Featured photographer: Chris Bowman Photography

We are very happy to introduce you to the work of Chris Bowman Photography today. Chris and his wife have been Tribe members for a long time now and we are always admiring their romantic and stunning photos. Let's learn more about them and their work.


Name: Chris and Jess Bowman


Business Name: Chris Bowman Photography is the business name but I work with my wife, Jess. There is no way I could do this whole wedding photography thing without her. We are definitely and equal partnership team. 


Where is ‘home’:
I was born, raised, and still live in Columbus, Ohio. Jess was born in Cleveland but I convinced her to stick around in Columbus after college. I often dream of home being somewhere new and different but the older I get the more I realize that Columbus is a really amazing city.


Chris Bowman Photography - edited with Film Emulsion FE04 C400

Edited with Film Emulsion FE04 C400

Years as a photographer/years in business:

I have been playing with cameras and taking photos for about 15 years. Professionally, Jess and I have been photographing weddings for four years now. Like I mentioned before, there’s no way I could handle photographing a wedding without her. I tried once a few years ago and immediately vowed to never do that again!

What is your favorite Red Leaf action/preset:

My favorite Red Leaf presets are, without a doubt, the Film Emulsion pack. My struggle over the years with film emulating presets has been that they always feel a little too heavy handed. I found myself always thinking things ended up looking too muddy or over done. The reason I love the Film Emulsion pack is that they absolutely enhance the image and add a wow factor without compromising the integrity of the image that I started with. There’s a reason why I photograph a scene a certain way and I want to retain that as much as possible in post. The Blacksmith presets are also amazing. I would say that the Film Emulsion and Blacksmith presets for anyone just getting into the Red Leaf system are must haves.

Chris Bowman Photography - edited with Film Emulsion FE09 C400EXP
Edited with Film Emulsion FE09 C400EXP


How would you describe your photography style?

We definitely lean more towards the documentary or journalistic side of things. We try not to be overbearing with our direction or ask our couples to do something that’s not natural for them. On wedding days we definitely just like to hang back, observe, and authentically document what is going on in front of us. The most important thing to us is to look for interesting and flattering light and try to shoot as much as possible in that area. Nothing fancy :)

Which person/couple you would love to photograph, living or passed on?

We really want to be able to photograph my little brother’s wedding. We love him so much and he is such a unique and authentic person. He’s one of the most loyal people I have ever known and that will translate so well to being a husband. Our favorite thing about shooting weddings is seeing how a couple’s love for each other directly translates to such beautiful and authentic images and we can’t wait to make that happen with someone we care about so much and know so well.

Chris Bowman Photography - edited with Film Emulsion FE09 C400EXP

Edited with Film Emulsion FE09 C400EXP

You’re going on holidays (you choose the destination) and you’re limited to one camera body/lens. What do you take and why?

I would take my D810 and Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art. I shoot 95% of what I do with this combination and I love it. The slightly wider focal length is perfect for me to get more landscape shots and environmental portraits but still have the flexibility to get up close and isolate a subject. On the other hand, Jess really loves the 85mm focal length. She’s got a more “up close” and detail oriented eye than I do. Another great thing about the 35mm lens is that it makes you move around, which is always perfect for vacations and exploring!

List one goal you have set for yourself to achieve or work toward in 2016.

We just want to constantly be getting better at what we do. I know that sounds cliche but it’s the truth. We don’t have any crazy or lofty goals for us this year. We know, as photographers, that making quality images is only part of the equation when it comes to working in the wedding industry. We constantly strive to become better at making our couples feel comfortable and taken care of when they are with us.

Chris Bowman Photography - edited with Film Emulsion FE01 C400

Edited with Film Emulsion FE01 C400

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had offered you during your first year of shooting?
This is a tricky question to answer. I think we got the advice that I could wish for presently but we just didn’t fully understand it or know how to apply it to ourselves in a tangible way. Everyone always tells you to “just be yourself” but it was really difficult to find an identity in the wedding photography world when it seemed as though there was a ton of pressure to just do what was already being done. If something was working for the majority of other wedding photographers then it must have been because that’s the right way to do things. We have really come to understand and value that we have a certain skill set that we do really well and the people who value that are the people we will ultimately end up working with. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Chris Bowman Photography - edited with Blacksmith BW04
Edited with Blacksmith BW04
Thanks to Chris and Jess for taking the time to answer our questions and for being the biggest supporters of Tribe Red Leaf. 
You can see their beautiful work here:
Have a great week!
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Arina said:

Creative mind, beautiful work! Thank you for sharing:)

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