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Carla Ten Eyck

Carla Ten Eyck

Downtown Hartford Prom Photos

From the moment that I heard that my daughter was going to have her Hartford prom this year, I was ELATED. Not only for the absolute spaz out session we would both have obsessing over gowns and hair styles and nails and shoes and ACCESSORIES OMG.  OK, maybe all of that! Mostly, it just felt … normal. Like the olden days of yore, before covid, before we all knew what quarantining felt like. Before the phrase social distancing was ever in our vocabulary. Before we thought about masks coordinating with your prom gown. (Which, hello, we made sure it Read More

Downtown Hartford Engagement Session

A downtown Hartford engagement session is the direct way to the very center of my heart! When I met Tricia and Bill we clicked instantly. Tricia has such wonderful energy and when I saw them both together they just made sense. Their care for one another was evident as we poked around my beloved city of Hartford. I also loved how Bill thought Hartford was such a lovely city! It really is, in case those reading it have not noticed. Check out these amazing buildings and sculptures! We met up on Main Street in Hartford by Hartford City Hall Read More

Spring Engagement Session Harkness Park

Jennifer and Jared’s Spring Harkness engagement session in Waterford CT was the perfect semi official start to my 2021 wedding and event season. After many delays and postponements from 2020 it sure feels like the starting bell has gone off and the world as we knew it is back in action. I admit it feels incredibly overwhelming, so I have challenged myself with staying focused on the task at hand. Today’s task: photographing this beautiful spring Harkness engagement session with two lovely people!

Harkness Park in the Spring is a beautiful thing. Actually it’s a beautiful thing Read More

Two Brides One Fun Aruba Wedding

Michelle and Julie’s Aruba wedding this past week was BEYOND. Strap yourselves in, folks this is a looooong post! A few years back, Michelle and I were single together, living our best lives. We met up for happy hours, commiserating about online dating and the duds we were meeting. Until she met Julie! I watched their romance blossom online through Instagram and Facebook; from Patriots games to barbecues to cooking the most amazing pasta sauces from scratch to the absolute Holy Grail of Bloody Mary’s. MY KIND OF PEOPLE!!! When Michelle told me the news- they were engaged and Read More

Red Hat on the River Wedding Irvington NY

The excitement for their wedding to be at the Red Hat on the River in Irvington NY was the first thing I noticed when I first chatted with Maggie and Dave about their wedding. I was immediately intrigued. While I certainly love working at spaces that host weddings regularly, the opportunity to photograph a wedding at a new space is always fun. The Red Hat on the River did not disappoint! Not only that we had the most absolute gorgeous day for their wedding. Literally the day before they told me there were whitecaps on the water because of Read More

Hartford City Hall Elopement

My two grooms, TJ and Shawn called me, super excited for their elopement in Hartford this Winter. They knew they wanted to have their dinner at republic at the Linden in Hartford, but weren’t exactly sure where they wanted to have their ceremony. They couldn’t have googled a better photographer for their Hartford elopement, am I right? My only option for them, hands down was the opulent and amazing Hartford City Hall, right on Main Street in Hartford CT. The truth? It’s not built like other city halls. Need proof? Just take a look for yourself!
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Winter Engagement Silver Sands Beach Milford CT

A winter beach engagement session at Silver Sands beach in Milford CT has been on my mind for the past few months. I think I saw some friends post while down there alone, walking the desolate beaches in the off season that reminded me about this gorgeous park. I was aching to bring a couple down there for some winter beach-y fun… so I just kept thinking about this place. Early on in my career I did an engagement session here and I remember having so much fun! I returned a few times since then but this time, with Read More

Hartford City Hall Elopement

Ari and Matt’s Hartford City Hall elopement brought me so much JOY.
When I got an email from Ari about her Hartford City Hall elopement to her fiancé Matt, I squealed with such delight. Before Covid hit I had been really wanting to focus a bigger part of my photography business on more intimate weddings and events. After photographing weddings and events for over 18 years and traveling the world over, I was looking forward to focusing more on celebrating Hartford more with smaller events. I was born and raised in Hartford, and just love this city so much. Read More

Mayflower Inn and Spa Wedding

Being asked to create content for one of the most iconic Connecticut Inn’s, The esteemed Mayflower Inn and Spa, in picturesque Washington CT. Rumor has it that The Mayflower Inn was the inspiration for the Independence Inn, where Lorelai worked on the cult tv favorite Gilmore Girls. Additionally, The Well, NYC’s ‘buzziest’ wellness destination, according to Vogue, has opened up a spot in the Spa at the Mayflower Inn. Just the photo alone on Vogue showing the ‘The Biophilic whirlpool at The Well at Mayflower Inn’ that is surrounded by over 400 plants has my heart racing in an Read More

LGBTQ Wedding The Goodwin Hotel Hartford CT

Being given a chance to create fabulous LGBTQ+ inspiration in a downtown Hartford institution like The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford CT was a dream come true. Add to this the absolute BONKERS list of creative partners for this inspirational shoot and I just about lost my MIND. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, seeing representation out there is super important. Having representatives of the LGBTQ community creating their own imagery is something else, entirely, and I am definitely here for that. Also! Hey! Having this shoot in my hometown of Hartford CT added another little layer of Read More

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