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    Robin Dini is an artist, photojournalist, photographer. Whatever title you choose to use to describe her style of photography, the main objective of her craft is to capture real moments and true emotions. She documents your family history through engagement sessions, weddings, maternity, and much more.

    Robin is a full time stay-at-home mom, mother of two boys, wife to her highschool sweetheart. She has a story to tell and seeks to do that through her images and her writing both on this blog and in her periodic newsletter.

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Treefort Naturals

Treefort Naturals is a local company created and run by a Connecticut mom of three.  Jess and I met through a local playgroup and I am so thrilled to know her.  She and I have a lot in common in regards to lifestyle and running a business from home while also being a full time momma and homemaker.  I had the pleasure of going to her home a few weeks ago to photograph her “in her craft”.  Spending time watching an artist working their craft inspired me to start a new project!  Details on that very soon.

To learn more about Jess and her amazing all-natural products, check out her Etsy store and Facebook page. 

How did you get started with your company? How did you come up with your name, Treefort Naturals?

I started making soap as part of a lifestyle overhaul.  Partly driven by a need to save money, I found ways to make my own things…laundry detergent, bread, household cleaners, soap, etc..  As I researched & experimented, I realized how much better these simple homemade recipes were for my family and the environment.  I became an avid label reader and was pretty horrified by the ingredients in everyday commercial products.  At the same time I also became completely obsessed with making soap!  When I had made more than I could ever possibly use or give away, I thought it might be a good idea to try to sell a few bars.  The name “Treefort” seemed to fit just right and reflect my style and mission.  To me, the pure and simple goodness of the “wonder of the woods” embodied what I wanted my little company to be all about.

Tell us about your products and how they are made.

All of my products are made from scratch with 100% natural & vegetarian ingredients.  Organic & local ingredients are a top priority and are used as much as possible.  Soap is made the old fashioned way with the cold process method and cured for a minumum of 4 weeks.  You will never find fragrance, dyes or preservatives in any of my products.

 

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Kelly + John Engagement Session (Gallagher Mansion, Connecticut)

When someone greets you at the door with a huge smile and shouts, “HI!!!”, you now you’re about to have some fun.  I met Kelly and John for their engagement session at their wedding venue on a very snowy afternoon.  They gave me a quick tour of the plans for their wedding day and then it was time to bundle up and head outside.  Doing engagement sessions in the winter isn’t commonplace for me but I’m going to start recommending it from now on!

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Clean Slate.

Clean Slate.

Winter is now my favorite season because I have experienced the healing energy of the snow that covers the world around us. At times, I used to find winter to be my most challenging season because of shorter days, colder temperatures, and the always-lovely seasonal depression. But this past year, I have found the snow to be comforting and inspiring. Waking from an overnight storm, the world is fresh and neutral. A clean slate.

It snowed on October 29, 2011.  I was leaving the hospital after having half of my tongue removed from oral cancer. I spent a week recuperating from what was one of the most challenging and painful times of my life. Going home-evoked anxiety because of recovery, learning to talk and eat again, and finding ways to communicate with my children and family. But when I woke up that morning and started packing my bags to go home, I watched those white flakes fall from the sky and I saw a world that wasn’t so scary. I saw comfort and warmth in that snowstorm. I knew that going home wouldn’t be so bad after all. I could get cozy in my own bed and start healing. It became my fresh white clean slate on “day one” of being home cancer free.

It snowed on January 21, 2014, the day after we said goodbye to our sweet kitty cat Dexter. He passed away after a long fight with intestinal lymphoma. The morning after, our hearts were heavy because he wasn’t nearby to give a brisk belly rub to and exchange meows with. But outside our window, a fresh and cozy blanket of snow was covering the raw ground over Dexter’s final resting place. It was the end of a long and exhausting routine of medications, injections, and doctor’s appointments that came to an end peacefully.

It snowed on February 13, 2014.  I had just returned from my first “Inspire Experience” and my heart and thoughts were overflowing with new information and lots of positive energy. This was the first time I had been to an overnight workshop, first time away from my kids for more than two nights (besides cancer crap two years ago), first time emotionally connecting with some of my survivor’s guilt from said cancer crap. Needless to say, when I came home Wednesday night, I was dog-tired. I needed a few days to detox my body for the “excesses of vacation” and ease my way back into the “real world”. This mom of two boys really enjoyed her independence and naps!

Winter can often be a time of doubt as it’s considered the off-season for wedding photographers. I do not spend as much time photographing and editing as I do during the warmer months. My creative mind needs to stay working all year long! Just as things were winding down after the holiday season, I went to my first Inspire workshop and had the chance to recharge and reconnect with myself on a personal and professional level. I learned about great techniques for running my business, motivating ideas for taking photos, writing out goals, and connecting to the personal and creative side of who we are why we do what we do.  I went outside my comfort zone and made the effort to meet new people and make new connections and that came back to me ten fold!  I’m excited about the upcoming year and next year’s workshop. I submitted my speaking proposal for next year and I’m hoping to find out by summer if it will be accepted.

So far, my winter has not only been filled with snow, which warms my heart, but has also been filled with inspiration. As spring continues to hibernate but shows small little glimpses that it’s coming…I’m motivated to help others and myself.

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