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Feel the Love Portrait Specail this February at Kim Bova Photography Studio in Mansfield Center, CT

Feel the love portrait special from Kim Bova Photography

Feeling the winter blues?  I am very excited to offer my Feel the Love Portrait Special this February only. It is a perfect time of year for some fun in the studio to create some wonderful memories with the ones you love. Call today to reserve your spot!

Natural Light Senior Portraits – Some Tips

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for checking my blog.  It is January and it is pretty cold out there now.  The last couple of months were great for shooting natural light portraits out of doors.  Now, it is really too cold... but would love to do some more snow portraits if anyone is game!
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Here is an example of 'flat lighting' where the light is coming straight on into the face, so the face looks flatter, meaning, no heavy shadows but the face and eyes are well lit. You can see here a shadow under the nose but no real shaping of the facial features. This is very much like 'beauty lighting' that one could create with studio strobes. The light was bouncing in off the grey-ish weathered barn siding right behind me (camera position), and the sky above the barn was open and bringing light in on my subject. Soft diffused lighting from late afternoon light in the shade.

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Tyrone Farm Engagement Session: Julie and Chris

December 22, 2014 in Pomfret, CT Last week in the beautiful rolling hills of eastern Connecticut, I photographed this Tyrone Farm Engagement Session with Julie and Chris.  Their wedding will be next August, but December was the best time for their  Tyrone Farm Engagement Session since they live in Dijon, France and were here for the holidays.
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Meet Julie and Chris

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Engagement Session in the Snow – Rachel and Rusty

This engagement session in the snow with Rachel and Rusty was a blast.  Any time of year is great for engagement sessions, but the snow is a lovely added element.  It is reflective on faces and simplifies the landscape in the backgrounds.  Rachel and Rusty will be married next summer here in CT, but we had to work around their semester schedule as they live across the country in California!  The only time we had for their engagement session was Thanksgiving weekend and what a beautiful weekend it was.  We had a light and pretty snow on the ground so Rachel wore gloves and a matching scarf which I love in portraits as they can add color and frame the face nicely.  All in all it was a lovely afternoon, with the soft light of winter on their beautiful faces.  Two of their favorite images will go on their 'Save the Date' cards. Thank you Rachel and Rusty for a great time.  I am looking forward to their August wedding here in Connecticut at The Pavilion on Crystal Lake in Middletown next summer. Here are some favorite images from this engagement session!
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Meet Rachel and Rusty. A beautiful couple and so fun to photograph!

 
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A lovely snuggle.

 
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Horsing around in a snowy meadow.

 
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Keeping Warm in a snowy CT orchard.

 
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Walking down the path together.

If you are newly engaged and would like to speak to me about scheduling an engagement session, please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Thank you for reading my blog.  Please leave me a comment so I know you were here.  

Family Portrait 2014.

What happens when a professional photographer attempts to create a family portrait of her own family? Each year I struggle with creating my own family portrait.  First, I have to remember to do it because I get busy this time of year photographing other families on Thanksgiving weekend.  Second, I have to round up my family, put the camera on a tripod and use the trusty self-timer, which means I run like mad to get into the photo with the rest of the family.  It takes time, and also, the expressions on our faces are ones of worry (will she make it back in time?) or exasperation (this is taking too long!) etc. etc. So this year, my sons roommate from college came to spend Thanksgiving with us.  We asked him to actually hit the shutter release once I set it all up, while the camera stayed on the tripod. Here is what happened.
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Nope, we all have to look at the camera.

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The camera is over there!

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Let's dance first to loosen up.

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Ah-oh! Matt slips on the ice!

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Can he get up?

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Pandemonium breaks out!

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Recovering...

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Just going with it!

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Oh, my...

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NOT Recovering.

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We finally got it!

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Thanks to our friend, Chris, who kept the shutter button going!

If you would like to schedule an appointment with me for your family portrait, I promise not to let you slip on the ice, but we can have some fun!

 

Wedding at The Waterview. Chelsea & Peter

The day was cool and crisp and the fall foliage was at peak color.  Family and friends gathered together to celebrate Chelsea and Peter's Wedding at The Waterview.  It was an honor for me to photograph their special day.  They will create a fantastic life together. This was a brilliantly fun and elegant affair, as is the norm for a wedding at The Waterview.  The details reflected the autumn colors with hints of Halloween everywhere giving it the feel of an old fashioned masquerade party. The Waterview has two wonderful settings for outdoor wedding ceremonies.  Set on Lake Zoar in Monroe, CT, the grounds are well manicured with patios and well landscaped gardens. A wonderful setting for the photography.  Here are some favorite photos from the day to share with you.  Congratulations Chelsea and Peter!  Best wishes to you both.
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Beautiful colors that matched the landscape.

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Dress hanging in the beautiful Bridal Suite at The Waterview.

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Chelsea looking so perfect before we go outside for the ceremony.

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Before the ceremony I got some shots of the groom and his men, they were pumped!

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They settled down...

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The girls were silly too!

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What a fun group to work with!

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Here comes the Bride.

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Giving her away.

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At the Altar

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The Exchange of Rings

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First Kiss

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Husband and Wife

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By the Fountain at the Waterview

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A quiet moment by the fountain.

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Fun details.

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Chelsea and Peter did a fantastic job with the elegant and colorful details!

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The toasts.

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Laughter during the toasts!

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Maid of Honor

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Masquerade Party!

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The lovely wedding cake

This wedding at The Waterview was my last wedding of 2014.  What a wonderful way to finish the season.  Thanks for stopping by the blog.  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  🙂 Vendor Highlights: Dress: www.dessy.com;  Tuxes: Mens Warehouse;  Flowers: Main Street Florist & Gifts, Ridgefield, CT;  Hair: Pure Platinum Hair Salon in Oxford, CT;  Nails: Yumi Nails in Monroe, CT;  Cake: The Waterview

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