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Mhari {CT Boudoir Portraits}

Meet Mhari, the gorgeous mom to a 1.5 year old rescue mutt named Finnigan. She lives with her boyfriend, George, and his 12 year old black lab, Sophie. Mhari is a jeweler and has always wanted to be one since she was a little girl.

"All of my allowance money went to beads and supplies. My mom and grandmother have been the gracious recipients of many of my iffy early works. And they still have them to this day. Lol I’d like to think I’ve improved slightly since then."

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"I love taking the dogs either hiking or to the beach. Finnigan is a giant dork that loves to run in big circles. Fortunately he’s madly in love with Sophie so he never strays too far. I also really enjoy visiting breweries with George. We like to load the dogs in the car, go for a hike and then stop at a new brewery on the way home while the dogs nap in the back seat. I’m also working on a jewelry line of my own, outside of my “day job” as a jeweler lol."

To relax, Mhari enjoys reading a book or playing a video game preferably with her toes tucked under the closest dog, the other is usually right next to her too.

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Mhari is a Beer lover who's favorite meal is Chicken tikka Masala with garlic naan (and now I'm hungry).

She enjoys reading Sci-fi and fantasy, "all the magic and talking animals please!" but if she chooses Netflix over a book, you'll catch her watching Firefly, agents of shield or Plant Earth.

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"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go." Jim Rhon

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"I have the usual 'I wish I had a flatter stomach, thinner thighs, bigger boobs, clearer skin, less frizzy hair.' [types of insecurities]. I’m constantly awkward and unsure in new situations. Also I come from a large family of overly educated people. Both my parents are Ph.D scientists. Two of my sisters have engineering degrees, one of which is working on her doctorate. But I’m the oldest and I’m a college drop out. So I’m very insecure about my lack of college degree and the fact that I’m the art kid of my family. [...continued below]

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...I’m taking long hikes and trying to eat healthier. Learning to cook is really helping with that. I’ve just learned that a green squash is also called a zucchini! Lol. I’m working on focusing on my strengths and successes. Knowing that I’m chasing my dreams and that my work isn’t just “art kid playing around” that it’s hard and difficult work, and that I’m creating wearable art, not just shiny things."

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If Mhari could send a message to her 13-year-old self, she would say this: "Hold tight to the confidence you feel. Rock that pixie cut and middle finger to anyone who says you look like a boy. Ignore those who tell you that you need to think about a “real job” and that being a jeweler isn’t realistic."

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Anthony {Nonnewaug High School 2017 Senior}

Meet Anthony!  This handsome young man is a senior at Nonnewaug High School, and will be graduating this year!  Go Class of 2017!  He hopes to attend UCONN in the fall while focusing on his education in the medical field.  While in school, he spends his spare time playing golf, soccer and basketball - and also enjoys hanging out with friends and "being dope" <-- his words! :)

Anthony (nick-named Tuna) wears primarily athletic clothing, although he prepped up for us during his shoot.  His favorite color is blue, and you can see that with most of the outfits he chose!  If you asked him what his favorite tv show is, currently he'd tell you it's Breaking Bad.

Oh- and he has a sense of Humor... while mom was putting together his outfits for the shoot, he casually and sneakily tossed in this Americana shirt.

Anthony enjoys listening to Pearl Jam which is rather impressive considering that's from another generation!  His favorite movie is Animal House, and so far his favorite book as been The Great Gatsby.

On a more comedic note - when asked what his dream shoot would be like, he said "Ladies by my side." He also threw in that he'd love to do the pose from Titanic when Rose was laying on the couch while Jack sketched her... we didn't do that, but I was tempted!

I like to ask my seniors what they would do if they could change one thing about the world.  I usually get some very deep emotional responses, but in Anthony's usual persona, he simply said he wanted to get rid of all the mosquitos.  I couldn't agree with him more!  Why do they even exist??

 

One last fact - Anthony is a TWIN.  His gorgeous sister, who is also on our blog (we reserved her own separate page) joined us for the shoot.  

Keep an eye out for more senior portraits coming soon in the South Eastern tip of Connecticut!

Jess {2016 CT Boudoir}

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cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir

Jess came to the studio with the goal to gift her long time boyfriend a gorgeous album full of her images.  She is a physical therapy aide and a photographer.  When she isn't working, she loves to explore and travel to new places!  {She recently moved to Florida, so she gets lots of opportunities to explore new places now!) To relax - Jess loves to curl up with a good book and cup of coffee - or taking a nice walk on a nature trail.

Jess's favorite quote: "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.  It is there all of the time." -Anna Freud

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cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir, coffee

Jess wishes she could share this message with young women about self image:

"Be you, never try to become someone else.  God made you, the way he wanted you to be.  You are beautiful, smart, funny.  Don't compare yourself to someone else on the internet, behind their 'perfect' picture, they are holding the same insecurities.  Hold your head high, and be confident in your own body."

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Jess has always looked up to her mom.  She has been amazed over the years by the strength her mother has and how much she continues to do for everyone.  Jess hopes to become half the woman her mother is.

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bodysuit boudoir, sillouette boudoir

Not only is this a gift for her boyfriend, but Jess has recently learned to start loving her body and what better way to share her love than to be photographed with the strength and confidence she shows in these images.

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Valentine's day boudoir, red lingerie, ct boudoir

Other fun facts:

Jess loves Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Adele.  I LOVE her taste!