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  • WELCOME!

    First and foremost, I want to thank you for visiting my website!

    Photography has always been a huge passion of mine. Being able to capture moments and freeze them in time to create ever lasting memories is completely priceless to me. I am currently specializing in wedding photography, engagement photography and family photography. While I am based in Groton, Connecticut, I will travel just about anywhere!

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by sending me an email to photos@hillarystraterphotography.com, by giving me a call at 440-667-7743 or by clicking the 'contact' tab above!

Brittany & Alex – Newport Engagement Session

II met Brittany and Alex in Newport, Rhode island for their Newport Engagement Session a little over a month ago and I'm so excited to finally share their pictures! We initially met at Forty Steps, a really awesome spot near the Newport Cliff Walk that has a ton of history! Way back when, the 40 Steps use to be one of the most popular recreation spots for servants who worked at the Newport Mansions during the late 19th century. The steps led down to massive rocks that you could potentially climb on if you were feeling that daring! After that, we found a quaint lighthouse on the bay and watched the sun set while we finished up the session. I loved every minute of working with Brittany & Alex! They were so completely natural in front of the camera and had a great time with little guidance from me. The love they have for each other speaks volumes! Their wedding is exactly 2 weeks away from today at Half Moon Beach & The Elks at Bass Rocks in Massachusetts and I really can't wait!

 

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Samantha & Garrett – Harkness Memorial State Park

A few weeks ago I met Samantha & Garrett at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford for their engagement session and it was absolutely fantastic! This couple was so sweet, down to earth and fun to be around that I had a wonderful time taking their pictures. You can really feel the love these two have for each other and it shows in every picture! Garrett is active duty in the navy and specially requested some pictures in his very fancy full dress white uniform. I am so happy for this awesome couple and wish for nothing but the best for them! I know their wedding up in Michigan is going to be everything they dreamed of.

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Andrea & Snazzy – Connecticut Equine Photographer

Over the winter my good friend Andrea asked me to do a themed session with her and my horse, Snazzy! Andrea had been leasing Snazzy over the fall and wanted to do a unique session in the snow as the sun was setting. Of course I said yes and was super amped to do this session! Any chance I can get to take pictures of horses I'm totally there. We spent a few weeks putting together the perfect outfit for her and getting my fluffy pony all cleaned up for her session. Everything went absolutely flawlessly except for the small fact that Snazzy had a bit of an attitude the day of our session. The one thing you can always expect being a Connecticut equine photographer is for an animal to NOT behave during their debut - haha! He was a bit cranky and all he wanted was the peppermints Andrea was holding. We got some fantastic shots though and I'm really looking forward to part 2 of this session this summer!

 

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Ashley & Matt Say I Do Pt. 2 โ€“ The Webb Barn

Here's the second part of Ashley & Matt's epic wedding at The Webb Barn in Wethersfield, Connecticut. If you missed Part 1 please check it out here! This couple was so much fun to work with and they really knew how to have a great time! All of their guests danced the night away with so many laughs and great memories! The Webb Barn was really the perfect location for their wedding!

 



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Tracy & Andrew’s E-Session | Boston Common Frog Pond

A few months ago when Tracy & I first spoke about her wedding plans I had a big hunch that her and I would be a perfect fit to work together. I still remember our conversation like it was yesterday! We instantly clicked. When we met a few weeks ago in Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for her and Andrew's engagement session, it just felt like we already knew each other. There were so many laughs and stories shared that time completely flew by! Before I knew it the sun was setting and we were capturing their last pictures on a bridge at The Boston Common Frog Pond with some of Boston's beautiful buildings in the background. I'm super happy that Tracy and Andrew also brought the other love in their lives along - Tyson! While he was super distracted with all of the squirrels rummaging about, he was an adorable addition to a few of their pictures! I cannot wait for their wedding this November in Groton, Massachusetts at The Barn at Gibbet Hill. Everything is going to be just perfect for this wonderful couple!

 

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