Artist’s Choice Modeling Sessions


As professional photographers, we design most of our photoshoots around our clients’ needs, wants, and styles. While we LOVE to create a personalized experience for a variety of wonderful, talented people, sometimes we just have our own ideas and need someone who is excited to try them out with us!

How did it all begin?

When Johnathon and I first decided we really wanted to shift toward fashion-styled portraits with professional hair & makeup, we couldn’t get our clients on board. The issue was that we had no examples to show them.

We decided to find a few people who were willing (and excited!) to model our ideas and concepts so we could show future clients our capabilities.

We found a “guinea pig”, hired a hair & makeup artist, and were on our way! Once we got into things, our model was so pumped! We had never experienced the kind of excitement she had for our photography. She went all in, giving us everything she had and helping us produce the most amazing interpretation of our idea.

Not only was it an extremely fulfilling experience for us, but that photoshoot changed our business and our lives. From that day forward, we started receiving requests for the exact kind of photoshoot we had created. In addition, it showed us just how rewarding it was as artists to create a concept and achieve it. We decided to make these creative photoshoots a regular part of our annual business plan.

Where do we find inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere. We might be running errands and pass someone who stokes our creative juices. We might be scrolling the internet and see an image we can’t help but stop to admire. We might be photographing a dance school event and a dancer stands out from the crowd. We have found inspiration from cinema, fiction novels, YouTube, and just…people being people.

We’re inspired by so many aspects of a person. Sometimes it’s a quirky personality trait or perfectly arched feet or the shape of their jaw. Sometimes we have an idea in mind (like, “Let’s get a 50 lb bag of flour and throw it at someone while they dance”) and we’ll search until we find just the right person who we know will be on board!

What does a modeling session look like?

Modeling sessions vary wildly. There are so many factors specific to what we’re looking for at the time that it’s difficult to specify the details. Here are the basics though:

Step 1) We present our idea to you to see if you’re on board. We’ll lay out the details of what is involved and what you’ll receive as compensation. There will be no charge for the creation of the photos (a.k.a. the photo session). You will also receive a number of digital files and perhaps a bit of fame. 🙂

Step 2) We begin planning the photoshoot time, location, and outfit. Sometimes we’ll work with options you already have. Other times we may need to purchase, rent or borrow an outfit or costume. If hair and makeup are required for the concept, we’ll book our salon, Top Level Salon.

Step 3) We meet for the photoshoot to create inspiring images! Most often, we spend about an hour or so with our models.

Step 4) Within about a week or two of the photoshoot, we meet (in person or virtually) for a viewing session. At this session, we’ll reveal the amazing images we created together and help you choose a few of your favorites to keep for free! You are welcome to share your chosen free images online and make your own prints.

Step 5) We proudly share the final images on our website and social media! Occasionally, we’ll share images on stock media sites where others can purchase them to use in their own marketing, graphic design projects, and product designs. We would only ever do this with your explicit permission and a signed model release. The most important thing for us is sharing our creativity with our client base.

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Do we have to meet to review the images?

Meeting together to review images has a two-fold purpose.

  1. It can be quite overwhelming to narrow down hundreds of images to just a few. We have a great system of helping you narrow them down. Many models (and clients!) have expressed their appreciation for our artistic input as well. But in case you want more than we’re offering, you may purchase additional images, prints or products at this time. There is absolutely no obligation to make a purchase and we are very low key when reviewing images with you because of reason #2.
  2. Hearing your feedback about the images and the process is INVALUABLE to us. This is what tells us what to keep and what to change for future photoshoots. So thank you for setting aside a little time to help us in this way.

Do we take requests?

Typically, no. We only have time for a few modeling sessions per year, and it’s important that we spend that time and those resources on our own ideas and inspirations. However, feel free to message us about an idea you have with as many details as possible regarding clothing, location, mood, style, etc and perhaps it’ll be something we’re also excited about.

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Product Photography for Blessed Creek

We don’t often get the opportunity to create product photography, but when we do we absolutely love it! Something about pulling all the pieces together to create a cozy little scene is magical. We aim for a variety of textures to fill in the area around the products. And since product images need to be used on such a wide variety of platforms, we create images for every situation—banner images, social media images, online shop images. We also offer the option to include a few new headshots because it’s SO important for your customers to see who you are!

The owner of Blessed Creek is such a lovely lady who cares deeply about her products and about helping her clients find healthy solutions to their problems. Her products smell absolutely amazing! While updating her website, she realized she needed fresh, professional images to help better sell her products. I had the privilege of trying a few out as a thank you! It’s a treat to glide some lip balm on or massage my sore muscles with her salves. Go check out her website now!

Senior Portraits at Wadsworth Falls View in Rockfall, Connecticut

We’ve been photographing Melissa and her family for almost a decade! So when she needed senior portraits, she gave us a call. She was looking for a unique location where all her classmates wouldn’t go. We sent her a link to our locations gallery to help her choose one and she fell in love with Wadsworth Falls View!

This turned out to be the best choice. Just look at how gorgeous she looks against this amazing scenery! Her senior portraits will stand out from the crowd, and we’re so happy to have been a part of it. 

Graduation & Senior Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

When three of your children all graduate in the same year, you have to capture it in portraits! These siblings all graduated together—one from college, one from high school and one from the eighth grade! What a happy and proud mama we had by our side as we photographed her accomplished children.

There’s no denying that Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT has been a very popular location choice of our clients. (We’re currently looking into overnight rentals at Eolia mansion. haha) The park has so much to offer all in one gloriously large estate! Open grassy fields, a gorgeous mansion, classic portico, manicured gardens, and even beach! If you’re looking for a versatile and beautiful location for your next portrait session, put this one at the top of your list.

Teen Dancer Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

What a beautiful day we had to photograph Mary for her 15th birthday! She was an absolute natural and a perfect ballerina doll. Setting up under the portico next to the gorgeous mansion at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT was a great way to frame this classical ballerina and show off her beautiful sport. We completed the session by the ocean…IN the ocean! You’ll never hear me complain about a photoshoot on the beach. <3

Dancer, Musician & Family Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

One of our absolute favorite photoshoot locations is Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT. We love it even more when we get to create amazing dance photography with a beautiful ballerina, gorgeous musician photography with an elegant violinist, and family portraits with the whole clan!

Front Porch Project Portraits CT

We’re back to check in on you. How are you coping? Are you keeping busy and getting some sunshine?

We’re a little late to the Front Porch Project game because we’ve been using every spare minute to make masks for those in need. Now that we’ve had a few requests for front porch portraits, we’re here with cameras ready!

We’ve got rain all week but this Sunday, May 3, is supposed to be gorgeous. So we’re making a day of it! 

We’ll spend 5-10 minutes across the lawn from you and your household, creating portraits to remember this time. You’ll receive the digital images at no charge within a few days of the shoot and may use them however you choose.

One rule: No shopping for outfits or props. Come as you are. Even if you’re in your PJs. 

If you would like to make a donation to a charity in exchange for our services, please consider donating to Sewing Face Masks – Farmington Valley CT to help purchase supplies to make masks for essential workers in need. As a group, we’ve made over 15,000 masks! So many more are still needed.

If you’re interested in having a front porch portrait session, let us know by Friday at 5PM. Include your address in your message to us. We’ll then plan out our route and send you a time frame for your portrait session on Sunday. If there are any times that don’t work for you and your family, let us know and we’ll do our best to work around it.

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