If you’re a fellow photographer and you’ve stumbled upon my site, first of all – welcome!

Whether you’re here to get ideas for sessions, or to find out information about me and how I shoot, or if you’re just poking around because you like the site –

I’m happy you’re here


Although I did start college as an art major, I didn’t end up with that degree 😉   I switched to Psychology so I ended up with a BA from LSU in that… with an Art History minor.  So yeah, I’m self-taught.

My father’s a photographer as well, but I basically had to teach myself everything that I know….especially the business side of things.  Sure, the photography part was fun – and then I realized… oh yeah, I’m supposed to be making money off this thing!  I initially wanted to start my own photography biz because it was super important to me to be around for my kids as they grew up.  After my first son was born, I picked up my camera again and decided to turn a passion into a business….. easier said than done, right?   Y’all know how hard this biz can be – from the constant “need to stay on top”, to “how do I price my work?” to “how do I file taxes?”…. it’s overwhelming, especially for us artists.  Some of you are natural business people.  I am not.  Still.  I don’t hate it anymore, though, so that’s good!

I do get asked a lot of questions on my facebook page…. everything from how do I shoot, what type of lighting do I use, what sort of gear do I shoot with, etc. etc…. so I decided to dedicate this section on my site to those topics.  Most of the questions I get asked are listed here – on the pages that nestle under this one….but if you would like to ask me anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  I love meeting new photographers 😉


I recently shot a segment for Senior’s Ignite, a fabulous organization I’m super happy to be a part of (and Event Leader for 2014) – and wanted to share that here as well for you.  Nick Sharples came out to Cali and followed me on location on a shoot, where I show you guys how I look for light, what I bring on a session, how I incorporate makeup, and lots of other fun stuff 😉  Check it out and I hope you join us for the 2014 Senior’s Ignite in Vegas.… use the code Bowen2014 to get $50 off your registration!!

xo, R




  1. Angelica
    July 24, 2013

    Hi Renee, I have been into photography for 4 years now and have just recently started to really get into it. I have done a couple of senior shoots, and family portraits, but I know I need to learn a lot more. I would love to get some of your advice, you have unbelievable work, and hope that someday I can be as talented as you! Thank you, Angelica!

  2. reneebow
    November 30, 2012

    Leah, I’d love to help if I can 😉 I’ll shoot you an email with some info and see if we can get you going!

  3. Leah Park
    November 28, 2012

    Hi Renee, I love love your work. I’m a recent single mom of four and I’ve found myself in a position to have to get my photography business going even more than ever. I feel like I’m ready (and I have to find a way) to take my business to the next level because this is the only way I can still stay home with my kids somewhat and still earn income for us. I just don’t know how to transition, I feel like I’m stuck photographing my friends and family who constantly want a discount. I could really use some advice right now and some mentorship would be great if you’re available. I live in the Temecula area and if that’s even possible for you. Thank you, Leah


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