Eyes up, heart open
My most important job as your photographer is to tell the story of your wedding day while making you and your family and friends comfortable.
I believe the more comfortable you are, the better your pictures will be.
My typical client loves their family + friends over anything. Always, always. They value time spent together, and are able to appreciate the quieter moments in their relationships, that strung together, share a story of deep love.
They appreciate beautiful photography, art and design. Someone who lets me do what I do best, and trusts my many years of experience in the industry. Whether you are the most camera-shy person or the biggest ham, there is no cookie-cutter approach to every client.
I will get you comfortable in a way that is best for you.
Here you can view my most recent weddings, events and other fun sessions. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable, I have been happily blogging since 2006, so there is all of the content to do a deep dive and see if I am the right fit for you and your event.
I pride myself on being a welcoming + inclusive photographer + human being and embrace everyone. I am so happy you are here to view my work, stay as long as you’d like and please feel free to leave a comment or share any posts! XO Carla Ten Eyck
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
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
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
Rachel and Rob had been planning their intimate wedding at Winvian Farm in Morris CT way before covid hit. Their wedding at Winvian was the only wedding I didn’t have to adjust or literally change a thing for, except wearing a mask and staying farther away than normal. What a blessing! Their wedding was perfect. Even the threat of rain during our portrait time before the cocktail party began was nothing crazy. Rachel had the best mindset and was open for anything I suggested. Since it was just spattering out I suggested we just take what we could Read More
Who decides to head into Central Park in New York City during a pandemic? I do! At this point during this pandemic, I have learned to operate safely and not put myself or my clients at risk. As much as I love my job, it’s just not worth being unsafe. When Maggie and Dave asked me if I would travel into the city for their session, I didn’t hesitate. I knew it would be an amazing experience, since I had assumed Central Park at this point would be pretty empty. Add to it being early afternoon on a chilly Read More
Stacy and Jessica’s wedding at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill in Middletown CT almost didn’t happen due to this crazy year. These two held fast to making their wedding happen this year as safely as they could. They just wanted to be married, it was super important to them. Their day was absolutely GORGEOUS, with the gift of a beautiful day, high hopeful spirits and just so much love. Like most people I was a little nervous to be around people and curious how it would affect my work. After a few minutes I just slipped into Read More
Emily and Alex’s Boston engagement session began on the famed Acorn Street. It is literally dubbed ‘the most famous street to be photographed in America’ and for good reason! It’s… freaking GORGEOUS! I have to say if I lived there I would be pretty annoyed by the deluge of instagram influencers that walk around like they own the place, leaning up on doors in droves, in their not Acorn Street suitable heels. But honestly, how can you blame them? This craggy little cobblestone street, covered with freshly fallen leaves… just about took my breath away. Emily, Mark and I Read More
Smith Farm Gardens in East Haddam CT is one of the most magical wedding and event venues in all of Connecticut. I can’t stress this enough! The owners are the sweetest people with the biggest hearts and the greenest thumbs. As a fellow gardening nerd I appreciate the landscaping and flower gardens on a whole other level each time I visit. My favorite part is how beautifully they transition through the seasons, they are truly unmatched! So when my clients Jaine and Ken wanted to do their engagement session somewhere with amazing fall foliage, I knew the exact Read More
One of my favorite things that happened this fall was my Chatfield Hollow Wedding with my sweet couple in Killingworth CT. 2020 has been… a challenge, specially for the wedding and events industry! We have not been able to host parties or events – understandably of course- since March in the way that we used to. Sizing has changed, mandates have changed and we have all just been trying to do the best we can with the information we have. I know I sure have been. When Alex and Alexa reached out asking if I was available for their Read More
Danielle and Victor’s intimate wedding at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven CT was amazing. The weather was so perfect I kept pinching myself to make sure it was real. Can you look at those blue skies? For Danielle and Victor to be able to have their wedding during this Covid pandemic on such a brilliant and perfect day felt like a gift, for us all. This year has been hard, for me, my family, my business, my clients, so many people. Having these intimate micro weddings feels like sunshine on my face after a long, hard cold rain. Read More
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