Derek Halkett Photography: Blog en-us (C) 2018 Derek Halkett Photography (Derek Halkett Photography) Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:48:00 GMT Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:48:00 GMT Derek Halkett Photography: Blog 120 90 L'Andana Wedding  

L'Andana Wedding- Jason & Michael

May 31, 2013- Falmouth, Massachusetts

Photography Locations:  Boston Public Gardens, Copley Square, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston Pubic Library



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Coonamessett Inn Wedding  

Coonamessett Inn Wedding- Bethany & Kevin

May 31, 2013- Falmouth, Massachusetts

Photography Locations:  Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Quabbin Reservoir Engagement Session  

Quabbin Reservoir Engagement Session- Emily & Nick

April 28, 2013- Belchertown, Massachusetts




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St. Clement's Castle Wedding  

St. Clement's Castle Wedding- Karen & Mike

April 13, 2013- Hartford, Connecticut

Photography Locations:  United Methodist Church, Rocky Hill, CT and St. Clement's Castle, Portland, CT  



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Fashion Shoot Fashion Photo Shoot

  • March 24, 2013- Worcester, Massachusetts


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Out with the old...In with the new... Out with the old...In with the new...

Introducing the complete banishment of CD/DVD delivery of digital image files.  My clients will now be receiving their final images on these custom USB thumb drives.  Not only do they serve as a way to transfer high resolution digital images, they don’t scratch or crack like DVDs or CDs, are easier to transfer data back and forth, and can also be used as a cool thumb drive after the images are backed-up in a safe place at home.

I will be delivering wedding images on a 8GB custom flash drive.  While they cost more than a standard CD or DVD, they are a much more current and modern in approach and offer the portable storage option that customers want.  I hope you like them! :)   

_91A8886                          The custom USB flash drives are packaged in matching custom metal tins.  This is my effort at consistent branding :)

2012 was a busy year and this year I have doubled my bookings.  As business increases I will continue to make efforts to better the brand and business and part of that effort includes improving the product and quality of service provided to my clients.  With that, I strive for the best quality and efficiency in both delivery and approach.  I am a Mac user and I know that new MacBook Pro laptops are now shipping without optical drives and I think that this will be the trend in all computers in the very near future.  Portable flash memory and eventual cloud based storage is the future and making the switch from CD's to flash memory is a necessity.  

I also offer a second option to my clients to download and store their digital files.  I am fortunate that my clients can also download their digital files directly from their private web gallery directly to their computer.  The USB drive can be used as a second storage option or backup to their computer storage.   


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Hartford City Hall and The Society Room of Hartford Wedding  

The Society Room of Hartford Wedding- Britta & James

  • January 18, 2013- Hartford, Connecticut
    Photography Locations:  Hartford City Hall and The Society Room of Hartford

Stay Tuned for MORE TO FOLLOW!! :)

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Green Hill Golf Course Wedding  

Green Hill Golf Course Wedding- Renee & John

  • December 12, 2012- Worcester, Massachusetts


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Boston Elopement Wedding  

Boston Elopement Wedding- Lauren & Brent

  • December 7, 2012- Boston, Massachusetts
    Photography Locations:  Boston City Hall, Copley Square, Boston Trinity Church and Boston Pubic Library


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Boston Engagement Photographs- Bethany & Kevin  

Boston Engagement Photographs- Bethany & Kevin

  • November 11, 2012- Boston, Massachusetts


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Eastford Engagement Photographs- Molly & Tom Eastford Engagement Photographs

  • October 27, 2012- Eastford Farm, Eastford, Connecticut


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Flamig Farm Family Portraits  

Flamig Farm Family Portraits

  • October 16, 2012- Flamig Farm, West Simsbury, Connecticut

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Woodstock Family Portraits  

Woodstock Family Portraits

  • October 8, 2012- Woodstock Farm, Woodstock, Connecticut

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Shaunna & Jason  

Shaunna & Jason's Wedding

  • September 29, 2012- The Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

High School sweethearts finally tie the knot!  Shaunna and Jason have been together for over ten years and have two beautiful daughters who took part in their special day.  The leaves have started to turn color and this water side ceremony was perfect to take advantage of the seasons offerings.  Shaunna & Jason had fun with the camera and were very photogenic.  I want to wish them both the best in their future together as husband and wife!  


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Kate & Luke  

Kate & Luke's Wedding

  • September 22, 2012- Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham, Massachusetts

Details, details and more details!  This wedding had so much for the eye to see and I want to be the first to say that Kate did an outstanding job decorating the reception venue.  Kate and Luke were so unique and original, which allowed the photographs to be artistic and creative ultimately making for spectacular photographs.  They are a couple that brought a breathe of fresh air to all in attendance.  I wish them the best in the next chapter of their lives.  

(I will be adding to this blog in the coming weeks.  These are some detail shots that are being shown now as a teaser for what's to come :)





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Gina & Raymond Gina & Raymond's Wedding

  • September 15, 2012- Cranston, Rhode Island

Gina and Raymond had a wonderful wedding day at the beautiful St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Cranston, Rhode Island, followed by formal photos taken at Roger Williams Park (Japanese Gardens).  The day was topped off with a reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.  Gina and Raymond are a fun and energetic couple who were incredibly easy to work with.   Best wishes to both of them as they move forward as husband and wife!  


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Family Portraits

Erica, Mark & Nicholas

  • August 4, 2012- Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, Massachusetts

An absolute pleasure to work with! Erica and Mark were celebrating their 5th Wedding Anniversary at the very place they were married.  This portrait session served two purposes as Eric and Mark also celebrated their son Nicholas turning four.  Absolute pleasure to work with, congratulations! 

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Jennifer & David Jennifer & David's Wedding 

  • July 21, 2012- Avon, Connecticut

Jennifer and David are a great couple who had a lot of fun with one another during this wedding session.  They were both photogenic and naturally comfortable with one another.  I noticed during several occasions that they would even forget that we were even taking pictures of them.  I know I had a lot of fun and as you can see from the pictures, they had a lot of fun sharing this special time with one another.  I just want to say that it was an absolute pleasure working with Jennifer & David.  I also want to thank Chris Ulinski for allowing me to second shoot their special day, I truly enjoyed working with you!

All Photographs taken by Derek Halkett (Halkett Photography) as a Second Photographer to Chris Ulinski (Chris Ulinski Photography).

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7 Reasons to Love Photography  


7 Reasons to Love Photography


I relate my love of photography to a valuable lesson I learned a long time ago.  If you want to be good at anything, if you want to truly enjoy something and get the most out of it, you have to have PASSION!  Without passion you lack motivation, dedication and all of the other adjectives that will allow you to enjoy life.  It doesn’t matter what you are passionate about, it only matters that you are passionate about something.  Imerse yourself in something and go in over your head once and a while.  You will be surprised what you are capable of.  Putting yourself out there and experiencing what it is like to be truly vulnerable will make you a stronger and more wise individual! 


I don’t know why I just went on such a philosophical and lecture style rant, but I guess I can blame it on my P-A-S-S-I-O-N!


Power:  There is nothing more telling, more emotional and more powerful than a great image.  A great image can take your breath away and can leave you speechless.  You can never recreate the special moments in certain images, but you can preserve the memory forever!

Aperture:  Let the light in!  Allow yourself to see the light in different forms and apply it to the images you create.

Stress Relief:  Photography can be a great stress relief.  It definitely allows you to slow things down and removes you from the fast paced lives we live. 


Seize:  Photography allows you to “seize” the moment.  Life is full of fleeting moments that can be captured and preserved forever.  One look at the image can bring right back to the exact moment in time when the picture was taken.

Inspiration:  Let the world around you and the images you capture inspire your creativity and open your mind to new suggestions and ideas. 


Observation:  You want to improve your observation skills and your attention to detail?  Al you need to do is pick up photography as a hobby.  It will open your eyes to a world you normally would pay no attention to.  When you start looking for good light and good shots, you start to see things differently.


Narration:  Photos tell stories, and a good image can speak to the observer and tell a whole story without the observer even knowing the subject of the photograph.    

(Derek Halkett Photography) 7 Reasons to Love Photography Fri, 20 Jul 2012 01:32:53 GMT
7 Reasons to Keep Shooting & Sharing Your Photography  

7 Reasons to Keep Shooting & Sharing Your Photography

I can see how photography can be very frustrating for some people.  If you come into the field with the sole purpose of making money, then you will be in for a difficult experience.  Photography should be fun and enjoyable for the photographer.  The beauty of being a photographer is being able to reinvent yourself each time you approach an image.  You can constantly challenge and better your work and that (for me) is where the passion is created.  If money comes as an incidental part of your desire to shoot portraits or weddings, then it allows you to buy more gear, which gets you right back to where you started..:)  Keep on shooting and remember why it is you do it. 

For those of you that don’t do it for monetary purposes, photography can be a stress relief and gives you reason to explore more places and look at more things that you would have never looked at before.  It truly opens your eyes to the world around you and makes you more appreciative of life and the beauty that exists beyond all the ugliness and negativity we are fed each and every day of our lives. You can get great shots with any camera.  Never let your gear limit you, instead learn to master what you’ve got and try to capture the best possible images you can.  Here are my seven reasons to shoot and share your images:

  1. Even iPhone shots are good enough to print: We are seeing more and more publications accept images shot with an iPhone. The most recent MacWorld Cover was shot with an iPhone 4. F-Stoppers shot an entire fashion shoot with a 3GS.  It doesn’t matter if you are shooting with a point and shoot camera or a $5000 Professional DSLR, its your eyes that find and capture the great image, not the camera.



  1. The more you shoot, the more you learn, the better you get: I feel like I’ve come a long way in a very short time.  I honestly didn’t have a clue how to do anything technical when I started out. I often made big mistakes and took crummy photos. Instead of feeling bad when you take a poor photo, analyze it and try to figure out why it’s poor and how you can improve your skills for next time.




  1. Most learning happens by “just doing it”: I have taken photography classes and have read hundreds of photography related articles and publications.  I must say that there is no substitute for “just doing it.”  Trial and error and learning from your mistakes has served me the best thus far.




  1. Other photographers are your greatest allies: Whenever I meet another photographer, I completely barrage them with questions about gear, lighting, techniques, etc. I find most photographers are completely open to sharing information and are looking to trade secrets and tips. You can meet tons of photographers on Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook. Share your ideas, go for photo walks and garner inspiration from them.



  1. Believe in yourself and your photographic abilities: We all have bad days, unproductive days, but it’s the people that keep plodding through the difficult times that end up succeeding. I’m very hard on myself and my photography, and I know that I am my own worst critic.  Now, if I’m having a bad day with my Nikon, I’ll switch things up and shoot with my iPhone. I find by taking the pressure off and just shooting for fun, I can overcome a lot of my self-critical negativity. At the end of the day, we shoot because we love photography, not to create perfect images.


  1. Share your photos: If I hadn’t started by own website, flickr, facebook, twitter, pinterest, google+ and every other social/photography related web source, I would not have learned as much and would never have received the constructive criticism I needed to become a better photographer. A second bonus is the greater distribution your photos have, the more people will see them and the greater opportunities you have to publish or sell your images. So start sharing your shots! Plus, it really helps to have others both praise and criticize your work.

I was told that if you put in the time and effort and have the proper dedication (and a little bit of an eye) one can make money with photography.  For me, its not so much about the money and more about having fun and being able to support my hobby turned second job.  Making money, although not a necessity; would be a welcomed bonus.  Unfortunately, every Tom, Dick and Harry has a DSLR and is running a photography business out of his or her home.  Challenge yourself to be one step above the rest so that you can stand out from the sea of photographers.  More importantly, remember to keep on smiling and having fun with it!



Derek Halkett

Halkett Photography


"Living Life One Photo at a Time" 

(Derek Halkett Photography) 7 Reasons to Keep Shooting & Sharing Your Photography Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:55:00 GMT