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Seaside Wedding in Westbrook, CT

I had the honor of photographing Tracey and Chris's wedding in Westbrook, CT.  It was a perfect June day to be on the Long Island Sound.  The Elks Lodge in Westbrook was a wonderful place for a small and intimate wedding of family and friends.  Tracey and Chris were supported by their two amazing sons, close family and wonderful friends.  Congratulations to this couple!  Here are a few photos from the day.
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Bouquet by Laganas, of Middletown, CT

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Dress by Bridal Bells, Berlin, CT

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A quiet Moment before the ceremony

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First Kiss as Husband and Wife!

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First Dance

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Joined by their two sons!

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DJ - David Murphy of Mike Connelly Sound Productions

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Travel Photography

 
Travel Photography, France, Honfleur, Kim Bova Photography

Honfleur, France.  On the southern quay stands the 14th-century Church of St.-Etienne, Honfleur's oldest building.  The reflections here was amazing at various times of day.

Travel Photography has always been a love of mine.  Since I was young and traveled with my parents, I loved to make photos of the places we visited here in the U.S.  Many of you may know that I took some time off from my usual work of Wedding and Portrait Photography and went to Europe on a personal trip.   I went with my family to five countries over the course of 3 weeks.  I do not consider myself a Landscape artist, but I love making photographs of anything and anywhere.  I actually ditched my professional photo gear for those 3 weeks and brought a relatively inexpensive mirrorless camera with me.  We decided to travel light with backpacks only which was a great decision.  I picked up Lumix G85 with a 12-35 lens (the mirrorless equivalent to a 24-70mm lens).  I was happy I did, though I did miss the amazing quality of my Nikon camera and lenses.  I took it as a challenge to make the best images I could with what I had. I absolutely fell in love with France some years ago and have been back twice now.  I also took time to learn some french which made this trip the best ever.  Highly recommended for a better experience in a foreign country.  I will begin with the little town of Honfleur which sits on the coast of Normandy where the Seine meets the English Channel.
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This was a fortress town because of its location on the Seine and English Channel.  The older building upper left, was part of the original fortifications and is dedicated to Samuel de Champlain who was busy exposing Canada at that time.  They called this building, 'The Lieutenant'.

Here is the northern quay in the evening, you see tall narrow houses with slate roofs which date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  A lovely spot to eat and drink local cider.  Had to be careful as we sat eating - the swallows were nesting under the eaves and I was christened by one as it flew in and out feeding its young. Missed my plate luckily.

This area is famous for Cider and we drank plenty of it.  My son is an Orchardist and makes his own cider, so he researched the best places to go.   Within a mile of town we found this Cider House called Manor d'Apreval.  (www.apreval.com)  The owner is Agathe Letelier. Her family has been there for many generations making this earthy and delicious cider. She only uses organic methods passed down through the generations.  The cows graze among the apple trees to feed the soil.  I have never tasted anything as delicious and unique than the cider we had there.  An experience I will not soon forget.  Plus, we went early in the season in May, so no tourists were there, just us!
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The tasting room is inside this building. We spent a good hour with Agathe discussing her methods in making cider. This is where it started here in this region of France. It was an amazing experience.  So go early when they open if possible to avoid large crowds, or go early in the season like we did in May!  Nothing like a personal cider tasting with Agathe!

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They were repairing the thatch roof on the storage house that day!  Wonderful to watch how they do it.

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The unique stone walls and streets of Honfleur.  We walk everywhere around this beautiful town.  Many galleries are here as well, as many painters such a Boudin lived and painted here.  Also Erik Satie, the musician and composer also was born and lived here.  There are museums for each of them and are definitely worth a visit.

 
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Loved the colors and variety of stone over the centuries. A well preserved town because it was untouched in WWII.

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Morning before the town came to life. A view of the north side of the town on our walk to the beach.  A little distorted by my wide angle lens - it is NOT and leaning tower.

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On the Beach looking out at the English Channel with our shadows... proof that we were there!

I will continue to share my travel photography from this adventure, so check back soon for more of France images . Up next will be Mont St. Michel, the amazing World Heritage Site. Thank you for stopping by my blog!  

Attention Rising Seniors – the time is NOW!

Attention Rising Seniors- Class of 2018! Believe it or not, it is time for you to schedule a Senior Portrait Session!  You will be a senior soon so here is the scoop: Summer is the best time to be photographed!

Here is why:

  • High School Seniors have more time in summer than in autumn.  Less school stress and more fun because autumn semester is very busy.
  • We can photograph a wider range of 'looks' when it is warm outside.  You may bring that cool varsity jacket, prom dress, boots, sandals, shorts and more!
  • Most High School Seniors love how they look with a tan and so relaxed in the summer.  You can even bring a buddy!
  • There are discounts for Rising Seniors who sign up early for late June and July dates!

Call today !  Contact me now for a complimentary meeting to discuss your High School Senior Portraits; we can set a date for summer if you decide I am the right photographer for you.  These sessions fill up quickly!  Come in and meet Kim- she will show you the cool stuff you can do with your photos.

Here are a few shots from an EO Smith High School Senior that I photographed last year.  Meet Ryan, a football star and great kid all around!  We had a great time on his senior safari. Attention Rising Seniors, Portraits, Kim Bova Photography, CT Portrait Photographer Attention Rising Seniors, Kim Bova Photography, CT Portrait Photographer Attention Rising Seniors, Portrait Photography, Kim Bova Photography, Custom High School Senior Portraits   View MORE senior portrait samples HERE.

Ten Tips for the Aspiring Wedding Photographer.

Ten Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer, CT Weddings, Kim Bova Photography   Ten Tips For the aspiring wedding photographer will, I hope, help those interested in this kind of career.  I think in person education with a mentor is most valuable.  If you have already taken the leap and feel that you just jumped into more than you bargained for, this post is for YOU!

 Ten Ten Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer:

  1. GEAR and SKILLS:  This is the MOST important of the ten tips for the aspiring wedding photographer.  It takes time but please do it.  First, learn what good light is and how to find it or create it.  Be in complete control of your camera settings and exposures so you don't have to look at the camera to find them.  The camera must be professional in quality with high ISO capability, auto focus and at least 2-3 lenses that are fast.  You will be working in low light situations. Have lenses that are at least f 2.8 and that cover wide angle from at least 24mm and one that can zoom to 200mm, I carry two zooms -24-80 and 80-200mm,  plus a 105 macro lens for details.  You must have at least 2 flashes and know how to use them ON AND OFF the camera.
  2. ASSIST a wedding photographer to see how the day flows.  Preparation is key because you don't have time to think sometimes at a wedding.  Moments happen and you have anticipate and be ready.  I am happy to be a resource for anyone who needs help or guidance.
  3. JOIN at least one of these organizations:  Professional Photographers of America organization.  This is a national organization with local state chapters, and one in CT.  There is education here plus equipment and indemnification insurance that come with membership.  Networking with other photographers in you area is helpful as well.  Also join WPPI.  This is 'Wedding and Portrait Photographers International'.  Visit their website, go to their convention next year and see what is happening in the world of Wedding photography.   This experience was what got me off to a good start in my Wedding Photography business.
  4. BACKUP: Have two of everything with you at each job.  Two Cameras, at least 2 flashes, 2-3 lenses or more, if one malfunctions, you still have something to shoot with.  have extra batteries for everything.  Bring many memory cards with you incase one corrupts or you  you run out of room on them.  Have a good bag to hold all your gear safely.
  5. TEST all your gear at least 3-5 days before a wedding so if something is malfunctioning you can rent something.  Nothing will sap confidence on the day if you are not sure something is working perfectly.
  6. MEETING with your clients in person.  Get to know who they are, what they want and make a timeline plan with them.  If you are not on the same page as your clients, there may be misunderstandings and you may not be able to give them what they were expecting.
  7. SCOUTING the venue before the wedding day is essential.  Bring your camera to test out places for portraits, or trouble shoot issues and prepare.  Call ahead - most venues will welcome you so, make an appointment with the event manager there and they'll help you gladly as they want the best for their client as well.
  8. THE CHECK LIST: Make one and check it three times so you don't forget something that day.  A snack is a good thing to bring as, too.
  9. CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE.  This protects you and your clients.  There are sample contracts on the PPA website that you can personalize to your business available to all members.  Get Insurance to protect you. This is also a PPA benefit with membership.
  10. PRICE IT RIGHT:   Starting out you may not be able to command very high fees, but you do NOT want to undercut your fellow photographers by doing free or very low pricing as that devalues what you do and brings everyone down.  Get the knowledge you need, practice your skills, study with a mentor.  Then you can charge a reasonable fee -  you will be working very hard and very long hours before, during and after the wedding day.
Take these Ten Tips for the aspiring wedding photographer as a beginning only.   People are counting on you to capture their day in beautiful photographs.  You do not want to disappoint them or it will be hard to stay in business. Feel free to contact me if you are a photographer that wants to learn more about wedding photography or interested in getting better.   I have ten years of experience and I will be offering a workshop specifically for photographers interested in wedding photography if there is enough interest.  So share this post and help me spread the word.  Thank you!   KimTen Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer, Kim Bova Photography, Learn Wedding Photography  

Exploration 2017

Exploration.

Remember when you were a little kid, everything was new and exploration was a daily activity?  I have chosen the word Exploration as my word for 2017 and I am really excited about it. My intentions behind this choice is:
  1. Let Exploration imbue all that I do.
  2. Use this word to help me continue to grow as a person and photographer.
  3. To have fun and let the kid in me be rediscovered.
The best part is, I am excited to explore! If you have a word to inspire you this year and you're willing to share it here ... I would love it if you would reply to this post.   There is power in this practice!
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Winter Blues. I love the view from my front yard here on Wormwood Hill. The colors and textures change with the seasons.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Kim’s End of Year Review

What a year this was.  We probably all need some time to reflect on it and that is what I have been doing as I end my wedding and portrait season this week.  Hence, my End of Year Review! This year, 2016, there was disruption, excitement of all kinds, plus many wonderful things, too.  In my business - my wedding clients were the best ever, all of you so interesting and creative how you planned the perfect wedding celebrations to share your love with family and friends.  I am grateful for my returning clients who've come back every year or so to record life's milestones.  Thank you.  I have enjoyed every minute with you all! This year stretched me and challenged me to see familiar things in new ways.  There is always something new to learn and this year came with opportunities to grow.  I decided early in 2016 to have a word for the year.  It was - 'Effortlessness'.  I did manage to find moments personally and in my work that became effortless.  Quite amazing, actually.  I will find a new word for 2017 that will inspire and push me forward again. I decided to limit this End of Year Review to 8 photos.  It was definitely a challenge.  The images I chose include clients I have spent a lot of time with over the years, and those clients that sat in front of my camera for only a few minutes, and in doing so,  gave something of themselves to the photo and me.  I wish I could include everyone, but that would be to large a task and too long a post. So, thank you to all of you who entrusted me with your wedding, event, headshot or portrait this year.  If I did not include you here, please know that it is not because I did not care about you or that something was not good enough... I chose to share those moments that were unexpected or that stood out in a unique way for me.  Please know that each one of you are special to me. Here goes -
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This is a band that I photographed on Talcott Mountain in CT.  We spent more time hiking to the top then actually photographing!  It was a pleasure to get to know these guys and create a series of photos for their new album.   Check out their album here [link]

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The center of Indianapolis! I was hired to do some work in this city last summer and part of my job was to capture nice scenics of the city. This is the Soldiers and Sailors War memorial. It reminds me of Europe. This was view from my hotel room. It is a long exposure to capture the car lights and give an idea of the street life at night. It really is painting with light as the cars moved thru the streets.  I never went up to the top but I hear there is a great view from there as well.  I love landscape photography and it gave me a chance to spread my wings a little.

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This one touches my heart. This moment is during a larger family portrait session. They were unaware of me, a quick moment of just simply enjoying each other and feeling the love.

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I have been photographing this business called Parks Superior  the last few years.   This is Sam.  He is a mechanic there and services the limousines. This session was on site and was scheduled to create up to date images of all the employees for the company website. I was struck by Sam's naturalness and he did not seem to mind this task that so many hate doing - having a headshot done.  I think I made 2 exposures.  It took one minute or less.  I just asked him to sit there and be himself.  He gave me great connection and eye contact.  There was nothing I could have done to make it better. I thought that was cool.  Thanks, Sam.

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Meet Adam. Here is a person who does not like having his photo taken. He came to me as a senior in high school 4 years ago ONLY because his mom insisted.  He is actually a friend of my son.  They were buddies in high school and I had not seen him in years! Now that he has graduated college his mom asked him to come again for portraits. He agreed thank goodness, and I am very happy he did.  Somehow he felt comfortable enough to let this smile fly and show his warm and friendly personality -  This is the Adam I remember from years ago hanging out with my son.  Just love that I could capture this handsome young man in a portrait, again.

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I don't do a lot of maturnity sessions, but Petra Ann was a wedding client of mine and now comes back for family portraits.  This was her first pregnancy and I am thrilled she asked me to do this for her.  This photo was after we did others in her own clothing. I asked her to give me a chance to try some thing new... so we made her a dress out of a length of tulle and created this Studio Portrait a few weeks before her son was born.

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One of my favorite wedding portraits this year. I only chose this one because I was struck by the attention to detail that this couple had in creating their wedding day and how that amazing veil and dress looked in that late day light.  Her veil, bouquets, and many other details were hand made by this very talented bride and it made the whole experience for their friends and family very personal.  Their engagement session was at Harkness Park and this wedding day portrait was taken at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  Here is a link to view more.

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Talk about unique weddings!  This one was last weekend in Willmantic CT.  I include it here as it was a moment that surprised me and their guests.  Caroline and Kevin nailed it with a pop-up drumline who escorted them and their guests from the Kerri Gallery (where they were married) to the reception at 750 Main, Cafemantic's event site.  It stopped traffic, created plenty of cheers and car horns were honking!  Quite a fun celebratory march.  I believe this couple played in the UCONN marching band so the drumline was a perfect addition to the evening!

That wraps up my End of Year Review.  By the way, if you are thinking about your 'word' for 2017  here is a link to a word list to inspire you.  It is from Christine Kane, a business Coach, who I heard about through a friend who has worked with her.  Just click this link and you will find a pdf download with the info about choosing your word of the year!  Have fun with it and I hope you create a wonderful new year for yourselves! Kim

Fall Family Portraits!

Fall Family Portraits!

Fall family portraits are an important and meaningful service I offer my clients.  I have a family of my own and there were years with young kids when I was not in any of the photos.  This is  because I was taking the photos!  How nice it would have been to see us all together.  This is the plight of many families whether they are photographers or not.  Being in service to my clients as a professional portrait photographer, it gives me great pleasure to capture Mom, Dad and ALL the kids together! Are you are a family with growing children? Do you want to create a family history with professional photos where everyone looks great? And YOU, the parents, are included too?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you love what you see here, please contact me today to set up a consultation for your family portrait.  Grab your favorite sweaters and meet me in a beautiful setting outdoors with your family.   It is not too late -  CALL me today!

My Top 3 reasons why I love photographing families:

1- I have extraordinary clients every fall who want to update their family history in photos.  It is so much fun to see how they change and grow every year.  I hope my new clients this year will come back every year as well. 2- I feel like I am training my families to be comfortable in front of a camera where fun is the name of the game.  They may ago out into the world NOT being camera shy, and knowing the benefits to hiring a professional photographer who can help them look their best. 3- I know that these families will always have a record of these years as they all grow and change, which include Mom and Dad in the photos, as well. Meet the Leonards.  This family has been coming back year after year for family portraits with me.  Sometimes we do it in their home, or at a location, but this year they moved to a new home so we photographed them there in their beautiful yard.  Here are some of my favorites from our session.   Fall Family Portraits, CT Photographer, Portraits Fall Family Portraits, CT Photographer, Portraits Fall Family Portraits, CT Photographer, Portraits Fall Family Portraits, CT Photographer, Portraits Family Portraits, CT Portrait Photographer Fall Family Portraits, CT Photographer, Portraits