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    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!

Kristin & Joe’s E-Session | Connecticut Engagement Photographer

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about being a Connecticut engagement photographer is the amazing opportunities living here has given me. Not only have I met some truly wonderful clients who have quickly become great friends of mine, but the locations I've been able to shoot at are just amazing! Kristin became a client of mine before she started planning her dream day and the first time we worked together I instantly felt that her and I would be a great team. When she started to plan her wedding she came to me and the rest is history! One of the things she mentioned she really wanted was her engagement session on the water while her and her fiance, Joe, were in their boat. What an EPIC idea! I recruited my husband and a few weeks later we launched the boat and off we went.

I have to say that this might just be one of the most difficult sessions I've had to date! Not only was I hanging on the front of our boat trying to stay steady in the choppy waters (of COURSE it was blustery that day!) but I also had to direct my husband on where he needed to put the boat, how I needed to face AND I had to pose Kristin & Joe for their pictures! Phew! It was an absolute blast though and I would do it again in a heart beat. I am so excited for their wedding day next year! I know it's going to be a wonderful time and completely perfect in every way. What is one thing being a Connecticut engagement photographer taught me? To think outside of the box!

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Maria & Mike’s Engagement Session – The Connecticut College Arboretum

Maria & Mike's Engagement Session - The Connecticut College Arboretum

A few weeks ago right when we were in the midst of a gorgeous New England fall, I met with Maria and Mike over at the Connecticut College Arboretum for a picture perfect engagement session! When I first spoke with Maria about what she was looking for in her engagement session, I knew this location would be perfect. The Connecticut College Arboretum boasts beautiful colors in the fall with backdrops that are just to die for! Maria and Mike were so perfect to work with and they love they have for each other is both adorable and inspiring. They are currently planning the wedding of their dreams for next summer!

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Brittany & David Get Hitched! – Webb Barn Wedding Wethersfield, CT

Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely LOVE weddings?! Back on August 22nd Brittany and David had a beautiful Webb Barn Wedding in Wethersfield, Connecticut. It was my first time visiting this location and I was just blown away! When I was arriving to the location and my GPS had told me I had reached my destination I was totally confused. All around me was a busy street in an adorable little historic town, but where was this cute barn I had seen so many pictures of? After I turned down a small gravel road I was immediately greeted by a quaint, rustic barn in the back of the property backed by a beautiful blooming garden. I was absolutely in awe of this venue! Inside the barn, a beautiful vaulted ceiling complimented the dark wood that layered the walls and floor. Brittany and David had so many wonderful details around the inside of the barn that brought a warm and almost homey feeling to the venue. Flowers graced all of the tables and walls while their delectable cake table sat nestled in the corner.

Their ceremony was gorgeous, complete with a trumpet tribute towards the end and the reception that quickly followed showed how happy their guests were to celebrate the marriage of these two wonderful people. I had a fantastic time photographing Brittany and David's wedding and am so honored they trusted me to capture all of these wonderful moments they shared! Congratulations to both of you! I wish you all the happiness in the world! I cannot wait to blog about the second Webb Barn wedding I did! Stay tuned!


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Madeline’s Beach Session – Mitchell College Beach, New London CT

A few months ago I had a wonderful time working with the adorable Miss Madeline over at Mitchell College Beach! What I loved about this location is how private and quiet it was! We were able to really have a great time without the hustle and bustle of a busy beach in the summer! Madeline was equipped with some of the most adorable outfits as always, a giant lollypop, some pretty fabulous sunglasses and an adorable wooden duck. This little girl never ceases to amaze me with her glowing personality! It's been such a pleasure to watch her grow over the year! I hope I have another opportunity to have a session at Mitchell College Beach because it really was a perfect location!


The Sanzo Family – Family Photography at Harkness Memorial State Park

One of the things I absolutely love about doing family photography at Harkness Memorial State Park is how many different options you have for scenery! I met The Sanzo Family at the park labor day weekend and had one awesome time! Their little man was so cooperative and even though he was a little shy at first he totally rocked his session! It was such a blast to work with this family and I hope I have the pleasure of doing so again in the future!


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