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Carla Ten Eyck

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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 fianc√© 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

Hog River Brewery Hartford Engagement Session

First stop: The ACTUAL Hog River! It meanders through my backyard, and is easily one of my favorite spots to photograph. So naturally Jenna, Jasmine and I ended up at the Hog River Brewery in Hartford CT, a hop skip and a scoot from my house. But let me back up a smidge here… so back when Jenna, Jasmine and I first met at my house for their initial consult when we were seeing if we were a fit for their wedding, I discovered their love of all things brewery. If that’s even how you say it, which it’s Read More

Northwest Park Windsor CT Autumn Engagement Session

Lynn and Dan had their engagement session at Northwest Park in Windsor CT this past fall. Now one thing you should know about me is that autumn in New England is my absolute favorite time of year. No question! Pair that preference with the ability to cram as many photo sessions in the fall as I could possibly fit and I am one happy photographer!
When booking engagement sessions with my clients, many times the location is left up to me. When there is a spot that is emotionally relevant to each of you, that is an amazing thing, Read More

Harkness Memorial Park Spring Engagement Session

Just as the weather started acting as it should be- and thank heavens it did- I met up with Eddie + Anna for their engagement session at Harkness Park in Waterford CT. It’s also known as Eloia Mansion, or Harkness Memorial Park, or also one of my very favorite places to photograph, if I am being 100% honest!
When we discussed where we possibly wanted to do their engagement session they said they love to be in nature. Perfect! Well… except for the fact that most of the ‘nature’ in CT by May had still not entirely joined the Read More

hartford ct engagement session with carla ten eyck

 

Winter engagement sessions in my hometown of Hartford really make my heart skip a beat, and my session with Michaela and Artur was no exception! After being super patient and having to reschedule twice because of these crazy bomb cyclone storms we got (I mean, honestly, what the WHAT??) we all finally got a chance to spend some time together and see what our chemistry was like together! To set the scene: Michaela and I met at my studio when she was looking to book her wedding photographer and just clicked! Embrace the pun, people, please! She was Read More

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