Dog Portraiture at Kim Bova Photography!

My Dog Day mini-session day was a blast!  It was fun and challenging.  My goal for dog photography is not that much different then when I am photographing humans.   I want to capture each dog’s personality in a photograph that their ‘people’ will love, even after their ‘best friend’ is gone. Dog Portraiture is a patience building exercise.  Never move too fast, don’t overwhelm the dog with too much action, treats or noises.  I learned that I can make some really high pitch sounds that perhaps only dogs hear.  For some dogs, boredom can set in fast, so I had to grab attention with surprising sounds to keep them engaged.  With patience, I was able to get some nice portraits of these beloved pets for their families to enjoy. Thank you to all the folks who brought their best dog friends to the studio to be photographed for my special DOG DAY and to support the local animal shelter.  And shout out to Stephanie, my assistant, who helped me lure, engage and get some fun photos of these lovely pets.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Meet Jake.  This dog has tons of energy, […]

Dog Day Portrait Event – Saturday, March 22, 2014

Special ONE DAY Photo Event at the Studio! DOG DAY: Get a portrait of your dog and help a local shelter*  Mini Portrait Session for $79 – includes 1- 5×7 print. Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the studio By appointment only CALL NOW to reserve your spot.  (860)230-8828 All sessions are pre-paid by credit card or check.  No refunds for no-shows. Limited to 14 sessions. First come, first served. *I will donate 20% of the session fee to a local animal shelter. Download a flyer for this event MORE DETAILS: Call now to schedule your appointment time.  All sessions are 20 minutes of photography within a 30 minute time slot (for getting your pup in/out with ease) This event is for DOGS only.  (NO cats, lizards, snakes or people – unless you feel you need to hold your dog.) Please arrive on time, NOT late or early.  Please be conscious of this for the sake of the dog before/after you.  We don’t want any growls or unhappiness.  This will be a fun time. Bring your dogs favorite treat in case we need to bribe. Potty your dog before coming into Studio.  I have plenty of […]

Dog Portraits in Connecticut.

I have recently begun doing dog portraits.  I find that my clients love their dogs and usually include them with the family portrait.  But how special to do a portrait of the dog alone. Do you have a beloved pet that is part of your family?  I grew up with cats, turtles, goldfish, and a parakeet named Ricky.  When my two boys were very young we got a dog named Roxy – a standard poodle – who changed all of our lives.  Really. Here are just a few of the ways she did this: She taught my boys not to fight but to make peace with each other and she would bark in their faces until they stopped; and to know the joy of taking care and being responsible for another being who depends on you. She taught me how to be a pack leader, firm and loving. She taught us greater awareness of unconditional love and devotion in action.  She would wait by the window or door until we returned home.  She offered her protection to us if she felt we were in danger, plus many more gifts of love. Roxy was with us for close to 11 years.  […]

This is the time to update that headshot or portrait!

Now that the new year is underway, update that headshot.  Don’t settle for last years photo!  You’ve been working out and have a new hair-do, you look your best right now.  In fact, you will never look as good as you do today! Give me a call now. Here is Sue, she actually got it done!  Great job, Sue!  You look beautiful!

Family portraits: For future generations.

I would like to share with you one reason why I love my job.  Just a few weeks before Christmas,  I received a call from a man named Tom asking me to created a few portraits as a surprise Christmas gift for his wife.  The images were to include their two grown kids with the family dog, Bailey.  We had a great session and I was very excited to hear how the surprise went.  On Christmas morning I kept thinking about how the handful of clients that were surprising their loved ones that morning with portraits were doing! The day after Christmas I found this letter in my email box.  It was from Tom conveying the whole story of how it all went at his house Christmas morning! _____________________________________________________________________ Hi Kim:  Merry Christmas.  I hope all your family arrived safely and that you had a wonderful day. Well my wife was overwhelmed with the portraits.  I framed the large 16×20 as well as the three 8×10’s.  As she was opening her presents she opened one of the 8×10’s which included Bailey first. Her reaction was priceless;   I haven’t seen tears of joy like that since I gave her a nice […]