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Carla Ten Eyck

engagements

Central Park Engagement Session NYC

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

Boston Engagement Session

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 East Haddam CT Engagement

 
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

Lake Waramaug CT Engagement Session

Lake Waramaug in New Preston CT is one of the most special places for an engagement session! I hadn’t been there for years, but when my clients Rachel and Glenn suggested it for their engagement session a few weeks back, I was instantly on board. I remembered it being peaceful and quintessential Connecticut. Not only that, but the location that Rachel and Glenn chose was super special to Glenn. He and his family have worked at the beach club on Lake Waramaug for years, so literally every nook and cranny of the space carried memories. The beach club on Read More

Summer Milford CT Engagement Session

Lauren and Anthony’s Milford CT engagement session was amazing! Despite the heat, they happily snuggled and enjoyed some sense of normalcy surrounding their wedding during their socially distant engagement session. After not being able to work, and even now, this isn’t really working… it felt so normal to get back  into the flow together. We met at their boat dock in Milford and popped around the docks and area for the amazing view. Thankfully there was a nice breeze on the water while we established some comfort together! I always explain to my couples that the first few minutes Read More

Ice Hotel de Glace Montreal Engagement Session

An engagement session at the famed Ice Hotel  The Hotel De Glace in Montreal, Quebec? YES PLEASE!A few winters back I was so lucky to have my close friend and colleague Tammy Swales, a Rochester NY based wedding and event photographer, invite me to join her on a trip to Quebec to photograph her couple at the infamous ice hotel! I had heard about this place and was super intrigued and curious and instantly on board for the adventure. It just so happened that I was going to be in Vermont not too far from where we needed to Read More

Valley View Farm Engagement Session

Valley View Farms was host to an engagement session for Rayne and Colin and is one of the most beautiful properties I have been on in a long time. My friend Michelle works at Valley View Farms in Haydenville MA and reached out to me about coming up for a site tour and visit and I jumped at the chance. Enter Rayne and Colin and our need for a rustic farmy type location and I was so excited to connect these dots and bring them to the amazing Valley View Farm!
I have known Rayne since before she was Read More

UCONN Law School Hartford CT Engagement Session

Danielle and Victor’s engagements session at the UCONN Law School in Hartford’s historic West End neighborhood was  beyond perfect! I mean, maybe I am biased because we started off in my wee little creek known as the Hog River (or Park River as it is currently known) that literally bubbles happily in my back yard. Or maybe I am biased because I have photographed at the Hartford Seminary campus and the UCONN Law School campus many many times before- because I really truly love to! I can say with complete confidence that making the choice to photograph any couple Read More

Elizabeth Park Hartford CT Engagement Session

 
Ellen and Ken’s CT engagement session in Elizabeth Park in Hartford CT was filled with Benny the Vizsla and so much laughter! We met up at The Pond House and meandered our way around the park, guided by where the light was calling me. That’s just how I work when I do engagement sessions and have no hard and fast time limit with my couple. We have the freedom to roam where we want, and to be inspired by what looks great. One perk is that I know Elizabeth Park intimately, I grew up just down the street Read More

CT Engagement Session

When I met up with Kristina and Joe for their summer CT engagement session this summer, it was warm but thank god it wasn’t as scorching as the one that got us up to 107!
No matter! They still brought the heat to their engagement session and my new Nikon Z6 camera was EN FUEGO the whole time! Not to be a nerd but to kind of be a nerd, I decided to give a mirrorless camera a go and decided today was the day, after months researching and picking the brains of my smart peers (thank you Gigi Read More

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