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Boise Photographer Meets the EhCapa Queen

Idaho photography…  it’s always an adventure. I’ve had the privilege of doing portraits this young lady for a couple years. This year she was crowned the 2017 Ehcapa Queen and ask if I could come to her place to shoot photos. Little did I know she lived on the side of a mountain! After the slow drive up to Robie Creek, we came to a little piece of heaven.

I knew the photo shoot would take two camera’s and I wasn’t sure how many jumps Boone would have in her. The training pad was small and Boone took several trial jumps to get use to the camera flash. She also had to deal with the photographer shooting straight on. Her first three practice runs were with the bar low to the ground. I could tell she was ready to perform but confused with the height. This horse was ready to do some serious jumping. Lucky for me,  Boone was very forgiving and was able to navigate around all her new obstacles. As you can see from the photos the girl and her horse private performance was spectacular.

EhCapa bareback riders clubs have been around since 1956. There is a very active club in the Treasure Valley. The young bareback riders, ages 8 – 19 years old, perform all over the west. It is a nonprofit organization that is financed by its participation in events. To learn more or to help support their program visit here.

Does your organization or business need professional photos for marketing? Contact Kevin to get a quote. He is able to bring the studio to you or you can choose to come to the studio for a quick headshot. In digital files for headshot are available by end of same business day.

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“Old skool” photography in Old Boise

There’s always some sort of backlash to current trends, like retro clothing, vinyl vs mp3’s in music, and it’s the same thing with photography. Fashions move in circles and apparently so does photography. For the nostalgic look Boise photographers have some very interesting architecture and art to make unique settings for any portrait shoot. There is something disappointing about a photograph turning out looking exactly like what you pointed your camera at. Many photographers are going for the retro look, playing with lens flare and scratches to get the feel of a Polaroid. They use old techniques to make a sense of atmosphere, something different than what we are bombarded with all day long,

Kevin Roberts’ recent photography shoot involved his client wanting “post war” vintage senior portrait. After looking at photos online with him to get on the same wavelength I discovered what he was after. Searching the thrift shops for days he found an outfit for a real vintage look 30’s/40’s. For the retro look which areas in Boise would you, the reader, have chosen?

Kevin and the senior had a great time and passersby were having a great time watching them.  A couple interesting conversations included one citizen on a bike complimenting out “guts shooting on a busy thoroughfare” and one curious looker asking permission to take a photo with her phone of Kevin capturing photos of the senior. Wouldn’t any great Boise Photographers do what it takes to create a memory?

It feels good to look back. Like looking at old photos of your grandparents are guaranteed to give you those warm comforting feelings.

Top Places for Boise Photographers to Shoot the Vintage Look

  1. Old Boise – Downtown anywhere near 6th Street.
  2. Old Penitentiary – For more information click here.
  3. Idaho City

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Children photography with Santa only happens once a year.  Children’s Store specialty toy shop owner Jeannie McCullough has the perfect toy shop background to photograph children, their families and the magical moment.   This year was no exception.  Waiting at the door listening for Santa’s jingle bells and then all of the sudden he rounds the corner of toys and entering the shop.  The children rush to greet Santa and then have to patiently wait their turn to whisper their desires.  In order to capture the children portraits in the best lighting possible I bring along a few lights. Now if you don’t have a profession there to help you what are you to do?  Below are a few tips to help photograph children.

Five Simple Tips for Children Photography

  1. Pay attention to the time of day.  Do you like to be messed with when your hungry or tired?  Children having fun, photographer having fun.
  2. Get eye level so your not so scary.  You will also be able to get more intimate shots if you are at eye level or slightly below.
  3. Candid shots verses posed shots. Kids often do not have an attention span to “pose” for the photographer.  There are so many great photos of children during the Santa shoot because Santa was their focus and well sometimes you have to keep those wishes a secret, and then other times it takes a bit of thinking.
  4. Zoom in.  You want to see your child’s face up close and personal.
  5. Patients.  It take time to get the perfect moment with children photography.  Get the kids playing and digital photography has made this a very inexpensive task.

These are just a few simple rules.  For more great information and detail about Children Photography check out How to Photograph Children.


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Boise Photographer Senior Shoot

When you are a Boise photographer there are so many locations to shoot senior portraits.  The favorite location for the many of my clients is our lovely Kathryn Albertson Park and the Boise Depot.

Seniors please view my list of frequently asked questions here.   If you find an image online or in a magazine I may be able to create the image with you.  An appointment before the shoot is helpful to go over the details.  It is not necessary if you can email your requests.  I can travel to other locations.  If it’s not located within the Treasure Valley there may be an additional travel fee.

Thank you Lisa West, Lisabee Web Design, for allowing me to do a senior photo shoot with your daughter.  Again the photo’s were taken in the choice Boise photographers favorite locations.  You can’t go wrong with the City of Trees and historical locations.

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Senior Portraits in Boise for Chicago Senior?

That’s right.  I had the privilege of photographing senior portraits for a family that made a recent move to Chicago, but came back to town for a visit this summer.   Now that’s what I call loyal customers!  Who doesn’t love Boise!

It is senior portrait season and if you haven’t schedule your appointment with a professional now is the time.  I am often asked the same questions about senior sessions so here are some of the most FAQ’s.

Frequently Asked Questions For Senior Portrait Sessions

1. What should I wear to my senior portrait?  Bright colors, school logos, and school activity clothing looks best.  Wear something comfortable and appropriate and don’t forget your jewelry.  Guys should never wear nerdy white socks!  Let your mom choose a few outfits and you choose a few favorites.  Here at Kevin Roberts Photographey we don’t limit you on outfits.  Remember changing takes time and there are only a few hours of perfect sunlight to capture your photos.

2. How may clothing changes am I allowed?  It’s best if you layer up.  Clothing changes take time and while you are not limited to outfits, usually you will only have time for 3 or 4 changes before the sun goes down.

3. Where is the best location for my senior portrait?  It’s best to choose places you are interested in.  The most popular locations are parks, downtown, and your high school.  At Kevin Roberts Photography we don’t limit you to sites, but again it takes time to drive to locations and there is only a certain amount of sunlight in the day.

4.  Am I allowed to bring friends to pose in my senior portrait?  Yes, bring your friends and family.  It’s your portrait session and if these people make you laugh bring them with you.  (If they distract you maybe you shouldn’t let them tag along!  We need you to be relaxed and have fun with your session.)

5. Do I pay for my senior portraits in advance?  Kevin Roberts Photography only requires you to pay for your session fee in advance.  After your photo’s are put online for viewing you can decided how many and/or purchase the digital images.

6. Do you make custom graduation announcements and reception invitations?  Yes, we are a full service photography studio.  Kevin has his BA in graphic design and would be more than happy to help you design your one of a kind announcement.

Please contact Kevin at Kevin Roberts Photography if you have further questions about your senior portrait session or for pricing.  It is affordable to hire a professional for your once in a life time Senior Portraits. Check out more senior photo’s here. Check out basic pricing information here.

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Family Portrait…Butter

This is a little bit random family portrait, but our family pet Butterbur has been going rampant in our gardens and it was perfect timing to take his portrait!  A few tips when shooting your family pets.  First, use a long lens to blur your background.  This gives prominence to the animal’s portrait.  Second, get down to your pets level for the photo shoot, it’s a different angle from the one you see all day long.  Like Butter, you will get an awesome expression with those wonderful animal eyes.  My last advise, timing is everything.  When is your pet most behaved, and morning or evening lighting is best if you plan an outdoor portrait to get that cool rim light.

Click here to check out one of those great family portraits where the family dog is showing his love.

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Lighting Your Subject

As a Boise photographer I had a client tell me she was attracted to my photos because of there depth.  I hadn’t thought about it, but having a degree in graphic arts and taking several art classes it’s become natural for me to use my talents in turning a portrait into a piece of art.  My secret … I try to show depth by shooting towards lighter backgrounds.  Using a background that is lighter than the subject seems to be the trend in contemporary photography.  Here are more of my Boise photography photo’s from downtown and Boise Depot engagement session.  Notice even in the black and white photo how depth is created with the lighting.  You can also view more photo’s here.

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Manipulate Your Image: Professional Photographer vs. Cosmetic Surgeon

Why Hire A Professional Photographer Continued…

Professionals Edit & Manipulate Your Images:  Everyone needs to look good in family portraits and wedding formals, the perfect shot is a rare shot.  It’s inevitable someone will blink or a bridesmaid will look away at some cute guy.  Editing all sounds simple enough but takes time: removing distractions like road signs and wedding crashers from the background, or adding boutonnieres to jackets when groomsmen have forgotten their flowers.  I often get requests to re-style windblown hair and smooth out skin for a perfect complexion.   After narrowing down the shots I spend hours making each photo a work of art. No, I don’t charge extra, but those photo enhancements are why you pay a professional to do your portraits.

I’ve had years of Photoshop training and experience; my clients appreciate the end product.  Where there’s a great portrait there was probably a great professional photographer behind the camera with years of experience in editing skills.  Next time you are thinking of cosmetic surgery save some money and hire a professional photographer with photo editing knowledge… after all there is a slimming feature to take away years and pounds, and who doesn’t want their Facebook avatar to be the envy of all their friends!



The Shooter…

You can read all about me here.  I am a perfectionist by nature; my desire is to improve with each shoot.  I’ve been a photographer for over 20 years.  Yes, I’m one of those who started with large film cameras, and had to shoot photos great without Photoshop safety net. In recent years I have been asked by family, friends and colleges for help with various aspects of the business from which digital camera is best to how do I photoshop the glow on my light saber?  So for all you hobbyists and professionals I hope to answer your questions and welcome your comments.