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 fiancé 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 red Farmall tractor and some other really cool nooks for us to pop in and create some magical portraits before heading to our next spot- a horse barn in Granby where Sarah boards two of her horses run by one of my childhood friends, Julia! See, Sarah and I were connected already through her Dad, David. I had photographed his wedding a few years back and then to have the childhood OG connection was like the best universe nod, saying ‘You Two Should Work Together!’ We listened to it, and I am so happy that we did.
We bopped on over to Julia’s farm and met up with Sarah’s tow horses Pepperoni and Dooney. I have to admit yes, I did in fact leave wanting a pepperoni pizza in the worst way… I am pretty basic, sorry, not sorry! Sadly I did not give in to the craving, but I did leave wondering how Sarah avoids indulging! Those of you that know me, know that when I photograph people I can get pretty excited and …maybe a little loud even? I mean, I am excited and happy and love to give my clients the energy back that I am feeling from the images that we are creating together. So… enter two horses where I have to be kind of quiet-ish and maybe even throw in a donkey named Ke$ha for good measure and viola! You have chaos and fun.
I love love loved how the red of the tractor popped against the muted colors of the corn fields and the green of the alfalfa field that I was precariously hopping around in.
I am confident that never in a million years would Jim think that this little hay closet would be a spot that I would oooh and ahhhh over but…haaaaay what can I say?
This donkey was straight up KILLING ME. KE$HA!
Many of you photographers checking this out may know how many images that we have to take to get one good one when animals or babies are involved. There were a TON from this session, trust me!
Her sweet guy is 30 years old!
We ended our session with a bonfire and some beers, and I felt like we were somewhere completely different than where we were, it was magical and beautiful and I left feeling super inspired by my surroundings, my old friendships and new ones. Sarah and Jim, I am so glad the universe brought us together, I can’t wait for your wedding next year! XOXOXOXO
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