Happy Holidays and Cheers to a Great 2011!


Happy holidays from Jane, Mike, Sebbie and Jude…thanks for a great year!

Holiday Card Portrait

30 Days of Doing the Impossible


Welcome to Jane’s personal project “30 Days of Doing the Impossible”.  We are thrilled to be working with The Impossible Project who are making new instant films to work in old polaroid cameras!  We will be shooting their Silver Shade film on Thursday, 9/16 at Real Art Ways Creative Cocktail Hour in Hartford, 6-10 and creating a live art assemblage and YOU ARE INVITED!  Please join us and say hi….check out the link for details.

For the 30 Days project I am using their brand new Color Shade film…which has a beautiful, soft tone that I already love.  As people photographers, we document and create images of other people and their lives …for this project I’m going to document my own life, family, home, interests, friends over the next 30 days. Almost all our work is digital now…I’m really looking forward to slowing down to create one image at a time!  You can see one image from each daily shoot on Facebook and a weekly update here!

Below is my test image of little Jude using the PX70 Color Shade FF film and a vintage SX-70 camera on loan from the Impossible Project…this film has to be kept from light and developed face down for at least 2 minutes!

Thank you to the Impossible Project for their support of this project and our Real Art Ways event!  If you are ever in SoHo, check out The Impossible Project Space gallery/store.

Jude Balloon Impossible Project Test Image

Jane and Sebbie in NYC


A few weeks ago I took our 6 year old Sebbie into New York for an overnighter to spend some one-on-one time together.  It was one of the best times we’ve ever had and I really want to do more trips like this.

We checked out MoMA where we saw Picasso and the Tim Burton exhibit and I raced through the Cartier-Bresson photo exhibit.  Then it was off to the the Central Park Zoo for some penguin time.

Thanks Megan and Bret for the tip on Serendipity 3 (…home of the frozen hot chocolate!) and thanks to Kathleen for the advice on seeing the Central Park playgrounds!

Here are a few snaps from our trip…love you Sebbie!

Central Park Zoo in NYC

Angela’s Family Portrait in Fort Myers, Florida


It was great to do a portrait shoot of my wonderful friend Angela and her family while staying with them for a few days during our family vacation to Florida. One of my first family portrait sessions was when these sweet kids were 5 months old…it’s hard to believe that Mike and I now have our own family and that our kids have a great time playing together!  Ang–great seeing you guys…so glad you are in our life!

Angela Family Portrait

Vegas Baby – WPPI and Nikki Nicole!


I (Jane) just returned from an amazing time at WPPI in Las Vegas…the biggest wedding photography convention and seminar in the world.  It was fabulous for so many reasons including hanging out with a group of wonderfully talented CT wedding photographers, finding some new products for our clients and taking time to think about art and not just business.

Here’s a little sampling of some fun shots of Nikki Nicole from Nikki Nicole Photography and two Australian guys who we met Fremont Street in the old downtown LV who agreed to be our models…only in Vegas!

If you want to see the pics of me on the dance floor at Studio 54’s Pictage party or more pics of Nikki Nicole, I’ll be posting them on Facebook … Jane Shauck for my everyday ramblings (and Vegas party pics) and the IRIS Photography Fan Page for official business!  : )

nikki nicole photography

Shower Studio


Here’s our little four year old Jude.  In the mood for shooting a portrait…a shower stall can make a cool background…


Foodie Stuff in Connecticut and New York


Jane and I love food and wine so in between photo news we wanted to write some food-related posts….here are three items to kick it off:

First, for my recent birthday Jane gave me the new Barcelona Cookbook written by the the owners of the Barcelona Wine Bar tapas restaurant group in Connecticut.  It’s a nicely written and photographed book with a great wine section in addition to the tapas recipes.  Jane also booked a date to go to Barcelona in West Hartford Center to a “Cook the Book” night hosted by Executive Chef Adam Greenberg.  We and 40 others enjoyed everything from his potato latkes with applesauce to the churros with chili-chocolate dipping sauce.  Barcelona also has restaurants in Greenwich, Stamford, South Norwalk, Fairfield and New Haven…they’ve got a very cool urban and relaxed atmosphere along with great tapas and wine…and live music some nights.


Second, Jessica and James Vanderberg, the very talented and fun couple whose wedding we photographed at the Hill-Stead Museum in ’08 have started an outstanding  foodie blog called “Plated” out of their Brooklyn home.
“Plated” features classic and eclectic recipes as well as dinner parties that you can sign up on their blog to attend.  Jessica and James (photo below) are great writers and their love of food, wine, traveling and people really shines through in their blog.  Check them out at


Lastly, I love food markets and I’ve been meaning to check out Hartford’s own CT Regional Market down under the highways past the old Colt Firearms factory (the address is 101 Reserve Road).  A few Saturdays back I headed down there at 6am and 15 degrees and saw a small group of customers shopping at several of the mostly fruit and vegetable purveyors selling from their shipping docks.  Even within this small group in 30 minutes I met people from Bosnia, Portugal and Jamaica…highlights the great diversity of recent immigrants in the Hartford area.

jessica james dance

In NYC for PhotoPlus Expo


Jane and I went into NYC last week for the PDN PhotoPlus Expothe tradeshow and conference for all things photographic. Walking to the Javits Center, we saw a NYC scene in great light and Jane snapped a photo of a painter enjoying his java before starting work.

Good classes, especially the Adobe Lightroom session and great keynotes by Nigel Parry on his celebrity portraits and James Nachtwey on his photojournalism over the past 25 years.

Went to The Ten Bells for wine and tapas down on Broome Street just north of Chinatown before heading to the PDN party in the Hammerstein Ballroom where we met some new photogs and had a blast with old PUG friends.

Checked out Robert Frank’s The Americans photo exhibit at the Met of his trek around the US in the 1950s–great stuff.  Stopped at Anthony Bourdain’s old workplace, Les Halles, for a bistro bite before heading out of Penn Station (albeit 3.5 hours late due to lightning strikes) for home in Hartford…but today we got a call from Amtrak with free train tickets due to the delay!

LIVE with Regis and Kelly…and Jen and Jane!!


Speaking of the Mayor's Ball, last year we attended with a group of friends and my friend, Jen and I bid on VIP tickets to see Live with Regis and Kelly in NYC.  Being VIP means you can pick which day you want to go and we went just before the holidays.  Daniel Craig (yes, James Bond) was the guest star and I have to admit, quite charming in person. David Archuleta was the musical guest who we also happened to see the night before in the Virgin store in Times Square:


Well you've got to get up early for this type of thing….


Here we are post-coffee waiting in the line (yes, even with the VIP tickets…although we had a shorter line!)


A big perk of VIP tix was front row…here's Jen waiting for it to start:

Kelly was amazing how quickly she could turn on bubbly at 8 a.m. … there was no warm-up…they just went right into their high energy banter:




All the talk shows are a great time and I can be talked into an NYC trip for any reason…one of my goals is to get to SNL though…maybe this fall!


Family Day Trip to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst


Our family recently discovered a great day trip going to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.  It was about an hour from West Hartford and perfect for kids around 5 or 6 years old, although younger and older would really enjoy it too.  They had galleries, an art studio where everyone could paint, a library with story hour and a really well done movie about Eric Carle and how he creates the pictures (we're talking Hungry Caterpillar here in case you aren't in this world right now) – the movie was a little over the head of our 3-year-old but held Seb's interest (and all the adults!).  Two to three hours was about the right amount of time with young kids in tow.  The facility is beautiful…open, light, very modern and spacious.  They also had a lovely, kid-friendly cafe.   I think it's a great museum for introducing kids to art or could be a nice date if you are still a fan of children's books/art and want to take a nice drive too!