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Wickham Park Wedding CT: Andrea & Jim

A Wickham Park Wedding

I 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.
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Andrea's dress and shoes, including her red petticoat, were fun and dynamic. Just like Andrea!

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Matching hairpiece.

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Found light in the pretty hallways of the Charles Cheney Inn in Manchester, CT was great for a bridal portrait, as were the grounds outside the Inn.

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I love capturing unexpected or  impromptu moments!  As a result, I got this one of Andrea and her mom grabbing a selfie.

   
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Jim was waiting for his bride at the Log Cabin.  He looked great!

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Here is the ceremony on the patio with the Hartford skyline in the background.

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Living gifts for each guest to take home.

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Now it was time for creating photos in front of the Log Cabin and on the grounds.

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A quiet moment in the garden.

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Hamming it up with friends looking on!

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Oh, did I mention that Andrea and Jim are camera buff's and photography lovers?

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They built this Photobooth from scratch out of various camera parts and a monitor. Brilliant!  Everyone enjoyed it.

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And a group shot as the sun sets!

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In the white tent attached to the Log Cabin.

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The Cake.

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An ingenious and crafty friend created this unique gift for the couple.  It's made from old camera parts bottle caps and other assorted goodies!

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....and with the Moose inside the Log Cabin where they finished off the night eating ice cream and dancing!

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

Seeing value in professional family portraits is something I think everyone realizes, but can't aways make time for.  I have fully documented my family in photographs since our children were born.  There have been times that I've thought twice about investing the time and energy into this ritual.  We all feel too busy, a little camera shy or perhaps we have had unhappy experiences being photographed at one time or another.  I hear these stories from my clients.  Creating family portraits for my clients is one of my passions and a very rewarding part of my work.

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. Seeing Value In Professional Family Portraits, CTPortraitPhotographers, Kim Bova Photography,

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.
Locations that best represent your family is what I prefer.I can also suggest plenty of wonderful locations with great light and backgrounds for my clients.  Not every backyard is good for portraits. Seeing Value In Professional Family Portraits, CTPortraitPhotographers, Kim Bova Photography,

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, CTPortraitPhotographers, Kim Bova Photography, 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

Fall Portrait Sessions – Booking Now.

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!

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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!

Le Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

As many of you know, I am passionate about capturing ‘moments' with my camera.  Weddings, portraits, and headshots to name a few.  I also feel this way about Landscape and Travel Photography.  Today, I am sharing this short travelog of my visit to Normandy, France.  In particular,  a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Mont Saint-Michel (Saint Micheal’s Mount) in Normandy, France.  It is an incredible historical living monument.  This was one of my 'bucket list' places to see.  It is an island located 0.6 miles off the NW coast of Normandy and still is the seat of the monastery that it is named after.  This small Island has held strategic fortifications since the 8th century AD and still has a town that hosts 5-6 families plus the Monks who inhabit the monastery.  It had been only accessible at low tide until the recent addition of a causeway which makes visits more convenient so that no one will be stranded when the famous tides come in - which happen VERY FAST.  That is another story!Le Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France, Kim Bova Photography, View of Mont Saint-Michel at night
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!
Kim

Professional Headshots: Standout In Your Field.

As a photographer who mainly specializes in Wedding and Portraits, I do plenty of professional headshots as well.  I love doing them because I know this service is extremely helpful to business people of all kinds, but I also get to meet some of the most interesting people who are creating cool things! One of those people is Matthew P. Winkler.  He is an author and speaker regarding issues in mentoring kids and teenagers.  Matthew has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan.  He currently serves as the Visiting Writer at South Kent School in Connecticut.  He conducts presentations and workshops related to his book, 'Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero's Journey of Adolescence', and his video "What Makes a Hero?" a TED-ED lesson with over 3 million views. Matthew called me because his DIY headshot attempt did not work well plus, the competition in the writer/speaker arena is steep and he needed to stand out.  Matthew is a dynamic speaker and writer with a vision so he needed something that reflected who he was.  He asked me for an indoor studio look and outdoor look for his professional headshots.  We worked together to make it happen and here is what we created. Professional Headshots, Headshot Crew, Kim Bova Photography, CT Headshots, Headshots for Business Professional Headshots, Kim Bova Photography, Headshot Crew, CT Headshots, Headshots for Business Professional Headshots, Headshots for business, Kim Bova Photography, Headshot Crew, CT Headshots Headshot photography, Kim Bova Photography, Headshots for Business, CT Headshots, Headshot Crew Kim Bova Photography, Professional Headshots, Headshot Crew, CT Headshots, Headshot for Business So, it speaks to your professionalism to have take the time to have a great headshots created for your marketing.  Call me to schedule a free consultation today.  Here is a link to pricing and some information about my headshot program. Matthew's work is really worth checking out so please follow these links below.  If you know someone who works with teens or has teenagers in their lives, do share. Author of,  'Mentoring Teenage Heros: The Hero's Journey of Adolescence', and narrator of 'What Makes a Hero?'.   See his new headshots on his website, plus a photo Matthew took of both of us creating his headshots! MatthewPWinkler.com. Thank you for reading my blog!    

What should we wear for our engagement session?

My wedding clients often ask:  'What should we wear for our engagement session?' Here are some answers to this common question- 1- Wear something that reflects your personality and that you feel good in.  This will help you feel comfortable especially if you've never had a professional photographer photograph you before.  Some of my clients have told me that they were nervous at first and that wearing something comfortable and familiar made them feel like themselves.  I photograph many couples in jeans as well, so as long as you feel at home in the clothes you wear, it will allow you to be yourself. Kim Bova Photography, Engagement Session CT, what should we wear for our engagement session? 2- Find clothes that flatter your figure.  How do you do this?  Here is an important photographic fact that will help you: The lightest color in a photograph will appear larger.  Hmm, how about that!  We all have some some body issue that we do not appreciate when we see ourselves in photos.  It could be those few pounds we have been meaning to lose or something you don't like about your figure.  Try to avoid wearing large horizontal stripes as it may draw attention to the part you don't like.  Also, if your arms or legs are paler than your face, cover them up!  They will only look larger.  Your face should be the brightest part of the photo.  However, if your engagement session is on a bright beach, white can look really nice like in the photo above.  Adam's smaller stripes in his shirt complement Stephanie's white shirt and I also positioned her slightly behind Adam to minimize the white shirt and accentuate Adam's broad shoulders.  If you want to take attention away from any part of the body, cover it up, wear darker tones or small patterns instead of bold ones.  For women, a flowing dress or skirt can be very flattering.  Solid colors or very small patterns in a dress, blouse or top are wonderful.  Guys can go 'untucked' or wear a vest or jacket like the couple in the photo below.  In these photos, the faces and hands are the brightest lights in the images. Engagement session clothing ideas. Kim Bova Photography, CT wedding Photographer, What should we wear for our engagement session? 3- Dress as if you are going out for lunch or a casual dinner for your engagement photo session.  That means step it up a notch like Andrea and Jim above. 4- Coordinate colors.  If you and your fiancé lay out your clothes next to each other you will find some complementary colors.  Example: yellow and blue, green and red are opposites on the color wheel. (Click here to see the color wheel.)  Different shades of each color can be tried out to find some good complementary clothes to at your engagement session.  Find your favorite blouse or dress with multiple colors and pick one for the shirt color that your fiancé may already have in his closet!  Look how nice this color combo looks below.  This couple chose to be more casual. Kim Bova Photography, Engagement Sessions in CT, What should we wear for our engagement session? 5- Location and style choices.  Where is your engagement session taking place?  The location will influence your clothing choices.  Wear what is appropriate for a city landscape and likewise, what is good for the country.  This may be obvious for some, but I have had couples show up in clothes that were more appropriate for a night out dancing than for a country setting in the fall.  High heels are difficult in meadows and fields. Engagement Sessions, Kim Bova Photography, CT Wedding Photographer, Kim Bova Photography, what to wear for our engagement session 6- Bring a couple of changes of clothes.   Having different outfits to be photographed in gives you more variety.  For example, start with a dress and change to jeans.  Or, guys in a button-down shirt can change into something more casual.  This gives you options when you pick the final photos and helps with variety in an album. So what you are going to do with your engagement photos?  Will one or more images be printed up for family gifts or for your own walls?  Are you going to use them in a sign-in guest book for the reception table?  Maybe you only want one image for the newspaper and wedding announcements.  These decisions will help you know exactly what to wear to your engagement session. If these are the first professional photos of you as a couple, print them up and enjoy them on your walls or in an album.  They will last for a lifetime! I hope this answers the question, 'What should I wear for my engagement session?'   Your clothing choices, your expressions and interaction together in your engagement photos are what will communicate your love for each other.  That is what will make your engagement photos the best ever.  So pick out some favorite clothes and have fun with it! Give me a call if you have any questions or if you are looking for a wedding photographer for your engagement and wedding.  We can see if we are a good match to work together.   Thanks for stopping by my blog and feel free to sign up for my newsletter on my website for more helpful information about Weddings and Engagements, portraits and more.

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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