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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!

The Barraza Family – Maternity Session – Harkness Memorial State Park

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to work with a client that has become a wonderful friend of mine here in Connecticut! We had originally scheduled their session for a few weeks ago, but the constant changing weather here wanted us to wait until the time was just right! We met about an hour before sunset at the beautiful Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut and had the most perfect evening together! The Barraza family is expecting their second baby late this August and they are SO excited! They have decided to wait until their baby is born to know the gender - I can only imagine their anticipation! Chase is so excited to met his little baby brother or sister and was a total champ the entire time through the session. He was even able to play with some paint at the very end on the beach! Harkness Memorial State Park has become one of my favorite locations to take pictures and now that the flowers are in bloom it really makes for the perfect setting!

If you are interested in booking a maternity session with me, please click here to send me a inquiry!

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The Shunda Family – Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, Norwich Connecticut

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the Shunda family again for a beautiful session at the Rose Garden in Norwich, Connecticut. This was a first time for me shooting at this location and I was just blown away by the beauty that surrounded the beautiful landscape! About a month before our session I decided to grab my husband for an impromptu trip over there to scope it out and see if it would be a spot I could work with. Unfortunately, none of the roses were in bloom. The one thing I noticed was how beautiful the layout was and I was able to get a great idea of what it would look like after all of the rose bushes were in bloom. It seemed like overnight with a little bit of magic and poof! All of the roses were thriving, open and waiting to be photographed. Stephanie and her adorable daughter Madeline were blown away with how gorgeous the location was. The only thing little Madeline kept saying was, "This is so beautiful, Mommy!" It truly was. It looked like a beautiful setting someone had painted and really made for a perfect photography session. The beauty of the roses paired with Miss Madeline's blossoming personality made for some really awesome pictures! She is growing into a beautiful young lady and I can't wait for our next planned session together!

The roses at the Rose Garden are only in bloom through the summer, so I decided to schedule some mini sessions there after seeing just how incredible this place was! If you would like more information on my mini sessions I'm offering there on July 13th, check out this page: Rose Garden Mini Sessions.


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Emilie & Allen – She Said Yes! – Engagement Session

One of the most exciting and nerve wrecking sessions that give me the most anxiety ever would definitely have to be a surprise engagement session! You literally have seconds to react after that wonderful man gets down on one knee and the second you blink it's already over! It's those feelings that make me absolutely LOVE shooting proposals! The session I had with Emilie and Allen was fantastic! Allen had contacted me many weeks before this happened as he wanted to surprise Emilie on their weekend away to a beautiful hotel the Saybrook Point Inn. We met up shortly after he contacted me to scope out the location and find the perfect spot to pop the question. Emilie's face and reaction was utterly priceless! I'm so excited for the two of them and their future together. The love they have for each other is truly evident in every picture! I really hope to work with them again in the future as I had a wonderful time capturing their proposal and engagement session.



Katie B. Maternity Session – Haley Farm State Park – Groton, CT

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the beautiful Katie for her maternity session! Maternity sessions might just be one of my favorite types of sessions to book! Katie picked the most beautiful outfit to wear and we could not have asked for better weather. Haley Farm State Park offered the perfect amount of seclusion for us to really capture some beautiful shots. I am looking to book more maternity sessions for the summer and with the flowers quickly coming to bloom, now is the perfect time! Contact me today at photos@hillarystraterphotography.com to book your maternity session! A HUGE thank you needs to go out to Amy who did a fanTASTIC job on Katie's hair and make up! You can give Amy a shout out on her facebook page Amy Lecy's New Creation Make Up Artistry.


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Home Grown Roots – Getting Back To Our Roots; A Local Connecticut Farm Series

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Back when I was a little girl, the word 'organic' was a pretty foreign thing. It seemed like no one felt the need to seek out agriculture that wasn't filled with hormones, antibiotics or dyes, or sprayed with toxic pesticides. Whatever products were sold at your local grocery store were the products we bought. Prior to the 1920's, almost all agriculture was organic and it wasn't until the 1990's that organic products started to finally reappear on the shelves at local supermarkets and not just at specialty health food stores. While we have been using pesticides to protect our agriculture for over 2,000 years, it is said that in 2007 alone 877 million pounds of pesticides were used annually. Now that we're in the twenty-first century, we are living in a world that has a huge interest and desire to eat healthier, to treat the body correctly and feed it only the best that is free of any of those harmful products.

Eating organically seems to be no easy task and finding a local farmer to buy your organic products from can be tiring! When my husband and I first arrived in Connecticut last summer, the first thing I did was search for farmers markets to shop at. They were a little difficult to come by, and not all of them had everything we were looking for, but they were certainly worth the drive. Buying organic CAN come with a higher price tag over your supermarket products, but do you know why? If a farmer wants to convert his land into an organic farm, it's a lengthy three year process. Not only does he have to build up the natural fertility of the soil, which takes a minimum of two years, he cannot officially label his product as being organic until after that third year. The soil is a critical part of organic farming.

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When you are contemplating buying something that is organic vs non-organic, remember this: organic farming is much more labor and management intensive than mass production farming. Everything is grown and harvested more tediously. Not to mention, buying locally organic goods supports our local economy. It is supporting those little farms which are working hard to bring you only the best. More interest and demand in local and organic products will eventually bring costs down. It's simply supply and demand. Check out this list of the top 10 reasons to buy locally grown from Connecticut Farmland!

I've been so inspired by farmers markets and local farms that I'm going to be doing a new series. I will be visiting local Connecticut farms and speaking to the farmers themselves about the products they offer. I want to try and bring awareness to the area on where consumers can find and shop for the wonderful products our area has to offer. Shopping local and organic is not any more difficult than packing up to head to your local grocery store - and I want to show you!

With that being said, if you or anyone you know would like a visit from me and my camera to highlight the wonderful products your farm has to offer, please get in contact with me by emailing me at farm@hillarystraterphotography.com. This is a non-profit series I am doing just because local farms are close to my heart.


Sources: The Organic Institutes "Go Natural" Book, EPA Pesticide Estimates , Organic.org




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