About - ajava

All About Me...

I’m Glad You’re Here

I’m Andrea. I’m a wedding and portrait photographer in the Hartford, Connecticut area…though I’d happily travel all over New England to shoot for you.

This is the part where I’m supposed to tell you about why I became a photographer. I’m supposed to use words like “passion” and phrases like “life-long dream”. I’m supposed to tell you about the first time I picked up a camera, how it just “felt right” and how I knew it was meant to be from that moment on.

The truth is, I don’t remember the first time I used a camera. I do remember the first time I cared about using a camera – and that was after the birth of my daughter. When I realized that I could freeze time, preserve precious memories, turn the ordinary into something special…well…that’s when the obsession began. And as exciting as it was to do those things for myself, it was even more exciting when I realized that I could do them for others, too.

That was a decade ago.

Since that realization, I’ve dedicated countless hours to studying, learning, practicing, ABSORBING everything I’m able to get my hands on, in an effort to perfect the craft of photography. I’ve learned and evolved immensely over the years. Hopefully, that process will never end.

I should tell you a little bit more about who I am. I’ve lived in Connecticut for almost my whole life (born in Massachusetts). I met my best friend in 1989. I married him in 2000. We have one daughter named Jill. We share our home with cats and dogs and other small creatures - but we adore ALL animals. Some other random facts about me (in case you wanted to know):

* I was in a tornado in 1978. It was an F4 on the Fujita scale (F5 is the most severe)

* I learned to drive at the age of 6

* I know the lyrics to just about every pop/rock song from the last 40 or 50 years. Go ahead. Test me ;)

* I don’t really like to cook or bake, but I can make some KILLER desserts when I have to

* I was voted “Best Sense of Humor” in high school

* I have lots of tattoos, but you’re not likely to see about 95% of them when you meet me in person


Now it’s your turn. Drop me a note. Tell me about you. Tell me about the moment in time you’re looking to capture.

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