The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in the “Favorites From 2015” contest. There were over 50 comments and I am happy to announce that the winner for favorite image is #1 Maddie Laramie a senior from Fermi High in Enfield. Congrats Maddie on winning a $75.00 print credit! I look forward to getting together soon to put in your order.

Now for the lucky person who made a comment. I put the number of people who commented into an online random generator and lucky #14 came up. The 14th person to comment was Jen Griger! Congrats Jen on winning a 1/2 hour mini session. Please contact me soon so we can book your session.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and I hope to have more contests…specials…and maybe even a photography class! So make sure you hop on over and “LIKE”  my Facebook page for updates. Come follow me on Instagram where I sometimes from separate specials and contests!

It wasn’t like winning the Powerball but I hope the lucky winners are still very happy!  Blessings to you all.

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Favorites From 2015 Contest!

As amazing as 2015 was with photographing so many beautiful people. I’m here to share with you my favorites. These images may have not been the most popular on social media or maybe they were never even were posted. However, these particular images continuously put a smile on my face.

They are in no particular order and I hope one or all make you smile too.

For me, January is always a time to reflect back on how I have grown in the past year as an artist. Time to celebrate how I pushed my creativity through my lens or photoshop. If I don’t continuously learn something new I will get bored and I don’t want that to ever happen because I am truly blessed with the gift God has given me. Time to honor the individuals or families I had the incredible opportunity to work with capturing their special moments.

So I have an idea…I’m going to run a “Favorite Portrait Of The Year” contest! Here’s how it’s going to work. The contest will run a full week and the portrait that has the most individual comments will win!

If there are 50 or more comments there will be a prizes for two winners…the person that comments and the individual or family that is in the portrait! So make sure you share this post on the social media platforms you use so word will get out!

What will they each win? One very lucky commenter will win a FREE 1/2 hour mini session in the coming year. The individual or family will win a $75.00 print credit.

So let the fun begin…enjoy browsing through the images and remember to comment below which image is your favorite!

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Elizabeth W. - January 6, 2016 - 4:21 pm

I love them all! I will say my favorite is the girl in the white chair. She really looks like she’s happy.

Tina Pronovost - January 6, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Catherine, I agree with Elizabeth, they are all stunning portraits! I’m a sucker for kids so I’d have to vote for the babies in the wash tub…that expression in the boys face, priceless!!

Susan Ketchale - January 6, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Favorite is two girls in the sunflower field for obvious reasons :) but they are all such beautiful photographs! Great job Catherine

Lisa P - January 6, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Love all of them them but love the one of Bri in the Western outfit!

Marjorie Francolini - January 6, 2016 - 7:38 pm

My favorite is the beautiful girl blowing the confetti! Love, her Mom :-)

Renee Cohen - January 6, 2016 - 8:04 pm

You’re making this way to hard Catherine I LOVE the guy with the sax!!!

Sue - January 6, 2016 - 8:55 pm

I like the young lady blowing confetti best. It’s a happy picture and an unique one as well. The girl in the white chair is a close second because she looks so happy and relaxed. Love the babies too…they are all so good.

Louise Ruel - January 6, 2016 - 8:55 pm

You are so so talented and blessed! I love the young man playing the sax pic in the sunset! It’s amazing!

So glad to call you friend!

Lori - January 6, 2016 - 9:08 pm

I have to vote for the sax player. Love the creativity and color!

Kandi V - January 6, 2016 - 9:25 pm

What wonderful pictures! My vote is for the little guy in the basket-those curls!!

Kathy Childress - January 7, 2016 - 2:58 am

Love the third one down. All those curls!!!
Every picture is special in their own way but it’s definitely my favorite!

Laurie DeValve - January 7, 2016 - 3:21 am

my favorite is the little blue eyed girl in the snow because it’s beauty includes innocence and joy!

Ana Goncalves - January 7, 2016 - 4:51 am

Beautiful pictures but my favorite is the baby boy in the bucket with the the gorgeous curls!!

Joyful Reflections Photography - January 7, 2016 - 6:04 am

Thank you everyone for your kind words. We’re on our way to hitting 50 comments! I would LOVE to see two lucky winners!

Jen Griger - January 7, 2016 - 8:11 am

The little boy in the apple basket is my favorite! Makes me want to scoop him up, play with him and hear what he appears to be saying in that moment.

Jill - January 7, 2016 - 1:38 pm

My favorite is the first one, the blonde with her arms resting in the chair. But they all are beautiful! I’m thrilled we had you as our photographer!

Kathy Fortiet - January 7, 2016 - 2:02 pm

First one is my favorite, beautiful young girl with sunflowers…..love it

Becky Laramee - January 7, 2016 - 2:58 pm

My favorite is the first one!!

Heather dimauro - January 7, 2016 - 3:16 pm

I love Maddie in the first photo!

Rita - January 7, 2016 - 3:17 pm

My favorite is definitely the sunflowers!
What a beautiful model and sunflowers are my favorite!

Linda Wilson - January 7, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Stunning Catherine!! I love the baby girl with the crown, however, the beautiful young pregnant woman is the winner in my eyes!!

Shannon Fritze - January 7, 2016 - 6:31 pm

These are so beautiful! Amazing work! My favorite is the first one, the girl sitting in the chair in the sunflower field! Stunning!

Nicki - January 7, 2016 - 6:53 pm

They are all beautiful! My favorite is the first one!

Annette covert - January 7, 2016 - 7:26 pm

All of these pictures are super fabulous, but I choose the curly haired cutie in the stripes! How can that hair NOT win?!?!

Tracy - January 7, 2016 - 7:36 pm

I like the confetti girl photo and the saxaphone sunset. All are beautiful photos though.

darlene - January 7, 2016 - 7:44 pm

I vote for Maddie in the first picture. Beautiful and natural

Keith Laramee - January 7, 2016 - 7:46 pm

First photo. Maddie in sunflowers…. awesome shot!

Chris - January 7, 2016 - 7:56 pm

My favorite is the first one with the beautiful blond young woman in the field of sunflowers!

Deb Griffin - January 7, 2016 - 8:29 pm

All these pictures are so beautiful but I have to vote for my curly haired dude in the basket❤️

Jay - January 7, 2016 - 8:35 pm

First photo is definitely the best one. Great picture, Maddie!

Kim - January 7, 2016 - 9:37 pm

maddie in the 1st picture gets my vote!

Janet Hagist - January 7, 2016 - 11:50 pm

I love all of these stunningly, beautiful photos, each one is so very different yet captures the subject perfectly. I must say, the first one of the lovely young lady sitting in the sunflower field is my favorite!

Glorimar Hickman - January 8, 2016 - 5:14 am

All are so beautiful! It was extremely hard to choose but the second one with gentleman on sunset steals my heart.

Tina Giard - January 8, 2016 - 9:10 am

they are all so beautiful but of course my vote will be for my son on the trolly! <3

Dawna Lambert - January 8, 2016 - 10:19 am

Love the first girl with blond hair in the sunflower field!

Teri Kovacik - January 8, 2016 - 10:28 am

Maddie is no 1

NANCI Jo Pandolfi - January 8, 2016 - 11:22 am

I vote for the first one.

Lynne - January 8, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Maddie Laramee in the first picture. Absolutely beautiful!

SteveO - January 8, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Maddie Sunflower!

mike buehrle - January 8, 2016 - 2:13 pm

top pic of girl in the sunflower fields

Holly - January 8, 2016 - 4:34 pm

I’d have to say the first photo. The expression on her face is pure joy, happiness, and confidence to “take on the world” all rolled into one shot. You captured it perfectly!

Anna - January 8, 2016 - 5:49 pm

Love the curly hair dude in the basket

Theresa & Darren - January 8, 2016 - 8:55 pm

First photo with Maddie and the sunflowers-beautiful!

Janis - January 9, 2016 - 5:34 pm

I LOVE the second photo the most, the young man and the sax. But…they are all amazingly beautiful photos!

Judy - January 10, 2016 - 12:24 am

My favorites are the expectant mom and the baby with the princess crown. Beautifully done!

Bonnie - January 10, 2016 - 6:11 pm

How difficult to pick just one!!! Love them ALL! But I have to say, in spite of all the ridiculous snow last year, the one of the little girl with the gentle falling snow is pulling at my heartstrings.

April - January 11, 2016 - 8:36 am

Curly hair baby in basket is adorable (plus I know him and that shows his sweetness). I have to give a nod to Ryan Browne. Sax, girl in fur with startling blue eyes, girl with flag in sunflowers and the girl lying on her belly with her legs crossed in background are other favorites. Too many good choices.

Emily - January 11, 2016 - 5:42 pm

All such beautiful photos!!! Hard to pick just one. My favorite is the boy playing the the sax with the sunset. The sky is too gorgeous not to love.

Megan - January 13, 2016 - 11:31 am

I vote for the little girl in the snow. Total sweetness.

Allie LaCroix - January 13, 2016 - 11:37 am

What a beautiful collection of photos! So hard to pick a favorite but I’d have to choose the two girls in the river making the heart with their hands. That one looks like it’s from a magazine!

Christopher Semmes - January 13, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Love them all too Catherine. I thought we could vote for two if I read this right.
1st choice is Sax player with the setting sun.
2nd choice is the babies in the Tub.

They are all wonderful photos and those parents and you should be so proud of what you created and stylized their portraits.
Christopher

Robert T. - January 13, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I love your work Catherine! Everyone one of these photos shows pure talent as an artist. Congrats! You make it hard to decide but I will go with little children in the tub, I love their expressions.

Carolyn W. - January 13, 2016 - 6:51 pm

Love love love the sax player!

Cheers To 2016!

What fun my son Michael and I had writing with sparklers on New Year’s Eve and then to create this image.

“To Love in 2016 through Capturing the Joy of Life for others”.

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I started my New Year’s Day by sleeping in after watching the ball drop in Times Square…kissing my hubby in celebration while saying farewell to 2015 and hello to 2016 and new beginnings.

I enjoyed a quiet morning in our big comfy chair in the living room sipping on my coffee and reflecting on 2015 while thinking about what may lie ahead for the coming year. I started looking through my my yearly planner and wondered what the days would be filled with. A smile came to my face when I thought about how awesome 2015 was for me with the many wonderful vacations I took to visit family and friends. Then to my business and how it exploded in the fall with so many senior and family sessions.

However, during this past fall as I was trying my best to keep up with all the editing while trying to balance my family obligations. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed and I didn’t want to get burned out. In October, for the first time I had to turn away potential clients because I just did not have enough time to get all the sessions and editing done before year end. On one hand it was a great feeling, on the other hand I was sadden because I never want to say no to capturing special moments for anyone.

I knew I wanted almost all editing done by the second week of December so I could enjoy the holiday season the way it was intended to be celebrated with good tidings of great joy. I did pretty well in keeping with my goal. I even had a few clients tell me to wait until the new year that there was no rush. I was so grateful for these clients and will forever be blessed for what they gave for me…time to myself.

I truly enjoyed my Christmas break with family and friends. We had plans to go skiing as a family right after Christmas but if you live in New England you knew there was no snow. I was sad but not for long because I knew I would get to relax and doing things I have wanted to for months around our home.

Throughout New Years Day  I saw so many Happy New Year celebrations posted all over social media and photographers posting their Best of 2015 with words to cultivate over for the coming year along with their goals. My head started spinning and I was getting anxious to begin my new year but I didn’t want this pressure. I wanted to start 2016 off feeling relaxed and refreshed. I want to give my best back to everyone who looks to me to capture their most important and precious moments in the coming year. I wanted my creativity to be renewed and ready to share new ideas. So I said to myself start slow…one thought…one moment…one day at a time. I’m no different then anyone else in wanting to start the year off perfectly however I wanted it stress free too. Was I asking for too much?

The thought of everything being perfectly lined up was actually causing me a bit of stress and not the way I wanted my new year to start. I have personal and business goals like many others. Things I want to work on this year that didn’t work so well last year. I want to focus even more on my clients this year and make sure they’re receiving everything they are looking for in a professional photographer.

I made a promise to myself to not measure my success by others around me. Each and every one of us have our own special talents and gifts. I am going to be happy for them in their successes and cheer for them while I’m going through my journey. I am blessed to not have to work at my business full time where others chose to. In 2016, I want to continue to have time for the things that matter most to me and my family.

In the coming weeks, I hope to catch up on blogging some of the wonderful seniors I have the opportunity to photograph this past year along with some of my BEST of 2015 images. I am also working on creating an entire new website, marketing and brand. I’m excited to get to work on these things and hoping to be filled with joy not stress throughout the process. Life is to short to be nothing but happy in all aspects of our life.

So cheers to 2016 and success to each and every one of us!

 

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Bonnie - January 4, 2016 - 9:47 pm

I always look forward to your photographs! And as much as I hate seeing the year come to a close, I love the promise of what a new year has to bring!

Joyful Reflections Photography - January 5, 2016 - 1:02 pm

Thank you Bonnie. I will try to keep up my blogging more this year and share images other then portraits. I do love my still life too. Happy 2016…it’s going to be YOUR year!

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