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Carla Ten Eyck

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My most important job as your  photographer is to tell the story of your wedding day while making you and your family and friends comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the better your pictures will be. My typical client is a lover of photography, art and design. They are someone who has to have beautiful photographs. Someone who cries openly or laughs so hard they snort! Someone who just lets me do what I do best, and trusts my many years of experience in the industry. Whether you are the most camera-shy person or the biggest ham, there is no cookie-cutter approach to every client. I will get you comfortable in a way that is best for you.

Welcome to my blog!  Here you can view my most recent weddings, events and other fun sessions. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable, I have been blogging since 2006, so there is all of the content to do a deep dive and see if I am the right fit for you and your event!

I pride myself on being a welcoming and inclusive photographer and human being and embrace everyone. I am so happy you are here to view my work, stay as long as you’d like and please feel free to leave a comment or share any posts! XO Carla

Classical Magnet High School Graduation

During or after each event that I get to photograph, I am often filled with… all of the feelings. Weddings bring up their own mixed bag of emotions; the ‘start’ of a life with the person you choose to theoretically spend the rest of your life together with is a huge day; babies just being brought into this world fresh and new; generational sessions where there are many levels of family members all still alive, together. And then there is high school graduation. Now, I don’t photograph graduations for work- at least I haven’t yet. Tonights graduation was my niece 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

The 3 Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Connecticut

As a wedding photographer and event photographer in Connecticut, I have the opportunity to see a lot of different wedding spots, from intimate wedding venues to massive ballrooms.  I witness them in pre-action and in full action. After sixteen years photographing every type of wedding and event over the years in all of the places you can imagine, as far away as Scotland and Costa Rica, I have seen some events!
Despite all of the amazing travel (which, trust me, I love love love) one of the best parts of traveling is coming home. I hail from Hartford, Connecticut Read More

Chatfield Hollow Inn Styled Shoot with Everthine Bridal

Get ready to peep one of the dreamiest venues that I have ever seen: The Chatfield Hollow Inn, located in the windy roads of Killingworth CT. Not to be confused with Chatfield Hollow State Park, which is about 10 minutes away, this little gem of a spot is its own jam. From the very second you pull up the long, tree lined driveway complete with stone walls, groves of ferns and clusters of delicate birch trees you know exactly why!
I discovered that this was a bed and breakfast and that they only host an exclusive number of weddings Read More

Katie and Jake’s Perfect Stormy Wedding at Tyrone Farm

 
Katie and Jake’s wedding at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret CT was a stormy, rainy amazing day for the books! I can tell you honestly that I am not afraid of the rain, in fact, I embrace it and allow myself to be open to the beauty of it all, and I am often pleasantly surprised with what presents itself. Katie and Jake’s wedding was that day; surprising and beautiful and just perfect! Not to mention that Tyrone Farm is one of the most magical and amazing properties to have your wedding at..!
Creative Partners for the day:
Venue: Read More

Lynn and Dan’s Rustic Wright’s Mill Farm Wedding

Lynn and Dan’s joyful, rustic Wright’s Mill Farm wedding in Canterbury CT was everything I had hoped it would be! I love that dance we all do as small business owners in the wedding and event industry; we field a call or email from a prospective client, we reach out, we meet. And then we either connect, or we don’t. So much these days can get lost in translation via email or text, and there is nothing quite like a face to face meeting, where you can read the emotions that play across their faces as you ask them Read More

Whimsical Garden Party Wedding at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Park

I photographed a whimsical garden wedding in the amphitheater at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford CT with Chris and Beth and my heart could not be more full if it tried! When I first spoke to Beth over the phone about her wedding, we connected instantly over our shared love of gardening and all things floral. Peonies full and lush? Ferns? FERNS? A floral chandelier? Once I knew that my good friend Carrie of Carrie Wilcox Floral Design in Fairfield was the creative genius behind crafting the floral design, I knew Chris and Beth’s wedding was going to be Read More

Spring Maternity Session in Hartford

Every once in a while (not often enough, I say!) there are people that enter your life who are just wonderful, caring and special humans. They smile easy, are quick with a hug, radiate positive energy and leave you feeling better than you were before. Hope is one of those people for me, and I am so lucky to know her.
A few years back I photographed her wedding to Owen, and it was one of the most emotional days. Mostly because it’s a surreal thing for those of us who work in the wedding and events trenches to Read More

Finding Myself at 45 Through the Eyes of My Daughter and a Melissa McCarthy Movie

Last night my 13 year old daughter Georgie and I went to see the newest Melissa McCarthy movie that’s out, Life of the Party. Jackson was at a party with friends and it was just us and we wanted to just snuggle and laugh, we are both really big fans of Melissa McCarthy. What I had assumed was a nonsense feel good movie (which, let’s be honest, it totally was) turned me on my ass later, and left me a wrecked, sobbing mess.
Let me explain.
Growing up, I was the same size as my daughter is now. In 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

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