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Portraits in Style

Capturing the Moment - One Portrait at a Time

Located in the heart of West Chester on Gay Street, Roman Coia Photographer is not your standard family photographer. Roman’s work focuses on the individual. It brings out the heart and soul of a person, as though you can learn their life story through their portrait. Roman Coia’s portrait photography is art. 

Roman began his pursuit of photography in college. When asked what sparked his interest in photography, he remarked, “Growing up in the late ’80s and ’90s, fashion magazines were big at the time. Having an interest in photography, I was influenced by many of the top photographers and the fashion/portrait images they were creating.” 

Roman went on to study photography at Penn State and developed a large passion for black-and-white imagery. While in school, he was also introduced to larger format cameras like medium format and 4x5 field cameras. He still incorporates these cameras into portrait work in his studio today. 

Specializing in portrait photography, Roman enjoys capturing what is important to the client at the moment. Whether it’s a senior photo shoot showcasing a young adult leaving high school, a child in elementary school, or older adults, each person has an interest in something that truly makes them shine. His portrait photography is very stylistic with an edge toward the client’s fashion sense. What a person wears or brings to a photo shoot can showcase so much of their personality. Items such as an instrument, sports equipment, dance shoes, a favorite doll, or even a special location can bring out their personality in portraits. 

According to Roman, “I not only strive to create timeless portraits for clients to display in their homes as museum quality art but also lead them through a journey of self-expression to reveal a portrait of their true inner being.”

Every artist has a memorable client over the years and when asked, Roman said his grandfather was his favorite subject in his 27 years of being a photographer. “In February, I was able to take my Grandfather’s portrait on his 99th birthday. He was so proud to have achieved this pinnacle, and even more so determined to make it to 100,” said Roman. Unfortunately, Roman’s grandfather recently passed away, which makes capturing that moment even more special, something he and his family will cherish forever. 

So, what should one expect when they visit Roman’s studio? They should expect a very personalized experience. Roman gets to know his clients through an initial discovery call or meeting in his studio. He wants to learn about his clients and their family members, get to know their interests, and find out the purpose of their session, particularly if it’s a special occasion. By making a personal connection with them, Roman is able to develop and plan their perfect session to truly capture the essence of his clients. To help his clients visualize how their session will flow, Roman breaks down the process and answers any and all questions prior to the shoot. He will also coach you through your session if you’re nervous about posing for a portrait. 

Not only does Roman specialize in portrait photography, but he also dabbles in fine art. His studio is not just a photography studio, it is an art gallery as well. Many limited-edition fine art pieces can be seen adorning his walls. You can also purchase some of his fine art pieces from his website. 

If you want to meet Roman, he will be taking part in the October 6th Fall Gallery Walk in West Chester. Stop by his studio to see which artists he will be showcasing along with some of his favorite pieces. While you're there, introduce yourself as a reader of West Chester Lifestyle. 

To learn more about Roman Coia's award-winning, museum-quality photography and fine art or to book a session, visit his website at www.romancoia.com. 

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