CT Children Photographer ~ Outdoor School Portraits { Ellington}

Well hello blog, it has been way to long since I have visited you. Forgive me, but this means I’ve been extremely busy behind the scenes with editing along with working on my studio and home remodeling. A very busy schedule to manage along with playing taxi cab driver to my little man after school each day.

The months of September and October were filled with photographing school portraits that I offered at my outdoor studio. It was a huge success and I will definitely be offering them again next year. The parents were thrilled with the natural light portraits. I loved meeting so many of the children and photographing them in a more relaxed and fun setting. It was a win win situation for all.

I have also done many high school seniors and fall family sessions which I hope to eventually share with you. However…I need to continue with all the editing and creating of galleries for my clients to view their portraits.

So for now…I share with you some of the beautiful smiling faces I captured with school portraits. I hope you enjoy browsing through them. Have a blessed day!


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Elizabeth - November 12, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Catherine, these are beautiful. I wish I knew you were doing these I would have brought my daughter. Sign me up for next year!

Kim - November 12, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Wonderful work.

Gina - November 12, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Love them all!!

Linda - November 13, 2014 - 12:23 am

Beautiful pictures. Hope you are having a great week. Linda

Cecilia Fitzgerald - November 13, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Love these photos Catherine! Thank you so much for taking time and talent to create a beautiful memory for us.

CT Children Photographer ~ Natural Light School Portraits {Ellington, CT}

Are you ever discouraged with the school portraits of your child? Do you love outdoor natural lighting photos versus indoor studio school portraits? Well…here’s your answer! I am trying something  new this year and offering outdoor school portraits. Here’s your chance to be right beside the photographer, maybe even assisting the photographer with your child’s school portrait.  Yes, that means you can comb their hair and have them looking just the way you want. Exciting right?  Don’t delay contact me today to hold your spot!

Below are students that I have photographed showing the backgrounds available. I hope to photograph your smiling student! Call Today!

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CT Business Photographer ~ Bluemoon Design Studio { Ellington}

I recently had the most wonderful opportunity to work closely with Karen McLaughlin, owner and milliner (fiber artist) of Bluemoon Design Studio located in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Karen makes the most beautiful handmade hats and shawls for every season. Kentucky Derby style hats and hats for that special lady who just wants to look and feel wonderful any day of the week.

Karen is on a journey to design and create timeless pieces of wearable art. All her items are handmade with exquisite detail going into each and every piece, which also makes each piece unique in and one of a kind.  She carries hats for both casual and dressy, free-formed felt bodies, and nuno felted. Summer straws as well as fabric constructed. She is now starting to produce a line of hats for men too. Her prices range from $30 dollars to $300 dollars…but averaging around $100. She firmly believe in the philosophy of repurpose, reuse, and recycle. I love that about her! I’m all about that myself. She also promotes the use of natural fibers.

Some of you may wonder, as I did…why the name Bluemoon Design Studio?  After talking with Karen I found out she decided to call her business Bluemoon Design Studio because a blue moon occurs about every 19 years. For Karen, after 19+ years of supporting her family by working in the corporate world, and raising their children, she entered the next phase of her life. Hence…the blue moon phase has come again to her life and was ready to rejoin fellow artists in the art world. She has always been doing something artistic or creative. She ran a business of manufacturing and designing fine gold jewelry when she was in her twenties. She then raised her children and like many, was faced with financial responsibilities so she accepted a corporate position working in retail management. That position brought her from her homeland of Vermont to the state of Connecticut. But as with her art, so was her career. She spent 10 years in retail then moved into the banking industry as a financial analyst. Luckily her creativity allowed her to think outside the box and to solve problems that would stump others. At this phase of her life, she went into the mortgage industry helping people to achieve their dreams of purchasing homes that seemed unobtainable.  However, the rug was yanked from beneath her only 2 years before she planned on retiring.

Karen being such a hard worker and  positive person with her creativity, decided instead of waiting 2 years, she saw this as the hand of God opening the door to another new phase of her life.  I love that about her…always looking at the positive side of life. So she dusted herself off and returned to her gift of art again! We are all blessed that she did!

Karen is preparing to create a website to market her hats but for now she attends art shows to increase her exposure and to promote hat wearing. She has many shows she will be attending this summer and fall. Doing shows for Castleberry fairs and festivals, Art rider shows, Old Deerfield show, and the Roseland Cottage show in Woodstock where I first met Karen. She also markets to many private organizations as well. She has been approached to place her hats and other products in retail locations but at this time has chosen not to.

For Karen…what started as a passion for hats, has become an obsession to create them!  You may follow Karen on Facebook at Bluemoon Design Studio.

Please enjoy some of my favorite pieces she has recently made. Thank you Karen from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to work with you in creating these images that will help to promote your business and for your friendship along the way. I wish you the very best in your business!


Here is Karen making adjustments to the shawl by adding a pretty pin.  I love how many of her hats are sold plain and you can add a bit of “bling” to them with flowers of your choice.

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Sharon - July 8, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Catherine, these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us. I will be checking out Karen for sure on Facebook.

Karen the Hat Lady - July 8, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of my hats and shawls ….it was easier to make them then setting up for the shoot …Catherine is such a perfectionist ….but was so worth it as you can see by her beautiful pictures of my work.

Laurie - July 9, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Beautiful work all around.

Donna T. - July 10, 2014 - 5:50 am

Very talented “Hat Lady”. The images are beautiful Catherine. You pay such attention to detail. Well done. 🙂

Bonnie - July 10, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Your post couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m headed to the Saratoga Race Track next month and will need a new fascinator / hat! Now I know where to go to find one!!!

Charlotte Sheer - April 17, 2016 - 8:12 pm


I am trying to reconnect with my friend, Karen Hartigan McLaughlin, whose work you have so beautifully photographed here, after decades of not being in touch.

Many thanks!

Charlotte “Charli” Sheer (a different last name than that by which Karen would remember me)

Joyful Reflections Photography - April 28, 2016 - 9:38 am

Hi Chrarli,

Thank you for your kinds words. I will email you Karen’s info after I contact her. I hope this helps you. Good Luck! She’s a great lady and friend!