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Chloe’s Portrait / Model Portfolio / Bridal Boudoir / Whatever You Name It Photo Shoot

by on Mar.16, 2015, under Boudoir, Portrait, Wedding & Engagement

Howdy guys,

Winter is the time when you brush up on skills, learn new things and get ready for the upcoming wedding season. I experiment with new ideas all the time and  I am always open to photographing new faces. The big thing for me right now is posing (surprise!). It’s no secret that you learn these things best when you do boudoir shoots. So when Chloe and I first met, we chatted about doing a possible bridal / boudoir session together, but then she mentioned she needed some new photos for her modeling portfolio in NYC. One thing led to another and eventually we did a little bit of everything. We had never worked prior to that and it was important for both of us to break the ice, so to speak. This session gave us a perfect chance for that.

It goes without saying how easy to photograph Chloe is – you just can’t take a bad photo of her – but the final results would not have been anything close to what they are without our makeup artist, the absolutely amazing Stacie Amanna, who worked on several different looks for us – and nailed every single one of them. Way to go Stacie!

We tried to keep everything simple and casual, I used only one light at most (I absolutely LOVE that btw!),  and we changed two or three outfits – just to jazz it up a bit for the different parts of there shoot. I gotta admit, Chloe is one of the most talented people I have photographed. She rocket it from A to Z and I am super stoked we got to work together. Check out the results and enjoy :)

The Suspects:

Model: Chloe Malvezzi / New York Model Management
Makeup: Stacie Amanna / TRANSCENDENT (

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by, and feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. See you around,

– Your Pal Val

a.k.a. NYC / CT / Boston Wedding Photographer / Destination Wedding Photographer Val Nanovsky

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Back from Photo Forum Wedding Photography Seminar in Sofia, BG

by on Jan.19, 2012, under Portrait, Wedding & Engagement

Hey there everyone,

Today I am posting something slightly different from my usual blog stuff. As some of you might know, I spent the New Year holidays in Bulgaria. There, along with Photo Forum ( we put together a two-day seminar on wedding photography business and creativity in wedding photography.

The first day was strictly about photography business. The second day the topic was a little more about creativity and using a number of tricks  to win the hearts of our brides on the spot. The photos below demonstrate some of the basic concepts we talked about. I am very happy with the way they came out, and thought I’d share some of them with you.

  • How to play with color, lines, shapes and design – and generate emotion;
  • Isolating the subject from the background in less than perfect environments such as those brides often get ready in;
  • Brainstorming and generating cool ideas;
  • Clean visual communication of those ideas;
  • Using inexpensive or free props to transform our photos into true works of art;
  • Creating and manipulating a sense of space;
  • Workflow and artistic editing tricks;
  • Creating something out of nothing, otherwise known as the “Paint from Fart” concept. …Yeah, I know :)

We had a gorgeous model – Ina – who did a phenomenal job – from A to Z. KUDOS Ina, can’t tell you how happy I am we met. Can’t wait to work with you again! …on to the results:

I am currently working on a document discussing how each concept applies to every photo. It will be a good reminder of everything we talked about, something worth keeping and using in your photography on a daily basis. Along with the seminar presentation, each participant will get a copy of that document too. Yay!

Needless to say, I had an absolute blast at the seminar, and hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a true honor and pleasure to be with you – you guys totally ROCK!!!

Cheerz, and stay in touch,

– Your Pal Val

a.k.a. Valdorama CT Wedding Photographers

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2011 Earth Day Photo Contest

by on Apr.19, 2011, under Portrait

Hi everyone,

Just like last year, we are putting together an Earth Day Landscape Photo Contest, and this year it is getting even bigger!

April 22 is the official Earth Day, and all that counts is your participation. You don’t need to be a pro or even an avid enthusiast to participate. Valdorama encourages EVERYONE to take part. It’s FUN and it’s EASY (just email me your photos). It will be a wonderful opportunity to raise more awareness about what is happening to our planet – especially in the light of the nuclear tragedy in Japan. By sharing our images  we’ll generate more appreciation and show everybody how beautiful our planet is.

The winner will be getting a Valdorama GREEN artistic outdoor portrait session – for you, your loved ones, your kids, family or friends! The best part: it’s ON ME!


* There is no charge to participate. The contest is open and FREE to all residents of Connecticut (CT), Massachusetts (MA),  NYC and Rhode Island (RI);

* Send your images to 
The subject should be “Earth Day Photo Contest”;

* You can submit up to 3 (three) landscape photographs;

* You need to be the author of the photo and be able to prove authorship;

* Images should depict wild places with no traces of human activity. Flora and fauna are acceptable, as long as the subject is wild, and not domesticated;

* There are NO constraints as to which season / which year your images are taken – give me your best shots of all time;

* Physical size – up to 1024 x 768 px, @72 dpi;

* File format: JPEG or PNG;

* It is OK to watermark your images should you feel the need for that;

* Images will be judged based on 4 main factors:

1. Originality,
2. Impact,
3. Composition,
4. Technical execution;

* Results will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, April 26th;

* This year we’ll be having ALL HONORABLE MENTIONS ONLINE displayed in a gallery on this blog, along with the winners
(make sure you are OK with having your images posted online before submitting);

* If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment (below) or send me an email at

GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS, and I am looking forward to your beautiful landscapes!

– Valdorama CT Wedding Photographers,
a.k.a. Your Pal Val

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Lauren’s Modeling Photos

by on Mar.18, 2011, under Portrait

Hey folks,

As you can tell from the photos below, Lauren  is a beautiful young lady with a ton of charm and hot Southern temper.

Recently she approached me with the idea to start working on a modeling portfolio for her. It had to be simple, clean, and focus on some of Lauren’s best sides to help her apply for future jobs in the modeling industry. We got together at my studio in Vernon CT, and boy, we had so much fun! Lauren was soooo cute in the outfits she had on, and one thing in particular that I became a big fan of – that killer red dress. Let me tell ya… it took my breath away!

And last, but definitely NOT least, I wanted to give my credits to the fabulous Naomi Martinez & team (, who did an absolutely amazing  job with the makeup. Thanks so much guys, you were fabulous – as always! We banged out some shots we are truly proud of!

Check ’em out & leave some love.

See you around,

Your Pal Val

a.k.a. Valdorama CT Wedding Photographers

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