To plan for our senior portrait photography session we did 3 important things:
- We connected by phone, determined a date for the session.
- Then we met in person to get to know each other a bit, and I learned about what she loved about New England so I could incorporate those things in the photos to remember her best times here at UCONN.
- We discussed what she would wear, the colors that she looks good in, and what colors would look good in the environment.
A Wickham Park WeddingI had the honor of photographing Andrea and Jim's Wickham Park Wedding at the Log Cabin in September. It was a bright sunny day with big puffy clouds so they could not have asked for weather. Joined by their family and friends, their vows were exchanged high on a hill overlooking the spectacular view of downtown Hartford.
Great reasons to choose a Wickham Park Wedding.The Log Cabin at Wickham Park is one of my favorite places at the park to photograph a wedding. This location has a spectacular view of the city and sunsets. There is a resident Moosehead over the stone fireplace in the cabin for those who care! The white tent attached to the Log Cabin helps with larger events, rain, or hot days so this is a definite added advantage. The Guests and newly weds are able to enjoy the gardens for lovely photo opportunities or simply the ability to relax outside on the benches. On top of all this, the formal flower garden and outdoor ceremony patio (yes with a spectacular view) is a wonderful place for ceremonies. Andrea and Jim planned a day that was totally reflective of their interests and personalities resulting in a great time for everyone. Here are some photos from the day. We started photographing Andrea getting ready at the Charles Cheney Inn. Here are the links to the Charles Cheney Inn and Wickham Park Weddings if you want to look into it. Thank you for reading my blog. Kim
Seeing Value in Professional Family Portraits On Your Walls.Professionals know how to photograph all kinds of body types and we study the best way to compliment everyone. We understand light and composition and how to handle kids who just want to have fun and not stand still, or who don't want to smile right now. My clients come to me because they see the value and the difference between the photos I can create for them and snapshots they make themselves. They hang them on their walls so they can get the most enjoyment out of them.
My goals as a professional photographer:
- To create a family portrait or a series of portraits that show who my clients are as a family.
- Show the connections and love for each other while creating images that preserve a moment in time for for years to come.
- Plan the portrait session before hand in order to get to know the family I am photographing to capture their personalities.
- Make it a fun experience.
Where do I like to photograph families?Your portraits can be created almost anywhere.
- In natural environments.
- Urban settings.
- In your back yard or home.
- In my studio.
Client Feedback:I asked Monica, the mother of this family highlighted here, for a testimonial about her experience with me after her portraits were delivered and hanging on her walls at home. Here is what she wrote:
"Our eldest child was leaving the house to go to college. This felt like a moment to be marked with a family photograph. My biggest fear was being nudged into a style of photo that did not match our sense of who we are as a family. I was already reassured that this was unlikely to happen when I saw Kim's photos on her website. I was further reassured when I met Kim in person. Kim took the time to ask us questions to learn about what we wanted and why. She took many different kinds of shots, suggested different set ups, and ensured that we had a lot to choose from. When we sat down to look at which ones we liked the most, she did not rush us and offered helpful insights. While in some ways a professional family portrait felt like a splurge, we enjoy Kim's photos every day and I'm very glad we did it."Seeing value in professional family portraits directly link to the printed image. Preserving images of our loved ones is so important for our kids and grandchildren. "Who were my great grandparents?" Family Portraits and the stories that go along with them help answer that question. Interested in a professional family portrait? Please reach out via my contact page or just give me a call at: 860-230-8828. I would love to plan your session with you! Kim
by Kim Bova in Childrens Portraits, Dog Portrait, Fall Family Portraits, Family Portraits, Portrait Galleries, Uncategorized 0 comments tags: Connecticut Photographers, CT Portrait Photographer, CT Wedding Photography, Fall Portrait Sessions, Family portraits in CT, Kim Bova Photography, Professional Portraits
Fall Portrait Sessions are a favorite of mine. Autumn seems to be arriving early this year so I would like to encourage you to get a jump on scheduling a portrait session time for yourself, significant other, family, pets, or all of the above! The days are warm and the evenings cool - perfect weather for portraits here in Connecticut!
There are limited weekend days so hurry and call me if that is your only time to schedule your Fall Portrait Sessions, or I am available on weekday afternoons after school or work as well.
Things to think about:1-Portraits make create holiday gifts for family. Why not get a jump of the holiday shopping? Portrait gifts make it easy to create a personal gift that can be shared with many family members. Family portraits are priceless, especially to parents and grandparents. Whether they are far away or living close by, grandparents love having your beautiful faces and smiles on their wall or mantle all year round. 2- Children grow up fast. (Although I realize, sometimes it feels really slow) Time flies and before you know it you may realize that you do not have a professional quality family portrait that is up to date. Right NOW is a great time to do it! 3- What to wear? This is one of the things that my clients worry about the most. PLEASE don't. I have helped many families through this at my portrait consultations. Believe me, it is not as hard as you think. Just keep it simple and wear the clothes you feel comfortable in (therefore you will feel like yourselves) and pick two main complimentary colors like in this example below (blues and maroons with with black pants, or it could have been with jeans) and it usually works out great! I can give you my Clothing Ideas for Family Portraits when you call or meet with me.
So call today and schedule your fall portrait session. You will be happy you did.
Thank you for stopping by my blog!
The short story behind this first photo is that my family and I rented an AirB&B in a small town called Vains which is directly across the bay and the closest to Mont Saint-Michel across the the water. To my surprise, when we arrived at our rooms in the evening, we put our bags upstairs and I saw a window up high which was in the direction of the Bay. I had to climb on a window seat to look out and go on tip toe and really stretch!
There are no words for the sight I saw. Le Mont was lit up and glowing in the middle of the Bay. It was other worldly, magical and maybe even mystical. I quickly grabbed my camera and took this shot on tippy toes while my husband spotted and steadied me. It was hard and I had to use a slower shutter speed than I wanted without a tripod, held my breathe as I raised the camera over my head and took a bunch of photos looking only at the digital viewer of my Lumix mirrorless camera. (Still kicking myself for not wanting to carry my heavy Nikon gear to europe, but could be another post to explain why I made that decision!)
I never got a clearer of view of Le Mont from this vantage point during our stay because of mist and fog the rest of our days there in the evenings, so I am so happy I took the time and energy to at least grab this shot! Our visit to the island the next day made us understand why the attraction to this site has become a place of pilgrimage and historical significance.
I made this photograph at about 10:30 pm at night. The sun sets there at 10 pm in May so that is why the glow of sunset is still in the photo. Our AirB&B hosts told us it was best to visit the site in the evening but before sunset because parking is free after 7, there are less people and the light is spectacular. They were absolutely right! This photo will not win any awards, but this experience and the photos of my experience at this place is why I believe photos are so valuable to us. An image of a place, a person and/or of a particular time in our lives that we want to remember is often the only physical representation we have to jog those memories. Memory is funny, isn’t it? It can change through time, but a photo can bring back feelings, scents and sometimes echoes of the sounds that we had actually experienced. This is why I am passionate about photography and enjoy sharing it and helping others to remember their lives and their people.
Thanks for stopping by the blog! Next time I will be writing about family portraits... fall is a great time for that!