Elizabeth Park in the West End of Hartford

There are a couple things I look for when I am choosing a location for a portrait session. The first is that it has to be a beautiful location, whether I'm looking for manicured gardens, beautiful view, big open fields for beautiful golden sunset shots. The second is that I like my locations to have a few different backdrops or photo spots within close proximity.

Elizabeth Park in the West end of Hartford on Asylum Street provides all that and more.

This Connecticut treasure is known for it's iconic Rose Garden, and for sure that is not to be missed but there are other equally unique and beautiful spots for portraits in the park. This shot of my own daughter reminds me of imagery from The Secret Garden

little lost in thought in a beautiful garden

Wickham Park in Manchester, CT

If you've never been to this massive collection of gardens, be prepared to be overwhelmed. This park boasts everything from Asian gardens, to English and Scottish gardens and everything in between. My own wedding photos were taken here. No matter the time of year, there are beautiful spots all around, and they always seem to be adding new features. Take this new circle for example, recently a client asked for it and even though I'd been to this favorite park a million times, I'd never seen it, because they had just put it in less than a month prior. Whether you are looking for the perfect spot for a proposal and engagement shots, or space to run around and capture the love and joy of your family, you can be sure that spot exists at this place.

Family walking during photo session in Wickham Park, Manchester, CT
Family of 4 photo session in Wickham Park, Manchester, CT

Valley Falls, Vernon, CT

The thing about this local spot is that there is beautiful open field for golden sunset shots, a small lake, a pretty easily accessibly path along a stream, and a graffiti wall. Yup a graffiti wall. So many good spot for a varied gallery when the photos are ready for your viewing. Senior photos are a blast at this location because of the wide variety of photo ops. This class of 2020 grad was a champ a freezing cold day last winter.

Senior boy portrait in front of the graffiti wall in Vernon, CT

Heritage Farm in Bolton, Connecticut

This lesser known location is quickly becoming on of my favorites. The farm is a Revolutionary War historic site and boasts the classic New England stone walls, a grove of oak trees, open fields, red barns, and a white farm house. It's a perfect spot for a quiet and private engagement session, a maternity session, or for a young family to run and play and capture this moment in their family life.

Family Photo with toddler Bolton, Connecticut

Your Photographer's favorite Christmas tree farm

I don't know about you but as the holidays of 2020 approach, given that we haven't seen so many friends and family in so long, we will be doing it big this year with our Christmas card list and photos. I just recently found a new secluded Christmas tree farm, complete with adorable antique wagons and I am looking forward to booking so many families there September through December. Because this location is a private one, I won't be sharing it with anyone but the clients that book sessions there. Additionally I will be donating 10% of all proceeds from photo sessions there to an organization that provides for those in need in our local Manchester, Connecticut area.

Tree farm mini session in Hartford, CT

Your own Backyard in the Middle of October

Whether you have a yard full of Maples in Simsbury or Avon, Connecticut that make the absolute best backdrop, or your back yard backs up to a park in Tolland or Ellington, CT, given how stressful it can be to load up your crew and arrive on time to the chosen location, sometimes the absolute best photo session is in your own backyard. I've done many of them and let me just say that they are some of my absolute favorites. Your house and your yard will always carry special memories for your family, why not let me make it easy by coming to you and creating images that will remind your children of their childhood home when they are adults?

Fall photo session in Coventry, CT

Harkness State Park, Waterford, CT

Even though this is a beach location, the mansion adds a second completely different feel at the same location. This place is my favorite Connecticut shoreline location no matter the time of year!

Family portrait at Harkness State Park Waterford, CT
Couple embracing during beach photo session in Connecticut