behind boka studios

Boka Studios was founded in 2009 by commercial and editorial photographer and cinematographer, Travis Smith. Some of Travis’ former clients include Fox Sports Detroit, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Varizoom, Danon, Kotex, Health Plus, Black and Decker, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. At Boka Studios, we take the same approach with seniors as with commercial clients. Every shoot is custom tailored to the client, and before booking the shoot, we hold a consult to fully understand what the client is looking for, what their style is, and what types of images they’d like to create. Keep reading below for full details.

the consult

Every shoot begins with a consult. Before we accept any payments, schedule a shoot date, or shoot location, we want to meet. First and foremost, we want to get to know you, what you’re about, what your style is, and what kind of photography moves you. We also want to make sure we’re a good fit for you. Every photographer is different and has a different style, and we want to make sure our style and approach meets your expectations.

In addition, we know that every single person is different. Your shoot should emphasize your differences, should illustrate who you are, and what is important to you at this critical phase in your life. It would be pretty difficult to make that happen if the first time we met was 10 minutes before we took your first photo.

And the best part of it all? The consult is completely obligation free, no commitments, no pressure. We want to get to know you, and for you to get to know us. After that, it’s completely up to you.

the shoot

During our consult we will have discussed styling, locations, and what time of day will give you the look you prefer for your images. The day has finally come! You’ve picked out your amazing outfits, been to our salon (yes, we even provide hair and makeup if you want it), and you look amazing. Now it’s time to shoot. So what poses should you do? What looks should you give the camera? You’re not quite sure you’ve got your “Blue Steel” nailed yet? Don’t panic! Just come, relax, and prepare to have an amazing time. We keep it simple, we take care of the posing, and will guide you through the expressions. Seriously, you’re going to have a blast.

the proofing session

Now that you’ve killed it in front of the camera, the next step is to decide which of your pretties are going to decorate the walls and coffee table. Within a week or so of your shoot, we’ll book a proofing session. We prepare a gallery of the best 35-40 images from your shoot and bring them fully retouched. We know how hard it can be to narrow down your favorites, and we’ve come up with a killer process to help you narrow them down and fill your print order. After our meeting, we prep the order and send it off to our labs. A week or two later, you’ll have your beautiful prints ready to hang and your perfect album ready to peruse.

meet the team