Jessica ~ Ellington High School Class of 2014

Oh my ….what can I say about lovely Jessica? She is one of the sweetest and most classiest girl’s I’ve ever met!  We laughed and had a great time together through out her entire session! I love it that Jessica loves photography herself and is looking forward to pursuing it now and in the future.  She is actually my assistant for this summer and I’m thrilled about this!  She is a graduating senior with Ellington High School…one of my Senior Reps and she is going places!

She’s is a lover of old things…tumbling and the color turquoise!  Jessica is very involved with her church youth group and is currently on third her missions trip to Mexico. She is teaching Vacation Bible School to the children in Mexico.  This truly lifts her spirits and how could it not!

Jessica arrived for her photo session looking absolutely stunning with a perfectly natural look to her makeup. It brought out her natural beauty which is soft and delicate.  A big thanks once again to Laura of Flawless Face by Laura for her fantastic skills applying makeup! Remember seniors…want to bring out your best features for these important images splurge a bit and get your hair and makeup done…you’ll feel terrific and your images will show it!

One of Jessica’s favorite memories from high school was getting her license a few months ago.  She loves listening to Christian music…shopping at “Forever 21″ and singing with her church’s youth band.  After high school she plans to attend a college in the state of Virginia majoring in Genetic Counseling.

Jessica you are a dear person and I wish you the absolute best in the years to come.  Hold true to your faith and your heart and you will find true happiness always.

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Karen - July 30, 2013 - 10:01 am


Kim - July 30, 2013 - 10:48 am

Wow! You caught so many of the different expressions of Jessica; her serious side, silly side, peaceful side, and thoughtful side.. It’s so hard to believe that my first “baby” is heading into her senior year and soon to be a college freshman. Thanks again, Catherine. I LOVE these portraits!

Sarah T. - July 30, 2013 - 11:25 am

Absolutely beautiful!! Amazing photos! Catherine you are a true artist and I just admire your work so much.

Dan - July 30, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Wow!!!!. Jess, you are stunning! I love the images. Catherine you did a wonderful job capturing all of who Jessica is. She is truly beautiful inside and out!!

Kay - July 30, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Stunning photos! Will Jessica ever be surprised when she gets home from her trip. Great job Catherine Cella!

Wendy Kane - July 30, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Great job! Love the creativity in the session. Jessica is just lovely. Looking forward to seeing more senior portraits.

Bette - July 30, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Oh Catherine…you did it again….wonderful wonderful pics! Jessica is just a beauty! She is so giving and that proves there are still wonderful kids out there!

Laura Gonzalez - July 30, 2013 - 10:39 pm

Catherine you have done it again. These photos of Jessica are absolutely beautiful. I have several favorites. The antique car pic is just so cool but so are her gymnastic pics as well and others. All hard to choose from. I just showed Brenna and she loved that she was a small part of that day with you and Jessica. Beautiful work as usual.

Sharon - July 31, 2013 - 7:17 am

I agree with every other comment…Catherine you did it again! You created incredible images for an incredible lady. What wonderful memories for her to carry with her through out her life.

Irela - July 31, 2013 - 7:54 am

Wow……what a gorgeous young lady and what wonderful images of her. These are so great. Love every single one of them. Great job and congrats to Jessica on her upcoming Senior year.

Kandy - July 31, 2013 - 8:35 pm

My niece is beautiful. What wonderful pictures. We are proud of her.

Sandy collins - August 1, 2013 - 2:31 am

Gorgeous …I’m speechless

Chelle {Everyday Polish} - August 2, 2013 - 5:22 pm

These photos do a great job of capturing her young energy and spirit-I’m sure she’ll treasure them for years to come! Great work!

Jessica - August 14, 2013 - 1:02 pm

I had so much fun posing for these pictures! I am so thankful for an amazing photographer with a great eye to do my senior pictures. Ten years from now I will be able to look at theses pictures from high school and still love them!

Sunflowers ~ Buttonwood Farm Sunflowers for Wishes.

It’s that very special time of year once again…time to visit the beautiful sunflower fields at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut.  Come see the many acres of vibrant yellow sunflowers as the farm’s annual “Sunflowers for Wishes” which brings together families,  photographers from all over and anyone who loves to spend time among the flowers for a worthy cause, raising money  for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.  You can take a hayride, buy bouquets of sunflowers and try their famous sunflower ice cream which is available to you only during this special event which continues through July 28th.  For more information check out there website, ButtonwoodFarm.

I have been to this wonderful event before but unfortunately this summer has been extremely busy for me and I won’t be able to take the road trip. However…I still wanted to photograph some lovely sunflowers and was lucky enough to drive one mile from my house in Ellington Connecticut and found a field full of flowers. I love the “Make a Wish Foundation” and will still make a donation.  Please consider a trip to Buttonwood Farm you will definitely enjoy it!  Happy Summer!

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Marybeth - July 24, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Catherine, lovely photos and thanks for sharing the info on the farm. I would love to take my family there before it ends.

Kay - July 25, 2013 - 7:16 am

Beautiful photos. I have been to the Buttonwood Farm in the past and always had a good time.

Sarah @ RAD Living - July 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

WOW…beautiful photos! I’ve never been to Buttonwood Farm…thanks for sharing the info!

Irela - July 25, 2013 - 10:14 am

Stunning images Catherine and what a wonderful event to be a part of every year. Wonderful cause.

Sharon - July 25, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Gorgeous photos Catherine! You truly know how to capture the true beauty of these flowers. Great event…would love to go.

Cathy Testa - July 25, 2013 - 6:30 pm

So crisp, clear, and bright!! Photos made to cheer up your day. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your photos.

Dana - July 26, 2013 - 8:11 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I will have to make it to the farm. My son adores sunflowers – we tried planting them this summer, but they were attacked by bugs!!!! Here I was hoping to get pictures half as good as this, and my sunflowers don’t have any petals left!

Jenny - July 26, 2013 - 12:21 pm

I love BWF, my mom always buys the bunch for Make-a-wish and brings some to me! They have great ice cream too!! :)The photos are beautiful!!

Bonnie - July 27, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Your pictures are always incredible…and these are no different! Love the happy little sunflower! One of my favorites and acres and acres of them are even better.

Scared of bees that I am…I still loved these pictures! :-)

Jess - August 6, 2013 - 12:47 am

I love the detail on those closeups! I hope I can make it to Buttonwood while they’re still in bloom.

Mother and Son.

Darling little one,
With eyes like mine
And tiny little hands
On day to capture the world,
My Angel Child
Sweet Angel Child
you are my gift from God.  ~ Najah T. Clemmons

There is nothing more precious on earth then the love between a mother and a child.  Wendy is so blessed with this perfect little angel from God.  I wanted nothing more then a beautiful setting to capture this. Such pleasure we had together while creating this image on a very hot and humid day where we were able to keep a bit cooler while wading in the water.  Congratulations to you and your family Wendy on the birth of your son Dempsey.  I can’t wait to show you the many more to come.  Blessings to you.

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Valley Falls Vernon CT Newborn photographer

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Chelle {Everyday Polish} - July 13, 2013 - 12:51 pm

I love this image! The colors are perfect and they look so peaceful. Great work!

Jan - July 13, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Love this! Great portrait, Catherine. Beautiful lighting, beautiful subjects, beautiful scene!

Amy - July 13, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Beautiful photo.

Wendy Kane - July 13, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Love the setting! Sweet baby.

Wendylis Perez - July 13, 2013 - 10:53 pm

This poem matches the photo perfectly … both beautiful … Thank you for capturing this beautiful moment for not just myself but also for my family!

Halina - July 14, 2013 - 7:38 am

Love this picture…

Susan - July 20, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Catherine, it was such a pleasure to meet you this past week. This picture and all your work is so beautiful.

Sharon - July 21, 2013 - 6:13 am

Just another gorgeous image Catherine. Love the setting, just stunning.

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