Colors: A Q&A With Courtney Bowles

April 11, 2018 0 Comments

If you’re on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across some of the creative images of Courtney Bowles!  Not only is Courtney an amazing photographer, but she knows how to use color very well!  I asked her a few questions about her use of color, so read on to find out her answers!


Q: How often do you look for colors when shooting?
A: Always – I choose the clothing for my boys based on where we’re adventuring for the day.
Q: What is the first thing you look for, your subject or your background?
A: Because I’ve dressed the subject, I pay closer attention to the background depending on if I want a contrasting or matching background.
Q: Do you set your shots up in any way, shoot on the fly, or get in a specific place and wait for the perfect moment to press your shutter?
A: Normally I have an idea of what I want and gently direct the subject where to go.
Q: How do you capture the perspective that you do?  (Standing, kneeling, down to the ground, etc.)
A: I typically photograph kneeling or laying on the ground. I like to stay on my subject’s level.
Q: What do you look for in terms of lighting when making an image with the colors you desire?
A: I shoot in all types of light and all times of day. If i have my choice, I’ll choose backlight every time.
Q: If you could go back in time and tell yourself some tricks for mastering this faster, what would you say?
A:I would encourage myself to choose clothing for my boys that is classic and neutral sooner! No words or characters to edit out.
Q: How important is editing in your process?

A:Very! I’d say editing completes the image and ensures the final vision is achieved.

Q: What gear and equipment do you use for accomplishing this?
A: I shoot with the Canon 5DMark3 and most often the Canon 85mm f/1.2, Canon 135mm f/2, and Canon 50mm f/1.2
Q: What are your typical settings?
A:I shoot wide open as often as I can. I love the blur and bokeh.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A:Typically from other non-photography sources like paintings and movies. Ashley Longshore and Wes Anderson are some favorites!
Q: What do you do when you get bored of shooting the same things?

A: I use a different lens, shoot at another time of day, or visit a new location.

Q: What is something you’d like to learn in the future?

A: I’d like to improve my skills in landscape and nature photography.
Courtney Bowles is a full time photographer and a ’round the clock boy mom. She is a magic seeker, a cancer beater and a ClickPro.  Find her wedding and portrait work here.

Emily Hamson

I'm a mom of 4 wild boys, who photographs mostly nature (partly because they don't run away or pull faces at me like my boys do). Being behind my camera is my therapy! In 2017 I decided to embark upon a personal photography project to find more creative ways to use my camera, and the CIC was born. I love to learn anything that goes along with photography, but I really love helping others learn new techniques even more!