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Perseverance – or why you should not give up on yourself.

Perseverance.

Definition: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It pays to practice perseverance and never give up on yourself.  I learned that last week.  The Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, which I am a member of, is an association of professional photographers who support each other in moving forward in skill and business.  Print competition plays a large roll in this and I have entered many times, but have never received any awards.  It is difficult, as each print is judged to the highest standards, plus, judged by other Master Photographers.  With enough award winning prints, a pro photographer can work toward and achieve Master Photographer status.  I gave up this summer on any chance that I could win any awards as I never placed in competition and the judges always found something 'wrong' with my work.  I just gave up.  I decided I would just stop worrying about obtaining Master Photographer.  Really.  I decided that I would not put any more attention on it and I would just shoot my best for my clients and stop stressing over this.  And a funny thing happened.  I started to have fun and 'play' behind the camera.  Imagine that!  Attention off my ego and attention on simply creating.  Try it, I find that it works. Well, this fall when the next competition came up... I looked through my images and there were four of them that I loved.  So, I forgot that I had given up and I entered the competition.  I am happy to announce that TWO of my prints placed 1st and 3rd in the portrait category.  This means they will hang in show at the State Convention in the spring and I have finally earned  points toward my Master Photographer Degree.  Yea!  I have a long way to go.. but I am going! The moral to this story is less about my win, and more about the process - sticking with it and not giving up on yourself.  Perseverance.  If you have ever felt like your goals were hopeless, I want to inspire you to not give up.  Do the thing you love.  Loose yourself in it.  Loose the ego.  Be yourself.  Keep going.  I am happy I did.  In fact, I actually forgot that I had given up!  Just take a break instead.  Play.  Have fun and reconnect with what you love about whatever that thing is you do.  If you keep doing it, you are bound to succeed. Here are my prints that placed 1st and 3rd. (in that order.)
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Title - Sun-Kissed Cowgirl

 
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Title - New England Love Story

Do you have an experience in perseverance?  Do share, I would love to know your story. Thanks for reading my blog.  Please leave some blog love.   I would love to know you were here. Kim

Creativity – a few thoughts.

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Creativity is something that amazes me.  Where does it come from, what is it - do we all possess it?  I am a photographer, but spent years being a musician.  These are creative pursuits and I never really thought much about how creativity worked.  It just was.  We all create tons of stuff every day, every hour, maybe non stop! One thing is sure in my mind,  it is not a button that I can turn on and off.  Except, sometimes it does feel like the switch is off.  What happens then?  Especially under stress, pressure or when just too tired to care, can you turn it on again?  Perhaps it is a state of being and creativity comes when you listen to yourself.  If that is the case, maybe we should listen more of the time, especially if our job demands it.  What about that voice in your head that says "But it won't be good enough" or, "I don't have time" or,  "They won't like it".  Arg - real creativity killer!  Giving up is not a good thing for creativity. When I "TRY" to be creative... I am not.  I cannot force it.  Creativity comes to me  many times by inspiration in the moment.  Maybe creativity IS inspiration.  Think back to when you are doing something - anything- and in the moment something happens or an idea pops in your head and boom -- you are inspired!  It comes in a splash, a jolt of energy.  It overcomes you and you act on it.  This happens at weddings for me.  I know exactly what will happen on any given wedding day, as I plan so much of it with my couples.  But there are all the other cool things that each unique couple and family bring to the day... special moments that just happen when so much is going on.  So in this case, I am not thinking but, feeling my way through the day and my awareness is watching, just waiting for that special something.  Is this creativity? Or just being ready?   Maybe it is trusting that the creative spark will come and we have to be ready to take action when it does comes.  On the other hand, perhaps we don't always recognize it when it does come.  It may need be 'worked' or 'massaged'.  Giving it the time it needs time to brew - like working through a problem until you find the solution. Being open to the possibilities in the moment and letting that spark of inspiration come in and then, doing something is crucial I think.  As I continue moving forward in my creative work, my intention is to explore and "max out"my own creativity in my life.  I will do my best to not be afraid to just 'do'.  Experiment.  Explore.  Play.  Or, just try something.  Why not?  The photo above was one that I made one day in the spring when my Cornflowers were in bloom.  I was just playing in the studio.  Not sure what I will do with it... but the process was more important to me that day than the outcome. Working it.  Listening to oneself.  Not giving up too soon.  Having confidence in your self.  I think these contribute to our creativity. I would love to know what you think.  How does creativity or inspiration impact your life or work?  Where do you think it comes from?  What was the last most creative think you did?  Did it surprise you?  Please share. Thanks for reading. Kim PS:  For another perspective on Creativity check out this article by James Clear.

Pomfret School Chapel Wedding and Ellington Ridge Country Club Reception: Erin and Rob

Today I am happy to share with you this recent Pomfret School Chapel Wedding at the Pomfret School of eastern Connecticut.  Erin and Rob could not have had a more perfect day.  It started out a little foggy but, as Erin's father exclaimed after the ceremony, "The skies cleared as soon as they kissed!"  The sun was bright and we had a beautiful, dry September day of celebration. Erin and Rob are two very special people.  I met Erin a few years ago at a chamber of commerce meeting.  She took my card then, and now many years later, she called when they decided to marry!  I am thrilled that she did, as they planned a really fun and beautiful wedding and I had a chance to get to know them both a little more.  One of her relatives had a Stanley Steamer car, so she arrived and departed in this cool old fashioned vehicle.  The Pomfret School Chapel is a gorgeous place to be married.  In fact, Erin's parents were married there, too.  I think that is pretty special.  Erin and Rob included all her nieces and nephews as an integral part of the wedding party which made some wonderful photo opportunities. This is what I love about photographing weddings.  It is a time for families to come together and really appreciate each other and reconnect in special ways, especially with family members that live so far away like this family.   Rob's dad was not able to be there as he is recuperating from an illness, however, the coolest thing was that he was able to see everything on a cell phone!  Thank goodness for technology.  We even got photos of him, too, via cell phone!  I was so moved by the love that these two families showed for each other and I was delighted to be part of their day.  Here are some highlights.
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Blue and White Bridal Bouquet

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Last minute adjustments

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Flower Girls

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Erin looks amazing.

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Our beautiful Bride

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The Ring Bearer.

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Our handsome groom.

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The Ring Ceremony

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Exiting the Pomfret Chapel

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Hey, Dad!

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In the Stanley Steamer

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In front of Pomfret Chapel.

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Priceless expression. So sweet.

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The Wedding Cake

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Father Daughter Dance with groom looking on.

Here is a list of the other wonderful vendors who helped make Erin and Rob's day so special. Music-  The Cartel's Dress & Veils: Jasmine Couture from The Wedding Dress in Portland Tux: Men's Warehouse Cake: Kim's Cottage Confections & Cake stand from Wallingford Taylor Rental Flowers: Floral Expressions, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reception Venue: Ellington Ridge Country Club    

Québec City – A gem on the St. Lawrence River

Québec City is one of my favorite places to visit.  My husband and I took time off this summer and we chose to spend time with friends and family around New England, and then took off on our own to Québec City.  We love this city because, not only can we practice our french but, the people and the city are so beautiful.  We planned to go see the New France Festival and it was really fun.  I loved photographing the events and the city itself.  Travel photography is a passion of mine, so little time to do it, but perhaps I will make more time for this in the future...we'll see! The New France Festival was taking place during our stay.  It is a celebration of life in Québec City during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was a colony of France.  The cobblestone streets of the historic Old Québec district are the setting for street performances featuring hundreds of characters dressed in period costumes. Visitors are welcomed to dress up and join in, or simply watch the events, which include dancing, music, markets, storytelling, thematic dinner shows and parades. We love how this city is so friendly, safe and picturesque.  It sits on top of a cliff overlooking the St Lawrence River.  Truly a spectacular setting.  Our next goal for Québec City is to go to the Ice Hotel during the Winter Carnival!  Here are some of my favorite photos from our stay in Québec City.
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The Beautiful Grand Chateau Frontenac after a rain storm. We enjoyed our stay there.

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The view from the Chateau Frontenac of the St. Lawrence and Mountains NE of QC.

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The Streets were full of people enjoying the New France Festival.

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Citizens and tourists were encourage to dress up in the 18-19 c. costumes during this festival. It was a fun site!

Music in Quebec City

This troupe of performers were in a city square and they created quite a fantastic performance.

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I just loved the pretty stone buildings, flowers and colorful doors. We really did feel like we were in France!

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A glass artist demonstrating his craft in Quebec City.

 
Chateau Frontenac, QC

The view of the tower of The Chateau Frontenac was always spectacular from any viewpoint. Here is is at dusk seen from the lower part of the old city.

I highly suggest a visit to this amazing city to our north.  The food was wonderful, we met so many friendly and interesting Québec citizens and the festival was fun to experience.  These folks really enjoy life and their history.  Thanks for reading my blog.  Leave me a comment so I know you were here~ Kim

CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards.

I had the honor of photographing Erin and Robert's CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards in Glastonbury last weekend.  Since this beautiful couple lives right in the Orchard neighborhood,  they arranged permission with the Orchard owners for us to photograph where no other people were.  Plus, we were able to stay after the picking hours for the golden evening light and had the whole orchard to ourselves.  How special is that?!? If you follow my blog, you may know how much I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions.  Not only do we have beautiful landscapes in every corner of the state, but there is so much variety such as:  farm country, cities, small quaint towns, beaches, and hilly trails and woods.

Here are the  4 most important reasons why I love photographing CT Engagement Sessions:

1) Besides the fact that I have been a lifelong resident of this beautiful little state and I know many cool areas and beautiful spots for a CT Engagement Session, this is an important time for my couples and I to get to know each other better.  I learn a lot about them from their session.  For instance, I can see how self-conscious (or not) they may be, and my clients will see that this can be a fun experience.  I also get an idea of how they act together as a couple, like what is their natural way to move or pose together.  We have an experience together photographically so if there are any  past "photo traumas" or stress about being photographed, we can clear those up right away.   My engaged couples can also see how I work while photographing them and how they can feel free to have their own ideas and work with me to create the images they want. 2) I have an opportunity to help them learn how to stand together so that they look their best in their wedding clothes.  This makes things go smoothly on the big day.  Some of my wedding clients say they have practiced what I teach them at their Engagement Session! 3) We have time to talk about aspects of the photography that they do or don't like after they see the images.   Therefore, I can adjust my angles before the wedding day in case there is something they did not like. (Ex. "Ack! I hate my nose from that angle!" or "When I stand like that I look weird!") 4) MOST IMPORTANT - I gain their trust.  I want to create the best photographs that I can for each and every client.  If I have their trust, they will not worry about how the photography will go on the wedding day.  It feels much more comfortable for everyone. Here are some of my favorite photographs from Erin and Robert's CT Engagement Session at Belltown Hill Orchards.   I am really looking forward to their wedding day in September, also here in CT.  Thank you, Erin and Robert, for a fun day at Belltown Hill Orchards!
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Walking through the hilly sections Orchard with views of Connecticut's western hills.

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Deep in the Orchard Rows.

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This Belltown Orchard barn is practically in their backyard.. I love photographing in places that have meaning for my clients.

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I love shooting 'through' things. In this case, it was the branches of another tree.

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An sweet moment.

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In the shade of a tree overlooking the pond at Belltown Orchards.

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Evening light at the far end of Belltown Orchards.

If you are getting married in CT this year or next, and you are interested in a CT Engagement Session, please call me or send me an email.  The fall season is a great time to schedule a session for a spring wedding in CT.

Thank you for reading my blog.  Please leave a comment so that I know you were here!

Fun Summer Portrait Photography

Looking for some fun summer portrait photography in CT?  You have come to the right place.  This time of summer, when the days are long and the kids are out of school, is the perfect time to schedule a portrait session.  Think of fun summer portraits as a family activity because it takes some thought and planning in which you can involve the whole family, and it is fun for the kids in my studio because they will feel like stars!  Plus parents have awesome images of the kids.  Before each session I sit down with you and we make a plan.  I find out what you are looking for in your portraits and I can visualize what would look great for your particular family.  I like to custom design my sessions for each client, however you may also choose from some of the other 'looks' I have already created as well.

Studio

Choose from either a cool studio setting where I shot this portrait below.  I have some fun hats and a variety of backgrounds that can be used to create the perfect look for you.
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Kids keep cool in the studio and have fun with hats and other props!

Outdoors

Or we can go outdoors in the early morning or evening when the light is soft and flattering.  It is a win-win either way, so call me today and set up a family session or one for just your children today! It will be fun and you will not regret the beautiful images of your family at this moment in time.  Besides, these photos can be holiday gifts and cards that will ease your shopping stress later.  Let's get started now and create some fun summer portraits now. Call me now at: 860-230-8828 or email me: kbova@charter.net. Thank you for visiting my blog.  If you enjoyed this post or know anyone who would benefit from viewing this, please share it.  🙂
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Outside in the grass where kids feel comfortable!

Family Portraits and Professional Photographers

Professional Photographers need Family Portraits, too.

Professional Photographers personal family portraits often take a backseat to client work.  Besides the fact, that in our home, our sons are grown up and out of the house, I take many photos of other peoples families and sometimes I just don't think or take the time to photograph my own family portraits. On a walk in the woods yesterday with my husband Peter, on Father's Day, I brought along my camera with the sole purpose of capturing some beautiful landscape photos or what ever I came upon.  Well, we came to Diana's Pool, a beautiful spot in Chaplin, CT in the NE woods near where I live and had such a nice time there we had to get a photo of ourselves.  There were plenty of rocks and a waterfall so I found a fairly flat rock to prop the camera on and proceeded to take a few shots with the self-timer.  I was a little nervous about the camera falling, but managed to do it without any disasters!  This photo is a little out of focus but, for me... I love it!  It is RARE to get a portrait of us both out doing something fun.  So I will continue to hone my self-timer skills and photograph more of us together where ever we happen to be enjoying ourselves.  A promise to self!  Maybe next time my boys are home we can get another family portrait all together.

How can I help you with family portraits?

Now if you are looking for a family portrait this summer (professional photographers included), they can be taken just about anywhere as you can see from this photo.  This is a very casual portrait. There are so many wonderful spots in this beautiful state for portraits that I would be happy to do a casual or even more formal outdoor family portrait for your family.  I have traveled to beaches, hill tops, parks and quaint towns to make portraits for many families and couples, too.  Let me know if this is something I can help you with this summer.  These kinds of family portraits are great for your wall at home and even make great gifts and greeting cards! Thanks for stopping in on the blog.   If you are a photographer, let me know how you handle family portraits of your family -  with YOU in the photo.
Family Portraits, Diana's Pool, Chaplin, CT

Just the Two of us!