Drop Anchor Photography

You can’t over emphasize the importance of family, this is why I have dedicated my life to telling their stories. As I watch my own parents age, I find excuses and ways to be with them. I know I won’t have them forever, and I struggle to find the balance between living a truly fulfilling life and operating a profitable business that allows me the time to enjoy them. I feel so lucky to live in this beautiful town with my two sisters less than five minutes from me. I feel so fortunate that my parents can drive to Mystic and choose between three houses to stay at, any day of the week. In a perfect world, none of us would work, we’d travel and explore this beautiful life together. I am so fortunate to have found a job that I love, that gives me purpose. Everything that I find myself doing now is to fulfill something I know I can’t get back in the future. I am just so grateful for finding this path so early.

I met this sweet family of four on a beautiful summer morning in Stonington, Connecticut. Their two gorgeous blonde haired girls are the center of their world and they had me smiling from the minute I met them. It reminded me of my own family, and capturing what is perfect for them made everything in my day worth it. Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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You can tell Julie has a huge heart and loves her family before you meet her in person. The first time we spoke on the phone, it was for more than thirty minutes! She’s friendly, funny, and is the kind of lady who starts planning for her annual Christmas card in early Spring.

An Illinois native, Julie mentioned that most of her family’s photographs were taken in local parks, and she was really excited to showcase her mini-vacation in Connecticut. We decided to photograph her family’s session at a beautiful home in Stonington, surrounded by hydrangeas and passing boats. I haven’t been to Illinois yet, but I’d agree there really isn’t anything like July in New England.

Julie it was so great to meet you and I’m so excited for your next visit in October! Here are just a few of my favorites from your session.

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I met the sweetest family from Colorado and photographed their family reunion in Groton Long Point last week. Kathy told me she’d been vacationing here her entire life, and that Groton Long Point was her favorite place in the world. (It’s top on my list too!) Both of her daughters now had their own children and Kathy wanted to document this time in their lives at the most perfect spot she could think of.

The weather was perfect and their waterfront vacation home was a gorgeous backdrop for their beautiful family. One of the sweetest moments was when Kathy surprised each of her daughters with her mother’s diamond rings. I turned around and saw the three of them huddled by the water wiping back tears. Kathy had held onto these rings for years and wanted to hand them down at just the right moment. She mentioned she’d tried many times before and decided to bring them with her to Groton Long Point anyway. Needless to say when I saw the three of them, I teared up as well.

I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to meet your beautiful family and document your memories at Groton Long Point summer 2017. I hope you smile every time you glance up at your fireplace and see your gorgeous family looking back.

 

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Groton Long Point Family Pictures, Groton Connecticut

Groton Long Point Family Pictures, Groton Connecticut

 

What a perfect night for Christian and Megan’s engagement session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut. These sweet Louisiana natives have known each other for years. They met at church, and got married just a few months ago. Because they had such a short engagement, they never had the opportunity for engagement portraits before moving to Connecticut right after the wedding. When I first spoke to Megan on the phone, with her adorable southern drawl, I couldn’t wait to meet them both in person. Christian loves the ocean and Megan loves the beach so I just knew they were going to love walking around and exploring the beautiful grounds at Harkness Park. I’m so happy to have met them both and look forward to a new friendship and giggling when I listen to those Louisiana accents. Christian + Megan, you are both amazing. Here’s a few of my favorites from your session.

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harkness park engagement photos, Waterford CT.

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

Engagement Session at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

 

I’ve been so lucky to meet so many interesting people and families over the years. This week, I was honored to meet three generations of servicemen and photograph their family at Drop Anchor Photography’s Mystic, Connecticut studio. I met my client George, and his lovely wife at their home and we browsed through photo albums as he told me about his family. He was interested in commissioning a Portrait Session with his son and his grandson, who was to be leaving at the end of the month, and re-creating a family portrait that he’d had taken 25 years ago. I could feel the love and pride that George had for his family, and I knew how much these photos were going to mean to him.

George, it was a pleasure meeting your family. Here are some of my favorites from your Session.

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Change of Command Ceremony in Groton, Connecticut | Drop Anchor Photography

I was so honored to meet John and to photograph his Change of Command Ceremony at the Naval Base in Groton, Connecticut. John’s wife Missy (a legit superwoman) coordinated everything while John was still out at sea. Over the course of our correspondence, it felt as if I was planning with a girlfriend I’d known my entire life. Weeks passed, the weather got warmer, and on one beautiful Saturday in April, Missy, John, and I finally got the chance to meet in person. They are the cutest couple ever, our site survey of the Base went great, and I was so excited for the following weekend.

Missy and John, I’m so glad we were able to meet and I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Here are just a few of my favorites from this truly memorable event. Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

After some remarks, John made his way to the podium. The tension from what began as an incredibly formal ceremony broke immediately when John pulled out his cell phone and took a selfie with the entire auditorium. The reaction of his friends, colleagues, and family was priceless.

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Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

I love this shot of Missy, John’s incredibly proud wife. Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub BaseGroton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub Base

Although it was still raining, John and Missy were more than happy to run outside for a few portraits in the rain.

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Groton, Connecticut Change of Command Ceremony at Sub BaseBest of luck to you both, Missy and John.

I met my new client, Drew, on a sunny afternoon in Stonington, Connecticut for his corporate head shots. He was so much fun to work with and his personality really came across in his portraits. We strolled around town and then headed back to our Mystic, Connecticut photography studio for some traditional studio head shots. Here are some of my favorites from his Session.
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Drop Anchor Photography is located in Mystic, Connecticut. Outdoor and Studio Sessions available.
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Sunset Engagement Photos in Mystic, Connecticut | Drop Anchor Photography

There is something about people in love and Mystic, Connecticut. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven back to the office and witnessed random couples stopping in the middle of traffic to kiss while the drawbridge went up. Or kiss as a boat went under the bridge. Or kissed because it was sunny, or cloudy, etc. When my husband and I were married (in the middle of a hurricane) we convinced our wedding photographer to drive us downtown, stop traffic, and get a picture in front of the drawbridge.

Mystic is a romantic place. It’s hard to deny it. The sound of the drawbridge, the foghorn — every nine seconds, it’s beautiful. I think that’s why I’m so enamored with this town. I just can’t imagine living or working anywhere else. I’m so thankful that the people who hire me feel the same way. Congrats to Danny + Gabby. You were so wonderful to work with, and I’m so glad to have shared another beautiful Mystic, Connecticut sunset with two people madly in love. You make every second of my job worth it.

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XOXO, Lisa

If you’re interested in a portrait session with Drop Anchor Photography, fill out our Contact Form to get a hold of us. I can’t wait to create something beautiful for you.

Helene’s Professional Head Shots in Stonington, Connecticut | Drop Anchor Photography

Every day I am honored to meet and photograph so many beautiful people. This is Helene, and she’s just lovely. Helene came to our Mystic, Connecticut photography studio looking for head shots for a new job as well as a business venture of her own. We sat down to chat for a few minutes and I couldn’t wait to begin shooting. Here are some of my favorites from Helene’s first look.
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My advice to clients who are unsure what to bring to their session is to bring their favorite outfit. It’s true, we look most confident when we feel beautiful in the clothes that we love. Helene brought three different outfits, as we knew we wanted to shoot in the Studio and at an outdoor location in Mystic, Connecticut. I offer clothing advice for all of my clients before their session so that we can achieve the best results. I love the outfits that Helene chose. Here are some of my favorites from her session in the Studio.

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Helene, I had such a wonderful time with you in the Studio. If you’d like to see some photographs from the second part of Helene’s professional head shot session, click here.

Drop Anchor Photography is a Family + Lifestyle Portrait photographer in Mystic, Connecticut. Serving Mystic, Stonington, Noank, Groton Long Point, Block Island, Westerly + Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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