to drop her off and pick her up from daycare and the other activities that fill her calendar such as toddler swim lessons!  She shares household management with her husband...and currently they are waiting on the arrival of a new HIVE shipment so that she and her husband may harvest fresh honey for her family and friends.

This busy hardworking mama totally deserved a day of beauty and relaxation, free of work, free of chores, free of children.

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ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

We explored two looks with Ericca's session.  First - we had her bring her wedding gown.  How many women look at that dress in their closets and wish they could wear it again??  And boy - did she wear it well!  Her hair and make-up was beautifully done by the talented Chelsea Dae with Beauty by Chelsea Dae.  We decided to do the first series of images in-front of a simple window with a few layers of sheer curtains to diffuse the light to create a gorgeous soft back-lit portrait.

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ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

For Ericca's next look, we took her hair up, just a bit.  She brought along a gorgeous cocktail dress, neutral in color with stunning beadwork across the neckline.  We decided to photograph her on two different backdrops for this to add a little more drama.  Can you notice the mood change between backdrops?  The lighter drop creates an artistic and airy feel while the dark almost creates a feel as if she will be attending a dinner party in a New York City penthouse :)

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

ct glamour photography, glamour portaits, bridal photography, bride, white dress, backlighting, hair and makeup

I can't imagine these portraits turning out any better than they did, and I know Ericca deserved this day of beauty!

How about a little before and after transformation?

BEFORE AND AFTER 1

BEFORE AND AFTER 1

Open House Mini-Portraits {New Preston, CT}

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CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

CT Headshots, headshots, new preston ct

Each guest who came to our open house (and wanted a quick headshot) received one, complimentary! These are some of the finished images.