Photographers Spotlight – Renee Bowen

Every time I put a call out on Facebook or Twitter for a new photographer to feature for our Photographers Spotlight I always get some really great suggestions and get to meet some new people that are just awesome and create some very cool images. Today we have a wonderful portrait photographer that I met on Twitter, check out some of her work below and a little more info about her.

Renee Bowen is a portrait photographer from Los Angles who specalizes in Senior Portraits. You can see more of her work online at:

Who are you …

Most of the time I feel like a 25 year old trapped in a 40 year old body…my brain still hasn’t accepted my chronological age. Besides a photographer, I’m just your typical imperfect but well-meaning Mom of three, tired but supportive wife, lover of all things clean and organized – with a tinge of OCD, perfectionist, late night twitter lurker, and music lover. I also have a passion for all things special needs ~ my oldest son is an amazing soul who happens to have autism.

the reason you love what you do ….

It was really important for me to be able to be with my kids when they were little. I love that I can go off and be creative in my work and then bring it back home, where I can work around their schedules. I love what I do mainly because I can have as much creative license as I want ~ there are of course down sides to working for yourself, but one of the benefits is being able to call the shots and have as much creative control as I want.

who do you get your inspiration from …

I sort of soak everything in….photographs, ads, art, movies, set design, books I’ve read….and of course, my kids are my muses, but I also get a lot of inspiration from music. Music has always been a constant in my life and although I don’t play an instrument, I just feel more present and grounded when I listen to music as I edit.

How did you get started in photography …

My father is a photographer but I didn’t really get into it until much later in my life – after my first child was born. I was OBSESSED with him and my love of photography was re-born. Of course, I was shooting film, and my transition to digital was slow. I still love shooting film, and I still sometimes shoot film during sessions – just one roll, just for me.

What does photography mean to you …

Besides the obvious opportunity for creativity, to me, as mainly a portrait photographer, it means becoming a part of someone’s life for a short time – a connection. I love people (I actually have a degree in Psychology) and I very much enjoy getting to know what makes them tick….I think we don’t have enough connecting happening these days. Now, I’m not going to pretend to know everything about someone just because I shoot their photos; but I do feel a shift happen from the beginning to the end of that session. Even the shyest of people drop into a comfortableness, even if it’s just for a few moments, and that is when I get the best out of them. When someone just drops it all and lets go….for some reason, that is so satisfying for me. I’m always searching for those real moments.

your photography specialty …

Although I shoot, or have shot, just about anything and everything, portraits are my “thing”, specifically Senior Portraits. There is something so amazing about spending time with people that age…they aren’t kids so much anymore, but are still so raw and open…..they live so much more “out there” than most of us boring adults.

who is your photo idol …

I’ve always loved the raw honesty of Annie Lebowitz’s portrait work. Even with the elaborate sets and makeup, there is something inherently real about her work. More recently, I’ve come to love Jeremy Cowart’s portraits……he is such an amazing creative force. Michelle Moore = amazing at just down-right beautiful, clean work. And I adore David LaChapelle.
Was that supposed to be just one person? Sorry ;)

favorite photography product …
Lightroom – can’t live without it. Although…..I really want the Nikon pocketwizard….can’t wait to experiment with that!

lens of choice …
I’m in love with the new Nikon 85 1.4, but I gotta give a shout out to my 50 1.4 and 35 1.8

favorite movie …
hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say Wizard of Oz

last rental you watched …

Toy Story 3…my life is so very exciting. And – I cried like a baby – in front of my kids. Again. We saw it in the theater too, even though my kids are 12 and 10 – they still wanted to see it because the first two were so much a part of their lives. OMG, this movie hit me right in the “your kids are growing up” nerve. Sigh.

where can you be found on days off …

Typically at one of my kids’ various activities – hockey, dance, theater rehearsal, or running the roads to an audition (my kids are in the biz, like their Dad)
But, I definitely take time for me – and I love hanging out with friends – going to movies, concerts, or just sitting by my fire pit drinking good wine and being in great company.

what superhero would you be …

Well, if it’s a “real” superhero, I’d be Fleur de Lis, aka Noelle Avril from the DC Comics – because I’m a Southern girl at heart (Louisiana) and love all things fleur de lis. (don’t tell my husband, who is a crazy Marvel fan) But if we’re making her up, then it would have to be some kind of multi-tasking, caffeine-driven saver of the day.

if I am typically craving something it is ….
chocolate…or wine….or both

what is your most fav photo you have recently taken …
I love the shoot I did recently with two seniors – friends….had this idea for something different; bought some gerber daisies and colorful ribbon and experimented ~ loved the results.

Check out more of her senior portrait photography below:


You can also view some of our past Photographer Spotlights here, Digital Photo Buzz Photographer Spotlight

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. That’s my girl! Just like my sons with the music. I showed them some basics and they took it from there. Renee did the same. Gave her some basic stuff and she soared. You can teach the technical stuff, but not the “eye”. You have to be born with it. Call it good genes. LOL.

    Love ya sweetie,
    Dad

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