Dance in Detroit

I have had the idea of photographing a formal dancer in Detroit after following the beautiful work of Omar Z Robles (see it here photographing dancers in New York City and the rest of the world. Omar, a well studied mime, photographs these performers in the most beautiful way against a hard but equally beautiful city.

Detroit is a beautiful city with a rich history that is often overlooked due to the high rate of crime and abandonment of many of its closest neighborhoods. I wanted to photograph the beautiful skills of a dancer with the city in the ways that Omar colors his performers.

I contacted Emily to see if she would like to participate and she was more than excited to help. We met downtown and she was no where afraid to destroy a pair of pointe shoes for the sake of beautiful portraits.

I am looking to photograph any other dancers in Detroit. Please email me through my contact page if you would like to help.


All photos below were taken with a Fujifilm Xpro2 and Fujifilm 56mm 1.2 at 1.2




Coach 2017 and "Influencers"

Instagram has been my living portfolio for the last 13 months. I post the most images there and feel its an interesting way to keep focus in both style and subject matter. Instagram is also an amazing way to connect with possible clients and other photographers in your areaand worldwide. Just this year alone i've made friends with people over Instagram and had a beer with a few of them.  My instagram following has grown exponentially in the last year and that subject is for another blog post.

Instagram is what lead Coach to me.

A representative for Coach reached out to me earlier this Winter and asked if I wanted to shoot as part of their upcoming campaign. Naturally, I said yes. I love shooting for brands and commercial work in general because I love both story telling through images but representing the brands style. Coach wanted photos of a beautiful leather tote and gave me total creative Freedom.


I contacted my good friend Dennis whom I met in a general chemistry class a few years back. Dennis was actually one of my earliest shoots and I was the first photographer he had ever worked with. Dennis is now working steadily in the Acting and Modeling world and is always looking for new jobs.

We met downtown Detroit in front of John Varvatos and shot along the new areas of Woodward. All images below were taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon 56mm 1.2 lens.


Follow Dennis on instagram @dennisaur_1



Hicks Family

Date: 10/29/2016


Yasmeen and her family contacted me through a local Facebook group after I posted looking to find more families in the city of Dearborn to photograph while the weather was still pleasant. Yasmeen and I had to battle with Michigan weather for a bit due to the wild weather swings from freezing rain to sunny and near summer weather all in the same week. We finally had a break so we headed down to a local park to get some family photos.


Family photos are one of my favorite types of sessions to shoot. Most of the time, families don't know what to expect. Everyone immediately thinks back to the horror of stuffing everyone into JCPenny in front of backdrop wearing the Sunday best for that before Christmas portrait. I love giving families the enjoyable experience of being in a non stress outdoor environment so I can capture them as they are. I also love hearing, "We haven't done any photos like this before" or my other favorite, "Man, It's been xx years since we've had photos of the kids."

Both kids are into sports of their own and we had fun pulling that into the photos and having a little bit of play time.


Gear used: Fuji X-Pro2 and 56mm 1.2



Nadia - Senior Session

Date: 10/18/2016

Location: Detroit, Michigan


Nadia and her mother reached out to me looking to have a session built around the Detroit urban environment without using the typical tourist destinations. Detroit is an eclectic city in both its architecture and inhabitants. After rescheduling a few times due to late summer rain we settled hoping to capture some light fall color as well. We started in the Corktown neighborhood and then moved to the up and coming area's around Woodward avenue. Finally, we ended up in Eastern market just as the sun set for some gorgeous light and Supino's pizza.


Gear used - Xpro-2, 56mm 1.2 and 23mm 1.4

Nathan - Senior Session

Word of mouth is your strongest referral source. Whether you're looking for the best place for coffee, where to take your car for the best oil change or for job references someone always knows someone. Nathan's mother contacted me after being referred by a former coworker of mine who had been following some of my personal and commissioned photography through my personal facebook page. Again, word of mouth is strong.


For this shoot we decided to meet at the Z-lot garage on Gratiot in downtown Detroit for a short session. The lot is new relative to the surroundings and feature 10 stories that each could be their own works of art.  At the top you have a prime view of the works of Shepard Fairey and Hownosm. This is a prime destination for photos in the city.


Thanks Nathan and family for having me out.


All images were taken using Fujifilm Xpro2 and 56mm 1.2

(Except one was the 14mm 2.8)



Let's Chat...

I've now had my own "Corey Boland" domain for over a year and I have yet to dump thoughts into the blog. When deciding to be a "photographer" I had no idea what I wanted to focus on so I began to take on every job from architecture prints to newborn portraits. I was shooting concerts, seniors, cats, food or anything I could if someone wanted to hire me. I didn't have a focus, I didn't have a theme or style, I just was shooting.

From now on you'll see more posts on this page highlighting the process of portraiture and the stories of theclients that I meet along the way. I've found myself drawn to people and their stories which has strengthened my love for portrait photography.

On top of my love for portraiture, I also love all things Fujifilm. I love their camera bodies, photographer culture, film sims (oh god the film sims..) and everything else Fuji. You'll be seeing Fuji reviews and quick blog posts about my experience with Fujifilm gear over the last year. Just this summer I've gotten an X-pro2 and I will tell you this I could rant about the thing all day.

So here's to saying hello, lets work together. If you have a crazy idea that you'd love to see come to life or you want to update your headshot for linkedin. Lets shoot.