Portraits in Black and White

Why Portraits in Black and White as opposed to color?

I have a soft spot for portraits in black and white.  If I want to have full control of where my viewers eyes go in a photograph - black and white takes away the distraction of color.  Black and white can can highlight only what you want the viewer to see through line, form, light and shadow.  I don't shoot with film anymore but I do miss the experience of creating imagery in a dark room.  Seeing the image emerge in a tray of developer was nothing less than thrilling!  Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to mimic a 'film look' by photographing the band Autolatry, a heavy metal band that I have known for a long time.  They are relaunching themselves and needed some photos for their marketing.  Actually, I must confess -  the reason I know them is because 2 of them are my sons!  They have had 2 tours of the USA and have made three records.  If you like heavy music, check them out! David and Matt are my sons, they have been playing music together since middle school.  Dave plays lead guitar, writes the music and is their recording engineer and in general the visionary of the band.  He lives and works in Tampa Florida as an engineer at Morris Sound , and Sean is the third member who plays bass and guitar, a really great guy from Rhode Island.  We know their music quite intimately as they have played and practiced here for years!  Now that they are out of the house we only hear them on their CD's or when practicing here before their tours.  Enough of me bragging about my kids.... this post is about portraits in black and white!

The Portraits in Black and White and how we did them.

The band was here last weekend and asked me to photograph them.  I suggested portraits in black and white instead of color and they agreed to try it.  Of course the camera can do either, but in my minds eye, my concept was in black and white.  I was told that they did not want to see things clearly and well lit in these photos and did not want the usual kind of band pics - against the wall, sitting on stuff - you know what I mean.  I think there is a trend back to LP recordings, film, retro stuff these days - so I was inspired to do something that actually looked more like the photography I grew up with on the older LP record covers.  AND I had  black and white "film grain" on my mind!  Also the idea that 'less is more'was something that inspired me.  We decided that our funky, overly cluttered, dark and dirty garage would be the best place to create the photos.  I think they thought I would include the junk that hadn't made it to the dump yet,  but I was more interested in the sliver of light from one single window.  Here is what we created.  I say "we" because I feel that photographing people is a joint venture... I have my own ideas and the other person or people have their own, too, and when it comes together the magic happens. I made very little adjustments on these images.  ISO of 2000 for a bit of grain, Nikon D700, 80-200 mm lens, a tripod and a sliver of light from a small window.  No touch up except for stray hairs... and boy, Dave has tons of hair!  I really love these images as their mom, too, because as younger boys, they would not take the time or have the patience to create portraits in black and white like these with me.  Thanks, guys, it was really fun!
Portraits in Black and White. Kim Bova Photography

Meet Dave. Composer, Guitarist and Sound Engineer.

Portraits in Black and White, Kim Bova Photography

This is Matt. Drummer, Composer of Drum parts, and Student at Hampshire College.

Black & White portraits, Kim Bova Photography

Meet Sean. The guitarist and bassist who lives & works in Rhode Island.

Portraits in Black and White

The whole band in color

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June Wedding in Connecticut!

I am very excited about Ashley and Jeremy's June wedding in Connecticut!  It is taking place at Wrights Mill Farm in Canterbury, CT.  It is a lovely place with many beautiful rustic features you would expect of a wedding in the country.  A waterfall, winding roads and some cool historic buildings.  There is even a horse and buggy which is supplied with your wedding package!  To me, this kind of wedding setting is a dream.  If you are planning a wedding in Connecticut, especially a June Wedding, and rustic settings are your thing - I would encourage you to check this place out.  I will keep you in the loop after the wedding and share the photos right here on the blog. In the mean time, here is a quick portrait from last weekend when Ashley and Jeremy met with me briefly to go over the details.  These guys are two very cool people, and they have been pretty busy!  Not only busy planning their June wedding, but traveling overseas because of their jobs.   We did make time to photograph them by my new outdoor walkway - with a split rail fence and rustic woods.  Perfect for this couple! Thank for stopping by by blog...

Wedding in Connecticut, Kim Bova Photography

Photography for Business Websites

It is important to have good photography for business websites that clearly represents you, your business and what you do for your clients.  Does your business website need spring cleaning?  How about taking a good look at the photography for your business website?  You may find that some fresh new photos of you, your staff, the office or store would help flow new life into the site.   It does not matter if you are a home based business, or a storefront.    I have been commissioned by musicians, Heating and Cooling companies, Electricians and Consultants to update images on their business websites.   I photograph the owners, their employees and their business in action.  Quality photography for business websites is important when you are selling a product or a service.  I am sure you have visited some sites where you landed on the homepage and found the blurry or poor quality images.  First impressions are everything, you can have good photos by hiring a professional. What you put out there matters.  Professional looking websites have great photography on them.  So hire a professional for a couple of hours on a day when your staff is prepped and well dressed, or you have something planned that you would like to highlight.  Some good things to document are: head shots of each employee, employees doing their normal work routines, a special project or group photos.  By giving the potential client a good idea of the who- what- where and why you do it, it will encourage clients to call or visit your place of business or at least give an impression that you are professional and pay attention to detail by what they see on your business website.  Also an added perk,  these professional photos can be used for your newsletters, presentations and any printed advertising you normally do. Call me or a professional photographer in your area to set up an appointment to discuss the photography for your business website.  I try to meet my business clients at their shop or office, learn as much as I can about what they do, and then together we create a plan that will best represent them. Spring is a great time to update and refresh your website with new beautiful images.  Call me now!  860-230-8828. Here are a few examples of the photography work I have done for business in Connecticut. Here is  Energy Unlimited of Manchester, CT - their trucks and crew.  Their website is  here.

CT Business, Kim Bova Photography

This is the office of Tim Ackert of Ackert Electric in Coventry, CT.  It shows what a meeting with a client might look like.

Ackert Electric


This is a head shot of a local actor, Wayne Trembley, for his promotional materials and social media and web presence.professional Head shot, Actor, Kim Bova Photography

  And CT musician, educator and performer, Bob Bloom for his website and promotional materials.

Bob Bloom, Drummer, Drumming for You, Kim Bova PhotographyI spent a morning with ACT Associates of Mansfield, CT.  Here is one of the partners, Denette Anthony.  I photographed them in the office and out doors where we found some beautiful light.

ACT Associates, Kim Bova Photography

ACT Associates, Kim Bova Photography

Dog Portraiture at Kim Bova Photography!

My Dog Day mini-session day was a blast!  It was fun and challenging.  My goal for dog photography is not that much different then when I am photographing humans.   I want to capture each dog's personality in a photograph that their 'people' will love, even after their 'best friend' is gone. Dog Portraiture is a patience building exercise.  Never move too fast, don't overwhelm the dog with too much action, treats or noises.  I learned that I can make some really high pitch sounds that perhaps only dogs hear.  For some dogs, boredom can set in fast, so I had to grab attention with surprising sounds to keep them engaged.  With patience, I was able to get some nice portraits of these beloved pets for their families to enjoy. Thank you to all the folks who brought their best dog friends to the studio to be photographed for my special DOG DAY and to support the local animal shelter.  And shout out to Stephanie, my assistant, who helped me lure, engage and get some fun photos of these lovely pets.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Meet Jake.  This dog has tons of energy, and there is much wisdom in his eyes. Dog Portraits by Kim Bova Photography Nemo Dog This is Jake.  A lovely Golden Retriever whose owner groomed him beautifully before his session! Dog Portraits, Kim Bova Photography Dog PortraitsSam is a really cool Boxer.  Love that eye contact!  That is what my crazy noises can do!  When a treat is offered, he was in good form, too!. Dog Portraits, Portrait Photographer Dog Portraits, Kim Bova PhotographyAnd last but not least, meet the very sweet Katie!  She did not enjoy my studio strobes but, she managed to smile for me anyway!  I just loved her ears, always one up and one down. Katie2 Dog Portraits in CT Thank you all!  I will keep you posted on the next Dog Day that I will have at the studio!  Feel free to subscribe to my newsletter (at the bottom of the page), so you can be the first to hear about these kind of special sessions!

Rainy Day Weddings.

Rainy day weddings are what every bride cringes at!  Who wants a rainy day wedding?  No one.  But, just because it rains on your wedding day does not mean the worst.  It does happen and I recommend that you embrace it.  You may be surprised by what photographic opportunities may arise due to rain.  As a wedding photographer, I come prepared to stay dry and always put an extra umbrella in with my gear if there is a chance of rain in the forecast.  I love weddings at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA  and on this day we had it all.  Fog, sun and rain.  However, I captured a photographic moment that was my favorite of the season.  We just finished the formal photos on the great lawn and a pop up storm blew in.  It dumped buckets of rain on us all.  The groom got soaked, the bride was dry and they both were happy as could be!  "Lucky rain!" exclaimed the bride.  She was the only person who remained dry we continued the party indoors. Rain or shine has it's problems, but try to embrace whatever you have on your day.  Weddings are huge events that are planned so far in advance, there is to telling what the day will be like.  So do your best, be positive and enjoy every moment!  If it rains, do your best to stay dry, pack an umbrella and look out for photo opportunities!  Sometimes what appears to be a disaster, can be a great memory and a wonderful photographic opportunity.
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Rainy, wet but happy!


CT Bridal Show & Expo at Amarante’s Seacliff March 24, 2014

Please come join me and my fellow wedding vendors at a CT Bridal Show at  Amarante's Seacliff in New Haven, CT.  This is the beautiful seaside Wedding & Event venue that so many brides love because of the sunset views, great food and a warm welcoming staff! This is a great opportunity to meet me and other wedding professionals to chat about the services that we offer, ask questions and see some samples of our work.  And, enjoy a sunset and cocktails, now that we have had our time change!  Oh, and it is FREE! I do not usually do CT Bridal Shows, but I love Amarante's Seacliff.  IT is a very special place with a wonderful staff who treats their clients like family. Live band, Vendor Prizes, Discounts and more.  Register HERE! Date: Monday, March 24, 2014 Time: 7-9:30 pm Place: Amarante's Seacliff, 62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512;  (203) 467-2531 I hope to see you there!
CT Garden Bridal Portrait

CT Garden Bridal Portrait

Wedding Color Trends for 2014!

CT Wedding Photography;Kim Bova Photography

Color Trends-Deep Blues and Yellows for 2014

COLORS! Wedding Trends for this year, 2014 are among my favorites!  This year the popular wedding colors include blues of all kinds, deep purples mixed with warmer tones - from red, orange to pinks.  So far, some of my 2014 brides are incorporating  orange and reds for the fall; shades of green and ivory for spring; and cool blue-violet mixed with whites for summer!  I love those pastels when it is blazing hot! I think color choices set a mood and tone for any event.  If you are a dramatic personality - hot colors may be your thing.  Romantic and understated, pastels and lace may be perfect! I think it actually depends on who you are, what you love and what time of year you decide to get married. What colors have you picked for your wedding day and why did you choose them?  Please share by leaving a comment! For some cool color combination ideas, visit this blog: