Archive: January, 2012

Shoot It Forward

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Welcome to the blog for Cade Bowman Photography! I hope this finds you well! I'm happy you found your way here, and I hope you'll stick around for a little while to see what I've been up to lately. I love to hear your thoughts and meet new people, so feel free to use the comments section under each post or the contact section at the bottom of the page to do so. Enjoy! -Cade

A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of  lending my services to Help Portrait in Concord, NC. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about the impact of gifting someone just one photo, but after a day of photographing people who may have otherwise never had their portrait made, my mind was changed. Families who lost everything, including all of their photos, in a house fire; a couple who hadn’t had portraits made since they were married and their families joined; others who have struggled for years to survive and have never had their picture taken. They all now have portraits to replace what was lost, or what they didn’t have the chance or means to have to begin with. I didn’t understand how much a photo could mean until that day. Most of us, especially we photographers, take for granted the fact that we can take, process, and print photos so relatively quickly and easily. It was an incredibly powerful project to be a part of, and I look forward to hopefully being able to help again this year.

All of that being said, I have been trying to think of ways to continue to give back throughout the year. So, I am announcing a new project that I hope you will be a part of as well. It’s called “Shoot It Forward.” Every quarter or so, I will do a free shoot and a framed 8×10 print for a person, couple, or family who is in need or just deserves a little break.

This is where you come in. Please use the contact form below or email me, and send me stories of someone you know who you think would truly treasure having their portrait made. I will read each and every message and hopefully get to every person/group mentioned.

I hope you’ll help me give back a little in this way.




Charlottesville, VA : Around Town

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

We had absolutely gorgeous weather for a few days in a row a couple weeks ago, so Ron Dressel and I decided we’d take advantage of a bit of it and wander around town, snapping photos here and there as we went. It’s really nice to get out and shoot for no reason other than to shoot sometimes, even if I only take what feel like snapshots along the way.

These were all shot on my Mamiya 645AF with either my 45mm f/2.8, 80mm f/1.9, or 150mm f/2.8 on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 or Fuji 400h that I later converted to black and white in Lightroom. They were all processed and scanned by the wonderful folks at Pro Camera here in Charlottesville. I have a few others that I shot on Fuji Astia 100f that I’m going to have to wait a bit longer on, but I’ll post those as well as soon as I get them back.

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Kevin and Julie : Wedding

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Kevin and Julie’s end-of-fall November 5th wedding was one where I had my eye on the weather forecast everyday for about two weeks leading up to the big day. The wedding was held at one of my favorite venues in the Triangle, The Pavilions at The Angus Barn, and its beautiful grounds beg for as many outdoor photos as possible. We lucked out and had the most perfect weather anyone could have asked for. Kevin and Julie chose a sunset, lakeside ceremony. I doubt there were few places more serene that day as under the expertly decorated arch in front of family and friends all gathered to celebrate the union of this beautiful couple. The reception was a blast, thanks to the ever brilliant aural musings of Hipshack and the heavenly catering and  stop-at-nothing-to-please staff of Angus Barn. The night was topped off with sparklers and an exit in a masterfully restored Chevy Bel Air.

A few other notes of interest… Julie designed and made the bridesmaids’ earrings and designed the programs which were then printed on wood veneer. Her earrings and necklace were borrowed from her mom and were a gift from her dad to her mom over 25 years ago. Her pearl bracelet was restrung from one that her grandparents gave her when she was younger, and she added the closure from a necklace her dad gave her. The rings tied in the bouquet are Julie’s parents’. The rhinestone hairpiece and Kevin’s cufflinks are both vintage, circa 1930’s and 1920’s respectively.

Thanks, Kevin and Julie, for having me as a part of your big day!


Venue + Catering : The Pavilions at the Angus Barn

Florist : Fresh Affairs

Cake : Swank Cake

Dress + Veil : Marisa

Bolero : Pronovias

Bride’s Shoes : Dyed d’Orsay pumps with feather clip by Etsy Shop Sofisticata 

Bridesmaid Dresses : JCrew

Hair + Makeup : Blo Salon

Ceremony Musicians : Arioso Strings Duo

Band : Hipshack

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