En Boga: Covington’s newest studio combines cosmetics, photography under one roof

Kenton Hornbeck
Kenton Hornbeck
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With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, Covington’s newest photo studio offers photographers access to seasonal sets in anticipation of the holiday rush.

“We have perfect backdrops for Christmas meetings here at En Boga Studios,” owner Carmen McGrath said.

En Boga is Spanish for ‘in vogue,’ meaning something is popular or fashionable. Located at 727 Scott Blvd., En Boga is inside a renovated 1,792-square-foot building that was previously a doctor’s office.

Her business features multiple rooms for photographers to shoot for holidays, maternity, portraits and bridal parties. Rates vary for different types of shoots. It’s $65 an hour for Christmas photos or a newborn photo session. The price for a full day is $480, while a half day is $240. Bridal party shoots are $500. A 30-minute session is the cheapest option at $45.

“We send instruction on how to access the buildings so we don’t have to be here to open the door for anybody,” McGrath said. “Everything is electronic.”

One of the Christmas sets inside En Boga Studios. Photo by Kenton Hornbeck | LINK nky

Originally from New York, McGrath told LINK nky she became disillusioned with her corporate job after years of grinding. Anxious for a fresh start, she decided to pursue a career in entrepreneurship. En Boga is the manifestation of her decision.

“I had bad experiences with corporate America,” McGrath said. “I said that I needed to look for something to do to be an entrepreneur and to be the owner of my own time.”

McGrath said the concept for her studio business came from her native Dominican Republic.

“These are concepts that really came from the Dominican Republic where in the D.R., we provide a lot of backdrops for people to take pictures,” McGrath said.

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In addition to photo spaces, En Boga has multiple private suites available to rent for cosmetic work. These suites feature electric lash/spa chairs, moon lamps, and smart locks. Rent for the suites starts at $200 a week.

The studio is now open for business seven days a week, McGrath said. En Boga is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Officials from the City of Covington were on hand at a ribbon cutting to honor En Boga’s first official day in business.

“Here in Covington, y’all means all,” Covington Vice Mayor Ron Washington said. “We’re very excited to have you here.”

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