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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.

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

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!).

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

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

CT Senior Portraits {Samantha | Class of 2017}

Samantha is going into her Senior year at Central High School... in FLORIDA!  She hopes to go to college to pursue Marine Biology and she thinks her favorite underwater animals to work with would be dolphins.  She was visiting for the Holiday and Grammy wanted to surprise her with her very own Senior Portrait Session while she was here.  We took her to lunch at the White Horse in New Preston and then Grammy asked to take a 'tour of the studio' since it 'coincidentally' happened to be so close.  We got to the studio and that's when Grammy broke the news that we were actually there for Sam.  Chelsea with Beauty by Chelsea Dae arrived shortly after we shared the news and began promptly on dolling up Samantha with a very relaxed wave (as requested) and simple yet beautiful make-up application to cover up those summer tan marks! Once she saw her transformation, and we selected the outfits which we would be shooting in, we headed out to the lake.  We started with our boho-chic look with pieces from the studio wardrobe (purchased last year at Francesca's!). Sam rocked this look and boy did she take direction so well.  She's truly a natural and just stunned behind the camera.

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For a little July 4th Fun, I had her take off the floor length knit vest and we had her run around with a navy scarf {with white stars} just because!  (Amazing $3 find at the dollar section of Target)CT Senior Portraits, Senior Pictures, Boho, Francesca's, Lake, Beach, Downtown

Sam brought this super gorgeous flowy top that I just have to find for myself.  We paired that with a simple jean-short for a casual beachy look.  Yes - if you haven't noticed by now, it started raining minutes after we started shooting... so those beautiful curls lasted all but 5 minutes!CT Senior Portraits, Senior Pictures, Boho, Francesca's, Lake, Beach, Downtown

THIS was my favorite dress.  I had it in my Senior Wardrobe since last year at Francesca's and no one ever selected it... so I begged her to try it on, and we BOTH fell in love with it on her.  The color, the shape, the style... it seriously looked amazing on Sam.CT Senior Portraits, Senior Pictures, Boho, Francesca's, Lake, Beach, DowntownCT Senior Portraits, Senior Pictures, Boho, Francesca's, Lake, Beach, Downtown

We finished off our shoot with the purple sun dress that Sam arrived with and added an umbrella to the mix... because after all, it WAS raining.  Sam didn't seam to care one bit that it was raining.  She kicked butt the entire shoot and I think these images are proof of that.  CT Senior Portraits, Senior Pictures, Boho, Francesca's, Lake, Beach, Downtown

byQuinn Fashion Blogger {4th of July Inspiration | July 2016}

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July 4th, Jumper, Romper, Stars and Stripes, Navy Blue, Fashion, CT Blogger, NYC Blogger, Springfield Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blog Photographer

July 4th, Jumper, Romper, Stars and Stripes, Navy Blue, Fashion, CT Blogger, NYC Blogger, Springfield Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blog Photographer

July 4th, Jumper, Romper, Stars and Stripes, Navy Blue, Fashion, CT Blogger, NYC Blogger, Springfield Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blog Photographer

July 4th, Jumper, Romper, Stars and Stripes, Navy Blue, Fashion, CT Blogger, NYC Blogger, Springfield Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blog Photographer

July 4th, Jumper, Romper, Stars and Stripes, Navy Blue, Fashion, CT Blogger, NYC Blogger, Springfield Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blog Photographer

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 :)

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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?

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BEFORE AND AFTER 1