Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

January 2011

leigh ann and jonathans old state house wedding

Right before Christmas I got to photograph the most Hartford of Hartford Weddings I have ever shot! It was Hartford to the max, and I loved every minute of it! Our clients Leigh ann and Jonathan met in Hartford, at a place that was very near and dear to me- Mayor Mike’s Restaurant. So for them to celebrate in Hartford was a no-brainer! We had the trifecta of Hartford going for us: Hartford City Hall, The Old State House and The Society Room of Hartford!
I started off with the ladies at Leigh Ann and Jonathan’s house…

While Mike Read More

marisa and dave’s uconn engagement shoot

Marisa and Dave are two of the most sweet, loving, fun, silly people!! We had so much fun on this shoot I can’t even begin to tell you! Right from the get -go, when I asked Marisa and Dave to walk about a mile away from me so I could get this shot I had in my head (directly below) we just clicked. Despite the soggy day they had in front of the camera they were pure awesome!

Really? Who else but Marisa and Dave would lay down in the middle of a deserted road to Read More

laura and craig’s autumn wedding in CT

With a touch of color still on the trees, photos at Hartford City Hall and a list of great vendors, Laura and Craig’s wedding had all of the ingredients for an amazing day. Congratulations Laura and Craig!
I owe a huge THANK YOU to my partner in crime for the day, the incredibly talented and super hilarious, photographer and comedian extraordinaire, Ms. Cheryl Cronin!
Hair: Tonya from Naomi’s Studio and Salon
Makeup: Janice from Naomi’s Studio and Salon
Flowers: Jessica’s Country Flowers
DJ: Mike Connolly Sound Productions

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nichole and tim’s buttonwoods rhode island wedding

Strap yourself in for a giant, emotion and detail filled post filled to the BRIM with … emotion and detail! ta-da!
This past October I had the honor to photograph my good friend Nichole and Tim’s wedding in the quaint little seaside village of Old Buttonwoods Rhode Island. When I met Nichole it was like client love at first meeting, I swear! We professed our mutual love within minutes and it was game ON from that point forward! Tim is ok too. ha!
Tim and Nichole balance each other in the best ways, are both so artistic and fashion forward Read More

the ocean house behind the scenes

Waaaaaaaaay back in the sunny old month o’ May Candice of Jubilee Events and I co-hosted and taught a workshop called Collaborate and Create at the super cali-fabulous Ocean House in Watch Hill Rhode Island. The gist: how to organize, set up and run your own editorial shoot! It was almost a week PACKED with learning, networking and most of all, LAUGHING (you know I love to laugh)- the true spirit of our group came together and we had a grand old time!
Now, one of the things I love to hate about doing these shoots is the time span Read More

cheryl + joe | a charming CT wedding

Awwww, Cheryl and Joey. Just looking at their wedding photos again gives me a warm fuzzy feeling – not because we were all hotter than blue blazes throughout their gorgeous day – but because they are the sweetest most loving couple that happened to come equipped with the sweetest most loving group of friends (hi guys!!) and family. Shooting their wedding with trusty and talented Rebeccca Hales at my side, was truly an honor and really, the most lovely day.
Danielle from the Hair Loft did Cheryl’s hair – and she did an awesome job!!

Cheryl’s flowers Read More

nancy + brian | newport engagement

Nancy and Brian have the cutest engagement story involving Newport, RI, romantic boat rides, torrential downpours, gusty wind, and a sunset that almost happened. So, of course they had to do their engagement photos in Newport! We stopped at all kinds of places that were meaningful to them, and of course we had to include gusty wind, naughty fly away balloons, and an Australian guy screaming at us because we had burning brakes to make it memorable! Needless to say, I had a blast and it was a gorgeous day in Newport complete with a sunset that almost happened! Enjoy!Read More

real weddings vs styled shoots

So I was INNOCENTLY perusing facebook (is there really such a thing??) today and came across what is a apparently a VERY hot topic on one of my favorite blogs Junebug Weddings. It goes a little like this:
What constitutes the art of wedding photography- real weddings vs. stylized shoots vs commercial shoots.
Apparently two images in Junebug’s Best of Weddings 2010 were not from legit, real weddings. Oh dear! The scandal! Now you can call me a bitter Betty for two reasons:
1) I submitted images and was not picked (boo HOO for me!) but I am not really Read More

the connecticut bride magazine shoot

Remember back in CT in late October when we got that random 75 degree day? I know I totally do! Me and my creative dream team had a shoot planned for The Connecticut Bride Magazine– which was supposed to look springish too- yes! In late October! In Connecticut! But I worked with what Mrs. Mutha Nature gave me…. and I just love how it turned out!
Here is my team for the day:
on fashion passion: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore
on table scape and pork rind duty: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
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olga + yuriy | wedding at the lounsbury house, ridgefield, ct

In honor of this wintery, white, freezing cold day here in CT – I am putting my blogging hiatus behind me with this fun, warm wedding that happened to occur on one of the hottest days of the year! But man it was sweet!

The details of the day:
Getting Ready Location: The Dana Holcombe House, Newtown, CT
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Milan Mamula from Jennie Fresa
Ceremony: First Congregational Church of Danbury
Flowers: Rodier Florist
Catering: Ciao Catering / Two Steps
DJ: Festive Events
Pastries: Belgique Patisserie
Dress: Kleinfeld, NYC
Shoes: Christian Dior
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