Le Petit Studio - Christine Petit

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My name is Christine Petit, and I'm the owner of Le Petit Studio. I am a creative art, portrait and event photographer located on the village green in Collinsville, CT.
I've worked as a newspaper editor, music teacher and marketing director, and my photography experience is as varied as my resume.
I'm a graduate of the professional photography program at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and hold a bachelor's in media communications.

Some of my other talents are being able to make people feel at ease; to get the relaxed, happy shot that the nervous subject worries will never happen...especially when we only have a few minutes. I love that kind of a challenge. It takes the ability to establish a connection with someone right away, and many of my clients remain friends after our work together as a result.

I take photos because it makes me happy. And I'm the happiest when I'm traveling around taking art photos. If I feel down before I shoot, I usually feel energized and uplifted afterwards. It's a fast, cheap form of therapy (if you don't count the cost of the equipment)! Of course it can be frustrating at times, trying to get that "perfect shot," but I'm grateful for the talent and the desire to chase it.

I have fun photographing families and children, and I really enjoy babies. I've focused on babies more in the past year since my husband Bill and I had our son, William. "Little Bill" has helped me create magic with my lens again, trying fun things and inspiring me to the next level in children's photography. And his crazy curly hair makes him the perfect (free) model.

One of my favorite things about portrait work is my client's reaction to their photos after a family session...especially grandparents. They make me feel like I did something special and meaningful for someone, and that's awesome. And when they shed a tear or two...well, then I know I've done my job. For me, bringing the emotional detail into the image is the art of it. And my own grandparents were photographers, so is my dad.

I also work in the corporate and commercial arena, covering events (especially for non-profits), taking headshots and providing website imagery for all types of businesses. From jewelry catalogs to annual reports, medical offices to manufacturing...I enjoy doing something different with my talent every day.

As I like people and things that are real: real sugar, real wood, real books, real conversation...I generally don't use Photoshop on my art images. My news background has trained me to be authentic when representing a subject, and that's carried over in my approach to portrait retouching.
I use Photoshop with a light hand, and leave the portrait "subtly perfected"; like the work of a fabulous plastic surgeon. You shouldn't be able to tell exactly what was done, but will be happy to still look like yourself, just better-rested (and younger)!

I hold workshops and private lessons at my studio in the charming, artsy village of Collinsville, and have enjoyed having a space that doubles as a small gallery. I am blessed to be in a field that I love, one which allows me the opportunity to take part in so many positive things. I hope to share that state of mind through my work; to be the change we wish to see in our world.

Website: http://www.PetitPics.com
Contact: Christine Petit
Christine@PetitPics.com

Galleries

2014 Pink Party at Hill-Stead

Updated: Mar 24, 2014 4:24pm PST

Le Petit Studio Art Prints and Cards

Art photo selections available as prints or greeting cards. Cards can ...

Updated: Feb 18, 2014 9:52am PST

MHC Wonder Women Awards Ceremony

Malta House of Care Foundation's 3rd Annual "Celebrating Wonder Women ...

Updated: May 08, 2013 7:27pm PST

MHC Wonder Women Cocktails and Auction

Malta House of Care Foundation's 3rd Annual "Celebrating Wonder Women ...

Updated: May 08, 2013 9:50am PST

Top Pics Taste of the Nation

Updated: Apr 16, 2013 12:34pm PST

Taste of the Nation 2013

Taste of the Nation Hartford April 11, 2013 Share Our Strength’s Tast ...

Updated: Apr 12, 2013 8:30am PST

Mother Daughter Tea Brunch

Here are the images from Sunday's event! Please contact me and let me ...

Updated: Apr 10, 2013 8:58am PST

2013 Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt

Updated: Apr 03, 2013 5:17am PST

Prints

Updated: Feb 14, 2013 7:30am PST

Shaelyn

Updated: Feb 05, 2013 10:44pm PST

Olivia

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 7:24pm PST

Lily

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 6:49pm PST

The O'Brien Valentines

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 4:04pm PST

Aidyn

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 3:45pm PST

2012 Santa Brunch

Updated: Dec 19, 2012 4:00pm PST

Holiday Party

Updated: Dec 18, 2012 12:17pm PST

Holy Family Evening Concert Top Pics

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 7:47pm PST

Holy Family Evening Christmas Concert 2012

Holy Family Evening Christmas Concert, held Sunday, December 16, 2012 ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 4:46pm PST

Hollywood Glamour Father Daughter Dance

Updated: Nov 12, 2012 9:50pm PST

Fojtik Family Photos 2012

Updated: Oct 25, 2012 6:34pm PST

Keefrider Family Photos

Updated: Sep 20, 2012 10:39am PST

Biogen Prints

Updated: Jul 30, 2012 4:56pm PST

2012 PFF Golf Tournament

Updated: Jun 22, 2012 9:35am PST

Carbones Cigar and Scotch Under the Stars

Updated: Jun 22, 2012 9:14am PST

Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

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Updated: Jun 22, 2012 8:19am PST

2012 Governor's Classic Golf Tournament for JA

Updated: Jun 13, 2012 8:43pm PST

Lisa Wilson Foley Campaign

Updated: Jun 12, 2012 2:46pm PST

Holy Family Easter Concert 2012

Updated: May 01, 2012 6:34pm PST

CAIT Breakfast Awards Ceremony

Updated: Apr 20, 2012 4:10pm PST

Best of JA and Webster Bank at Barnard School

Junior Achievement and Webster Bank at Barnard School, K-5 program, Ap ...

Updated: Apr 10, 2012 8:18am PST

Ceremony

Mossel Bay, South Africa, March, 2012.

Updated: Apr 02, 2012 5:33pm PST

Couple Portraits

Mossel Bay, South Africa, March 2012.

Updated: Apr 02, 2012 5:20pm PST

The O'Brien Family

Updated: Mar 26, 2012 4:00pm PST

Pink Party

Updated: Feb 12, 2012 6:02pm PST

Cupid's Chase 5K 2012

Cupid's Chase 5K, benefitting Community Options, www.comop.org, at Har ...

Updated: Feb 11, 2012 9:35pm PST

Holy Family 2011 Vespers Concert

Sunday, December 18, 2011 Evening Vespers Concert at Holy Family Passi ...

Updated: Dec 20, 2011 1:25pm PST

Reception

Updated: Dec 05, 2011 7:26pm PST

Women in Science Event

An Evening Honoring Women in Science: Benefiting the Petit Family Foun ...

Updated: Nov 22, 2011 8:13pm PST

Pre-Event: Jeff Immelt

Pre-Event for An Evening Honoring Women in Science: Benefitting the Pe ...

Updated: Nov 21, 2011 7:24pm PST

Allie and William

Updated: Nov 14, 2011 9:28am PST

Hayley Petit Row, Run, Shoot

Row, Run, Shoot event held at Miss Porters School in Farmington, CT on ...

Updated: Oct 25, 2011 6:18pm PST

Walking on Water

Updated: Oct 12, 2011 7:09am PST

2011 PFF Ride for Justice

2011 Ride for Justice benefiting the Petit Family Foundation. www.peti ...

Updated: Oct 04, 2011 9:27pm PST

Bacon Academy: Annual Report

Updated: Sep 23, 2011 11:58am PST

Beach Wall

Updated: Sep 20, 2011 6:37pm PST

Boardwalk Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2011 2:01pm PST

Group Portraits

Updated: Sep 14, 2011 5:01pm PST

Couple Portraits

Updated: Sep 14, 2011 4:50pm PST

Girls/Getting Ready

Updated: Sep 07, 2011 11:40am PST

Couple Portraits

Updated: Sep 07, 2011 9:40am PST

Flemings Wine Dinner

Updated: Aug 31, 2011 1:18pm PST

Ceremony

Updated: Aug 29, 2011 11:05am PST

2011 GE 5K Road Race benefitting PFF

Fourth annual 2011 GE 5K Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundat ...

Updated: Jul 18, 2011 5:28pm PST

2011 GE Pre-Race & Kids Run

Fourth annual 2011 GE 5K Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundat ...

Updated: Jul 18, 2011 4:32pm PST

2011 PFF Pasta Dinner

Second annual Petit Family Foundation Pasta Dinner, part of the 2011 G ...

Updated: Jul 18, 2011 12:11pm PST

Dances, Toasts, Cake and Toss

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 9:29am PST

Reception

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 9:27am PST

Couple Portraits

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 8:21am PST

Family Portraits

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 7:49am PST

Bridal Party

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 7:40am PST

Ceremony

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 06, 2011 6:24pm PST

Getting Ready

June 3, 2011

Updated: Jul 06, 2011 6:13pm PST

Matthew William Sikorski (MWS) Paintings

These prints are reproductions of original Matthew William Sikorski (M ...

Updated: Jul 04, 2011 9:09am PST

2011 PFF Golf Tournament

Morning and afternoon shotgun at the fifth annual Petit Family Foundat ...

Updated: Jun 22, 2011 11:02pm PST

2011 PFF Tournament Dinner, Auction & Awards

Dinner, silent & live auctions and awards ceremony at the fifth annual ...

Updated: Jun 22, 2011 10:13pm PST

Carbones Cigar n Scotch Social

Updated: Jun 10, 2011 10:44am PST

Best of 2011 JA Governor's Classic

Governor's Classic Golf Tournament June 6, 2011. Tumble Brook Country ...

Updated: Jun 10, 2011 9:33am PST

JA Partners in Achievement Fundraising Breakfast

Junior Achievement Partners in Achievement Fundraising Breakfast held ...

Updated: May 19, 2011 12:04pm PST

Easter Brunch 2011

Updated: May 10, 2011 7:11am PST

CT DAR 2011 State Conference: Saturday

Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Conferenc ...

Updated: May 02, 2011 10:16am PST

CT DAR 2011 State Conference: Friday

Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Conferenc ...

Updated: May 02, 2011 9:52am PST

Jackson

Updated: Apr 16, 2011 6:31pm PST

A Prohibition Peek at Hill-Stead Wines

A Prohibition Peek...The 1933-themed debut event for the Hill-Stead Mu ...

Updated: Apr 16, 2011 3:18pm PST

2011 Tunxis Plantation Wine Dinner

Updated: Apr 12, 2011 7:05pm PST

Junior Achievement at ING

ING ~ Junior Achievement high school job shadow program, held at ING R ...

Updated: Feb 23, 2011 8:29pm PST

Alyssa

Modeling/Acting Portfolio Shoot

Updated: Feb 13, 2011 2:16pm PST

Awards: Cupid's Chase 5K Hartford

Cupid's Chase 5K Road Race held at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT on Fe ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2011 9:46am PST

Race: Cupid's Chase 5K Hartford

Cupid's Chase 5K Road Race held at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT on Fe ...

Updated: Feb 12, 2011 10:03pm PST

Pre-Race Cupid's Chase 5K Hartford

Cupid's Chase 5K Road Race held at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT on Fe ...

Updated: Feb 12, 2011 9:23pm PST

Smiles

Updated: Feb 09, 2011 1:46pm PST

Golf & Country Club Imagery

Photographs from four different CT and NY golf and country clubs over ...

Updated: Feb 08, 2011 2:35pm PST

Junior Achievement and Travelers at Martin Luther King School

Junior Achievement's One-Day Program hosted by Travelers Insurance at ...

Updated: Jan 18, 2011 2:34pm PST

Santa's Brunch December 19th AM

Updated: Dec 20, 2010 11:19am PST

Santa's Brunch December 19th PM

Updated: Dec 20, 2010 11:06am PST

Santa's Brunch December 5th

Santa visits the Golf Club of Avon

Updated: Dec 06, 2010 5:33am PST

Selections from Junior Achievement "More Than Money" with Aetna & Wal Mart

WalMart presents the Third Annual Junior Achievement "More than Money" ...

Updated: Dec 02, 2010 3:48pm PST

Selections: Petit Family Foundation

Updated: Nov 29, 2010 9:12am PST

Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation with Jane Condon

Jane Condon at the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, CT to benefit ...

Updated: Nov 24, 2010 2:39pm PST

Fojtik Family Photos

October, 2010 in Collinsville, CT.

Updated: Nov 16, 2010 9:41pm PST

Cinderella Daddy Daughter Dinner n' Dancing

Cinderella-themed Father/Daughter Dance held at the Golf Club of Avon, ...

Updated: Nov 15, 2010 1:24pm PST

Cinderella Daddy Daughter Dance Formals

Cinderella-themed Father/Daughter Dance held at the Golf Club of Avon, ...

Updated: Nov 15, 2010 1:21pm PST

2010 Veteran's Day Parade DAR Float

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Float in Hartford, CT's Vet ...

Updated: Nov 08, 2010 3:06pm PST

Junior Achievement More Than Money

WalMart presents the Third Annual Junior Achievement "More than Money" ...

Updated: Oct 29, 2010 1:40pm PST

Reception

Updated: Oct 22, 2010 2:28pm PST

First Dance and Toasts

Updated: Oct 22, 2010 2:12pm PST

Leaf Peep Putt n Ride

Updated: Oct 21, 2010 5:07pm PST

Post Ceremony and Bridal Party

Updated: Oct 18, 2010 9:41pm PST

Kristen and Adrian

Updated: Oct 18, 2010 9:40pm PST

Mark Twain House filming Rising Star movie

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 10:35pm PST

The Girls

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 8:44pm PST

Getting Ready

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 7:31pm PST

Ceremony

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 6:23pm PST

The Boys

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 5:59pm PST

Kristen

Updated: Oct 14, 2010 1:52pm PST

Post-Race Party at Bozzutos

Petit Family Foundation Ride for Justice held Sunday, September 26th, ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2010 8:05am PST

Yankee Harley Pre-Race

Petit Family Foundation Ride for Justice, Sunday, September 26, 2010. ...

Updated: Sep 27, 2010 3:50pm PST

Petit Family Foundation Ride for Justice

These photos are a collection meant for news media. Please visit: htt ...

Updated: Sep 27, 2010 1:51pm PST

Main Street Community Foundation Gala

Main Street Community Foundation Fundraising Gala: September 24, 2010 ...

Updated: Sep 25, 2010 11:06am PST

First Dances, Cake, Toasts n Toss

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding Reception at The Pond House, Eli ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2010 8:11pm PST

Reception

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding Reception, The Pond House, West ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2010 7:58pm PST

Family Portraits

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2010 6:33pm PST

Couple Portraits

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2010 6:32pm PST

Ceremony

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Sep 01, 2010 6:57pm PST

Wedding Party

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Sep 01, 2010 6:17pm PST

StonerAndSon

298 Northington Drive, Avon, CT August, 2010

Updated: Aug 30, 2010 6:12am PST

Bridal Portraits

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Aug 25, 2010 10:57am PST

Details

Michelle and Garrett Williams Wedding, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, ...

Updated: Aug 25, 2010 10:56am PST

2010 Major Member Guest Saturday Golf & Dinner

Saturday, July 17, 2010 Golf Course, Setup and Saturday Dinner for Maj ...

Updated: Jul 23, 2010 3:37pm PST

2010 Major Member Guest Sunday Awards Ceremony

Sunday, July 18, 2010 Major Member Guest Golf Tournament Awards at The ...

Updated: Jul 23, 2010 6:51am PST

Race Day Sunday Setup

Sunday, July 18, 2010, Day of the GE 5K Race, The Calm Before the Stor ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 11:23pm PST

2010 Race Awards

Sunday, July 18, 2010 Awards for Kids Fun Run, 5K & Fitness Walk. GE 5 ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 11:23pm PST

Kids' Fun Run

Two Fun Runs, Sunday, July 18, 2010. GE 5K Road Race Benefiting The Pe ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 11:21pm PST

Petit Family Foundation Pasta Dinner Sat July 17th

Petit Family Foundation Pasta Dinner, Saturday, July 17, 2010. New eve ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 11:19pm PST

GE 5K Road Race & Fitness Walk

Sunday, July 18, 2010 GE 5K Road Race, Benefiting The Petit Family Fou ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 10:48pm PST

Pre-Race Saturday Registration, Setup

Saturday, July 17, 2010, Day before the GE 5K Road Race, Benefiting th ...

Updated: Jul 22, 2010 1:49pm PST

GE 5K Road Race 2009

Updated: Jun 30, 2010 7:03am PST

Jamie, Jose & Lily

3-week old Lily Ruiz and her proud parents, Jamie and Jose

Updated: Jun 18, 2010 2:16pm PST

MS Society Scholarship Awards

Updated: Jun 08, 2010 7:27pm PST

Prudence Crandall Silent No More Auction

Prudence Crandall Center's Silent No More Auction. Raising money to he ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2010 2:16pm PST

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Hartford, CT

Photos of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in Hartford, CT's ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2010 1:45pm PST

Alana's Modeling Portfolio

Elizabeth Park, Hartford April10, 2010

Updated: May 21, 2010 1:33pm PST

Olivia Flaherty

Updated: May 18, 2010 11:25am PST

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