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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 Toledo, Ohio I will travel just about anywhere!

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

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 – 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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Gabrielle & Charles’ E- Session – Providence Engagement Photographer

Last month I met with Gabrielle & Charles in the beautiful area of downtown Providence for their engagement session! Prior to this session, I had never done any sort of session in Rhode Island except a few sessions over in Westerly at a quaint little park. What a change this was! When Gabrielle and I originally started planning the session I wasn't quite sure what to expect as far as the locations went so Google quickly became my best friend. We mapped out a great plan of action for us and started at a small park that overlooked the Providence capitol building. The view was absolutely spectacular and gave us a great overlook of the historic building! Gabrielle and I talked about the possibility of snow for the end of our session and feared it might end up being too much for us that day. We decided to press on in hopes it would hold off until we were done shooting. After we finished in the park we moved down a ways to a street called Benefit Street. I was floored by the beauty of the homes and businesses that lined the street. The vibe was definitely a historical feeling with a touch of modern that made for a perfect backdrop! Just as we were starting to wrap up I spotted a snowflake and before we knew it we were bestowed with beautiful flurries! We played around a little bit more and got some really wonderful shots. One of the things I love about being a Providence engagement photographer is the opportunity to see these awesome historical locations and work with some wonderful couples! I can't wait for Gabrielle & Charles' wedding this year!


Oh, and never forget: if you can't find that perfect facial expression, all you need to do is find your inner 'smircrinkle'. You'll thank me later.



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