Great Portrait Locations

  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 […]

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!

The Importance of Planning Your Portrait.

Are you thinking of making a photographic portrait of yourself?  Your family?  Maybe you have a High School Senior in your midst?  Planning for this portrait is equally as important as who you choose to photograph it.  I have made a list of things to consider to help you have greatest success. 1) When you call a professional photographer, make sure you have seen and love this persons work. This is crucial.  Take advantage of the fact that every professional photographer these days has a website or blog that shows off their style.  If you like what you see… contact them.  [Ex. When I first started out in photography, I had a client come in for their consultation for a wedding and asked me if I could make a photo in Photoshop of her and her fiance with their heads together in their First Toast Glass just like her mother has.  She never bothered to look at my website and see that I never do things like that!  If your face is on your head, I will never put it on a champagne glass unless it is a naturally occurring reflection.  I love reflections by the way!  I did not […]

Senior Sessions Designed Just for YOU!

Kim Bova Photography went on a photo safari to kick off the Senior 2013 season a few weeks ago with our new Senior Ambassador from EO Smith High School.  His name is Pratik, an amazing talented computer wizard!  We had a great time finding the right backgrounds and “the light”.  We began in the studio and continued out on our safari through Mansfield Center and down to Willimantic with cool walls and natural backgrounds.  Each senior has a unique session designed just for them! Check out some of my favorite images of Pratik. If you are a High School Senior this year, do call Kim to schedule a complimentary meeting to talk about your senior portraits this year! If you are at EO Smith, do seek out Pratik and talk to him about his experience with our studio! Create unique, personal and fun images of who you are right now!  I look forward to meeting you. Feel free to leave a comment here on the blog!

One very special HS Senior!

Well, I don’t want to play favorites.. but there are exceptions!  I felt the same way when my older son Dave was a HS Senior and it is no different now with my son Matt who just graduated earlier this week from E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT.   This was one of my favorite sessions – we did a Senior Safari that was a blast!  Here are some of my favorites from the day.  I hope you enjoy them. I have posted a few others on my facebook page, so just click the link below to “Like” my page and see more!  Thanks for checking out my blog.. Please leave a comment.  Thanks.

Milestones: Families: Photography

As a Connecticut photographer, there is nothing more rewarding for me than documenting families in photographs that celebrate the important  milestones in their lives.  We all have them: new babies are born, first words to first steps;  transitions to school age right through to the High School Senior!  First job, car, and marriage are all huge milestones in our lives and it continues over and over, repeating through the generations.  How important is it for you to document these milestones in your life?  Your family is continually transitioning through and toward another milestone.  Don’t take any of them for granted as each one is a result of much energy, commitment and love.  Celebrate them all, document them through photographs; cherish and pass them down to the next generation to be proud of.  Think about documenting your family this season in professional photographs that you will treasure.  The time is now.  Think about a photograph that documents the stage or milestone your family is at RIGHT NOW.   Then, please call me!

Inspiration.

When I put myself in the company of incredibly creative people, inspiration seems to be contagious. Have you had this experience? It really does matter who you hang around with. I just came back from my professional convention and spent 4 days in the company of many wonderfully talented people. The most important part, whether you are a photographer or other professional, is that it doesn’t matter what business or area of expertise you are in. I believe we are all creative in some way in our work and our lives. We all need inspiration and we can create it with our “team”. It could be co-workers, or others! The connections made by sharing, collaborating and brainstorming can be quite profound. A marvelous photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, gave a presentation at the convention and said something like, “You never know where inspiration will come from”.  So true! Where will YOU find new inspiration? Stay open and  look out for a new perspective or idea by connecting with the people around you – and let me know what happens by commenting here! My inspiration lead me to ‘play’.  This effect was captured in low directional light and I experimented with camera […]

James – Senior Portrait

I had the pleasure of photographing James on a cold but beautiful day in October.  He loves mountain biking and is a talented cross-country runner and runs for his High School team.  He will probably do well at this in college next year as well.  Here are a couple of my favorites from our studio session!