Engagement Session: Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI

Looking for a great spot for your engagement session?  Check out the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.  I had the pleasure of photographing Stephanie and Adam's engagement there last week.  What a beautiful spot and it is open to the public.  There are rocky seaside perches, a sandy beach, a cute little lighthouse and more.   We had a blast there and the weather was perfect. Congratulations to Stephanie and Adam who will be married next June in New Haven at Amarante's Seacliff, another pretty waterside venue!  Adam loves to sail and Stephanie loves to be by the sea.  It was important to them to have their engagement session and next year, their wedding, by the sea. Here are a few of my favorite images from our session.
Engagement session, Kim Bova Photography

On the beach at the Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Kim Bova Photography

A quiet moment in the woods overlooking the rocky shoreline.

Weddings & Engagment photos, Kim Bova Photography
Engagement sessions, Kim Bova Photography

Beautiful light!

Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI , Kim Bova Photography
Engagement Session, Kim Bova Photography

Watching the sailboats in the bay near the Lighthouse, Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI, Kim Bova Photography

Hey, this would make a great 'Vans' advertisement!

Castle Hill Inn, Newport RI, Engagement Session with Kim Bova Photography

Just taking it all in.

Engagment Sessions, Kim Bova Photography

Sunset views at the Lighthouse.

Family Portraits: Why It Might Be the Best Gift You Give Yourself.

Family Portraits: Why It Might Be The Best Gift You Give Yourself - AND your family.

Family Portraits, Kim Bova Photography Here are some reasons. 1) Create a photographic family history in print. This is valuable for kids to see themselves in photos, and to look back to see grandparents and others that are not here anymore.  Family portraits give them a sense of where they came from.  Even if you have not made many family portraits of yourselves, it is never too late.  Your kids will thank you for it and probably will continue to document their lives for future generations.  I love looking at old photos of my grandfather -  he died when I was five year old.  I remember the feeling of sitting next to him and combing his hair, but I know the memory of his face faded as I grew.  As I grew up, I could look at the photographs of him to remember and now, showing them to my children is priceless!  I will never forget what he looked like and my kids see where I came from. Family Portraits, Kim Bova Photography   2) You will have beautiful family portraits on the walls of your home to enjoy for years to come. If you have kids you know they grow fast and leave home before you know it.  The best thing I did when both my boys graduated from High School and left home was to photograph them senior year, then print and frame large photos of them for our walls.   It felt great to see these prints when the boys were far away for the first time!  One family print framed on your wall will do the same thing.  (I have one on my wall too, and I love it!)   3) You will never look as good as you do right now. We all wish we could look as good as we did when we were 25.  But we don't and you need not let let that stop you from making a family portrait - you won't regret it.   4) At Holiday time, your cards are done already, plus you have gifts for family. Less stress is what we all want.  You will have less to worry about at the most stressful time of year.
Mother's & Father's Day Portraits, Kim Bova Photography

Grandfather with granddaughter. This family will appreciate this print for a long time!

I hope this will inspire you to find a professional photographer to make family portraits this summer.  I hope you will choose me, but if not, please choose a professional who will help you feel comfortable, and simply make it happen!  You won't be sorry you did but, you may feel sorry years from now IF you don't. Remember, a family portrait this summer might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family. Stay tuned for my next blog post that talks about the way I photograph families with kids. Thanks for reading my blog today.  Please share this if you know someone who would enjoy it.  Have a great day.

Choosing your wedding dress.

Choosing your wedding dress is such an exciting part of the wedding planning.  These days, there is room for individuality depending on your culture, taste and the style of your wedding day plans. Wedding dresses are based on traditions, culture and current trends.  If you took a look at the history of the wedding dress  you will see that white was not always the choice.  It was not until Queen Victoria in the 19th Century that a white wedding dress became popular.  Before that, bride chose a dress that was her best Sunday dress, or something that showed off their family standing.  Eastern Brides chose red! I have noticed that lately, most of my brides choose white, however, I did do a wedding many years ago  for another studio where the bride wore a crimson gown.  It was pretty cool!  Mixing up styles like boots of a different color, grooms losing the jacket and wearing a cool vest and tie have been a trend, more hip and unique. I have not seen a red wedding dress lately... and mostly traditional ones worn by my brides.  Here are some of my favorites from the last few years!
Kim Bova Photography, Wedding Dress

A simple style for a summer backyard wedding!  I loved this design, plus the shoes coordinate with groom.

Wedding Dress, Kim Bova Photography

Ruffles and beads!

Wedding Dress, Kim Bova Photography

Traditional Elegance.

I wore a Victorian White for my wedding.. that is actually an undergarment made lace and sometimes satin.  I had it restored and a seamstress made a lovely satin slip that I wore under it.. Those were film days for my wedding so I don't have photo to share of it here.  I took a look at it last year in its box, it has not deteriorated yet!  But I dared not try it on.  Maybe I will some day.  I have two boys, not much hope that anyone else will use it.  It was sure fun to wear though for a August outdoor garden wedding. I hope you enjoyed this post... and do share what you might be thinking of for your wedding dress! Here are some links to great dress shops in CT!

Baby Birds at My Door.

Baby Birds at my door!

All three are awake!

Baby Birds at my door - it all started early this spring with mom making the nest and raising her babies.  They are Eastern Phoebe's and apparently the top of the lamp next to our back door is a safe place to raise a family.  Well, who would have thought our coming and going in and out the door would not bother her or her babies.  I decided to grab some photos today before they leave the nest!  Mama bird was fairly tolerant of me getting extremely close with a macro lens.  However,  she did flutter like mad all around and over my head until I left.  I had to work quickly and  it only took a couple of minutes.  I made sure to set up and get my light reading and settings worked out before hand so I would not linger there for too long.  I was so excited that I could hardly focus at first!   There is nothing like being this close to a baby bird, and what a lovely experience to witness this amazing process from beginning to end. Do you have a spring nesting bird experience?  Do share!
Nesting Eastern Phoebe Mother

Close up of the most alert Phoebe chick!

Nesting Eastern Phoebe Mother, Kim Bova Photography

All cosy and tucked in tight.. just a few more days before they leave the nest!

Sunrise in Sedona!

Sunrise in Sedona from our Bed and Breakfast - here is the view we enjoyed each morning.  The Cosy Cactus  in Sedona, AZ was the best B&B we ever stayed in.  Highly recommend you stay there if you get a chance to visit the area.  We also took time to visit the Grand Canyon (images will be coming) and that was just spectacular AND mind blowing.
Sedona, AZ, Kim Bova Photography

Morning walks were amazing - right out the back door of the Cosy Cactus B&B!

I got to practice my skills in landscape photography while we were there which was what got me interested in photography in the first place.  I could not imagine a better place to photograph as any direction I looked was magnificent.  It was nice to slow down, used a tripod late and early in the day and I experienced a different rhythm of shooting which was a welcome change.  I plan to continue photographing scenics in my spare time here in CT and will look with fresh eyes and appreciate the beauty right here where I live. I will post more as I edit all these images, but now it is back to photographing some beautiful families, weddings and HS seniors!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Mother Nature on Mother’s Day

Mother Nature on Mother's Day! I am sharing a couple of photos I took of flowers called Bleeding Hearts that are blooming in my garden this week.  Amazing how they look like hearts 'opening' rather than bleeding. Mother nature is amazing how created a flower like this - mother nature reminds us to open our hearts.  These flowers represent the feeling I have in my heart today, Mother's Day. I lost my mom to dementia quite a few years ago.  However, I had a mother in law who eased the pain of that loss until she died of old age a few years back.  My life as a mother has been guided by these two extraordinary women.  So, what can we all learn from mother nature on mother's day?  Let your heart open.  My heart opens whenever I think about them.  Enjoy your day fellow Mothers! Mother Nature on Mother's Day, Kim Bova Photography Mother Nature on Mother's Day

Mother’s & Father’s Day Portraits

Mother's & Fathers' Day Portraits, Kim Bova Photography

Grandfather with grand daughter. This family will appreciate this print for many years to come.

Mother's & Father's Day Portraits

It is that wonderful time of year again when Mother's & Father's Day bring families together.  I know it is not always possible - my kids are older now and have their own lives which makes it harder for us to celebrate together sometimes. If this is the case for you, I offer a way to give a gift you can send to your parents - a Gift Certificate for a Portrait Session that will reflect your relationship and love.  You can plan it together and do it at a time right for you.  The Gift of a Mother's & Father's Day Portrait session will be treasured for many years to come. It does take planning but, I never had a family that regretted doing it.  I will make the process as easy as I can for you.

I offer gift certificates that I honor all year long - please Contact me today.