Awards and Recertification

For the second year in a row, I received the Portrait Photographer of the Year Award for the most points accumulated during the year from print competition. Also for the third year in a row, I received the prestigious PPA Certified Professional Photographer Award, which is given to the highest scoring print by a certified professional photographer at the recently held Connecticut Professional Photographers Association (CTPPA) convention in Rocky Hill. The award was given for her fine art portrait titled, “Stella and Lola”.  . More than 100 prints were submitted for anonymous judging by a visiting panel comprised of professional photographers from different states who have achieved the Master Photographer designation.

I have reaffirmed my status as an elite photographer, once again earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). My mantle at the studio needs to be a bit bigger. Oh well!!! #ppa #portraitphotographer #Ctphotographer #pets


Celebrate Mom

Come Celebrate Mom at Uniquely Yours Photography
Mom is the center of the family
from giving you the greatest hugs to saving the day.
She is the thread that holds it all together.
She's the heart of the home.
Join us at our studio for your mini-session with your family.
Choose from our unique product collections.
Reserve a time between 9:30am to 5:30pm
from Saturday-May 14th to Saturday -May 21st
 for a fun photo session in honor of Mother's Day!
Call today and receive a complimentary session
with a 6 image smartphone app.*
* A retainer of $100 is due when you reserve your session

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

1.     What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.

2.     Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it's not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.

3.     Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.  

4.     How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

5.     Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location

Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.


Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

1. Don't make a huge deal out of it. If you're stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter's hair stay straight instead of curling it into because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff.

2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins.  If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

3. Be prepared.  If you're going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.

4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

5.  Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

CT Professional Business Portrait

  • Published January 26th, 2016 by Tina Petta-Pelletier
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It's a New Year!!! Time to update your business portrait. Don't do it yourself. Get a professional business portrait that you can use on your Linkedin account, on your facebook profile photograph, on your website, on your business cards or for your press releases to annoucne your promotion or new job. What better time than now to get that professional portrait. On Wednesday-Janurary 27th- YPOWR(Young Professionals of Waterbury Region) will be holding their monthly Networking Social at Pies and PInts in Waterbury from 5:30 to 7:30. I will be there with my equipment to photograph your professional business portrait. Here are a few samples to check out.


Valentine Day Specials-January 30th

  • Published January 19th, 2016 by Tina Petta-Pelletier
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Come join us for our Fourth Annual Valentine Mini Session. Have your child/children dressed in their favorite Valentine Outfit and get a photograph taken with our two adorable bears (Oliver and Bella). Our mini session includes a 15 minute session with one outfit and a Valentine theme backdrop.  The background in the photograph is this year's Valentine Day background. Call today to schedule your appointment - spaces are limited. The following special Valentine Day packages will be available for purchase:
The Cupid: The Mini Photographic Session with 3-5x7's, 4 Wallets - $40
The Sweetheart: The Mini Photographic Session with 1-8x10, 2-5x7's, 12 Wallets  - $50 
The Be Mine: The Mini Photographic Session with 1-8x10, 2-5x7's, 4-4x5's, 16 Wallets - $65 (for an additional $35 receive the digital file)
You can also add a cute storyboard portrait with one of the above packages that has 4 images of the child/children holding the letters(LOVE) with a lovely black frame for $95.


Happy Thanksgiving

  • Published November 25th, 2015 by Tina Petta-Pelletier
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Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks. I would like to take this time to tell you how grateful I am for all your trust and continuous support year after year. We all have so much to be thankful this Thanksgiving. May this Thanksgiving be a special blessing to you and your loved ones. Please be safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends.
A reminder: Saturday-November 28th is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. What better way to say thank you but to support your local small businesses on Saturday. By shopping locally, you support your local community who supports local fund raisers and charities with donations because we care. Support your local stores so we can continue to be a part of your community. We all do our best to offer great products and service.
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.
Uniquely Yours Photography