Empowerment Collective: Take Two

A couple of Saturdays ago we had our Empowerment Collective: Take Two. As we get ready for the third collective in our Summer of Empowerment Collective lineup, I am so happy to reflect on how amazing our July Collective was. To be totally transparent with all of you, I was still equally as nervous for the second collective as I was for the first. I realized that I had scheduled the July date during the heart of summer vacations, so the response to participate was a little more quiet than last time. By the day of we had a final count of 3 rad ladies that were going to be in this Collective.

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I have to say, it was amazing to have a more intimate group ready to lift one another up. We rocked out to some new JoBro music, sipped a little wine together, twirled into sunset. I loved seeing how big or small group, each collective has had one thing in common: these ladies are fierce & have the brightest souls to empower one another. Take a look at how rad, beautiful, and just hands down amazing these ladies were!

July Empowerment Collective
Empowerment Collective
July Empowerment Collective
July Empowerment Collective
Empowerment Session
Empowerment Collective
Empowerment Collective

Nina + Steve - New England Fall Engagement

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the crisp air, the changing of the leaves, wearing jeans & sweaters, and just about every other fall thing there is to love. So when Nina and Steve wanted to do their engagement session to show off that perfect New England Fall, I was more than down. Nina and Steve are just the cutest. They are college sweethearts, 100% Italian, and oh so in love with one another.

New England Fall Engagement

It was such a joy being able to work with them, even more so since Nina is a childhood friend. There is really something extra special about being able to capture the love story for someone you’ve known for most of your life. It’s crazy to think that back in high school we were having sleepovers, talking about the boys we had crushes on, wondering if they liked us too; and now here we are both getting married within a week of each other to the love of our lives. Seriously, can life be anymore beautiful?

New England Fall Engagement
New England Fall Engagement
Seriously, I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous these two are and how much this just shows the perfect New England Fall day.

Seriously, I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous these two are and how much this just shows the perfect New England Fall day.

Connecticut Engagement Photography
Patriots Themed Engagement
New England Fall Engagement
New England Fall Engagement

Still swooning over these. Looking to do your engagement session? Let’s chat! If you haven’t seen already, we absolutely love, love. Let’s plan your adventure for your and your honey today!

June 15th Collective

My heart is filled with so much hope, happiness, and pretty much any other positive word out there. Our June 15th Collective has come and gone, but it was a night filled with forever memories. If you are just tuning in, this summer we have embarked on a mission to spread Women Empowerment throughout Fairfield County and beyond.

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I absolutely loved seeing this groups of gals (most of them not knowing each other) connect and lift one another up. It’s not easy being in front of the camera, especially with a group of people around you that you may not be comfortable with. By the end of the two hours, everyone was laughing together, making jokes together, and creating memories together.

I think that it is truly a magical thing, watching women empower one another instead of tearing each other down. We have really turned into a society where judgements are second nature and comparisons are a daily activity. I am so honored to have captured a night where all of us fought against that. Instead we complimented one another on the styles that made each individual feel beautiful. We helped one another break out of our comfort zones to have fun with strangers. We jammed out to old school Britney Spears because what’s a girls night without a little Britney?

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Since the June 15th Collective went so well, I am even more excited for the rest of the summer collectives. Our next Collective is on July 27th from 6pm-8pm at Huntington State Park. If you’re looking for a different kind of girls night, grab a friend and sign up for a spot (or come alone and make some new pals)! I promise, you’ll laugh and love yourself like never before. You will experience a night of magic and witness the power of women empowering women.

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Summer Empowerment Collectives

So many exciting things are in the works for this summer. I am so beyond excited to share this project though. As you should all know, May was Mental Health Awareness Month. While there are so many different routes I wanted to take, I decided that the first one was going to be a very uplifting path.

We live in a world where people are constantly comparing themselves to others, doubting how wonderful they are, and allow what others think of us dictate how we think of ourselves. It makes me so sad to see all these girls thinking that they aren't good enough, pretty enough, (insert another word here) enough when they ARE ENOUGH. Actually, they are so much more than they think they are. So here begins a summer of empowerment.

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This summer/fall (June - October), I will be holding a FREE Empowerment Collective once a month. What's an Empowerment Collective? Glad you asked! It will be a group of 10 rad gals ready to have an adventure of a lifetime. Each session will be at a different location and each lovely lady will be part of group shots (as well as having individual shots taken). The goal is to empower one another, create some amazing memories, and hopefully leave with a new group of friends.

Since it is free, there are a few requirements.

1. You have to come ready to smile, laugh, and empower each other. No need for any negative nelly's.

2. You must sign a model release form. This just means that myself, the other fab ladies, and any vendors that help us can use the final photos on social media/websites/blogs etc.

3. You have to be able to travel to the location and stay the whole time. We've booked out two hours to have this amazing event, so we would love if you could be super amazing and make sure to participate the entire time.

4. We ask that you share us with your networks. The free collectives are a bit of a passion project for all of us working together to put them on. Since there are going to be more we want to encourage other gals to take part in them! And on a more business side, we would love to work with anyone in your networks that are inspired by your work. Seriously, the best way to help support us is by sharing our work. We will love you forever for it. Also #summerofempowerment please and thank you!

What you get:

1. A digital gallery with access to the final photos. You will be able to download these photos for 6 months and post them where your heart desires.

2. You'll get a 20% off coupon to buy any prints. (You can buy them straight through the gallery #easypeasy).

3. A night of memories with some of the raddest ladies the universe has.

4. A nifty little swag bag.

Here's the line-up*:

June 15th (Saturday), 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Happy Landings, Brookfield CT

July 27th (Saturday), 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Huntington State Park, Redding CT

August 24th (Saturday) 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Harrybrooke Park, New Milford CT

September 21st (Saturday) 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Ballard Park, Ridgefield CT

October 12th (Saturday) 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Downtown Bethel CT

*Remember, There are only 10 Spots for each Collective. So be sure to get in touch with us ASAP to hold your spot. We will have a waiting list just in case. To be fair to all that are looking to participate, each spot is open to new ladies only. If you want to participate in another collective we will be happy to put you on our waitlist just in case someone drops out! Sign Up for a Collective Here.

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Interested in a Solo Empowerment Session? I am so happy to be able to offer Solo Empowerment Sessions this summer as well. They are $120 for an hour long session that comes with a digital gallery filled with 30 images. $20 of each Solo Empowerment Session will be donated to the Danbury Women's Center. Book Yours Today!

A New Way To Fundraise

I know that summer break has just begun, so who really wants to start thinking about ways to fundraise? Probably not you, but I think that now is actually an amazing time to start thinking about what your school or organization has planned for the upcoming school year. I want to help all of you fundraising organizers say goodbye to the days of car washes, bake sales, and magazine/gift wrap fundraising (or at least give you an alternative to one of these...here's looking at you magazine fundraising). I want to help by giving an option that families will love and actually want to participate in. Say hello to KDP's Photo Marathons!

If I do say so myself, it is actually a pretty easy peasy way to fundraise. Here's how it works:

1. We work together to set a date(s) for the Photo Marathon and talk about your fundraising goals. By working together we can come up with a session price that will be beneficial for the families and your goals. The day(s) of choosing will be the only time for the families to participate. It makes it one big event, and believe me we can definitely throw in a bake sale for the day too. #fundraisinggoals

2. Families will pick their time slot for their photos on the pre-booked dates. There will be a non-refundable deposit that will count towards the session price that must be collected at the time of reservation. Each session will be 30 minutes long and all at the same location. It's a marathon, so we are doing back to back sessions that day.

3. At the end of the day, all those that have participated will have had an unforgettable experience. Each families digital gallery will be made available within 48 hours of the session date. They will have the ability to purchase prints online through the gallery.

20% of all session fees and all print purchases will be donated to the hosting school/organization.

Let's crush you fundraising goals! Click here to set up your Photo Marathon today.