Greenhouse family photo session at Woodland Gardens in CT

The snow falling in huge chunky flakes was so graceful and peaceful falling with a hush, but it was already late March. Not a one of you wanted your families photographed in the confetti and my own kids were over it. Time to think outside the box by going into one!

Giddy when Woodland Gardens in Manchester CT opened their doors to us. Their warning was that in April the greenhouse ‘is just starting to look good’. Wow. I mean the color was so welcoming and the air so fresh.DSC_9742

So delighted when some of you braved the unusual idea with me to make some lovely images. Mixing it up was an exciting challenge, especially when I woke up to rain!

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All my wedding photographing experience had me ready to look at different angles, avoid the puddles and greenhouse equipment to make the expected clean and bright images of your relationships.

The bright spring colors in your outfits contrasted what was happening outside and was so inspiring and joyful inside. After glancing around there were lots of choices. We just had to find spots to snuggle for a few to get some updated photos to hang on the wall (or as a gift for Mother’s Day!!!) It was spacious enough to get the touch of play too…

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The mini session vibe and end results are different compared to in-home or park sessions, but I still love love love them.

Mini sessions are even faster paced than a full session with concentration typically on the immediate family but in a fun setting. We did pumpkins and leaves in the fall so spring was a welcomed new opportunity. No matter the setting, my focus always is capturing the family connection. Both types of sessions have a place in my business and on your walls.

They both could work for your family too, it depends what you want the images to reflect. Need some updates to your wall or do you want a full complete story?

Anyway, here’s a little sampling of the lovely love we captured in 2018 during the Spring Greenhouse Mini Sessions at Woodland Gardens in Manchester CT. Want details on 2019

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Are you ready to talk about your own family session?

I’m just a message away my friend 🙂 Contact me so we can get to talkin’. And if you think you’d like to do a mini session next time, keep your eyes peeled on instagram or sign up on my email list – I’ll be sure to share info without annoying you with junk. Promise!

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Mid Summer’s Dream Connecticut Family Photographer

DSC_5884 (2)Can’t rest. Used to juggling events on a calendar and hustling to sports dates.
Summer is here to slows us all down. Listening to the hum of an air conditioner can lull you into a daze. Not me.

All spring I have been shooting, scooting around town, managing dates. Intention was to share some of last summers’ lazy days and now there’s a backlog of images.

So I’m pressing pause. Then rewind.

I plucked some images from a sweet spring session to showcase how setting really does add magic.

Her giggle is timeless and this babyface is just as adorable a year later. Maybe more so because she’s grown.

Let’s meet up and freeze some time. Feel for a sec the world isn’t spinning so fast.

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Punch your brother – memories for a lifetime.

So we get the shots of everyone looking at the camera. But then I’m directing their play. I WANT the kids to interact and act up. For these too, I know the boundary is a little more aggressive, because we’re related. SO I may have encouraged a bit of a smack down. Photos remind us of whDSC_2342o we are to each other and what our family history is.  My style is about capturing the little, natural moments that document each person’s personality in the truest way possible. To me, the experience of having a fun, relaxed photo shoot (especially with kids!) is just as important as the resulting photographs.  But the point is that I’m not looking for perfect. And that’s not how you will remember your life either. If we can play we can get to the REAL yummy and before you know it, the shoot is done. These two were set in under 15 minutes. Being a mom is what made me a photographer. Kids are why I love it so much. So don’t hesitate because you’re worried about ‘behaviors’ or judgement from me on you’re kids mood. There is nothing your troops can throw at me I can’t work with.

Let’s make a playdate. Delight in your family. Be photographed in a fun & charming way.

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Best Mother’s Day gift, Family Photography

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People with grownup kids love to to say that “it goes so fast.” And you know what? They’re right. In a flash, from infant to big kid, and there’s only one way to hold on to childhood: freeze it.dsc_6024

We use our phone cameras and take a slew of photos. Those snapshots are so important. You hold them as dear as the ultrasound image or adoption photo that told you Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 2.51.48 PMparenthood was around the corner.  

Once they are here, walking & talking being adorable, they get all the focus and are always featured. Except for that rare time you throw one of the parents in the shot.

On Mother’s or Father’s day we have a chance to recognize and concentrate on the effort that goes into raising them. You could do that with a snapshot from your phone.

But why not celebrate the relationship and gift a new memory that can be printed, framed and bring a smile not just on one day but every time they see it. One of the most priceless gifts you can give your mom  or spouse is a printed photo, particularly in this life where we live so digitally.

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Gift a session that will capture your growing family just as they are!

I have one priced right just for mom and her kids. The perfect opportunity to surprise that sweet woman in your life with a gift that is easy to present.

Too often the busy and selflessness of their lives take precedent over taking the time do what matters most : capturing this season before it passes them by.  Give the priceless gift of photographs this Mother’s Day!mom2.jpg

As a mom, there’s nothing better than my spouse and kids planning a surprise that I don’t have to manage but where I have a bit of control.

Purchase a presentation certificate which comes with a what to wear guide. Certificates can be presented to a mom or Grandma. If you really want to impress her, a family session with the whole family can be prearranged and scheduled later.

Simple text Sarah at 860.819.6001 or email cruzsarah@yahoo.com and a certificate will be on it’s way.

Lemonade Stand Sisters – CT Family Photography

Listening to people’s ideas  is my inner confetti.  This group had a ton! A family session turned into a ‘you know what would be fun…’ Seems Mom runs www.morselsparties.com  The result is fresh squeezed adorable! She even had coordinated straws people!! So happy my bribe bubbles were yellow!!  Oh and the love between the sisters was pretty quenching too.  Check out Jill’s site or Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/Morselspartyplanning  and ring me up too!  You’ll be sure to see more of these doll faces soon.

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April Chaos at our house one photo a week – CT Family Photographer

Month of April… weekly photos based on one word description provided by a photography community

14/52 Radiate

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15/52 White

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16/52 Mine

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17/52 Pastel

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18/52 Moody

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Party of Five – Connecticut Family Photography

Outside again – finally! With a bit of a chill in the air, the playfulness of this family warmed everything especially the playground.  Twin energetic yet curious boys turning 3 and a big sister with the most gorgeously soft real smile that may just overshadow the mischief in her eyes. A detail Dad with a quiet manner and an on top of it while so patient mom that is a soft place to fall. Their tender connection to each other and quickness to laugh was so inspiring and fun! Been thinking so much lately about focus and how it really is important to capture your family in the realness. Feeling so incredible lucky to do what I do. Feast your eyes on some of the sweetest moments.

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Welcoming a new baby brother – CT Family Photographer

Not a newborn baby specialist,  I prefer the challenge of capturing a delightful laugh of a smirking kid running and looking back to see if you’re following. However, if you add a patient tiny preemie to two spirited brothers, that’s a combination like chocolate & marshmallow. Enjoy the deliciousness.

Welcome baby Chase!

Armed with a special angel & two other brothers that are sure to be “the only people that will bug you for their own entertainment and beat up anyone else who tries.

So happy for the parents of this crew. A house full of boys is the best.

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