Model Portfolio at Harkness Park

Couture_Model_Portfolio_at Harkness Park_by Exclusive Image

by Heidi Denney

Rebecca heard about us from one of the models we shot this year and when she reached out to us, we were all excited to work together. Hair and makeup was done by the always excellent Top Level Salon, with shots done around West Hartford Center and at Harkness Park. As you can see, she was amazing, being able to pull off a range of looks from cute girl next door, to Parisian street fashion, to elegantly sexy. Check out the result.

model portfolio at harkness park

Urban High School Senior Portraits – Samantha

Urban High School Senior Portraits

It’s time for high school senior portraits – one of our favorite times of year! You won’t have more fun on a photo shoot with anyone else. Contact us now to schedule your planning session. We’ll talk about your ideas on how you’ve always wanted to be photographed, discuss locations, clothing and professional hair & makeup options. Add a friend at no additional charge.

Are you looking for urban high school senior portraits? Check out our Shoot Locations tab for urban ideas like Blue Back Square, downtown Hartford, the Riverfront, Hotel Duncan and West Hartford Center.

urban high school senior portraits

by Heidi Denney

Urban Ballerina – Becky

Before & After Professional Hair & Makeup

Urban Ballerina

By Johnathon Denney

 Urban Ballerina At Her Best

We first met Becky years ago when we were photographing a ballet by Connecticut Concert Ballet. She stole our hearts. Her beauty, strength and control makes her a star on the stage. So when the opportunity came up for us to photograph her off stage, we jumped on it! Working with this sweet, urban ballerina made our day. So humble. So amazing.

Hair & makeup by Elise O’Mara of Top Level Salon. Locations: West Hartford Center, West Hartford, CT and The Riverfront in downtown Hartford, CT.

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.

Style Wars 2014 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.

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

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Shoot With Bridget

Audrey Hepburn inspired shoot

by Johnathon Denney

Audrey Hepburn Inspired

Bridget… our muse. Every artist has one. Or at least that what we heard until we started working with Bridget and came to a full understanding of the “artist’s muse.” So when she asked us to do an Audrey Hepburn inspired shoot, we were ecstatic! We had several classic Hepburn looks in mind when we met with Bridget at Top Level Salon. We started indoors with the clean, pulled back hair look and then moved out into the cute little streets of West Hartford Center to capture “the shopper” in her hat and sunglasses. Bridget was a Hepburn master!

Salon Style-Off!

For Top Level Salon’s Open House, we did an open-ended style off between their hair and makeup artists. Elise and Natasha worked on Sarah Clauson, while Katie and Michelle used Sarah Patulak. While Elise and Natasha went with a dramatic smokey eye and bright red lip to go with sexy waves, Katie and Michelle chose colorful purple and pink and a stylish bun for a modern girlie look. We unveiled the looks during the open house and took votes to see which was more popular, with Katie and Michelle’s team, with the purple eyes, pink lip and cool bun, leading with just four votes. Super close!

Avante Garde Fashion Shoot with Bridget

by Heidi Denney

by Heidi Denney

We were more than a little excited to finally work on this avante garde fashion shoot with Bridget! Elise O’Mara at Top Level Salon was amazing and created exactly the look we wanted. But before we dolled this girl up, we captured some natural portraits of her …just for mom. 🙂 Check out the transformation! Then tell us why YOU can’t do this too. I dare you.