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Carla Ten Eyck

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Spring Maternity Session in Hartford

Every once in a while (not often enough, I say!) there are people that enter your life who are just wonderful, caring and special humans. They smile easy, are quick with a hug, radiate positive energy and leave you feeling better than you were before. Hope is one of those people for me, and I am so lucky to know her.
A few years back I photographed her wedding to Owen, and it was one of the most emotional days. Mostly because it’s a surreal thing for those of us who work in the wedding and events trenches to Read More

Snow Day Portraits With My Kids

Real talk time! I’ve been struggling with social media these past few years and it’s affect on our perception of what’s actually real in people’s lives. Love it or hate it, the reality is that with my job, I have to partake in it, and for the most part, I actually really enjoy how I choose to. I am honest, I show the good and the bad, I post ridiculous selfies that most people would probably delete, because HELLO THIS IS WHAT I ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE! And, with no sarcasm here, I really do love myself.
I am not Read More

Life Milestone: Our First Home Together

‘I’ll light the fire
you place the flowers in the vase
that you bought today
staring at the fire
for hours and hours
while I listen to you
play your love songs
all night long for me
only for me’
Our House – Graham Nash
When a client inquires with you about photographing them, it’s a bit of a wild card. Do they love your work and can see what makes you…you? Are they price shopping and just looking for the best deal, as long as everything is in focus? Did they speak to a past client of yours Read More

Autumn Elizabeth Park Engagement Session

Spending the afternoon with Courtney and Mike in my favorite park Elizabeth Park was, dare I say, a walk in the park! You snort laughed, I heard you! It’s always a fun challenge to photograph my couples or families in the Elizabeth Park that I grew up going to, since I have been seeing it with the same eyes ever since I was a little girl. The challenge is in seeing this park, my Elizabeth Park, with fresh, new eyes. Every couple I bring here brings something new and different to our session, so I let that guide me, Read More

snowy session with my daughter and a nikon 105mm lens

On any given day I am always up for an impromptu photo session with my daughter. She is inspired, inspiring and willing to do whatever we need or want for the shot! This was how she always was for me, and I have been photographing her for her whole life! There was one time we did a shoot in a field and it was COLD and all she was wearing was a dress made of flowers and leaves and she was barefoot but she had a wand and that was all she needed to keep her warm! She did Read More

black and white mini portrait sessions with carla ten eyck

When I first got into weddings that is all I wanted to focus on, and quite frankly it’s all I was able to handle at the time! I had upwards of 40 wedding clients a year, and for a boutique studio that was, quite frankly, way too much.  I updated my approach to my business, and decided to focus more on the client experience than just saying yes to everyone who wanted to hire me for their event. Doing this gave me more breathing room to connect with the clients that not only had chosen me, but who I Read More

black and white holiday mini sessions with carla ten eyck

Black + White Holiday mini sessions are here!
Are your kids home for Veteran’s Day this Friday, November 11, 2016? If they are, come create a beautiful black + white portrait with your family for the Holidays with Carla Ten Eyck at her home studio in Hartford CT. She will have portrait stations set up around her home, both inside and out! You will photograph outside as well, weather depending so plan on accessorizing with some hats and scarves, and dress warmly! Since this is a session in black and white, you also don’t need to obsess about Read More

twenty year anniversary session with one of my first wedding clients

When I was but a wee lass back in 1996 and had just graduated from RIT and was studying photojournalism with the high hopes of working for a newspaper when I graduated. Wedding photography was not even on my radar. Wait. Strike that. Reverse it! .. As Willy Wonka Would say! It was on my radar but not very highly regarded. In fact, I do believe that you would be ridiculed if you ever even uttered the words ‘wedding’ and ‘photographer’ in the same sentence! So to say this was not a dream job of mine way back when Read More

mt. hope farm editorial for bliss celebrations magazine with carla ten eyck

There are publications and teams that I love working with, and these ladies are at the top of the list! My good friend Amy Blau is the publisher of one of the most super gorgeous magazines ever ever in the world AMEN! called Bliss Celebrations Magazine. When she puts an idea out there for me to collaborate on with her I immediately start drooling because I just know that what she will put in front of me will be the stuff that dreams are made of! This shoot we did at Mount Hope Farm in Rhode Island? Was no exception!!! Read More

mother’s day mini sessions with carla ten eyck

This is a year of new things, and I am excited, nervous and ready for it all! After years of turning work away to do family portraits for people, I have decided to say yes to it… but with some stipulations. I want to create portraits my way. With light that gives me butterflies, in a space that I love, with a finished product that I am proud to share. Proud to hang in my home, have framed by my bed, where I can wake up to images of my family that fill me and help me see how Read More

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