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Carla Ten Eyck

Carla Ten Eyck

harkness park engagement session with carla ten eyck

Last end of summer / fall (my most favorite in between season in New England!) I got to spend a warm and beautiful afternoon with Kirsten + Thomas at one of my favorite places to create images for both weddings and portrait sessions Harkness Park in Waterford CT. It’s the best combination of gardens and beach and a mansion! What could be better than that? Especially when the gardens are just about exploding with blooms, and the sun is setting in the most magnificent spots and then Kirsten + Thomas were just both so… laughy and expressive and gave Read More

hopkins vineyard vow renewal with carla ten eyck

March 16th may have just seemed like an ordinary Monday to some, but to our Connecticut wedding vendor community it was a super special and beautiful day. On this Monday, we gathered around one of ours in a tight, cozy group to help her and hers celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary. Ever since I met Val, she lamented over how she and her husband Jack didn’t get the amazing wedding photographs from their wedding. As a wedding photographer herself now, I can’t imagine how awful that must feel. Beyond that, life has thrown their family some pretty big Read More

teaching the everyday

Last week I had twenty-four high school kids from Classical Magnet school in Hartford take a field trip to my studio to hear about creating portraits. I showed them some portrait work I had done, many of which were shot on the beaches of Grand Cayman. To them this exotic location excited them but then instantly stifled their process. I was ready for that, in fact I had planned on it, but I still wasn’t sure how I was going to proceed with what I had planned.
One of my most favorite quotes is this one by Marcel Proust: ‘The Read More

I am nowhere without my community

Tonight I was putting the finishing touches on one of the presentations I will be doing this week for the UCONN Women in Business class at Storrs. I was asked to just tell my story (how much time do you have, seriously?) about how I got started in business, what made me want to be an entrepreneur in the first place, what were the hardest and easiest things along the way… you know. The story. I have been in talks with Alexa there for many months, but things have come up and we have had to reschedule and so finally, Read More

bliss celebrations editorial at gedney farm with carla ten eyck

A perk of the job to me is being able to play with my friends, come up with a concept and brainstorm it and then se it through! An even bigger and better perk is having one of my favorite magazines, Bliss Celebrations Magazine support us and our creative vision! Their publisher, Amy Blau is always so supportive of the creative design teams I am a part of. To be given such creative freedom from a publisher is truly amazing and freeing and most importantly… FUN! Amy brings so much support and love to the set each time and Read More

survivor stories beauty and hope

Today? Was my JAM.
Today? Was why I am a photographer.
Oh… today. I am crushin’ on you, hard.
I started my day maybe breaking my toe on a light stand while setting up my backdrop in my super fancy studio, known to the masses as my dining room. This room, oh wow actually let me say my entire house is just filled with the best natural light. Like. Every single room gets a turn to bask in some type of beautiful light throughout the day. It’s like it was built on the best spot for light in the Read More

a snowy day at the beach with carla ten eyck

This weekend during another snow storm (!!) I ventured out with some colleagues and friends for some much-needed family portraits. One of the downsides to being a photographer is that most of the time we don’t end up in our own pictures! While yes, we most likely have pretty amazing images of our kids, or our spouses with our kids… we are the forgotten family member and are just not as visually present. Which is why we didn’t reschedule (as I am sure most of you were wondering why we didn’t.) Some things in life are worth making time Read More

the wedding bible book launch at the four seasons london

This January I had one of the absolute coolest opportunities arise for me to fly to England to photograph a wedding in Helmsley at Castle Howard for none other than Sarah Haywood, one of the most prestigious international destination wedding planners in the world…! As if that wasn’t cool enough, Sarah is also a two time author with her book The Wedding Bible, which was launched about a week after the wedding I was there to photograph …! So as luck would have it, Sarah asked me to stay another week and decompress in-between shoots until the book launch party Read More

dead mom’s club year nine

 
Even though my Mom physically left this world nine years ago today, the best parts of my her have stayed here. My Mom had a heart as big as the world and it shone brighter than the sun. And with that big, blazing heart of hers my Mom taught me that everyone is deserving of being loved. That love was unconditional. That everyone deserves a candy apple.
I wanted to take the time to thank my Mom for all of the lessons I have learned along the way, in life… that I am only now seeing as a 41 Read More

ct beach elopement with Carla Ten Eyck

There are so many types of weddings we can cover in our lifetime as photographers. Many fit within the comfortable confines of the expected: big wedding party, big celebration, ceremony with pomp and circumstance, family, friends, flowers, fanfare. All of it so wonderful, and meaningful and perfect. But then sometimes…. it’s only about the two people standing there in front of you, literally… with their officiant, and it can be anywhere. And it doesn’t matter. All that matters is their overwhelming desire to just.. be married and committed to each other with only the other as witness to their Read More

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