Esther and the Exiles

I met Esther and the Exiles at a tradeshow, and having played in a band in my youth; I am always interested in new artists and sounds. I started to talk to Esther about their music and vision. As a passionate photographer I was interested in providing my creative vision of the band, so put the offer on the table that when they are ready, let’s go have some fun.

Back in February 2020, the band and I met at Camp North End, a perfect location to create some unique magic. The site was once used to produce Model Ts and Army missiles; this 76-acre historic industrial site now serves as a hub for creativity and innovation in the heart of Charlotte.

About My Photography

My photography captures a moment in time - a split-second that remains locked in time often abstracted and completely random. It is in these moments I see potential element, shape, abstraction, and life in colour, inspiration before the moment fades to grey into the past disappearing forever.

My creative portrait photography services provide a beautiful and unique perspective of people with passion and imagination that will have your portfolio catching the eye of family, friends and the world. Take a look around at my work, I promise you'll find yourself in wonder of the possibilities for you.

Book Your Portrait Session

Baby, Toddler, High School Senior, College Grade, Model, Actor, Engagement, Bridal, Wedding, your Family Photography.

The simple act of smiling can communicate warmth, welcome, and love and pave the way to unique and beautiful experiences and it is for these moments we live. I think the most beautiful portraits are taken in a fun relaxed atmosphere when you forget where you are and that you are even being photographed.

Your portrait session will be fun, unique and completely customized to your vision. We work together on your session from start to end!

Israel Gore

Working with Israel was somewhat unique, clearly, a passion for music and visuals and it was clear that he was breathing ideas. With my passion for imagery, abstraction and those moments that only occur once in a lifetime, I proudly present what I believe to be one of the best creative portrait photography sessions of the 2018 season. Let me introduce Israel Gore, a musician with immense talent and a style that could easily be found from the 1950’s.

Let Your Inner Beauty and Strength Shine

Creative Modelling Investments

Your portrait session will be completely customized to your vision. I think the most beautiful portraits are taken in a fun relaxed atmosphere! We work together on your session from beginning to end! We can meet for coffee, or chat on the phone discussing the perfect location(s), outfits, props, and whatever else comes to mind!

  • 1 Hour Session
  • 10 Remastered Photographs
  • Single Location
  • Single Outfit
  • 2 Hour 30 Minute Session
  • 20 Remastered Photographs
  • 2 Additional Locations
  • 2 Outfit Changes
  • 1 Hour 30 Minute Session
  • 15 Remastered Photographs
  • 1 Additional Location
  • 1 Outfit Change

Lachlan Wills

I met Lachlan at Rush espresso; charming bloke and seemed interested in having the opportunity to work with me and express his amazing presence and love of life on camera. As a television presenter working around the globe it was my pleasure to land the chance to go play in some mud with big diggers and get the very best out of Lachlan and as he says himself – magnify and amplify the life inside the subject. A lovely bloke with the most distinctive Aussie accent!

Chris Horner

I met Chris on a business introduction, the meeting ran about two and a half hours speaking together. I admire Chris for his professionalism and sound business advise; however, taking him out for a photoshoot clearly put him into a different place and time; his calm and cool demeanour reflected perfectly when put in front of the lens; a real natural with some strong and stunning moments and imagery. I know he is a real fan of Darren Bowen Photography as I am of his.


What People are Saying

{Darren Bowen did a great job of taking my senior pictures. Beforehand, he really got to know who I was and was able to let my personality shine throughout the photography session. Darren made sure my senior pictures were exactly what I envisioned. He allowed me to have fun and be goofy, in order to really get the best pictures and the best experience.
Meghan Mann
Exactly What I Envisioned!
{Holy Peppermint Sticks Santa has chosen photographer Darren Bowen because of his Unique and Honest approach to bringing out the best of his subjects. Together we think we can create a Magical Experience for Children young and old alike. Come join us as we spread the spirit of Christmas throughout the year.
Santa Claus
Magical Experience!
{It was amazing, to say the least. Darren was so patient and kind. It was a 90-degree day but he never complained! Darren has an eye for unique angles and knows every “cool spot” around the Charlotte area and beyond. He captured my daughter Maddie to a T! I will recommend him to anyone!
Jennifer McConachy
An Eye for Unique Angles!
{Had a blast brotha! Loved working with you, you’re the real deal... Great conversations.
Israel Gore
The Real Deal!
{I had an amazing time with my Dad, Darren. He has a very artistic eye when it comes to photography. He knows how to capture the best shots and how to use the environment around him to his advantage. It seems to me that everything plays an important role in photography.
Micheal T.E Bowen
Bubblegum Flavored Ice Cream!
{Darren Bowen is an energetic and eclectic photographer! I had a wonderful time celebrating my 60th birthday with a photo session by Darren. I loved the way he expressed who I am through his artistic eye. The pictures turned out so colorful and vibrant. I loved the great eclectic location Darren picked out for me.
Charlene Lendino
Energetic and Eclectic!
{Thank you seems so small and just not enough for him to truly understand my level of appreciation. Darren graciously volunteered to be the photographer at a benefit for Mackenzie Lynn Barron, a 3-year-old diagnosed with DIPG incurable, non-treatable brain cancer. Darren is the most kind-hearted, generous man. His level of professionalism is beyond measure and he was able to capture the day for us with little direction from me.
Allison Dudek Marshall
Memories For Us to Cherish Forever.
{Darren recently did my wedding photography and I couldn't have asked for someone better. He was there from start to finish and captured our special day. The images turned out amazing and everyone that has seen them has said great things about Darren's work.
Macy Harris
Your Special Moments!!
{Darren did a photoshoot for me and the experience was outstanding. Prior to the shoot, he asked what I was looking to get from the photos and where I would be using them. In my case, they were for social media profiles. He thought of some great locations, took the pictures, and delivered the finals promptly. I can’t say enough about his professionalism and creativity. But all of that shines through in his finished product and his work speaks for itself.
Chris Horner
{Darren did such an amazing job with my bridal portraits. He was able to create such magical memories with my photos, that cannot thank him enough for. He was also such a pleasure to work with, making the environment relaxing and fun!
Macy Barnhill
Wildest Dreams Brought to Life!
{Darren photographed our band Esther and the Exiles on location at Camp North End. We had a truly enjoyable time working with him. His unique, creative style and artistic vision were truly inspiring.
Esther Alcamo
Unique, Creative Style and Artistic Vision!
{Darren inspires ingenuity with his incredible vision. Esther and the Exiles experienced this at a recent Camp North End photo shoot. His eclectic expessions enhanced the experience to produce stellar works of art!
Salvatore Alcamo
Genuity with Incredible Vision!
{Darren did our family photos. He was great to work with and they turned out great! We are very thankful for him capturing those memories!
Laura Rahal
Great to Work With
{Darren is a wonderfully intuitive artist, with an ability to magnify and amplify the life inside his subject. He is a wonderful person who makes it very fun and enjoyable to share his creative space and his company. I highly recommend Darren for any kind of photoshoot.
Lachlan Wills
Magnify and Amplify Life!
{Darren Bowen went above and beyond our expectations for our daughter’s Senior pictures. The perfect balance of professionalism and fun and friendly. Darren was so professional and had brilliant ideas but also graciously accommodated any that we or our daughter had.
Regan Haggerty
Professional and Brilliant!

Over the years I have enjoyed reading the reactions and heartfelt feelings of customers, it truly is humbling when I read such incredible thoughts and feelings. Whether you are a customer or just a fan of my work I would love to hear your testimony; I’ve even included the category “I Just Love Your Photography” to cover the voice of fans everywhere.

Darren Bowen Photography

My photography captures a moment in time - a split-second that remains locked in time often abstracted and completely random. It is in these moments I see potential element, shape, abstraction, and life in colour, inspiration before the moment fades to grey into the past disappearing forever.