Hey there, I'm Tonya Bolton!
I love helping people feel beautiful and confident. I am a custom portrait photographer that specializes in creating unforgettable experiences. It is not rare that my clients finish their session laughing and those big smiles are shown in the images.
If you are one of those people that thinks you don’t look good in pictures, or you are a bit self-conscious about smiling at a camera, let me help you. I help people to relax by being relaxed. I help you to be in the right position at the right time, looking in the right direction with the right smile. You will finally love the way you look in these pictures.
With my years of experience, I have built a reputation as the first choice of people who want truly remarkable images to cherish forever.
My husband, Jamie, and I are celebrating 26 years this year. Our boys are 24 and 21 and have their own apartments now. Yes, we are newly empty-nesters. While it is bittersweet, the boys live in the same apartment building and are only 8 minutes from us.
We are still young and love to travel so that is what we have been doing. In December, we flew to San Francisco and planned an amazing road trip back to Denver seeing all the sights in between. It was the greatest trip we’ve ever taken. Utah was our favorite place. We were overwhelmed at the landscape. We’ve already thought of our next adventure: Instead of a road trip, a sky trip! We are going to fly a plane to a city (to be determined) spend a night or two and pick a random flight to another city. We are going to do this when the weather is mild so I’m thinking Northern East Coast?? Or, just wherever a flight takes us!
I love live music and dancing. Sit me in front of a band with a drink in my hand and I’m in heaven. Keith Urban is my celebrity crush. Whose isn’t?? I’m addicted to Amazon Prime. I mean, aren’t we all? My favorite shows to binge watch are White Collar, Leverage, Mentalist, Monk and Person of Interest. All crime shows, lol. I also like true crime. My husband and I watch It Takes A Killer and Forensic Files, too.
Most days, we just sit around the house with our fur baby, Rocky. He is our shadow and very cuddly. He always wants to be in my lap, or at least laying beside me. If we leave to just run an errand, he acts like we left him for years! So dramatic!
If I’m not shooting a session, I’m probably planning my next shoot or taking a class to better myself as a photographer and business person. I love learning so I’m in the right field for it. This industry changes so much now that we are in a digital world. I keep up in order to provide my clients the best experience possible.
I love teaching!
I am proud to be a leader in the photography industry in the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky area. I am one of the most sought after artists for portraiture and have also become an educator in the field. From teaching amateurs to better understand their cameras to mentoring other professionals on how to succeed in business, I love sharing my knowledge with those that need it. I teach locally as well as travel the country teaching at photography conferences in select cities.
The video below is from a class I taught in Chicago on Senior Portraits!
My studio is in Alexandria, Ky. but I shoot everywhere!
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Come sit with me and let’s plan your dream photo shoot! Contact me using the form below.