Wednesday, November 26, 2008

dan + beth e shoot = ten eyck times TWO

Yeah, you heard me right! TEN EYCK times TWO! See, Mr. Daniel is my brother in law, aka Mr. Dan Ten Eyck.

I have known Dan for going on about 11 years and have seen him grow and change into quite the hilarious young man. Dan is about 8 years younger than my husband Dave, so it's been fun re-living some things vicariously through Dan- but I won't divulge what, exactly!

So when Dan met Beth- well, we all held our breath for a few reasons- I SO wanted her to be the lady for my brother, the one that would be there for him through our crazy family dinners, to help me gang up on Dan and Dave's dad, and to just fit seamlessly into our close and loving nutty Ten Eyck family- and to NOT be just 'the girl friend' who kind of lurked around in the background, on the peripheral of what was going on and not ever really engaging in our life. To be honest, I have had my fill of those ladies, no offense Dan!

Enter: Beth

She is a force to be reckoned with. A woman who knows more about organized sports that any and every member of the Ten Eyck family combined- which is not really a feat in and of itself since we don't know squat- but maybe even more than most MEN, in general! She is a BIG football fan, used to drive a bright yellow Mustang and had a mouth that would make a sailor blush! She is cynical, and sarcastic, and FUNNY as all get out- and mouthy and a shit talker and she can back it UP!

All said and done? I LOVE HER!!!!

Even better? I LOVE THEM TOGETHER even MORE, if that is possible.

They make me laugh so hard that I almost pee in my pants, like every time I see them. When Mike and I showed up to do their shoot, I warned him- I said- 'Dude, he is NOTHING like Dave' He had no idea what I meant then, but after meeting them he just kept looking at me with the funniest expression on his face during our whole shoot. We both had a hard time not laughing and just shooting

Dan didn't stop talking the entire time, mostly he was ball busting, since my family doesn't really ever see me like, actually working in my element. So I say this to you, my favorite Ten Eyck brother in law- put this in your pipe and SMOKE IT!

Yes, that's a weekly menu up there on their chalkboard. CRAZY MAC AND CHEESE HOTDOG HOO HA! I'm coming back over for dinner next time that's on the menu :)

I don't know about you, but I ALWAYS hang out on my dining room table

Love Dan's fancy boots

I was going for the whole ET look here- see they LOVE toys and have quite a collection going on. But mostly I love Dan's expression here, it's hilarious!

A rare quiet moment with these two

See Mimi? I told you I would get a nice shot of your Danny! :)

Who'd have thunk that hanging out in front of your shed that REEKED of gasoline with some java could be so fun!

I just knew that I would be doing some ring shots on some robots- Dan has quite the collection of Robot toys

This series is pretty fun, I love Dan's smile in these and Beth's look in the last two

They love themselves some Guitar Hero and are all serious about it! I could barely shoot them during this bc they were concentrating so hard! NERDS!!!

Check out Beth's shirt

I can't wait for their wedding, not only because it's their wedding but because they are getting married where Dave and I did- at the Groton Long Point Yacht Club- and I have never shot there!

I love you guys!! And I am bummed that I am going to miss you both tomorrow :(


Monday, November 24, 2008

sarah + joe wedding at the woodwinds

So OK, here is my last, and FINAL wedding for 2008- but as a second shooter for the lovely and genteel Mrs. Amanda Harris Herzberger of Orchard Cove Photography fame! Amanda and I started out our seasons together, ironically enough- back in February I guest shot with her at The Hartford Club on a snowy winter day and came full circle to end my season with her in November at the Woodwinds in Branford!
Amanda's clients, Sarah and Joe were two of the nicest people- they were so welcoming of not only me but of MY company for the weekend, Miss Jamie O from Wichita way! Their groomsmen kept us all limoncello LAUGHING our BUTTS off- and they sported the absolute coolest black vintage Caddy I have yet to lay my lens was SWEET! And provided me with the best backdrop ever for some details!

Mrs. Herzberger was ALL over the place, there may as well have been two of her!

The crazy colors and light in this shot make me feel all warm inside!

Once I saw this beauty pull up....well GAME OVER! I had already shot the details at Sarah's house but it was do-over time for C 10ike! The reflections and chrome just provided an endless canvas for was heaven!

One of my favorite brides and ladies of all time, Mrs. Jeff Reilly- had these same shoes, and I loved them then and I loved them now!!! Those bows? COME ON!

And how can I not work the hoo ha on top? What's that called? The hood ornament?

Sister O- working a detail shot of our boy, MIKEY! This guy was off the hook! He was so helpful and sweet, he was basically everyone's go-to guy for the day- if you didn't know where someone was, or needed something? CALL MIKEY!

That baby was so shiny I had to rock some reflection action of the boys

Hands, buttons, circles of confusion... so pretty!

Not tying to work the rear view mirror in a convertible would be against the rules!!

The snuggle factor here is high and I vote yes- the detail & reflections on the leather seats is pretty mint too

Showing a little c 10 ike love here- me, lens flare, colorful flowers and a cooperative groomsman!

The look on her face right as she rounds the corner and sees Joe! AND YES, they JUST SAW EACH OTHER LIKE 10 MINUTES AGO FOR THEIR FIRST LOOK SESSION!!! See? It's still a magical and powerful moment, regardless of if you see each other before! ;)

The color behind them was just mesmerizing and tied in the bridesmaids bouquet nicely

I am loving how everyone is laughing here

The light here was incredible and I am still pumped that we were able to shoot this outside on a NOVERMBER day!! WOW!

The cute factor at this wedding was OUT OF CONTROL!!

Sister O and I working on some crazy flash techniques

I love this angle of the toast- and I love expressive couples even more!

This guy when he laughs? Is SO adorable!

Thank you Amanda for having me along and thank you Sarah, Joe and your families for such a fantastic time!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

LOVE: INTERPRETED a photography show

I have the honor of being involved in a photography show that my girl, Miss Nikki Nicole had thought up and organized over a year ago- and now she is seeing the fruits of her labor, so to speak, on FRIDAY DECEMBER 5TH!

Nine women photographers from Connecticut and Mass will be showing their interpretations of love in the exhibit.

This should be interesting because I believe we all photograph weddings and are constantly surrounded, reminded, dipped in and squeezed tight by the act of love, the idea of love and one of the major rites of passage of love day in and day out. Sometimes you have to look for it and sometimes it smacks you right in the fanny- but it's there! I can't wait to see what my friends come up with, and what THEY see as love! I also believe most of the pieces will be for sale.

So come on out and support us, everyone is welcome!

Can't wait to see you all there!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ten Eyck Tuesday December part dos winners are...

So I had some very tenacious and dilligent folks out there hunt DOWN that much harder to find than I intended answer....

I served Burritos at my November Ten Eyck Tuesday! Are you sensing a food theme yet? ARRIBA ARRIBA!!!

The winners are:

Valeen Thivierge
Simone Gutkin
Melissa Wilson &
Aurora Onorato

This is for my December 16th workshop, can't wait to see everyone there!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

a bride. a groom. handcuffs!!!

Check out this INCREDIBLE video that my girl Jaime O shot of Mike and I shooting our last wedding of the 2008 season!!!

Thanks Sister!!!

A Bride. A Groom. Handcuffs. from Jaime Oppenheimer on Vimeo.

Monday, November 17, 2008

and the winners of the ten eyck tuesday contest are.....

OK, OK!! This was SUCH a HARD decision to make, there was such an overwhelmingly amazing response!!!

So much so that I am offering a SECOND Ten Eyck Tuesday on December 16th for the first four people (from the list of people waiting to hear that I currently already have on file) who can email me what I cooked at the November Ten Eyck Tuesday!!!

email me at:

***Still need some Ten Eyck Tuesday lovin'?? Sign up for my January 6th workshop!***

The winners of the December 2nd Ten Eyck Tuesday are:

Bruce Thivierge - who's email just made me laugh out loud (but since this is a family site and NOT the naval academy I can't really post his email... :) since the funniest parts have cuss words n all
Andrea Beaubien - her one line 'how can I teach my child to follow her dreams, if I haven't done that for myself...and being a photographer has always been my dream...' COME ON!

The last two spots are actually surprises for the winners themselves...their significant others wrote in on their behalf - which is almost like cheating bc I was so won over by that!

Cheryl Cronin - her significant other wrote 'Cheryl is chasing her dream with photography and her enthusiasm to learn and try new things is unending' yeah, she will pretty much need some unending enthusiasm to deal with me!!! :)

and last but not least...

Jason Henriques- his significant other wrote in 'But something happened to him in that photography class he changed...And every time he gets behind the camera he just glows and it truly brightens up my heart to know that this is something that he truly loves and that he is getting back in to enjoying life again.'

I am really really looking forward to the first of the TWO December Ten Eyck Tuesdays!! All of the winners will be receiving an email from me on what to bring etc. in the next few days, so keep an eye out for it!



Thursday, November 13, 2008

erica and paul wedding at the farmington club

Insert melancholy music this was our 'official' end of the season of all season's this past Saturday! But what a way to go OUT!! I can't tell you how much fun we had- let me back track here....

***flashback to Thursday night***** or more like to the early 90's...imagine I am wearing a flannel shirt, a baseball hat, and thinking I am REALLY REALLY COOL!***

location: RIT campus- I meet one of the funniest coolest friends that I am lucky enough to still call one of my top friends in the WORLD! Sister O aka Jaime Oppenheimer, photojournalist extraordinaire (she works for the Wichita Eagle in Kansas). Talented, hilarious, and she plays the drums in a cajun band called the MUDBUGS! Yeah, that's right! Her drum kit is PINK!

****flash forward to Thursday night**** imagine I am wearing ill fitting jeans and a stained shirt and thinking that I am REALLY REALLY COOL!! ***

Miss Jaime flew in to spend some QT with her girl and to accompany me and Mike on our final wedding wrap up weekend of 2008! We had Erica & Paul on Saturday and then turned right back around and did it again and second shot with Miss Amanda Harris Herzberger in Branford on Sunday! More on THAT later! ;)

And so our journey to the end begins here....

At the salon....

Do you all think he looks this good without TRYING??? Way to make an effort big guy :)

I knew I was in for it when these two HOO HA'S hit it off so nicely....OY! Enter: Jaime O! aka Jaime uh-OH

Here Mike and I demonstrate our VERY UNOBTRUSIVE NATURE. We are like NINJAS AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. She doesn't even know we are THERE!!

Jaime snagged these fun shots of us- thanks sister!

What? You think THREE photographers is too much!?

Mr. Romano grabbed this one- and I am McLovin' the photobombing stylings of Miss Jaime o! But my gear looks HAWT!


Erica had her makeup done at home by her super talented bridesmaid- but then again Erica is one of those girls who doesn't really even need any makeup to begin with!

Between the three of us (me, Jaime and Mike) we had a super idea for the dress shot- I took this angle of it as it hung in the doorway to the bathroom, being backlit by my trusty video light! I LOVE MY VIDEO LIGHT! (insert Mike's snickering here)

I always kind of hope for the 'dive' way of putting on the dress- it doesn't happen all that often what with the veils and hairdos to worry about but Miss Erica went for it!

Love this of her going up the stairs...

Paul is a big joker and was constantly mugging for Mike, who is also a big joker. SOMEONE had to be serious and work...and so I gracefully accepted the job!

For this last wedding Mike and I changed it up and I got to hang back in the backstage VIP area and catch these nice moments... Here is Erica's sister right before she goes down the aisle

I always love how nervous the Dads get right before

Erica just puts it out there and I love it! She looks so pumped!

Since Mike took the lead on the processional I shot this a little differently and went really really wide- I love how these next two worked out!

Now in my defense there was ALOT going on in the background- so since I am a shorty I asked these kind gentlemen to squat and I got HECKLED like CRAZY! They were throwin' phrases out like 'prom pose from 1988' at me! OH SNAP! Right? But I love how this came out


The bridal party were such great sports and let Mike and I handcuff them ALL to each other!!

Enter...BRIGHT IDEA NUMBER 563! It had been raining all day and I thought it would be a fabulous idea to lie down in the middle of their handcuff circle...Jaime got video of this which I cannot wait to see!

SAUCY!! Erica's expression cracks me UP

Marriage is quite the commitment!

They were really such good sports- I think they may just win the good sportsmanship award for 2008.....

I mean, it's almost as if they are not even handcuffed! They look so happy! Wait. I think they weren't at this point...!

We stopped on the way to the Farmington Club at Miss Porter's and shot at this really cool was raining and almost totally dark- Jaime was like- HOW are you guys going to shoot this?? And I am like (say it with me now) HAVE YOU MET MY LITTLE FRIEND, THE D3?? oh and her date for the evening....MY VIDEO LIGHT!!!

They were so pumped to shoot this with us!!

My favorite of the video light series....the color just makes me feel all warm inside!

This was a happy discovery- credit to Jaime O! She was the video light lady and was all OOOOOOO! When she saw this- and so Mike and I gracefully take all of the glory!

Gettin' DOWN after they were announced in

And then snuggling in during their first dance

Erica's Dad was so emotional and cute, I just wanted to squeeze him!

Always a favorite of boy Paul here- he is so awesome!

The emotion, the light...what a nice moment during Paul's brother's toast. It was very emotional and touching to hear.

Speaking of emotional and touching

What a way to end the night! Their band, the Marc Philip Band out of Rhode Island was OFF THE HOOK!

Paul and Erica- I could not think of a better way to have ended our season- you two are something else and I CAN'T WAIT to hang out again!!


Enjoy Hawaii :)

Make sure you check out Mike's shots HERE, well, eventually anyway....he is a little BACK BLOGGED LOL LOL LOL you know you like my nerd blogging know you laughed...