Washington, DC : Polaroids

February 5th, 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

Lindsey and I haven’t been up to DC since we moved to Charlottesville, which is really a shame since it’s only about 2 hours away. The weather was supposed to be fair, and the busy-ness of wedding season is just around the corner, so we decided (somewhat last-minute) this week to head up for the day on Saturday. We went with a couple friends who are new to Charlottesville but familiar with the DC area. Our only regret was not checking the museum schedules before we headed up. We were really excited about the prospect of being able to visit the International Spy Museum, only to find out during lunch that it would be closing in a couple hours. We then made plans to revisit the nation’s capital for a longer duration to allow more time to explore said museum and others that simply cannot be squeezed into one short trip.

I carried my Pentax K100, a 50mm lens, one roll of Kodak T-Max, a Polaroid 250 Land Camera, and one pack of Fuji FP-3000B instant peel-apart film. The ones here were all shot with the Polaroid 250. I find that I always enjoy shooting a little more when I keep the camera and lens choice simple. I’ll have a few more to post when I get the other film back.

Polaroid 250 Land Camera, Fuji FP-3000B

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Shoot It Forward

January 30th, 2012

A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of ┬álending 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

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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