CT Food Truck – Dixie Doughnuts//March 21, 2017

Impending warm weather has me itching to get outside and enjoy food truck season. One of my favorites for my sweet tooth is Dixie Doughnuts, a food truck specializing in craft doughnuts and doughnut sandwiches, served out of their 1975 camper food truck. The owners are equally as wonderful as their food.

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Three Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Being Photographed//February 24, 2017

Too often I hear people say they are aren’t photogenic or they’re not “ready” to be photographed. The truth is, unless you’re a professional model, it’s not that you aren’t photogenic, you most likely just don’t know exactly how to pose in front of a camera. And why would you? It’s not your job to know how to pose — it’s a photographer’s job to instruct you.  But there are certainly things you can do to prepare for a photoshoot that will help you feel empowered and more comfortable in front of the camera.  Here are my three tips to conquer awkwardness and overcome your fear of being photographed:

1 – Identify the Reason and Trust Your Photographer

First, ask yourself why you are afraid of being photographed. Is it something tangible or concrete, or general self-consciousness? Whatever your answer, I can assure you that everyone else feels the same way at some point. It’s normal to be nervous in front of a camera. Communicate your concerns with your photographer and they can address the issues one by one — we’ve dealt with them all before. After that, you should trust in your photographer and their skills. I always work with my clients to find out their likes and dislikes ahead of time. This will help me pose you and accentuate your favorite features. During the session, we review the photographs together. If you’d prefer to face a different way or for your hair to be placed differently, we make these smalls tweaks and ensure that you walk away completely satisfied.  I ask the right questions, my clients communicate their needs, and I deliver high quality portraits.

2 – Prepare for the Photoshoot

This is where you can be proactive in ensuring your photoshoot is successful.  Learning about the process of the shoot and what you need to do ahead of time will help you to relax. Ask as many questions as you can. How can you prep the week or even the night before? For starters, don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance before the shoot. You want to look like yourself, and the time to try a new look is not right before a photoshoot.

3 – Hair, Makeup and Outfits

I cannot emphasize just how important professional hair and makeup is. It’s not often you’re having your portrait taken, so invest the extra money and look your absolute best. You will go into the photoshoot feeling confident and you won’t have to worry about being both the subject and the stylist on the day of the shoot. Even for men, makeup can fill in under eye bags and discoloration in your skin. The purpose isn’t to look like you have a face full of makeup, it’s to look like your best self. Leave it to the professionals! I always suggest buying a new outfit for the occasion. It will help you get excited for the shoot, you will feel like a million bucks because everyone loves new clothes, and you can be sure that your ensemble will photograph well. Be sure to iron and de-lint your clothing beforehand. I always suggest waiting until you get to the shoot before changing into your outfit so it doesn’t wrinkle.

 

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Hartford Poet Publishes Book – Diners of Connecticut//February 20, 2017

Brett Maddux is a Hartford author and poet and he recently published his first book, “regent.” Regent is filled with over 100 poems, many written while traveling to diners across Connecticut, and all documented on his instagram account dinersofconnecticut. In addition to the portraits of Brett featured on this post, you can also check out the full article on CT Eats Out.

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Blind Pig Hartford Opening//February 20, 2017

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OSA Restaurant Preview – CT Eats Out Supper Club//February 20, 2017

CT Eats Out recently hosted the first of many Supper Clubs, an intimate dinner that features a different chef each month, in a unique venue. Subscribers have first access to tickets, and the general public can buy any remaining tickets 48 hours later. You can subscribe to the email list here. Dinners will vary in price depending on the theme but most will be under $70. Food is served family style to allow for a communal dinner that fosters relationships and brings people together.

Guests were welcomed with a craft cocktail made with Litchfield Distillery Gin, cara cara juice, Aperol and prosecco. Chef Matt and the team then served nine family style courses paired with wines selected by Missing Link Wine Co.

Food – Osa by Chef Matt Wick and restaurateurs Rich Garcia and Kevin Wirtes
Wine – Missing Link Wine Co.
Location – West Hartford Art League
Menu Design – Winn Has Wit
Pork – Walden Hill

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