Category Archives: wedding

Wedding at The Bronx Zoo in Bronx, NY | Daryl & Kristen

This post is overdue, but I am so fortunate that I was able to put the finishing touches on Eric’s favorites and share the story of Daryl & Kristen’s wedding day at The Bronx Zoo. Eric and I loved shooting this wedding together, we had a blast because this couple have a love for each other that is so vividly apparent looking through the lens…ah, the best kind to shoot.

Eric had edited a few of these pictures the day after the wedding and I remember him telling me how teary eyed he got looking at the images, especially of the first look. Enjoy, xo!

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

Getting ready in Midtown Manhattan.
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bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

The “could not be more adorable if they tried” first look!
bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

bronx zoo wedding pictures

Wedding Photography at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT | Leah & Brian

There are too many favorites from Leah and Brian’s wedding at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT, I have to just roll with chronological order…I couldn’t quite figure out how to put them ALL at the top of the post.

But I did choose the next 2 images to start with for a reason. Why, you ask?
Well would you believe me if I told you that they were taken within 5 minutes of each other, at the exact same location?!
Ah…that dynamic power of that FLASH photography that we just love – some may say we are obsessed. I’m not offended AT ALL.
new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

Eric shot Leah getting ready at her parent’s home in Milford, CT, while I covered the guys at the hotel. The prettiest pink Badgley Mischka shoes.
new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

Now I don’t want to make any weather predictions this early in the wedding season, but so far we have had rain at more than half of the weddings we have photographed, which…is what it is. I love this shot of Leah still smiling, despite the record low temperatures and rain forecasted for her whole day.
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I arrived just in time to help tie Leah’s awesome bow, I have a little OCD control freak in me that takes over when it comes to a perfect bridal bow…weird I admit.
new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

While it rained, we had lots of fun shooting indoors on the carousel at Lighthouse Point Park.
new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

When the rain subsided we could not resist a night shot outside with the moon peeking through the clouds.
new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

new haven ct wedding photography bride on carousel

Awesome wedding guys and you are both so sweet, we are so lucky that we were there to capture your day, xo!

Wedding Photography at The Matrix in Danbury, CT | Greg & Christina

Greg and Christina’s wedding was the first time we got to shoot a wedding at The Matrix, and we are always thrilled for a fresh, new location to explore. We both grew up in the Danbury area, and currently live just a hop skip and a jump away in New Milford. So needless to say we are super pumped to have a new venue pop up in our backyard that utilizes the former Union Carbide building.

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

Love this shot Jake grabbed of Greg’s spiffy wingtip brogues.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

Here’s a little geek-out info for any fellow photo nerds out there. I’m trying really hard this year to not always do the same-old dress shot in the window thing that we all do each and every week so of course I freaked out when I saw this gorgeous light spilling into the hallway from the adjacent bathroom. So I rigged the dress to hang from the attic pull-down, went to the end of the hallway, composed my shot and…. LET-DOWN! Totally didn’t expect the light to not reach the top section of the dress. Since it took me at least 10 minutes to rig the dress to the attic hatch, I couldn’t give up on it.

The light source from the bathroom was coming through a skylight, bouncing off all the white tile and spilling into the hallway. But the top frame to the bathroom door blocked all that yumminess from reaching the top half of the dress. So, in true Eric style I got busted out my gaff tape and got creative with a silver reflector and toiletry drawers. Bam! Was able to bounce that light past the door frame and up into the hallway to the rest of the dress.

I know, I know…”it’s just a dress shot” you say to yourself but hey, it’s pretty cool when you put the extra effort in to try something just a little different from the usual monotony of a dress shot. The one on the left was before I set-up the reflector and the shot on the right is obviously my professional grip set-up..haha. The bottom shot is the final result.

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

Very cute first look, at Greg & Christina’s home in Bethel, CT, where Christina also got ready. Love her hair and makeup done by Rena of Dana Bartone.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

A gust of wind came at the right time during portraits to blow some loose magnolia petals into the shot, and it looked so pretty, Eric recruited the bridal party to shake some more from the tree while he shot for such a pretty, romantic Spring portrait.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

Bridal party pictures in the girls’ lovely plum dresses at The Pleasance in Newtown, CT.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

The Matrix is not like any venue we’ve ever seen. The architecture is unique. Modern. Lots of glass. Lots of light pouring through the skylights. Loving the metal gridwork and clean lines.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

After reviewing the reception photos, I can’t help but to interpret the space as the quintessential venue for a Saturday Night Fever themed wedding. And I mean that in the most genuine, best idea ever, way.
purple dresses new england wedding pictures

purple dresses new england wedding pictures

Thank you Greg and Christina for letting us be a part of your wedding. You are such a sweet, warm couple and we wish you a future of happiness. xo!

Seaside Golf Club Wedding in Westport, CT | Ashley + Paul

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. Agreed?

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

Here are some favorites from Ashley & Paul’s romantic, elegant seaside wedding.

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

Getting ready in their parent’s homes always adds some nostalgia to the moment and the images. I loved the formal living room in Ashley’s mom’s home, with the vintage lace curtains. Eric and I made sure to take advantage of the beautiful light in the room for some pretty portraits of Ashley.
cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

Ashley’s father and step-father were absolutely amazing with her the entire wedding day!

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

cove beach state park photos

Historic Mystic Seaport Wedding Photography in Mystic, CT | Nicole + Roy

Nicole is an accountant, Nicole is super organized and when I tell you that she planned every minute of her wedding day…you probably THINK you know what I mean. But you don’t.

Now, normally I frown upon this type of wedding day management, because it usually means there is little room for flexibility and can often lead to a disappointed bride when the unexpected happens…but in this case, I have to admit, Nicole was the perfect balance of the “planner” and the “bride” that really wanted to enjoy every second of her day.

For example, it rained the majority of the day which can really cramp a brides mood, especially when they have a lawn ceremony in the plans…which overlooks the ocean. Not Nicole, she was completely calm, made the absolute most of it and was ready to get wet if she had to in order to get great pictures. The other amazing thing about her schedule (which Eric joked he wanted made into a T-shirt)…she allowed for an insane amount of picture time.

Even Jake, who was 2nd shooting commented on how spoiled Eric and I are by our awesome couples that give us ridiculous amounts of time. What can I say? We are just the luckiest!

Here are a few favorites from Nicole and Roy’s Mystic Seaport Wedding Day.

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seaside wedding photos in historic mystic seaport

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This is one example of how Eric and Jake made for such an awesome team covering the first look on the docks at Mystic Seaport. While I was helping Nicole with her dress and walking in the rain, Jake and Eric hung out with Roy in the rain and made the decision that Jake would shoot tight with 70-200mm, while Eric shot wide at 24mm to capture the scene with the boat in the background. You can see their alternating shots below and I love how two great photographers can nail both angles to provide a diverse portfolio for our couples, the best part is…I LOVE both. I hope Nicole & Roy do as well!

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And then onto some romantic, rainy day portraits. Yum!

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So much to shoot in Mystic, all day would have been fine by us! We had a gap in the rainy weather and we were all so happy that we were able to take advantage in Historical Mystic Seaport.

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This was one of my favorites from the day, Eric was getting some gear “rain ready” in case it started pouring while we had our flashes outside, so Jake and I took advantage of shooting Nicole. You can see through this doorway was another door open on the opposite side, and while I am completely in the zone loving these shots with Nicole, Jake snuck around to the other side….wait till you see what he got!!!

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I was floored, his shot completely rocks! I am so happy he saw this opportunity and took it, because this picture…the light wrapping around her shoulders is just stunning. It is sooo editorial worthy…and the light coming through the dress…I mean COME ON.

Gorgeous. Killed this one Jake.

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One invaluable lesson we learned this year at Inspire Photo Seminars from the amazingly gifted keynote speaker Amy Deputy, was how a theme often unfolds in the editing process. I guess I had seen that happen before, but had never really thought about it in that way, and now the real gift that we were given is the absolute joy in finding that common thread.

We usually don’t see it while shooting during the day and, one very cute little thing that we picked up throughout this wedding day was Nicole’s Dad and his “thumbs up”.

Maybe it’s something he always does, or that everyone knows about him. Or maybe not, but regardless we thought it was a real reflection of his overflowing joy throughout the day. We have him on camera doing the “thumbs up” throughout the day alongside his ear to ear grin…it was completely contagious.

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On a rainy wedding day, you call Sperry Tents. Problem Solved.

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Jake was a complete trooper to get this shot, soaked and in the rain…but I would say totally worth it!

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And I don’t care what your culture is, every wedding should have the HORA.

IT…IS…so much fun and I think even more fun to photograph.

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And worthy of a thumbs up!

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And this was just irresistible.

Congratulations guys, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful wedding day. The rain did not affect your pictures in the least! Enjoy, xo!

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Wedding at The Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, CT | Tara & Tim

sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club

sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club

sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club

Tara and Tim had that sweet, quiet, kindness with each other that was absolutely beautiful to watch on their wedding day. He never left her side once they said their vows, and was so considerate of her dress, flowers, and extremely high heels on the rocks at the beach. When you give us an inch, we tend to take a mile. With “could not be more perfect if you tried” wedding day weather and 2 hours for pictures before cocktail hour, we were ready to bust out all the stops.

We started pictures on Hillhouse Avenue, described, according to tradition, by both Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as “the most beautiful street in America,” in New Haven, it is one of our favorite places to take pictures. Then we headed to Guilford, the plan was to shoot at Jacob’s Beach, where we shot awesome pictures in 2010, for Nichole and Andrew’s Guilford Yacht Club Wedding. When we arrived for portraits it was a cloud of dust, heavy equipment scattered about and tarps everywhere. Yikes, Jacob’s Beach was under construction. So, not knowing Guilford entirely well, and with the limo on our tail we chose a spot very close to Jacob’s Beach, Chittenden Park. We had the place to ourselves, and you will see from the images – the scenery was not lacking a thing!
 

I am not sure quite how this happens, but the venues we shoot at tend to be cyclical, Eric swears it is all Google and all SEO that leads us to where we end up shooting weddings, but I am not so sure. But what I am sure of is that I need some more Guilford Yacht Club in my life and definitely some more of Marissa and her amazing staff from Jordan’s Caterers. They make our job a complete pleasure and it is so nice when the venue, caters and photographers can work together as a team to make the Bride and Groom have an exceptional wedding day.

sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club

Hugest congratulations to Tara and Tim and we wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness!
sunny beach wedding photos at guilford yacht club

Wedding at The Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT | Kristen & Alex


It is my pleasure to introduce Kristen and Alex.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

Ok.
1. Hot old cars for transportation (in the appropriate color palette, of course), check.
2. Giant balloons to play with, check.
3. Gorgeous couple, check.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

We start with getting ready at the sister property of Lord Thompson Manor, the very beautiful Cottage House.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

Bridal styling provided by the White Dress by the Shore, dress designed by Modern Trousseau | Shoes by Badgley Mishka | Music by Soul Sound Review | Floral + Event Design by Jackie of Lord Thompson Manor | Bridal Makeup + Hair Styling by Kiss Spa | Getting ready at The Cottage House in Thompson, CT | Ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church in North Grosvenordale, CT | Reception Venue + Catering provided by The Lord Thomspon Manor
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

Beth from the White Dress by the Shore did a phenomenal job styling these girls on trend, using the polka dot pattern as a chic accent. For great style advice and her recent feature on polka dots, visit The Blushing Blog. I, myself have been obsessed with the classic, quirky print and have been so happy to see it popping up in fashion and now…weddings.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

These bridesmaids dresses by Ivy & Aster from The White Dress by the Shore were the perfect deep red to contrast their adorable polka dot clutches. I am so happy that I swapped out their bouquets for this one shot.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

I do not know where Jackie from Lord Thompson Manor found these amazing Giant Balloons, but I need more in my life. These were adorned with amazing wide polka dot grosgrain ribbon, just fabulous.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

You know that you are setting the standard for the night really high when your first dance leads into the fully rehearsed “Gangnam Style“.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

More evidence of Jackie’s talent, this is so elegant.
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

Thank you guys for being so stylish, so fun to work with and letting us be the lucky ones to capture your day, xo!
lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

lord thompson manor, ct wedding by raw photo design

NEWS FLASH: Raw Photo Design Merges with Carla Ten Eyck Photography

For the past month or so Amber and I have been working on one of the most significant and far-reaching decisions we’ve ever made since starting this business. Throughout the whole process I’ve been trying to find an easy way to describe our partnership with Carla Ten Eyck Photography. Is it like a company merger? Is her company “buying us out”? Hmm… At 1am on my way home from one of our weddings this past weekend, the perfect representation popped into my head (which is how most of my ideas seem to happen).

We’re forming like VOLTRON baby! Yep, you heard right….we’re joining our individual strengths and forces together to form a super robot to defend the galaxy from evil


This is EXACTLY how it all went down at the C10 Studios headquarters!!


Ok well, we still have a long way to go before we’re able to maintain peace throughout the universe but this is a huge step in the right direction for Raw Photo Design. If you haven’t heard through the grapevine or seen on Facebook, numerous wedding forums, or twitter lately but we kind of suck at managing our business. The number of times I’ve heard the following sentence from a past client makes my stomach turn upside down and keeps me up at night trying to find a way to make things better: “Raw Photo was so awesome on the day of my wedding/boudoir/portrait/editorial/etc and I’m absolutely in love with all of my pictures…. but, it takes too long to get an email reply or phone call from them and it took a long time to get my pictures/album/disc/etc.”

Similar to most wedding photographers I started a photography business because I loved PHOTOGRAPHY. I loved working with people during their photo shoot or wedding day and capturing beautiful photographs of them. My single most favorite aspect of this job is witnessing the progression a person (or couple) goes through during a shoot… everyone always starts very nervous and insecure and somewhere in the middle of the process, they get comfortable… let their guard down, and the real them comes out…and that’s when I get to capture who they really are… You can almost see the exact moment it happens at every single session when you look at a series of photo thumbnails on your monitor. I can honestly work on anything photography related all night long without even noticing it’s 3am or that I haven’t left my desk in 6 hours. There’s no doubt it’s my passion and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

BUT, that has NOTHING to do with running a business. I’ll be the first to admit I am absolutely clueless when it comes to managing clients, employees, subcontractors, or anything else related to my business. It’s not because I haven’t done the work to learn how to properly do these things…trust me. I’ve read countless business books…some of them at least 5 times, attended numerous business workshops and seminars, downloaded every “management application” you can think of, etc. Conceptually I “know” what to do but just have no clue how to follow through with the processes and/or manage the people that I had implementing those processes.

Fast forward 5 years later to the beginning of October, 2012 and I had decided to shut Raw Photo Design down for good. I had been turning down new business for months explaining that I will no longer take new clients for the 2013 wedding season and focus all my attention on the weddings I had already booked for next year. I was stressed out beyond belief, hopeless, and defeated. Amber and I had done the best we could do with what we had and that was it. We were working like machines, day and night, and not a single client was happy. Being a typical man with too much pride, I hadn’t told anyone about our situation or my decision to dissolve the business; and being a typical woman who is way smarter than her typical man-husband, Amber had reached out to a number of close friends explaining our situation and asking for help.

Carla had been a close friend of ours for years and had seen us progress from our first wedding to our 100th wedding and has always been a huge help and inspiration since day one. She manages a well-oiled production MACHINE in Hartford. Sometimes I pull up to her driveway and I can hear the mechanical wheels turning, phones ringing off the hook, and production lines in full swing. Their customer service is incredible and a force to be reckoned with. It is pretty impressive to see and trust me…Amber and I did everything we could to implement the same system…in fact, Carla and I had first started meeting once a week a while back so that she could walk me through setting up the same system for Raw Photo. After 3 meetings or so it was pretty clear we were far beyond the point of no return and Carla presented me with a solution that her and Amber had been thought of and been working on….without me knowing!


wedding photo studio partnership

It was an offer I could not refuse. Especially since the only other option was to throw in the towel. Starting today, the C10 Studio Management Team will be responsible for ALL of the client-related office tasks and back-end studio work for RAW Photo Design including all emails, phone calls, albums, production, and delivery of finished products. Now all RAW Photo Design clients will finally get what Amber and I had TRIED to provide and what they absolutely deserve more then anything: the same AMAZING customer service that C10 Studio Management Team of Dominique, Julie, Rebecca, Dave, Jazzy and Philitha have been providing for Carla and her associates for years!

Where does that leave Amber and myself? It leaves us focusing ALL of our attention, time, and resources on where they should be: the creative work. This is what we are good at, enjoy doing, and jump out of bed in the morning just thinking of it. It is why I started the business in the first place…THE PHOTOGRAPHY….NOT the business. I’m drooling just thinking about it, “You mean I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do and you will do the rest?” I swear it is Christmas a month early at the Langlois household and I just got the gift of photography for the first time in 4 years!

The finer details are being sent to existing clients as everyone is reading this but in a nutshell RAW Photo Design will still be OUR brand…same website, same look, same awesomeness. Zero portion of the photography, retouching, or awesome sauce that has defined the RAW Photo brand and style will change because Amber and myself will still be in charge of all of it. In fact, it will only improve and thrive now that we don’t have to spend so much time on what we suck at: business. We’ll finally get to spend all of our time and energy on the reason I started this business in the first place: photography.

New Haven Lawn Club Wedding in New Haven, CT | Lindsey & James


 
Bridal Gown provided by the Plumed Serpent and designed by Badgley Mischka | Shoes by Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids dresses designed by Amsale | Cinematography by Penny Lane Productions | DJ and uplighting by Danny Estrella of Dash of Class | Floral Design by Flowers and Company | Bride and Bridesmaids Make-up & Hair Styling by Dana Bartone and Company | Reception Venue and Catering provided by The New Haven Lawn Club | Live Music by Band ETA Music |
 
new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

new haven lawn club wedding photos

Wedding at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Westchester, NY | Joya & Michael

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westchester ny wedding photographer

westchester ny wedding photographer

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westchester ny wedding photographer

westchester ny wedding photographer

westchester ny wedding photographer

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Holy Rosery Church, Hawthorne, NY | Westchester Floral Decorators | Getting ready at The Ritz Carlton in White plains, NY | Dress from Kleinfeld Bridal designed by Pnina Tornai | Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, Mahopac, NY

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Candlewood Inn Wedding | Brookfield, CT | Jamie & Neil

The hugest shout-out and special thanks to these two very talented ladies for capturing photographs that Jamie & Neil will cherish forever: Danielle Fuller of Beyond the Lens Photography and our radtastical 2nd photographer and Associate Portrait Photographer Janet Taub

Here are a few details from the day including the amazing vendors Danielle and Janet worked with!
Bride & Groom preparations: The Courtyard Marriott in Danbury | Floral Design: Rita’s Floral Touch | Gown Boutique: Something Blue Bridal | Gown Designer: Private Label by G | Shoes: Nina | Videographer: Al Bryan Lomotan | Reception: The Candlewood Inn | DJ: Teddy Rauert

Epic sunset shot by Danielle!
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Wedding at The Yale New Haven Lawn Club | Amanda & Vincent

Ah. The Louboutins. In my world you cannot dislike a designer with the self professed goal “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, and to make her legs look as long as I can.”

I am always in awe of those freakishly talented artists – their clear vision and ability to create something that is seen by the world as legendary, iconic.

Amanda’s pop of pink was definitely not overlooked beneath her wedding gown.  She definitely gets a gold star from me for choosing these perfect Louboutins, adorned with a deliciously oversized satin bow to wear for her wedding day. drool.

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Please indulge in a few of our favorite photos from Amanda and Vincent’s wedding day, and don’t be shy, leave comments for the newlyweds in the message box to the right. xo!

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Fierce.

Love this bridal party shot taken on Hillhouse Avenue, Yale University Campus in New Haven, CT.  Amanda and Vincent’s closest people definitely brought their A-game to the pictures.

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Amanda and Vincent’s day began with getting ready at The Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT.

Clearly, Amanda is beautiful, and was a very elegant bride. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to photograph these storytelling, candid, getting ready moments.

It is so exciting to be a part of that building anticipation for the day, and the pictures describe it better than words ever could.

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Amanda and Vincent are serious animal lovers…and we know that because we took a bridal party detour during picture time to stop at their house and grab a quick shot of each dog with our “just married” couple.  I know these are probably going to be some of their favorite shots and each is definitely frame worthy – so I am so happy that we all took the few minutes to make it happen.

A great benefit to having an early ceremony with a decent gap before cocktail hour is TIME, and we had a great timeline on Amanda and Vincent’s wedding day. It was stress free, allowed Eric to be spontaneous and creative for some really great shots on Hillhouse Avenue, walking around the historic Yale Campus ,and even grabbing some of the great historic buildings at Yale for a bunch of diverse backdrops.

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Lot’s of pretty when we arrive at The New Haven Lawn Club.

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These girls were having so much fun and were excited for the pictures we were taking (obviously = bridesmaid brownie points)…so, when I was shooting the decorative details at The New Haven Lawn Club, they grabbed me for a shot to “surprise” Amanda.

On the spot my memory did an instant recall of the Bridesmaids Movie poster…and then we did a rendition.

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This was the visual I had filed away somewhere in my brain, stored under “B for Bridesmaids” I guess?

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The ballroom of the New Haven Lawn Club is always dynamic and I really love it’s unique character; the crystal starburst chandeliers and decorative mirror panels above the fireplace add elegance, without competing with the potential for the space to be transformed into exactly what each couple has envisioned.

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I loved the palette, lighting design, style and glamour that Amanda and Vincent incorporated throughout their receptions details.  You gotta just check it ALL out.

And how amazing is that hint of SPARKLE everywhere?

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And who is responsible for all of this? Well these are some amazing vendors to work with…

Bride getting ready at: The Omni Hotel | Hair & Makeup: Laura Jacewicz of Somers Day Spa | Ceremony: Most Holy Trinity Church | Reception: New Haven Lawn Club | Floral Design: Rebecca Daleb of Flower Boutique | Gown Boutique: Bridal Trousseau | Bride’s Ceremony Gown: Maggie Soterro | Reception Gown: Custom made | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Videography: Vividography |  DJ: Robert Corr of CorrPros

Congrats guys, thanks for being patient for this post. We loved working with you, and hope these beautiful pictures were worth the wait. As always, please “share”, “like”, “pin” and “tag” away with photo credit to www.rawphotodesign.com, xo!

CT Shoreline Wedding at Amarante’s in New Haven, CT | Marianne & Ryan

Wedding at the Oceanbleu in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, NY | Kelley & Tom

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Nothing makes me happier than a bride, a normal girl, pulling off a pose that is strong, confident, sexy and sophisticated as this. Kelley knocked this shot out of the park.

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The Yummy-EST Details.
Bride getting ready at:The Fairfield Inn by Marriot in Medford, NY | Makeup Artist: Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture | Groom getting ready at: The Hotel Indigo East End | Ceremony & Reception: Oceanbleu, Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club | Gown Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Gown Designer: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Oceanbleu at The Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club | Band: Shawn Clark of Lapis Luna | DJ: Jay McElfresh of White Label DJ’s | Special thanks to Brenden Farinha for assisting

Here’s some getting ready action.

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And…when you are gonna bug your couple “just one more time”, you test the light and make sure it’s worth it. Guess what….IT WAS.

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We couldn't resist playing around with the light during the “Blue Hour”, always a fave.

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Wedding at The Meadowlands Mansion in Darien, CT | Christina & Michael

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Details:

Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Bridal Shoes: Sedaraby by Manolo Blahnik | Bridal Headpiece: Vintage | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Meadowlands in Darien, CT | Catering: Festivities Events | Floral Design: Flowers by Danielle

Thank you to our two amazing assistant shooters, Brenden & Rob.

Now, check out some of the great getting ready details that Eric and I shot at Christina’s mom’s home, before we headed to the venue.

You will see below that Eric and I had a little friendly competition on the best shoe shot, mine’s on the yellow quilt and his is hanging from the teal frame.

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As much as I hate admitting this, I actually like his more than mine. It isn't fair, he is always SO good...it can be frustrating when you are as competitive as I am. Regardless, Christina has two different shots that both do her Manolos justice. Whose shot do you prefer?

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Jessica & Jason’s Burr Homestead Wedding in Fairfield, CT | Danielle Fuller for Raw Photo Design

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How stunning is Jessica? I am thinking Hollywood Glam. Charlize Theron. You tell me, I say, just gorgeous.

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Are you drooling yet? Well, let’s start with the getting ready of Jessica & Jason.

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The details.
Floral Design: A personal Raw Photo Fave, Sophie Kirk of Hansen’s Flower Shop | Gown Boutique: April Rose | Gown Designer: Watters | Ceremony: First Congregational Church in Fairfield, CT | Reception: Burr Homestead in Fairfield, CT | Caterer: The Taco Truck

Michelle & Brian | Capellaro’s Grove Wedding in Bethel, CT

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Hair & Makeup: Michelle Lynn & Lauren Sawyer of Salon Odette | Groom getting ready at: The Courtyard Marriott in Danbury | Floral Design: Whisconier Florist | Gown Boutique: Delianne Bridal & Formal Wear | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Videography: Thomas Morlock of Vantage Point Films | Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Church in Brookfield | Reception: Capellaro’s Grove | DJ: Spin Doctor DJ | Portraits at: Digrazia Vineyards | Special thanks to Rob O’Brien and Brenden Farinha for assisting! |

Wedding at The Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook, NY | Jenny & Matt

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Wedding in Monroe, CT at The Waterview | Jim & Emily

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So, I have a confession. I got in trouble again at The Waterview.

I cannot figure out why I have such bad luck at this particular venue, but Jim and Emily’s wedding was no exception. I always follow all the rules and try to be on my best behavior while I am at work shooting a wedding, for some reason I am all over their radar.

I get caught out breaking rules and I don’t even mean to – ugh.

So, the first time I was shooting with Eric at the Waterview, I had a glass of wine at dinner. I didn’t think it was a big deal, it was that time!

The problem is, the Waterview doesn’t allow vendors to have a glass of wine {or drink at all}, and the coordinator {who did not know I was Eric’s wife}, went up to him and told on me!

He was like, “Ugh, we had no idea. I’m really sorry, that’s my wife”.

Strike 2 was at Emily & Jim’s wedding, during their couple bridal portraits at The Waterview. If you don’t already know this, the Waterview has very strict rules about which side you stay on {they have 2 weddings simultaneously}. Which, is fine, no big deal. I totally get it and am on board.

That said….

I see that the couple from the “other side” was wrapping up pictures with their photographer – we just had to get one or 2 more shots of Emily & Jim. The “other side” ALSO happened to have the only flowering tree on the entire property.

So…

I approach the couple and the photographer on my own, I very politely ask them if the minded us grabbing a few shots in front of the pink flowering tree once they were completely finished shooting.

And they said “Of course, no problem! We are finished now, go for it, all yours!”

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We grab a few shots, everyone is happy. Eric is excited about the pink flowers, Emily & Jim are happy, and it took all of 2 minutes –
Perfect, AWESOME! Right?

It was.

Until…I turn around and see “not so smiley” venue management team headed straight for me. Not again?! Yup, I did it. Turns out even though “other side couple” said no problem, they went inside and told on me!!! They said I made them uncomfortable?! Me?!

I apologized and really have to make sure my next trip to the Waterview is a flawless one.

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Yes, we took this next shot. Yes, it was the best we could do. And does it perfectly capture these little guys who had held it together all day long? I think so. Then it was off to grab some well deserved naps.

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Wedding Images at The Palace Theater & The Waterview, CT | Lynda & Sal

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Details.

Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Norwalk, CT | Reception: The Waterview | Hair & Makeup: Scarlet Carbuccia | Floral Design: Licari Custom Floral Designs by JP | Gown Boutique: Mariella Creations | Videographer: Digital Video Productions | DJ: DJ Serg Entertainment

MAD MEN | An inspired shoot at The Yale Study Hotel in New Haven, CT

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So, I bet you are wondering who is responsible for all this delicious madness?

Event Designer: Jubilee Events | Venue: The Study at Yale | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare | Hair: W Salon | Cakes: A Little Imagination Cakes | Fashion Stylist: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore | Flowers: Datura, A Modern Garden | Groom’s Attire: Valentino Tailors | Jewelry: Aquinnah by The White Dress by the Shore | Shoe Designer: Grace | Veil and Hair Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore | Prop and Furniture Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Gowns and Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Amsale, Coren Moore, Anne Barge | Cardigans: Ivy and Aster | Gloves: Carolina Amato | Fascinator: Bijou Van Ness | Cardigan Pin: Haute Bride | Necklace: Aquinnah for the White Dress by the Shore | Earrings: Haute Bride

Hugs and Kisses to Brenden Farinha, Janet Taub, and Renee Descoutures for assisting and shooting with me & E.

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Wedding at The Society Room in Hartford, CT | Ashley & Jeremy

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The details.

Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone of Dana Bartone & Company | Groom getting ready: The Residence Inn in Milford | Floral Design: Jane Rynaski of Just For You Floral Design | Gown Boutique: Julie Allen Bridals | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Kate Spade | Ceremony: Lauralton Hall Chapel | Reception: The Society Room | Band: Mike Connolly Sound Productions

Thanks to Bart Natoniewski for some seriously epic second shooting

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Kent Falls Day After Shoot & Wadsworth Mansion Wedding | Crystal & Tim

Who doesn’t want to wear their wedding dress a second time?
Who doesn’t want to be a bride again…just once more.

I do. I’d skip the tiara and the updo this time.

Actually…let’s be honest…it would have to be a whole different dress and look {8 years later} but I always want to re-live being a bride for the day {as long as I can keep the same hub}.

Crystal & Tim did exactly what I would do today, a shoot after the wedding, in a different location, with different styling and no interruptions.

The only goal…to take some fantastic photos. These are simply stellar and these are Eric’s favorite type of shoot.

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And Crystal is more brave than me…in the water…in the waterfall…in THAT DRESS! More on this at the bottom of the post…

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And now for their amazing Wadsworth Mansion wedding, I love every shot. Crystal & Tim are an insanely photogenic couple and she is a truly beautiful bride.

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Details.

Hair & Makeup at: The Hair Affair in Middletown, CT | Hair: Tonya Valentin of Naomi’s Studio & Salon | Makeup: Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture | Getting Ready at: The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell | Floral Design: Fleurescent | Gown Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Gown Designer: Sophia Moncelli | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Videographer: Bryan Brelsford | Ceremony & Reception: The Wadsworth Mansion |
Caterer: Grand Gourmet | DJ: Beth Angel of Party Pro DJ

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Congratulations guys, thank you for being such a pleasure to work with! And some more…from Kent Falls.

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Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate Wedding in Middletown, CT | Jameira & Greg

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Just wait. Be patient. Here is getting ready.

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Listen, I am at a lot of weddings. A lot of events. I don’t know what Tony does…but these flowers look like they are from another planet. Always so fresh, so vibrant, so unique. He is a floral mad-scientist and it is truly an honor to photograph his artistic genius.

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Love you all, hope you enjoy!