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Carla Ten Eyck

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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 is a lover of photography, art and design. They are someone who has to have beautiful photographs. 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 and inclusive photographer and 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

Connecticut Rustic Farm Engagement Session

Last week I got to explore a rustic farm in Connecticut for my engagement session with Sarah and Jim. Being able to venture into parts of Connecticut that I don’t get to see on the regular is one of the highlights of my job. When Sarah and I set up their session she mentioned wanting to start at her fiancé Jim’s family farm and I was more than game to explore a place that was not only beautiful but meaningful to the both of them. There were fields, and a barn that Jim built (oh my gosh!) a gorgeous Read More

Two Brides Emotional Tented Wedding in Glastonbury CT

 

To say my two brides back yard wedding in Glastonbury CT was emotional… well, that would be the understatement of the year! It was all of the emotional, all of the laughing and the crying and the laugh-crying combos you could imagine, all balled up into one big perfect beautiful day. And I’m just talking about MY emotions! I wish I was kidding- but honestly, when I can be so present at a wedding where I feel so close and connected to the couple getting married, that I can actually imagine me up there at the altar with Read More

Southwest Inspired Tented Wedding with Amy Champagne Events

 

 
On the morning of Anna and Eddie’s southwest inspired tented wedding at Anna’s parents home in Norwalk CT, Anna took a moment to reflect before getting into her dress. She looked out the window at the bustling tent in the yard of her childhood home below explode with color and texture and beauty beyond what one would ever expect to see. She said “This all came from me saying we like triangles and air plants!” and she laughed. Amy Jones, of Amy Champagne Events designed this wedding so beautifully, I was squealing and in awe from the Read More

Thoughts On Being a Two Time Published Author

OK, OK. The title of this post may ruffle some feathers and come across a little rough, but those of you that know me know that I call it as I see it. You may want to know what’s so rough and awful about being a published author, and I am here to tell you.
Things that aren’t rough about being a published author for $800, Alex:
It isn’t the satisfaction of having a completed published body of work that you spent years working on and curating. It isn’t the thrill of seeing your book on the shelves of Read More

Joyful Tented Wedding in Lordship CT

Coco and Joe’s tented wedding in Lordship CT this weekend was one of the most joyful, emotional and amazing weddings, like, ever. I met Courtney in 2009 when her older sister Liz married her now husband Greg, and hired me as their photographer. During that initial meeting Liz and I laughed, we cried and were bonded from that moment on as friends for life. I am beyond happy to call Liz one of my closest friends, and in the process have absorbed the Stafford crew as my own as well. I was able to capture some really powerful moments Read More

Heritage Homestead Farm Engagement Session

During this last little heat wave here in Connecticut, one would think the last thing anyone would want to do is get all gussied up for their engagement session in a field at Heritage Homestead in the sun, with like, a bunch of animals. You would, however, be super wrong! Jill and Mike (and both their Mom’s, and Mike’s sister, and their two dogs and Jill’s horse!) all made the trek out in the heat to meet me and my Nikon for a date in the sun. When I showed up, it was absolute chaos. What might look like Read More

Summer Engagement Session Elizabeth Park Hartford CT

This has been the week of beautiful, heart stopping sessions for me and last week’s engagement session at Elizabeth Park in Hartford was no exception! When we were planning their engagement session, the few things that would make Colleen and Kean the happiest was some floral goodness… so as soon as they said that I was ALL over it and suggested one of my favorite places to work, Elizabeth Park. I grew up going to this gorgeous park, and it is host to the oldest municipal rose garden in the country, and also one of the most stunning. People Read More

Smith Farm Gardens Bohemian Styled Shoot

 
Smith Farm gardens in East Haddam, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful spaces for a wedding or event I have seen in a long time. That’s saying something considering our Nutmeg State is host to some truly charming venues! The grounds are meticulously manicured, and the white farm house on the property has been lovingly restored with every detail thought of and attended to.
Earlier in the spring I partnered up with Alyssa of Alyssa Jean Signature Events, based in West Hartford, on a styled shoot. Alyssa is new to Connecticut and wanted to show some fresh Read More

Two Happy Brides Tie the Knot at Jonathan Edwards Winery

“Big giant fun party under a gorgeous tent at a vineyard.” “Big foodies.” “80% of those attending are close friends” “Loves the vibrancy of my pictures,” “Wants their photographer to be a part of the day and not just sit back and miss things.” These are all notes underlined by me that I jotted down during my first meeting with Lauren and Bridget for their Jonathan Edwards Winery wedding in North Stonington CT.
Ladies, I would have to say that according to my masterful note taking and photographs below, your wedding was exactly that: a big, giant, vibrant fun Read More

Opulent Wedding at The Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan Puerto Rico

Karen and Shawn’s destination wedding in San Juan Puerto Rico was opulent and beautiful with no detail left out. I have had the honor of photographing Karen and her family for over 10 years, so their wedding felt like an extended party on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. They hosted a select group of close family and friends, and were surrounded by their kind and loving families. The other day I was looking through some of the sessions I had done with Karen and her children and was just amazed at how much they have all grown over Read More

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