Thursday, January 14, 2010

We've Moved!!!

For family that is now having a heart attack wondering how on earth we up and moved our house without telling any one, I'm sorry. :-) That's not what I meant!

I am SO unbelievably excited to tell you all we've moved the blog to a custom new blog that I absolutely love! It's been a long time coming and took many hours/days/weeks/months to pull together, but I really like it a lot. Well, mostly. I keep fiddling with little settings here and there, but for the most part it's great. If you like getting the e-mail notifications, you can sign up to receive emails every time I post. It's also set up to work with your favorite RSS reader, so you can follow it that way, too.

What I'm most excited about is all of the new features I have planned (and started) on the new blog. I will be doing short reviews on venues and vendors I've worked with, in hopes to provide you with an outsiders opinion and view point. There are many great ones out there!

Second, I've started a "Top Things Every Bride Should Know" feature. These are entirely from my perspective (that of a wedding photographer and former bride). It's my plan to offer tips on things to hopefully help brides have enough knowledge to make educated decisions on wedding day items (with a HUGE slant towards photography - I am after all a photographer!)

For my family, I will still include some images of the kids, but I think those are going to be fewer as I do more of that on Facebook and can control who sees pictures of my "babies". Speaking of Facebook - I'm on there, too! I have my personal page and a fan page for Jenifer Lyn Photography. Add me! I'd love to keep in touch!

Lastly, but MOST certainly not least, thank you to everyone who has supported me so much through everything. Without your support I don't know how I could have done all of this.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

OneWed Vendor of the Year!

Thanks to the wonderful couples I worked with last year, I am so excited to share with you that OneWed has named Jenifer Lyn Photography one of their Best Wedding Vendors of 2008!!!! Click here to view the story behind the list and to download the full PDF list to view.

It is such an honor for me! Thank you to all the couples I worked with in 2008 - you are all very special to me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome 2009!

Just a brief note to welcome 2009! I am way behind on blogging. I just can't seem to catch up. And for months I've been beating myself up for it. It's 2009 and I am now starting fresh. It's a new year, new expectations. I do hope to get a few of the weddings/engagement sessions blogged from last year, but I'm not going to promise anything to you or myself. As a very wise man once said, "Keep moving forward", or as the whole quote goes:

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
~ Walt Disney

(Since I don't have any images of Walt - the man - I am including a quick image of the kids at Disney World, from earlier this year)

With the start of 2009 comes my look back to 2008 and all that I was able to accomplish as a business owner as well as all that we were able to do as a family and I am very proud of all of that. In such tumultuous times it's very easy to get down (and this cold NE weather doesn't always help) by focusing on things that aren't going as well as we would like. But what is more important is that we focus on all the great in our life. And that is where you all come in. Thank you for reading my blog, viewing my work, and more importantly, being a part of my life in some way.

Here's to a great 2009 for all and I hope you all are able to accomplish for yourselves what you set out to.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Engagement Session, CT Style

When Steve and Roslyn told me they wanted to have their engagement session done at the same location that they are getting married at in September, I was ecstatic! You see, they are getting married in Madison, CT, a venue that is just over two hours away from me (or just under, depending on traffic and driving speed). So I wasn't sure I was going to get a chance to see it in person before photographing their wedding. Let me tell you - it is GORGEOUS!

They are getting married on the beach at the Surf Club in Madison and I am so excited to be joining them!

There are so many great places to take photos there, so we just walked around finding new places to go - it was fun!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

I thought these canoes were really cool and I LOVE the colors...

This one really struck me as an instant favorite. I just love everything about it!

I took over 150 images of them all total, so if you have time to spare and would like look through the rest of them, you can view them here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Karine and Henry Tie the Knot!

It was a rainy, chilly New England morning when I left my house to meet Karine and Henry at the church they were to be married. I arrived early, earlier than just about everyone, so I took the time to walk around the outside of the church and get some images out there. At that point it was still misting out and very chilly - I was fearful that we would not be able to get many formals outside after the wedding. The gray clouds in the background pretty much sum it up:

The guests soon began to arrive and fill up the church. Henry was there looking great, waiting patienly for Karine to arrive. While the guests filtered in to their seats, the church was filled with the wonderful sounds of a string quartet. They were just amazing.
About 5 minutes before the ceremony was to begin, Karine pulls up in this, a gorgeous Rolls Royce:
The ceremony was beautiful and really expressed the love between Karine and Henry.

After the ceremony was over, we stopped to take a few formals outside of the church. The weather had improved only slightly - now it was just overcast and cold. Since the reception was a few miles away, at the Daniel Webster Inn, Karine and Henty decided we should try to see what the weather was like there, so in the Rolls they climbed and off we went! But not before the ceremonious first toast...with a wonderfully chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot (my favorite - it's French!).
How cute are they?!

When we got to the reception - wouldn't you know it? The sky went totally blue and the bright sun shone everywhere. It actually got very hot while we were doing the formals. I was so excited for them. While there I got these two images - two of my favorites:

It was a really short day for me and I wasn't scheduled to take any photos during the reception, but I couldn't help but sneak a peek. The Daniel Webster Inn is really quaint and pretty inside. It is a really nice place to have a wedding. While inside, I grabbed this image of the cake:

I'm only going to post one more image, since this post has found itself quite lengthy already. I just wanted to take a moment to thank Karine and Henry for choosing me to share their day with. You are two wonderful people and I wish you all the best.

Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Special Anniversary Session

Did you know that the traditional first year anniversary gift is paper?

I promise this has meaning, so please stick with me.
I've been asked by so many people what I think they should get their spouse for the "Paper" anniversary. I must confess, I'm not the most creative when coming up with truly different gift ideas for anyone outside my immediate family. And even then I sometimes have a hard time deciding on gifts that have that "wow" factor. But I have heard so many great responses - books, stationary, tickets to events, even stock certificates. But when I was asked to help create a first anniversary gift, I was so excited! I hadn't really thought of doing an anniversary session, but I was very happy to experience yet another first in my career.
She came to me with a very specific request: she wanted me to get images of her in ways that hadn't been done before. She wanted close ups of her eyes, her neck, and her lips - her husband's favorites! The idea was that the images would be framed in simple, elegant black frames with large white mattes, arranged on the wall in their bedroom closest to his side of the bed. Can you think of anything more perfect?

While I have done many "detail" images in which I do close ups of rings, flowers, details on dresses, I have never been tasked with singling out just portions of a person's face. This was definitely an area that I was unfamiliar with. But I like a challenge.

I started with the image of the eyes - I thought that would be the easiest. Come to find out - it wasn't! She has these beautiful green eyes with nice long eye lashes. I was hoping to capture not only her great lashes, but also her spirit. A person's eyes say so much about them and one thing as a photographer you cannot do is try to fake emotion where there isn't any. It took about 20 minutes to get the right angle and then another 10 minutes to work on the emotion. It was an amazing learning experience for both of us.
Here is the final image she decided on. I just love it.

I then moved to her lips. But again I was faced with the hard task of figuring out what the best angle was to fully capture her lips in the way I knew she wanted. Having been through the eye exercise, the lips were easier:

The neck proved to be as challenging as I expected. I wanted to show enough the neck to know what it is, yet not so much of her face, since it would take the focus away from the neck. Here I needed to really work on not only the angle to take the photograph from, but also the angle of the light. This image came out better than I hoped. It is my favorite of them all:

She knew she wanted to do four images to balance the collage on the wall, but hadn't decided on what to do for the fourth image. This last one happened more by accident than anything. As I was setting my camera up for one of the other images, I saw her hand laying there. I turned my camera and took this image:

I converted them to a warm sepia tone afterwards in Photoshop. They aren't a true black and white - more of a brown and white. But I love them. Now, imagine if you will, all of them together in separate, matching black frames and it was the perfect first anniversary gift. Since I didn't want to spoil the surprise, I waited until she gave them to her husband to post here, but I have been told he LOVES them.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dawn & Matt are having a baby!!

When Dawn asked me to come and do a Lifestyle Maternity session with her and her cute belly - I can't even tell you how excited I was! Since I have really been focused on photographing weddings, this was going to be my first maternity sesson ever. And now that I have done one, I really REALLY like them! So if you know any ladies who are pregnant and would like to do a maternity session, please send them my way. I really wish I could have done something like this when I was pregnant.

Dawn and Matt are an unbelievably cute couple and they are both so excited to welcome their new addition. Thank you so much for picking me to document this part of your lives, too!
While I was getting the settings ready on my camera, I took a couple of photographs of the new crib, just waiting and I thought this one was really cute:

When we started, Dawn was wearing a nice little black dress. Isn't she SO cute?!

Then I thought we'd try something different - I love this angle.

Then Matt came in...aren't they just amazing? Can you feel the cute through the screen?

And no family session would be complete without Belle...

This one is my FAVORITE:

And then we tried something a little different, which I LOVE!