Painted Portraits & Commissioned Artwork

What is a Painted Portrait?

The Painted Portrait is our most elegant portrait finish and rivals the work of a traditional fine art oil portrait painter. It is portrait art as a modern masterpiece in the tradition of 19th century portrait artists like John Singer Sargent.

We craft this distinctive style combining traditional photographic portraiture with hand-applied painting artistry. Our mixed media approach blends a variety of mediums and tools, from the camera to the tablet to artist brushes. Each portrait art piece is finished on a hand-stretched canvas with real oils.

Timeless & Elegant

Imagine your child’s portrait in a traditional style which is reminiscent of the legendary portrait painters John Singer Sargent, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Rembrandt.

Young Girl in Boots

24×30″ painted portrait
private commission


In the tradition of the 19th century portrait painters, this portrait of a young girl is depicted with a beautifully gentle pose and quiet expression. Her quiet beauty easily draws the viewer into the portrait and towards her eyes. The play of light and shadow across her face for this piece was inspired by portrait painter Rembrandt.

detailed brushwork of Young Girl

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Sammy VI

24×30″ painted portrait
private commission


Like the nobility of the past, this young boy is the 6th in a direct descendant line carrying the family name forward for six generations. Deserving of dignity and stature, this portrait captures a stillness of his quiet character, reminiscent of the subjects painted by John Singer Sargent and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

detailed brushwork of Sammy VI

Evalen Reading

24×30″ painted portrait
private commission


A quiet moment between a young girl and her lovie. This portrait captures the magical world of a child’s vivid imagination and deep unfiltered love. A modern portrait with a classic nostalgic feel, which tugs on our heartstrings and harks back the quiet moments painted by American Impressionist Mary Cassatt.

detailed brushwork of Evalen

Why commission us with a painting?

The Painted Portrait is a bridge between fine art oil painting and photographic portraiture. This unique style of portrait art blends the beauty and elegance of a finely crafted oil painting with the talents of gifted portrait photographer to capture just the right pose, gesture and expression.

We invite you to trust the portrait artist who innately knows how to draw out the best of your qualities and your most authentic expression… even before the first painted stroke begins. Knowing that you’re starting with the best image possible of your child or loved one, you’ll be confident that the final art masterpiece will be one that you’ll treasure forever.

A Timeless Heirloom for your Home.


24×30″ painted portrait
private commission


This portrait of a professional cellist evokes feelings of an emotional connection between a musician and his instrument, deeply engaged in a live performance. The art piece is by design, intentionally  dark, with a touch moodiness, in order to draw in the viewer as if one could listen closely to the rich sounds of this exquisite instrument.

detailed brushwork of The Cellist

Planning Your Portrait

How do I begin the process?

In our experience, a painted portrait session requires thoughtful planning and attention to detail.

Because you’re creating a special heirloom portrait,  it’s important to design the elements of your portrait carefully, from your wardrobe to any specific visual elements, such as a musical instrument, an heirloom piece of jewelry, or any nostalgic item, representative of your heritage, your individuality or has deeply personal significance and meaning.

Our desire is for you to have the best experience possible. We highly recommend that we set aside a planning session here for you in the studio, one week or more in advance of your scheduled session.

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Contact Us

Bobbie Bush Photography
35 Congress Street
Suite 222
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-6918

Portrait Artist • North of Boston • Historic Salem MA

Bobbie Bush Photography is a professional portrait artist and photographer located north of Boston, Massachusetts in historic Salem MA, specializing in children’s and family photography. She has been named one of the best children’s photographer Boston in the 2017 Boston’s Best Children’s Photographer by the Boston A-List online competition and by the CBS Boston WBZ editors. Bobbie has established her Salem MA studio as the premier go-to Boston Photographer and Boston Children’s Photographer in eastern Massachusetts.
Bobbie serves clients coming from all over the north shore of Boston in Essex County including Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Marblehead, Danvers, Swampscott, South Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Middleton, Nahant, Lynn, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Andover, North Andover, Lynnfield, Georgetown, Amesbury, Groveland, Salisbury, Merrimac, Saugus, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence.
Clients will travel to see her one of the Best Boston Photographers in the region, coming from Boston and other Suffolk County communities including Charlestown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Brighton, Allston, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, and Hyde Park.
And from west and north of Boston, Bobbie Bush serves clients with her family and children’s photography in Middlesex County cities and towns of Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown, Brookline, Burlington, Billerica, Wakefield, Woburn, Wilmington, Winchester, Reading, North Reading, Lexington, Concord, Bedford, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Pepperell, Malden, Melrose, Woburn, Stoneham, Wayland, Weston, Carlisle, Sudbury, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Belmont, Action, Littleton, Groton, Dunstable, and Waltham.