Spring Has Sprung//April 24, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

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Flashmob Proposal//April 12, 2013

It is not every day that one of your friends is proposing with a flash mob, nor is it every day you are hired to photograph it! This was one of my most exciting engagement/proposal sessions I’ve ever photographed, for the obvious reason but also because I am over the moon happy for my friend Kaylee and her fiancé Chimia. When Kaylee called me and told me about her plans to propose to Chimia in Boston with a flash mob, I thought it was the coolest idea. What says ‘I love you’ more than hundreds of  people dancing in sync to Bruno Mars ‘I think I Wanna Marry You.’ If you’ve never seen a flash mob, I can tell you it’s incredibly exciting to watch it happen. Obviously my focus was on Kaylee and her fiancé instead of watching the flashmob itself, but to see the crowd gather for such a special occasion was amazing. Kaylee had planned the day perfectly. Chimia had no idea that Kaylee had in store for her and was in complete shock. After the flashmob, we walked around Boston Common and photographed them as a newly engaged couple!

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Halfway through the song, Kaylee jumped right in with the rest of the flashmob and started dancing, too.

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I love the look on Chimia’s face in the third picture, and also the reaction of the crowd!Kaylee-Blog_03

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They take their shoes seriously! How cute are these furry boots and sneakers?

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This is one of my absolute favorites from the day. So much love!

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Thank you Kaylee and Chimia for asking me to photograph this amazing event in your lives.

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Portrait Session with Sarah//April 12, 2013

Sarah is one of my best friends, an amazing person and an amazing nurse. I have known Sarah since we were teeny, tiny babies playing in the sand on the Connecticut shoreline. Sarah’s career is all about giving to others. That is why I thought it was particularly spectacular when Sarah’s husband approached me to do a portrait session with her as a birthday gift! He is such a great hubby. Her birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day so her green scarf was very appropriate and added so much beautiful color to the images. Sarah and I had such a wonderful time walking around the streets of Old Wethersfield and finding gorgeous backdrops amongst the historical houses drenched in beautiful sunlight. Happy birthday, Sarah! You are gorgeous inside, and out.

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Welcome to Allegra Anderson Photography//April 12, 2013

Hello and welcome to my new blog! I am so excited to share what has been happening behind the scenes at Allegra Anderson Photography and show you my work.

It’s a rainy Friday in Glastonbury, Connecticut and though the sky seems sad and tearful, I am excited for my first post! Allegra Anderson Photography is now up and running full time. Six weeks ago I departed my position as Still Photographer at This Old House. It was a hard decision to leave my family there. You might be wondering what it was like working at This Old House and it really was a privilege to work there. I will tell you that all “the guys” are as down-to-earth, honest, intelligent and as cool as they appear on TV. Norm, Tom, Kevin, Roger and Richard are the epitome of craftsmen and the best at what they do. And what makes it even better is that when you are around them, they are approachable and kind, and that makes you respect them even more.

During my time there, I worked with the best of the best in the television and magazine world, had my photography published in This Old House Magazine and even received an Emmy® award for my role as Supervising Producer on a beautiful documentary New Orleans: Getting Back to Normal. I feel very blessed. Another one of my favorite memories was a segment we did on Ask This Old House with the guys and Jimmy Fallon in Times Square in New York. Does it get any better than having them in one place?  It was a scorching 90 degree day, but the excitement and adrenalin outweighed the heat. You can check out a photograph from that day on the This Old House Facebook page: http://goo.gl/0tRcc. It was a very difficult decision to leave the guys and all of my other coworkers, whom I respect greatly, but it is exhilarating to now be able to work with such a wide array of clients, and concentrating on my own photography business full time means great things for YOU too.

In hopes of avoiding any cliche stories about how or why I became a photographer, I will be brief and blunt. There was never an “ah-ha” moment for me. Rather, it was a slow build-up of creative interests. I loved photography when I was young, and I still do. I consider myself both an artist and a photographer. That explains my four-year stint in television. I guess being an artist also explains why I love cooking, why I loved working as an inn keeper when I was 20 and why I went to art school!  Since I was 14, I’ve been interested in working and learning in a variety of jobs, but photography was a constant in my life. I never saw myself as a number cruncher, I was always drawn towards creativity. I took local photography classes during the summer, then during high school, and eventually attended art school with a concentration in photography. My parents always supported my interest in photography, and I remember receiving a camera for each of my monumental birthdays. Looking back, these cameras provide an excellent timeline of changing technology. My first camera was a small point-and-shoot film camera, then an SLR film camera, and now I shoot all digital. The industry  has really changed even in my short lifetime.

With my experience at This Old House and my photography education at Tufts University and the SMFA under my belt, I am focused and excited to continue capturing and developing beautiful artistic work. I am looking forward to working with a diverse group of personal and business clients in the New England area and also traveling for photo shoots. As a lifestyle photographer, I focus on several events and subjects:  weddings, engagements, architectural and real estate photography, food, portraiture, and story-telling narratives. I have already met so many amazing individuals in the Hartford area and I can’t wait to continue meeting and collaborating more.

Now that you know a little about me, I look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss making gorgeous photographs together. Thank you for visiting my blog, and be sure to come back for updates! I hope you enjoy the photography that I post, and I’d love to hear from you on my email – allegra@allegraanderson.com.

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