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Carla Ten Eyck

some 2011 goal setting and some hard truths

Ahhh….. yes. 2010 comes to a close and the slew of blog posts / facebook status updates / twitter hoo has come bounding out! TIME TO WRITE YOUR GOALS FOR 2011!!!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dread and love this time of year. Why? Well, writing them holds me accountable to what I say I am going to do for myself, my family and my business. And at this point I just want to snuggle back into bed in my new fleece sheets and forget everything.
Which leads me to this! I was perusing Facebook this morning Read More

lauren and stephen by vintage cinema

Lauren & Stephen in love from Jim Altieri on Vimeo.

I had the absolute pleasure of having the amazingly talented Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema join me and Jazz Hands on our engagement shoot in the city last week…. I was over the moon to have him because Jim is one of those creative souls who I love to watch in action- and I think I know what he is seeing… but then he proves me completely, utterly and totally, dead. wrong. How he sees the same things I am looking at and interprets in the Read More

lauren and stephen’s rockefeller plaza engagement session

This maaaaaay be why I am sick again, or, better yet- this may be precisely why I love what I do. Now, I know. I see you rolling your eyes while you sit in your cubicle hoping your boss doesn’t catch you reading my blog! (hey! Don’t sweat it I catch my studio manager Dominique reading it all the time at work! )
… I am just ANOTHER photographer spouting off HOW MUCH I LOVE MY JOB! Gag me, I know. But I am going to be one of those today and I don’t care who knows it! (1/2 of Read More

anna and chris’ ct riverhouse wedding

In between the craziness of our November travels I came all the way back to my beloved state of CT to photograph the wedding of Anna and Chris at the River House and Hartford City Hall. I met Anna a few years back at a wedding of some of my awesome clients Jen and Nicole- and just loved her! How could you not, she is so welcoming, warm and fun!
So we started off our getting ready at Anna’s home…

The drawings were from the little village in Italy where Anna’s grandmother still lives…. I totally want to Read More

jeannette and brian’s candlewood inn wedding

The feeling struck both of us as we walked into Jeannette’s parent’s warm, welcoming home. We were ready: gear on, trigger-finger poised — but, as we walked out of the October cold, what struck us was the calm. Jeannette met us at the door, offered us some coffee, and smiled. She was not nervous, anxious or frayed at the ends. She was completely calm — ready to marry the love of her life. I guess after years of working in Hospitals (where she and Brian met), tending to patients with emergencies, The Happiest Day of her life was nothing to Read More

tim and brit’s hartford society room wedding

Before the traveling craziness that this past November held I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful, classic and totally Hartford wedding of Brittania and Tim at the opulent Society Room of Hartford. Oh how I love the Society Room!! Brit and Tim chose to keep things nice and close and got ready at the Marriott Residence Inn right in downtown Hartford. Brit’s hair was done by the awesome Lauren of Dana Bartone & Company- her makeup was by Lindsey of Like Flutter for Lashes- and she was radiant and stunning!

The lovely Miss Jane of Just for You Read More

imma NYC PUG speakin’ kinda gal

For those of you professional (or newbies) photographers in the New York City area tomorrow (TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2010) looking to while the evening away from, say, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and / or anyone looking to heckle me can feel free to do so at the New York City Pictage User’s Group meeting at Calumet Photographic 22 West 22nd Street NY, NY!
OR! If you would like to have an honest, open discussion about the ins, out, ups and downs of second shooting from a second shooters perspective AND from the lead shooters perspective- then come on Read More

fundraiser for paxton holmes

Please join me this Friday December 3, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 300 Oxford Street Hartford CT to help raise money for a dear friend of ours’ son- seven year old Paxton Holmes. Paxton was born with a rare disease- Maple Sugar Urine Disease (MSUD) . Because of the toll this is taking on his body, Paxton is on a transplant list to receive a new liver and is on standby right now for one. When a liver becomes available Paxton and his family would need to get to PA within 4 hours time Read More

pictage’s partner con in new orleans 2010

WHO DAT! The past month feels like such a whirlwind month for me, and I am no stranger to the whirl o’ the wind let me tell you! After my Day of the Dead opening with my pops, then an awesome hometown CT wedding we were OFF to New Orleans for Pictage’s Partner Con 2010. Now I have been to many a photo workshop / seminar / trade show in my day. I have to say- this was one of the best this year! It was packed with emotional hot topics right in Pictage CEO Jim Collins’ opening speech! He Read More

caitlin and scott’s wedding at the waterview

As the fall geared up here in CT, we headed to the southwest corner of our little Nutmeg state for the wedding of our sweet couple Caitlin and Scott at the Waterview in Monroe. We had amazing weather and a great group of people to help make their day the best! Along for the ride with me were my trusty two: Mike Romano and Greg Lewis, who never fail to keep me laughing all day long!
I started the day off with Caitlin getting ready at her family home, where she grew up.

Caitlin’s flowers had a Read More

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