Welcome to the first installment of J. Mansfield Photography's small business spotlight! My goal is to feature as many local small businesses as possible to shine a light on the gems that keep our town beautiful! If you are a small business owner in Seymour, and would love to be featured, please send me an email and we'll set up a meeting! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildflour Confections is a unique (and lets face it, amazing) bakery located in the heart of downtown Seymour. They offer everything from the run-of-the-mill cakes and cupcakes, to macaroons, truffles, cookies, and, cake pops. Have a wheat or dairy allergy? Have no fear! Wildflour confections is here! They also have a daily offering of gluten, dairy free, and gluten/dairy free cupcakes and other treats!
On top of their daily offerings of treats (follow their social media accounts: https://www.facebook.com/wildflourcupcakesandsweets/, and @wildlfourconfections on instagram to see what they have to offer every day!), they specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes, and, other treats. Check out their website: www.thewildflourconfections.com to see galleries of their gorgeous work. You'll be hungry in an instant.
Wildflour is owned and operated by Alyssa DeMatteo, who grew up right here in Seymour. Her love of cake decorating is said to have been sparked by making a cake with her sister in law when she was young. She began baking and decorating cakes on her own in earnest in 2011, and by February of 2015, Wildflour Confections had a storefront. Knowing Alyssa personally, I know how much time, talent, sacrifice, and pure love she's poured into this business, and it's a place my family goes to often.
Nearly 3 years later, Wildlfour employs 4-5 employees, and puts out several dozens of cupcakes and other treats a day. Alyssa's favorite thing to work on? Floral cakes (and if you follow her work on social media, you'll see just how beautiful these cakes are! In fact one of them inspired a recent cake smash session of mine!). She draws the most inspiration from the Fall season, and what she loves most about being in downtown Seymour is the deep and quiet connection to all of the other shop owners. They are a tight knit community who work together to keep our town interesting.
Check out a few photos from my recent visit there, and be sure to follow Wildflour on Facebook and instagram (and have a tissue at hand to wipe the drool from your screen, because they are *that* good) and pop in to say "hi!", grab a treat and a coffee, and maybe another treat to-go. Wildflour Confections can be found at 18 Bank Street in Seymour, CT, Tuesday-Sunday. Hours vary based on the season, but in one of the images below you can see a current schedule, as well as on their website and social media accounts.
I've known this family since I was a child, and it's always an honor to be asked to photograph them! This baby boy was the sweetest, most content newborn! Can you believe he was a month old, and totally happy to just lay on the floor and sleep? Enjoy some of my favorites from this session!
Here is info on my 2017 mini sessions! Fall minis in October, and holiday minis in November! Both locations are gorgeous and worthy of family portraits! Fee includes 1 8x10 heirloom print and 2 digital files. Additional items may be purchased at your in person ordering appointment (to take place in Seymour within 2 weeks of session date). Don't hesitate to book! Email me today to save your time slot; email@example.com. Addresses for locations will be provided closer to the session dates. October's minis will take place in Orange, CT, and November's will be at a tree farm in Newtown, CT. Rain dates are the following day. Hope to see lots of old and new faces this year!
I've been photographing this sweet little family since their oldest girl was an infant. I photographed the birth of their second baby a bit over a year ago, and they've had a special place in my heart since then. These two little girls are fierce in their strength and bravery, and in their love for each other. I can't wait to continue documenting them as they grow and change and become little people. It was very hard to narrow down this session to just a few favorites, as I loved every image! Their mama picked a gorgeous backdrop in the Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth, CT. I will definitely be making return trips there! Enjoy these fairytale-like images!
Earlier in the summer, I put out a model call for a documentary maternity session; specifically looking for a couple expecting their first child. Erica was one of the respondents, and after meeting with her and her husband, I knew they were perfect. On the day of their session, I hung back while they organized all of their sweet baby's clothes and gadgets. It was so fun to watch them interact and bond over this special moment, knowing in just a few weeks, they would be 3! Enjoy a few images from their session; and I look forward to sharing some video clips in the future too!
Keep your eyes out for their newborn session, which will come to the blog soon!