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We are always happy to have a chance to reconnect with our past couples’ and be able to capture some exciting new beginnings that are on the way. Despina and Dan have the perfect little family, and there was no greater joy than being able to spend and afternoon with them and their little guy Aristotle! This little chap is the absolute most sweetest, kindest, adorable – every second we were there, we would marvel at him and his doings. There is no greater sense of how quickly time is flying than when you see a family grow – watching Ari going through the sweet stages of toddlerhood was really enlightening in every sense.

Despina and Dan are set to welcome another little one to their mix very soon! It was so special for us to capture some sweet moments for these guys before they become a family of four. The shoot was especially special because we all knew that this was a time for these guys to share these precious moments that encompass just the three of them. Soon, the family will grow and though there will be other sweeter, more joyous moments, these days will not be back again. It was beautiful in every way and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

Congratulations to you all! Despina and Dan – we couldn’t be happier for you and Ari!

Cranberry Park Maternity Shoot with Despina – Instagram.com/hubertkopec/ and Facebook.com/hkphotography.ct

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Engagement Sessions! Two words that can bring on a sudden surge of excitement and overwhelming anxiety at the same time. The engagement session basically is transcending into the ‘OH MY GOODNESS, THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING’ mode. You’re excited, you’re happy and you can’t wait to spend the afternoon taking photos with the love of your life.

And then you realize you have no idea what to do, what to wear, how to stand, what to bring…

For some folks, the engagement session can quickly turn into a stress session. And it’s not unnatural to be nervous about it. I mean it’s not like we do this every other week. But we want our couples to be nervous about the shoot for the right reasons. We want to ease the anxiety concerning other factors leading right to the shoot so when the day comes, you are set to have the most spectacular shoot ever!

So what do you do? Well for one, watch the video below.

 

 

So that is it! Four simple things to do:

1.  Right Location – Choose a place that instantly makes you relax. Ever hear people refer to their ‘happy place?’ You know the place the minute they get to it makes them instantly alive and happy – bring us to your happy place. Whether that place be your favorite park, vineyard or your home…bring us! Try not to mentally critique it in your mind and wonder what will we find to photograph with you there. Just lead us to it and we are confident we will find everything in it we need.

2.  Right Clothing – Select clothing that both of you like, and that make you feel comfortable wearing. You will be moving quite a bit in those clothes, so make sure you are not constricted or constantly having to adjust your attire. Choose silhouettes you’ve worn before and you’re going to feel good in. In regards to colors, you can add accents of color from each others outfits so that you compliment one another without being too ‘matchy-matchy.’ One last quick tip is to schedule your bridal makeup trial the day of the shoot!

3.  Right Time – Stick to a season that you love. Shy away from times of the year that are extremes for you in terms of weather – too hot or too cold. Besides causing perspiration, excessive heat can quickly kill energy and you might become fatigued midway through the shoot. On the other hand, being too cold means red noses, ears and the inability to move around easily. So pick a time of the year that again you will be comfortable in.

4. Let It ALL Go – The day before the shoot, get a good nights’ rest. Resist the last minute urge to go shopping for the outfits, browse Pinterest for ideas, or visit the location of the shoot. Focus your energy on doing something for yourself to help you relax and be restful. Come day of, let is all go! Don’t worry about your outfits, the wind, your pets no cooperating – we will take care of it. Give yourself seven minutes of awkwardness and then after those first seven minutes, stop thinking about it all. Enjoy the location, tell us about your week at home/work, take some deep breaths of air and let’s just have a good time.

The engagement shoot is a prelude to all of the excitement that is coming leading to the wedding day. Be prepared to enjoy every moment of it as much as all other special days on the way. We hope these four tips can help anyone out there who is completely lost in regards to planning their engagement shoot. And if you have other tips or questions, we’d love to hear about it. Join the conversation!

 

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Recently we had the pleasure of photographing Allison and Kierthi’s wedding, and what a beautiful day it was! With a winter snowstorm coinciding with the wedding day, the celebration couldn’t have been in a better place than the lovely New Haven Lawn Club. The rich indoors and outdoors gave plenty of opportunities for some gorgeous photos, even allowing us to take advantage of the white flurries outdoors!

One of the best parts of the day was to witness the mingling of two families and hearing the shared journey of our couple over the years. Wonderful customs and ceremonies that Allison and Kierthi embraced – especially Allison and her family flying to India over the summer to have an Indian custom wedding. We got to see them smiling, crying and laughing with their guests as they relived each of those special moments, all the while making some new memories along the way. It was an incredible day, and we couldn’t have been happier to be able to share it with two amazing folks!

Some fine details of the day and the who’s and who of how it came together:

Reception: New Haven Lawn Club
Ceremony: New Haven Lawn Club
Portrait Location: New Haven Lawn Club
Hair & Makeup: Naomi’s Studio & Salon
Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music
Florist: Fleur De lys Floral
Cinema: Dream Images | Real Life Motion Pictures
Cake: J.Cakes
Invitations: Banter and Charm
Uplighting: Correlation Productions
Shoes: Perfect
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal
Wedding Director: Christine Brush – New Haven Lawn Club
Photography: Hubert & Alka

New Haven Lawn Club Winter Wedding | Allison and Kierthi – Instagram.com/hubertkopec/ and Facebook.com/hkphotography.ct

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