The Wedding Dress – Commercial Fashion Photography

Commercial Fashion Photography

By Heidi Denney

The Wedding Dress

We love the gowns from The Wedding Dress in Portland, CT. Modern, glamorous and oh so soft! We met up with Shelley, the owner of The Wedding Dress, at Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton, CT to photograph some of her newest dresses. The setting was dreamy, the models were stunning and the dresses topped it all off. We had the models lounging on the bench one minute and sitting in a beautiful claw-foot tub the next. No one’s job is more fun than ours. [wink] If you’re a local designer or shop owner, we’d love to work with you on your next commercial fashion photography project.

Hair & makeup by Elise O’Mara of Top Level Salon. Models Elise O’Mara and Kylie Frink.

Modeling Portfolio Update – Kiley

modeling portfolio

by Heidi Denney

Modeling Portfolio Wow!

We love this transformation! Kiley soft pink glow made for a beautifully feminine photo shoot. This modeling portfolio update perfectly complimented the looks she already had in her portfolio. It was absolutely frigid out but Kiley soldiered on! The adorable West Hartford Center made a perfect location for this update with its quaint suburban feel. And having Top Level Salon close by made it an extra perfect fit.

Dark Snow Fashion Photography – Sara

Snow Fashion Photography

By Heidi Denney

A Great New Relationship

Sara’s a friend of a friend, a model twice-removed, if you will. We’d expressed some interest in working with her, but hadn’t really even met until we all showed up for hair and makeup, getting ready to create some amazing snow fashion photography! And the rest, as they say, is history. There are shoots and then there are shoots. This is definitely the latter. With professional modeling jobs and TV credits under her belt already, she knew what she was doing the second we raised the camera and flowed from pose to pose as the snow fell. True magic.


Style Wars Competition – Top Level Salon

Top Level Salon stylists Elise and Yolee and interpreter-by-day-model-by-night Jenn made up our first team for the 2014 Style Wars. When we walked in that night, everyone was so excited to start working. There were braids of blue hair and gold leaf laying out, and while the airbrush hummed, Jenn slowly transformed into an avant garde fashion model. We shot in the salon before moving out to the street in West Hartford Center, where Jenn became the center of attention for all the people walking by. This was one of the first shoots where I was able to use our new DS lens, and it worked out perfectly. See for yourself.

Frozen Snow Princess – Bella & Lily

Frozen Snow Princess (or Two) Brave The Blizzard

These frozen snow princesses take the cake on risking their lives for a photo shoot! It was a blizzardy day which we knew was coming. We wanted to shoot in the snow so we put out notice on our Facebook page, asking for anyone interested in braving the conditions for some unique portraits. These girls (and their mom) drove over an hour in the thick of the blizzard to get to us! And we were so happy they did. Lenses freezing over, lights getting buried in snow falling faster than we could keep up with and our car stuck halfway into Walgreens parking lot was ALL worth it. We were just happy when we knew they were home safe again after. :-)

Studios! Dance Portraits of Your Best Dancers

Dance photography is one of our specialties, ranging from costume portraits to audition and performance photos. We are dancers ourselves! So we love finding that perfect combination of two arts – dance and photography. Many of our bigger schools will book a photo shoot for their ensemble or company dancers and we’ve had some amazing results! These customized, fashion styled photo shoots really show off your students’ talent and are great for marketing and branding your studio. Give us a call to discuss what we can do for you! 860-295-8444

Backyard Family Portraits

backyard family portraits

by Jon DeNicholas

We were thrilled to hear from Lori again when she called to update her family portraits! So we planned a new family portrait session for them right in their own yard. The girls will fondly remember the yard they played in as children as they look back at these images years from now. Such a simple setting worked beautifully to capture this family at this time in their lives. Backyard family portraits are the way to go when you want the kids to feel comfortable!

Their Backyard Family Portraits


City Ballerina Portraits – Sadie

City Ballerina

By Johnathon Denney


Sadie dances at a ballet school we work with, CT Concert Ballet. She was ecstatic when she recently got her first pair of pointe shoes! Meanwhile, Mom wanted a great work of art of her beautiful daughter for their holiday cards. So she gave us a call and we started designing her city ballerina portraits. She opted in on natural professional hair and makeup by Top Level Salon and Elise did a great job keeping it age-appropriate.

before and after

by Heidi Denney


City Ballerina Portraits