2013 Professional Photographers Association of Rhode Island Award

Carl and I attended the 60th Annual Convention of PPARI this past weekend.  We attended lectures and demonstrations by Steve Sedman, Hanson Fong and David Hakamaki.  All were great speakers and we had fun and learned some new techniques.  This year for the first time I decided to enter into the print competition and I'm happy to say I did quite well.  I received a 85 on this image!  It was very interesting to hear the 6 judges talk and critique my image they even gave me some butterflies :)  

A little info about the image...

This image was taken 15 years ago in beautiful Venice, Italy.  On a Sunday morning this sweet little old woman was thoughtfully watching a bride and her father come down the canal in a gondola in route to the wedding ceremony.  I of course, was watching the events as well and I captured this beautiful moment.  It is one of my favorite images that I took on that fabulous trip.  I hope you enjoy it.


Bunnies, Boudoir & Thinking of Spring!

First we would like to say "Thank You" to all who voted for our house in the Deck The House contest.  Our Crazy Christmas House came in 2nd place nationwide and we couldn't have done it without your help.  The house in Georgia won by 300 votes, the official count was 10,900 to our 10,600.  We will try again next year to win the $100,000 for Coventry Public Schools.


It's that time of year again for our favorite "theme" portraits...Children's portraits with Live Bunnies!!   Sessions fill up  quickly so don't delay in calling to schedule your time.   For only $45 you receive a 20 minute private session, photo viewing, 1 5x7 & 4 wallets of your favorite and all will be entered in our "Cutest Bunny Portrait" contest to win a 16x20 print portrait!  This contest will be done on facebook by the number of "likes" on each photo.

Often people ask us Where do you get the bunnies and What do you do with them after?

We rent the bunnies from a local small animal breeder right here in Coventry.  We take care of the bunnies every day that we have them and then when we are done with our sessions they go back to the breeder.  


Our Bunnies have just arrived today....we have 3 female lop Bunnies!  We will be running this special now thru March 23rd


Ladies have you heard about our Boudoir Parties?  These are so much fun!  You and some friends are invited to hold a night at our studio to capture some sexy and intimate portraits for your special someone.  If you prefer we can also rent a hotel room, we have a few close by that we like.   We recommend a few different outfits and these can be anything you like, bra & panty, costumes or maybe some biker girl gear.  These usually last from 3-6 hours depending on how many girls and outfits.  Some ladies like to do a outfit for each month and make a calendar as a gift.  We also have some fun gift ideas, a little black book that displays 10 different photos in wallet size,  bottle openers, deck of cards and much more.  Each girl pays $59 for the session at the time of booking.   Girlfriends + Wine = Lots of Fun!!


Thinking of SPRING!!!  Carl and I are so ready for the warmer weather as I'm sure you all are too.  We are looking forward to attending our local RI Professional Photographers of America convention and the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International in March.  We love attending these so we can learn new techniques and more about our craft. 

Did you know that we offer Sports Photography for youth leagues?  We have outstanding quality, organization and customer service and we are proud to say all of our printing is done right here in Rhode Island at a local lab.  Before we know it we will be photographing baseball, softball and some dance schools...let's keep thinking spring!


One last thing as you know we opened up our new division of the studio a little over a year ago called Whiskers Pet Portraits.  We just love meeting all the new cats and dogs that have wagged their ways into our hearts.  We would love for you to cast your vote for us in this contest for The Animal Print Magazine for Whiskers Pet Portraits!  

Also don't forget that we are running a fantasic offer and it will help the NEW Dog Park in Coventry, RI.  For only $30 you will receive a private pet session, a gift print and be entered in our 2014 Pet Calendar.  100% of the session fee is going to the Dog Park to help raise money for fencing and other building materials.  You get a awesome portrait of your best friend and a NEW dog park to visit!  Thanks so much, stay warm and think spring :)

The Olivia Act - Paying It Forward

The Olivia Act, named after one of the children killed in Newtown, CT., was started by a photographer who wishes to remain anonymous.  Olivia's family had pictures taken a short time before she was killed.  Those pictures are precious and now pricesless to them.  Upon hearing this, this photographer was moved to give away a 30 minute family photo shoot and has challenged other photographers to do the same.  We go about our daily lives and sometimes we don't take the time or have the resources to have family photos taken.

We are quite passionate about our portraits and honored that families have entrusted me to capture precious moments for them.  We have decided to participate in this wonderful act of kindness.  As some of you know I recently loss my mother just a few days before Christmas and I know she would be proud of me for doing this.  

We will be taking nominations for a family who you think would appreciate this gift.  We will be taking nominations until January 21st, 2013 when we will choose a family.  Please send a e-mail to hcchphoto@aol.com with their name, contact information and a brief summary of why you chose them and put  "THE OLIVIA ACT NOMINATION" in the subject line.  The chosen family will be contacted via e-mail, so please include their contact information with the nomination.  The gift is a session and a print portrait package so they may have priceless keepsakes to adorn their home.  Please share this status if you have friends or family in Rhode Island.

Fall News and Holiday Fun!

What a beautiful Fall we have had here in RI.  We have enjoyed photographing families in the leaves, at the beaches and of course the studio.  A family portrait is a perfect gift for just about everyone in your life.  They often take a lot of planning to get an entire extended family of 25 in one place at one time but the outcome of a fantastic portrait is truly something you will enjoy for years and years.

Fall Portraits


September and October kept us very busy photographing all the high school sports for the 2013 yearbooks.  Senior year is such a fun time for the students, parents and we get to share all the fun by photographing all the events for them.  We also were able to photograph some amazing weddings for Diane and Kevin, Jen and Patrick, Robin and Jamie just to name a few.  Carl and I love photographing weddings and having 2 experienced photographers really make the day go smoothly.


Our new division of Whiskers Pet Portraits has enjoyed meeting new friends throughout the past few months as well.  The 3rd Annual Open House at West Greenwich Animal Hospital was a lot of fun...I especially enjoyed the K9 demonstration and the 4-H students who talked about dog bit prevention.  Of course the costume parade was simply adorable.  Check out this adorable pocketbook with Miss Stefie.  For many folks (including myself) their pet is truly a family member and a portrait is a timeless addition to their artwork on the walls of the home.


We hope you enjoyed our album of "Halloween Costume Day" on our facebook.  The voting is still open until 11/7/12 so make sure to "LIKE" your favorite one...the contest winner will receive a free session and a $25 print credit.  Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates with the big man in the red suit.  Our famous SANTA will be visiting us here in the studio on Saturday, 11/24 from 10am - 2pm and Sunday, 11/25 from 12-4pm.  We also will be having our SANTA at the West Valley Inn Breakfast With Santa on Sunday, December 9th from 9am - 1pm.  A delicious breakfast buffet is only $15 for Adults and $10 for Children 3-10.  There also is music and fun activities for the children...cookie decorating, face painting and much more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 822-2834.




Looking for a unique holiday card or invitation we are pleased to be offering Carlson Craft custom printing and gift items.  We are extremely proud to tell you that almost every piece of our portrait and gift items we produce for you are all done right here in little Rhody.  Supporting our local businesses in every way possible is one of the best ways to keep our local economy and families happy, healthy and employed.  We want to extend a warm and sincere "Thank You" to all of you our valued clients for choosing our studio for your portrait needs.


Our son Tyler has been busy designing our amazing light show at our home in Coventry.  We are located at 9 Blue Spruce Drive in Coventry and would like you to come by for a visit to view his hard work.  The grand lighting will be on Thanksgiving night and it will be on thru New Years.  You can grab a hot chocolate on the way and sit and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car because he has his own station you can tune in to.  Children of all ages LOVE the show!  Check out his facebook page for The Crazy Christmas House.

Summer Time at CHP

We have been non stop here at the studio since May.  We did a very special friend of the familys wedding in beautiful Virginia.  Congratuations to Chelsea and To


Then we were off to South Carolina to photograph Magnolia Dance Academy.  We did posed individual and group shots at the studio and then also photographed the recital.  It was a fantastic production.  Great job to all that made it happen!  Check out some of the photos on the gallery.


June - September is full of high school senior portraits!  Senior portraits are such a big deal!  This really is their last "professional portrait" until they get married.  We like to make it a fun experience for both parents and students.  We crank up the the music, provide snacks, awesome backgrounds, have them invite friends along and have a great time.  For the parents we can customize packages, provide conveinent times and "no pressure" outlook for ordering.  Whenever you are ready to order you can, weather it be now or 6 months from now.  We hold onto your images forever!  We even can set up a payment plan if needed.  Don't forget we offer a FREE family studio session during the months of September and October to all our senior portrait families.  It's our way of saying thank you for choosing our studio.


Of course weddings are a part of our summers....Here are a few sneak peaks from Donna and Scott's wedding and Ingrid and Mike's wedding both at the beautiful Whispering Pines in West Greenwich, RI.  Truly our favorite venue.



When we are not working our typical 10-12 hour days during the summer we sneak away to our favorite getaway (other than Disney of course) our camp on Lake Megunticook in Camden, Maine.  Here we relax and enjoy our family, sitting on the dock usually with a cold Corona in hand.  We do some boating, fishing and just unplug and enjoy. 


 Enjoy the summer all !

Family Portraits At The Beach - June Special

 Welcome Summer and all the goodness that comes with it here in beautiful Rhode Island.  Gotta love Del's Lemonade, Iggy's Doughboys, and of course Chowda and Clamcakes.  We are blessed with gorgeous beaches and don't we all deserve a family portrait at the beach.  Wether you have admired someone elses or just keep saying "after I lose 10 more pounds ( that's me ;) )" we have all said  "someday I'm going to have a portrait done at the beach".  Now here is your chance to do it at an unbelieveable price.  

June Beach Portrait Days  -  A Savings of 75%  -  Session Fee Only $50.00!


 Friday, June 15th  -  Sand Hill Cove - Roger Wheeler

Thursday, June 21st  -  Scarborough Beach


Thursday, June 28th  -  Sand Hill Cove - Roger Wheeler


On these days we will be offering family beach sessions at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm.   Session includes up to 4 people.  Additional people/pets in portrait are an additional $5 per person.  The sessions must be pre-booked and paid in advance.  The date will be rescheduled in the event of bad weather.  These will fill up quickly so call as soon as possible.


In addition to the sale we are also offering a 15% discount on any canvas gallery wrap ordered from these sessions!

Call 822-4184 to reserve your day and time.




Mother's Day Contest

We LOVE our Moms here at Catherine Hellman Photography.  After all they give love, time, support, taxi rides, cook wonderful meals for us and so much more.   Wether you are a brand new Mom, a Mom of a pooch, a Grandma all Mom's can enter.  Simply e-mail us your favorite photo of  YOU with your children to hcchphoto@aol.com, we will then upload it to our facebook for you to share with friends and family.  Whoever gets the most likes or comments will win our prize package of the following:

1 - 16x20 color portrait from Catherine Hellman Photography

1 - Custom Photo IPhone Case  ( 4 or 4s only )

1 - Gift Certificate for a manicure with Jess Disaia of  Your Salon.

1 - Gift Certficate for a pedicure at Rumors Salon.

1 - Gift Certficate for $15 at Chocolate Dreams.


Valued over $300    Winner will be announced on Mother's Day    Good Luck!