Family

My Friends are Expecting! by Zack Wussow

My wife has known Faith for over a decade and a half, and I went to school at UConn with Vic, so needless to say, we’re super excited they are expecting their first little nugget!

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We met up to do some maternity announcements at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. By chance we were right in time for Peak Rose™, which meant sharing the park with approximately twenty other photographers. Honestly, though, the roses have never been my favorite part of Elizabeth Park, as pretty as they are. I much prefer the old greenhouse and mixed flowers planted all over the grounds.

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We enjoyed the beautiful weather, moseying around the park for a about an hour and hitting all my favorite spots. My wife came along as well and played dog wrangler with Tali, their Goldendoodle when she wasn’t needed for photos.

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I’m so excited for their maternity photos this winter and meeting their newest family member early next year!

My New Brother by Zack Wussow

My wife and I recently went up to northern Massachusetts to welcome a new member of the family - my sister in law, Sarah, was getting married to Liam.

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It was, like my and Heather’s wedding, a simple, intimate affair. Everyone got ready together before congregating at a local park for a ceremony in the gazebo, officiated by one of their closest friends.

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They took advantage of the big open space to have their first dance, which they invited everyone to join them on.

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Then we all moved to a local restaurant for a brunch buffet reception. I didn’t take a ton of photos of the meal, but I did make sure to borrow Sarah and Liam for some couple’s photos on the beautiful grounds.

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A beautiful day and a perfect way to welcome Liam into the family. Congratulations you two!

Ophelia by Zack Wussow

Say hello to Ophelia!

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I’ve previously done Sophy and Jeff’s engagement, wedding, and maternity photos. It’s so exciting to see couples I’ve been working with for years starting a family!

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Ophelia was very cooperative (though she did politely request a lunch break) and so so SO cute.

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Congratulations, Sophy and Jeff!

Too Warm For Christmas by Zack Wussow

I met friend and fellow UConn alum Sarah and her daughter Marie at a park (which will remain nameless, as I’m not actually sure we were allowed to be there…) to do some photos for their Christmas card.

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Of course, the weather in Connecticut being what it is, despite picking a day in October, the weather felt more like July: warm and muggy. So it took a little imagination to get into the Christmas spirit.

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None-the-less, the park was a beautiful backdrop for portraits, and Marie seemed to have a lot of fun wading into the lake.

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Probably only one photo will make it to the Christmas card, but I sent the best 50 - you can never have too many pictures of a cute kid.

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All this reminds me, Heather and I have to figure out what we’re doing for our card this year…

Welcome to the World by Zack Wussow

Back in 2015, I photographed Jen and Alex's wedding in Vermont. It was an amazing event in a beautiful setting.

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I was thrilled when I heard they were expecting a little boy this spring, and went up to do a few newborn photos for them. 

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It was my first newborn session - I brought just about every piece of photo gear (and every soft blanket) I own so I knew I'd have all the bases covered. Unneeded, as it turned out - Jen and Alex have such a beautiful house, and the light from the window was so perfect, I needed nothing but my camera.

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Little Zack (obviously, I really approve of the name choice) was very cooperative! I was expecting him to be more bothered by my camera, but he slept right through every photo and outfit change. It was a really fun experience and definitely something I'd like to do more of!

Miami Maternity by Zack Wussow

I recently spent about a week in Miami visiting family, and I brought my camera, because I knew some of my extended family were expecting.

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I met up with Victor and Joyce on a stretch of South Beach. As soon as a very, very small wedding cleared out, we had the beach mostly to ourselves despite the weather being beautiful. (By Connecticut standards of January, anyway...)

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The rocky pier, smooth beach, and grassy dunes made for a beautiful backdrop, and the overcast sky produced a beautiful, soft light.

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It was such a treat, and I'm glad that the timing of our trip worked out so perfectly.

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Plus, since I had my camera handy, we took some family photos. The old ones were starting to show their age and embarrass the children, so... It was time.

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Back in CT, and back to work!

A Family Engagement by Zack Wussow

(This is a bit of a throwback post, to bring a little summer brightness into our winter!)

I met Heather, Brian, and their son at Wickham Park for an engagement and family photo session. We were lucky to have a beautiful evening and a wonderful selection of flowers in bloom.

We moved around the park's various gardens, with quick breaks to look for frogs.

A great afternoon, and fun to introduce another client to the hidden gem that is Wickham Park.

Congratulations on your engagement, Heather and Brian!

Family and the Falls by Zack Wussow

For the third year running I met up with Karyn, Bob, and their son Henry for family photos. Henry's gotten so big! And has been working on his poses.

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We met at Wadsworth Falls State Park, a beautiful spot that I'll definitely be bringing more clients to. 

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Henry was very cooperative, and we got to have fun playing with the leaves.

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It was a really fun time, and I totally agreed with Henry when he asked if we could do it again the next day! 

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See you guys next year!

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