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Carla Ten Eyck

engagements

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

Summer Elizabeth Park Hartford Engagement Session

Kristin and Chris’ golden engagement session at Hartford’s famous rose garden in Elizabeth Park was just so beautiful! We met at the absolute perfect time on the longest day of the year and also the very first day of summer. The light was perfect and despite both Kristin and Chris being a little nervous to start- which honestly everyone is!- we segued very quickly into our flow state! When I start each session I make it clear to my couples that it is totally natural to feel… unnatural. I mean honestly, who has their photographs taken professionally on the Read More

Autumn Engagement Session at Harkness Park Waterford CT

“If a year was tucked inside of a  clock, then Autumn would be the magic hour.” – Victoria Erickson
Mackenzie and Steve’s autumn engagement session at Harkness Park in Waterford CT yesterday felt like a dream: a dream in vivid technicolor and soft neutrals paired with the warmth of an Indian summer day. Mackenzie and Steve arrived to our session with the energy and warmth that matched the unseasonably warm November day. We chatted so easily, much like we did when we first video chatted for their initial meeting and immediately hit it off. I felt so comfortable with Read More

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

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

Downtown Hartford Riverfront Engagement Session

I met Samm and Jelan when my son Jackson was asked to try out for the basketball team. Coach Tucker approached Jack (he was 6″1″ as a freshman) and made him feel wanted and included. Despite Jack not knowing anything about basketball he agreed to try out, and the rest is history. Confession time: I used to hate basketball. Like, loathe it. I’m not quite sure why, when I really just stop and ask myself, if I am being 100% honest! When Jack joined I was immediately interested, for reasons that I am confident don’t need explaining. I got Read More

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