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Working From Home: My Ideas for Staying on Task

Working From Home: My Ideas for Staying on Task

Working from home as a professional photographer has had it's rewards for the past 10 years.  It is really practical and convenient since I am a very small business and I run most everything myself.  I love it - most of the time, however, there are times when working from home is not helpful and I can become less productive. That said, here are some ways to shake it up. Working from Home: 3 Steps to Greater Productivity

1- Get dressed for work.

This may seem obvious when working from home, but it was not for me.  If you spend most of your days working from home, it is very easy to just throw on your comfy jeans, a pair of slippers and get down to work.  Most days you may do fine, but, if you feel stuck or uninspired, try dressing up.  Wear what you would normally wear if you worked in pubic, or at least, what you might wear out to lunch with a friend.  This makes a huge difference for me.  I feel more awake, energized and professional.  This past Monday was a very blah morning for me.  So, I dressing up for work.  I went down to my office re-energized for the whole day. What a shift!  I highly recommend it.

2- Make a plan the night before.

When I do this, it really helps me stay on task.  I put the plan in my iCal and make alerts sounds to remind me.  Set a reasonable time-frame for each task, if you go over time, that is ok.  (The plan is in place and you can constantly check on or adjust your progress.)  I find that writing it down does not work that well for me, especially if I am in a groove editing photos, I tend to loose track of time (and pieces of paper).  Those little beeps from iCal help keep me on task.  Plus, all my apple mobile devices are synced so I get 3 beeps from my computer, iPad and iPhone.  Much harder to ignore.

3- Take small bites out of your tasks.

I love this!  Try spending a shorter time on each task and go to the next one, etc. etc.  It has helped me to get all my tasks done each day.  I don't get stuck in one thing and loose my energy.  I think the brain gets refreshed by a new job to do.   If you have a ton to do in one day, take a bite out of each one and keep rotating with a fresh start through all of them until you finish.  Even if you don't finish, the work has started on all your tasks.  You can even try to finish certain ones completely and know that you did start the others, so the next day you are not beginning from square one again.  This is big.  Try it! Hey, I just got a beep on all my devices telling me finish up with this blog post and start my last task of the day!  I better get on it!  🙂 Please share your helpful tips if you work from home- no matter what your line of work is. Here is another link to a HUBSPOT post if you are interested in more ways be productive working from home.      

Rising HS Seniors 2017!

Rising HS Seniors 2017!  Are you interested in saving money on your HS Senior Portraits? Perhaps you wonder what it feels like to be a model?  Or maybe you are not sure WHO to choose as your Senior Portrait photographer.  If you answered YES to any of the questions, keep reading... Since it is that time of year to update my marketing materials for the upcoming senior portrait season, I am looking for interested rising HS seniors 2017 (or juniors now), who love to be photographed and who would enjoy being a model and have a short portrait session with me for free.  This is a great opportunity for discounts on your 'real' Senior Session when the time comes (if you choose me as your Senior photographer) or if you are undecided on who you will choose to be your photographer - you can try me out!

Remember,  there is NO obligation to use me as your HS Senior Photographer.  You would be helping me me with fresh looks for my upcoming senior season.  So, come on in and join the fun!

Please call or text NOW for more info about this opportunity - 860-230-8828.  Don't wait as I plan to start photographing these sessions really soon in preparation for summer and fall Senior season.

Kim
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Come be a Senior Model at Kim Bova Photography

You Just Got Engaged, Now What?

Congratulations, you just got engaged and now what?   This is an exciting time and -  your life just changed.

Now, that you are engaged, it is time to plan.  Here is the first thing to figure out - your budget. It will determine where and when are you will get married.  Eloping? Big wedding or small wedding? On the beach, mountain top, at the rose garden, big venue or small?  What month, season or time of day?  Now once you know what you can afford, have fun with it!  Get creative and remember to get help if you need it.  Ask friends who have just gone through this.  Talk to as some wedding vendors or planners in your area, the people who do this all year long for advice. Next, once you have found a venue and set a date, start looking for your photographer.  We photographers book up well in advance, from 6 months to a year or more before a wedding date.  So start looking at photographer websites and look for style, price, AND last but not least, experience.   Call and speak with the photographer and ask them how long they have been doing this, and other questions that you want answered.  Once you make a short list, follow your instincts and make appointments to meet in person, or Skype if you cannot meet up, so you can get a feel for whether or not you can work together. Here are a few photos from one of my favorite venues in CT.  Julie and Chris were married here last August.  Good luck on your wedding planning! Tyrone Farm - Pomfret, CT.
Engaged, CT Wedding Photography, Kim Bova Photography

We did the engagement shoot there and the wedding! The reception barn is in the background.

Tyrone Farm, Pomfret, CT Wedding

In the beautiful farmhouse where we took this bridal portrait

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One a a couple of ceremony sites, this one overlooking the NE CT countryside.

Reception in the Barn

Reception in the Barn

Table Decor   Click HERE to see more engagement photos of Julie & Chris.        

Great Portrait Locations

 
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Great portrait locations.

Great portrait locations are everywhere, depending on what kind of portraits you are creating and what your are looking for.  Light rules.  If the light is awful, find another location.  Every town or city has great portrait locations,  it is just a matter of finding places that provide backgrounds that are not too busy and don't overwhelm the subject(s) and you need to know the time of day when the light will be perfect.  High noon is not great, ends of days are.  (note: I have photographed many noontime weddings, where I use flash, or decide to blow out backgrounds if I have to to capture good portraits or action at high noon.  This article speaks to the ideal light for portraits only) This example above was literally a pretty bush by the side of the road!  I loved the colors against her neutral clothing, and the woods behind her were not distracting.  The most important thing was that the sky was wide open (no big trees) at an angle slightly to the side and in front of her so I could use it to light her face.  It was late afternoon warm light with the sun backlighting the trees behind her which was beautiful in my 200 mm lens.  I used a reflector on one side to fill in some shadows and pop some highlights in her eyes. If you were able to see the area and roadside where this portrait was taken,  you would probably not think it would be a great portrait location. (Too bad I did not think to photograph this area alone, but will make a mental note next time I run into this situation.)  While I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing and being really excited about what I was seeing through the lens, her mom could not figure out what was so great about this bush by the side of the road.  It turned out to be one of their favorite photos. Next, there are the wide open expanses of water, fields or cityscapes.   These make great backgrounds and locations too.  This photo was from an engagement session at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.  Another great portrait location.  We found soft evening light, side lit on their faces for dimension, the background of water was not busy and set off the couple beautifully and the land across the bay holds it all together.  Plus, I always love shooting through wildflowers!  This was a great portrait location that we had planned together because they love the sea.
Great Locations for Portraits, Engagement Session, Kim Bova Photography

Watching the sailboats in the bay at Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

The take away here is that there are great locations everywhere.  Most professional photographers know how to read the light and know where to go in their area for great portraits. I have many spots for different times of the year that I know are great near me.  Old Barns, fields, stonewalls and beaches.  It is a fun job to have.

If you are thinking of creating an outdoor portrait of yourself, family or high school senior, contact me and we can discuss some great locations for you!

A New Look for 2016

Finally after 6 months of renovations here at Kim Bova Photography, my home, office and studio space has a new look for 2016!  It has been a mix of many emotions:  stressful, exciting, cleansing, frustrating, but overall an exhilarating experience to recreate our home and work space.  We bought this home as a fixer upper 20 years ago, raised two kids here, started a business, but never took the time or money to fix it up.  Now, I am so pleased how it came out and I share a couple of images here. I haven't decided where photos will hang, but want to be sure of what I want before I start making holes in newly painted walls!  I just love the colors and did you know how much I love black and white tile floors?  It reminds me of my days living in NYC!
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My New Office Space, loving the new cabinet space to put everything away! We knocked down walls to transform my office into an larger light filled space.

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The Renovation of the 0utside.  We feel warm and cosy inside with new windows and siding.

The carpenters just finished the siding in between snowstorms and I am looking forward to new new grass and a new look in the front garden. I had to photograph everything on location over the last 6 months and I am very happy to be able to meet clients here again and shoot freely in the studio.  Give me a call and come in to see the my new look for 2016! Thanks for stopping by my blog.  🙂  Please leave me a comment.

High School Senior Photography Ideas

High School Senior Photography Ideas start with who you are.  Knowing what you like and want to capture in photographs is the most important part.  If you have a photographer in mind, meet with them and find out if you "click" so that you feel comfortable being yourself and you feel they understand what you are looking for.  Be prepared to share your interests, hobbies, style and passions. I feel that being a high school senior is an exciting time when you are about to launch into the world and those changes that will take place in the next few years will leave behind who you are now.  It is a great moment so capture it in photos! Here is an example of a photo session I did this fall with a high school senior from Ellington, CT.  We did some urban and country settings for her shoot and included her talent as a basketball player as well.  Take a look and check back soon as I have other high school senior shoots from this year to share with you!
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Stone buildings reflect light in a beautiful way that is very flattering.

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Talents and Interests are great to capture.

Fields and sunlight highlight this seniors love of nature.
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I love showing of the individual style of my seniors in natural way.

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High School Senior Fall Portrait.

  Kim Bova Photography This high school senior fall portrait was so much fun!  The weather could not have been more spectacular and this autumn is proving to be a wonderful one.  If you want cool natural backgrounds and look your best, then call me! My sessions are photo safari's - we pack the car with your favorite clothes and head out for the best light of the day. I keep it fun and fast moving.  Here are a few of my favorites from Madi's Senior Session from Ellington High School in CT.  My best tips for your HS Senior photography is to be yourself and have a great time. Kim Bova Photography, HS Seniors Ellington CT Senior Portraits-3 Ellington CT Senior Portraits-4 Ellington CT Senior Portraits-5 Ellington CT Senior Portraits-6 Ellington CT Senior Portraits-7