CT Still Life Photographer ~ Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!  I hope you receive lots of love from your those close to you today. It is the month of love and so I decided to run a little photography challenge on Instagram.  Every day you take a photo with a heart.  It’s funny how sometimes we create out heart and others we find by surprise as a few people have.

We would love you to join in the fun with us.  Please follow Joyful Reflections Photography on Instagram and add your photos to #jrpfebheartchallenge.  I will be featuring more of your images later in the month.  Thanks to all you are participating.  Enjoy this special day!

The following two images are from Keli Jenning of Keli Jenning Photography .  Keli love your creativity!
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This beautiful heart was found while Cathy of Cathy T’s Landscape Design while shoveling all the snow off her porch  yesterday! Love it Cathy!photo2014-02-14_0011

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Cathy Testa - February 15, 2014 - 9:44 am

Enjoying seeing all the hearts, and glad you liked my photo. It was a spontaneous moment when I spotted the heart shape in the wrought iron door mat I keep outside on my steps. Thanks for including it in your series! Cathy Testa

Bonnie - February 15, 2014 - 10:55 am

Love this pictures! There are hearts everywhere – we just have to find them!
Favorite picture the buttons and the sheet music. Something about using sheet music as art gets me every time!

CT Children Photographer ~ 2014 Valentine’s Mini Session {Ellington, CT}

I can’t believe it’s already the month of love…February! That means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about what your going to give those special loved ones in your life?  Valentine’s is a wonderful time to take those perfect images of your little ones to share with family and friends.  You’re in luck  because I’m running a VERY specially priced Valentine’s Day mini sessions.  They will be held in my studio and I have a wonderful backdrop with lots of great props for the kiddos to have fun with.  If the weather is nice I would love to take your images outside.  Consider bringing some of your own personal props…they always add a personal touch.

With this special you will receive two fully edited digital images to create personalized Valentines to give to family and friends…what fun! This year make your cards extra special including images of your little ones and  give truly from the heart.

Please contact as soon as possible, there are limited spaces available and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the incredible special.   Happy Valentine’s Day!


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CT Family Photographer ~ Heaven Received a Special Angel {Ellington, CT}

Dorothy CT Professional Portrait PhotographerIn Luke 23:43 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” This Bible verse will forever remain with me. On the evening of January 16, 2014, I was praying while reading my Bible Promises app and looking  for comfort as my dear mother in-law was having a difficult time breathing after undergoing surgery for a broken hip. I read this verse just prior to getting the call from my husband telling me his mother, Dorothy Cella just passed on. Our Lord took her home. Oh how my heart cried out to all who knew Dot. She was one of the sweetness ladies I have ever met. Dot was so much more then an incredible mother in-law, she was a very dear friend. I will miss her so very much. My husband lost one of the greatest moms that ever lived. He called and talked with his mom everything night for all the years that we have been together.  My son Michael lost a very special grandmother. He loved his Noni so much and always look up to her and enjoyed ever moment he ever spent with her.

There was truly no one like Dot and those who knew her were truly blessed. She will be deeply missed but our cherished memories and the images we have will always keep her spirit alive and she will forever remain in our hearts. Heaven received a very special angel the day the Lord called her to join him in Heaven. I can see you now Dot smiling when you met your Lord…she was one of the strongest Christian women I have ever met. RIP Dorothy Cella until we meet again we will forever hold you in our hearts.

I am so blessed that our family spent a lot of time with Dot this past year, wonderful memories were made. I am so happy for video tapes that we will cherish forever. When you lose someone special in your life you look back at the photos you have and reflect on all the good times you had together and you feel a bit of peace.  

I made this video for our family to bring them comfort and peace at this very sad time. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but our Faith, good friends and family remaining close to each other has helped us as we are slowly beginning to accept that she is gone but not forgotten.

Please take a moment and watch this precious three minute video.  I promise you will be touched as you see how this incredible lady, Dorothy Cella always wore a smile…always showed loved to those around her…always enjoyed life.

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Lori S. - January 30, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Catherine, what a beautiful post. I can tell Dot was very special in many peoples lives. Sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family.

Pat Fraser - January 30, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Beautiful job Cath, wonderful. Ideo for all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Aunt Pat

Bonnie - January 30, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Catherine, what a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law and friend. She sounds like an amazing woman. She will certainly be missed.

reesa lewandowski - January 30, 2014 - 11:46 pm

This is so beautiful and I am sure she is shining down, saying thank you for the tribute!

Cathy Testa - January 31, 2014 - 9:26 am

So beautiful Catherine. What a special way to share your deepest feelings about a wonderful woman part of your life. I’m sure her treasures will be within you and your family forever. Cathy