A (very) Brief History


Early Al FerreiraI have always been a photographer. My father finally allowed me to play with his prized Yashica Mat Twin Lens Reflex camera when I got old enough and I was hooked. Soon after, I started taking pictures for my high school’s newspaper and yearbook and was a founding member of the camera club. My first photographic job was as a summer intern at The Hartford Courant newspaper, and they subsequently hired me as a full time staffer while going to college at the same time.

I’ve pursued photography passionately ever since with a career that has spanned from a photojournalist in exciting times of historical events and personalities, to traveling the world as a corporate photographer for Aetna which at that time had one of the best Photography, Motion Picture and Video studios in the industry. I met Joanne at that company and we set a course to run our own show, which we have enjoyed doing ever since.

I’m always evolving and totally enjoy the changes I’ve seen in my photographic career especially being an early digital “pioneer” which revolutionized our way of creating images. Being a computer and gadget geek at heart, I’ve also designed and built my web sites and am also a FAA certified commercial Drone Pilot, just in case that shot or video needs a higher vantage point.

On location or in the studio, the clients are always varied and the work never stagnant, and I love the diversity and challenges. As a visual communicator, I approach every situation by trying to have a clear understanding what the message is and ways to make it visually interesting. Fundamentally, every picture should tell a story whether it is a person or an object.

The studio is in a converted barn attached to our 224 year old brick Federal home in the East Hartford / Glastonbury line and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, which we share with our two lovely Wirehaired Pointing Griffons – Luca and Josie.

-Al & Joanne Ferreira

Al Ferreira Studio

Sampled Client List


Corporate and Industrial

  • ABA-PGT Inc.
  • Aetna Inc.
  • Appli-Tec
  • AssaAbloy
  • Atlas Copco Industrial Compressors
  • Barden Bearing Corporation
  • Beckhoff Automation
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • Cabela’s
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • Classic Hotels of Connecticut
  • Colt’s Manufacturing LLC
  • Connecticut Medical Insurance Company
  • Crowe Global
  • CVS Corporation
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Distinctive Directories
  • Farrel Pomini
  • The Farmers Cow
  • Fragola Performance Parts
  • Fuel Cell Energy
  • Fuss & O’Neill
  • GE Silicones
  • GEM Manufacturing Company Inc.
  • Gemma Power Systems
  • The Hartford
  • Hampden Savings Bank
  • Henkel Corporation
  • Hob Industries Inc.
  • Hobson & Motzer, Inc.
  • Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
  • Interprint International
  • Joseph Gartner GmbH
  • Kaman Industrial Technologies
  • Kloter Farms
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Marubeni Citizen Cincom
  • Northeast Utilities
  • Yankee Gas
  • Western Mass Electrical Company
  • Open Solutions, Inc.
  • Reed Business Information
  • The Stanley Works
  • Sysco
  • TOMRA, NA
  • Unger Global
  • United Illuminating Company
  • Urethane Innovators
  • USA Scientific, Inc.
  • Vibrant Health
  • Vital Nutrients
  • Volvo Aero
  • WFSB, Channel 3

Education

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • The Cushing Academy
  • Fairfield University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fordham University
  • Fox Institute of Business
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Loomis-Chaffee School
  • Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
  • Mitchell College
  • Miss Porter’s School
  • Post University
  • Quinnipiac College
  • The Salisbury School
  • St. Josephs College
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Trinity College
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • University of Connecticut
  • Wheaton College

Health Care & Non-Profits

  • Access Health CT
  • Connecticut Innovations, Inc.
  • Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
  • Donaghue Medical Research Foundation
  • Hartford Hospital
  • The Hospital for Special Care
  • The Institute for Justice
  • Jefferson Radiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • New Milford Hospital
  • The Salvation Army
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Windham Hospital
  • University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Vicarious Surgical
  • Visiting Nurse Association
  • Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT


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