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Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

About

Her work can be found on the covers of all the latest national magazines, and splashed across the most famous blogs. She’s captured some of the biggest celebrities worldwide, and rubbed elbows with the most influential people in the industry. But stand in the same room with Carla for just a few moments and you will soon learn that it’s not just her work that’s set her so far above the rest. Carla Ten Eyck, is all heart.

Whether she is leading a master class for hundreds of other aspiring artists, or shooting an afternoon engagement session in her beloved downtown Hartford, it is her full-body laugh and warm bear hugs that everyone remembers most. Of course her talent and reach are undeniable, but it is her ability to also make everyone feel totally comfortable that is so remarkable.

With a spirit as bright as her super straight teeth thanks to adult braces, Carla represents all that is possible when you mix equal parts of unstoppable genius with a heart made of gold.

Carla Ten Eyck

Carla has been joyfully photographing weddings for the past 14 years all over the New England area and beyond. She received her BFA in photojournalism from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995. Her photojournalism field work includes working at The Hartford Courant, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle / Times Union and The Associated Press in New York City. Carla’s segue into documenting weddings was natural and combined her best skill sets of photographing people, moments and emotions with style, beauty and a sense of humor. Carla also has amazing crowd control skills! Maybe being one of nine children helped with that!

With a team of amazing support staff, Carla runs her studio out of her renovated childhood home in Hartford, CT’s historic West End.

Carla is co-author of the inspirational coffee table book The White Dress: in color, wedding inspiration for the modern bride; her second book The White Dress: Destinations is due out in 2017; is the current Photo Director for the Engage Luxury Business Summits; is a former co-producer of the yearly four day photography workshop Inspire Photo Retreats; and has delivered many speaking presentations all over the country to help inspire and motivate wedding professionals!

In addition to photographing weddings, Carla’s second love is teaching and mentoring! For over 11 years Carla has been teaching photography workshops all over the world and mentoring businesses to reach the next level!

‘Eyes up, heart open’ has been Carla’s motto for life, and she works hard to enthusiastically breathe energy, excitement and fun into everything she does from turning ideas into reality; to shooting in new locations around the globe and to simple things like snuggling with her kids and hiding in the studio trying to scare her family!

The Studio

Welcome Home.
We welcome you to visit our historic home flooded with natural sunlight and laughter. Conveniently located in the historic West End of Hartford, this charming space, with a loft feel and reclaimed barn wood floors, is perfect for professional portraits and afternoon meetings.

Author

Carla Ten Eyck, Beth Chapman and Candice Coppola are three creative and entrepreneurial women of style, substance and charm. They are a trio of friends powering their successful businesses with imagination, a commitment to family and community, and a dedication to inspiring brides to think outside of the wedding binder. Based in Connecticut, and longtime veterans of the retail, event planning, design, art and photography industries, they share their expertise in their first book, The White Dress: in color.

Planning a wedding offers many beautiful opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered. To help inspire couples and ignite a creative spark, The White Dress in Color is filled with photographs that celebrate the creative spirit through beautiful bridal stories and innovative planning tips from industry experts. Follow each tale as it unfolds in gorgeous on-location photography, and then go behind the scenes where tips and ideas on color palette, textures, flowers, stationery, and, of course, the dress, are revealed. From rustic barn settings to industrial loading docks to tropical beaches, this journey covers thousands of wedding planning ideas in 200+ images and is an ideal source of inspiration for couples looking for a muse to foster creativity throughout their wedding planning process.

Their second book now in production, tentatively titled The White Dress: destinations will feature styled shoots from Paris, Barbados, Arizona, Grand Cayman and New England with savvy design tips on how to bring a destination feel to wherever you are!

 

Philosophy

She is sitting at the front of the ceremony. They sat her there a half hour before the guests arrived to avoid making a spectacle. Her hands, folded neatly in her lap, tighten and shake every few moments from pain, but her smile never leaves her lips. Her nails are perfectly painted, hair just so.

When I learned that the bride’s mother had only a few weeks to live, I knew there was no mistake that they had found me to capture their wedding. Having lost my own Mother years before, I have a deep and complete appreciation for
the moments in life that truly matter.

After they said their vows, kissed, and turned to face the crowd, the bride, perhaps with nobody else noticing, locked eyes for a few seconds with her Mom. I caught the moment on camera, and it will always be one of my favorite images.

While I may have images published on magazine covers each season, and my top-selling book can be found in leading book stores across the country, what makes my heart beat the hardest are the moments, and memories, that can never
be replaced.

Your Grandfather standing alone in the foyer gently placing a kiss on a framed portrait of his wife of over 40 years, now passed away; the way he squeezes your hand just before you are announced in to your family and friends; the hysterical laughter between you and your best friends as you pile into the elevator after hours of dance-offs…

Of course I love capturing the exquisite details and flawless design that make weddings so beautiful, but I also have an unapologetic passion for what makes them completely unforgettable.

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