This family reached out about a family photo shoot for their family of seven: Mom, dad, and five children. We determined a local park, Inniswoods Metro Park and Gardens, would work best for their needs.
This was their first family photo session and they were so friendly, excited, and yet relaxed having their portraits taken. I photographed the family together in multiple site locations within the park because it was so important to the parents to capture the family together. I also shot the parents and each child individually so that we could create a family collage of images.
It had rained a lot days before their family photo session so I was concerned about the park grounds being too wet and their also being a high volume of photographers with their clients within the park trying to get photo shoots done on a nice weather day. The sun came out the evening before and day of their family photo session to dry up the park grounds. The park was not that crowded with the weather being so nice. The family was on time and had coordinated outfits nicely which always makes for a happy photographer!
Professionally, I always have an idea of the images and location settings I want to shoot in and usually try to do something a little more creative on at least one shot regardless if I am shooting a family, engagement, or high school senior photo session. Sometimes that creativity pays off and sometimes it doesn't. In this case, I thought it was a huge success. After scouting out the park I had the idea to shoot the family under a bunch of pine trees around one tall tree and catch the sun setting starburst behind the family peeking around the tree. With a family of seven in a shaded area for this shot I used a two light system and I couldn't be happier with how this particular shot turned out (see images below).
After these family portrait shots we then continued the family photo session throughout the park shooting a four other settings including the rose garden, fence line, stone bridge, and pebble pathway. Personally I try to balance moving to a new location within the time constraints and speaking with each individual to learn something about them. I find it helps me to understand the personalities and also helps people relax more in front of the camera. My approach is pretty low key and relaxed and it worked perfectly capturing this family during their FIRST FAMILY PHOTO SESSION!
We finished up the family photo session with a little creative session of super hero poses. Here's what a stranger passing by would see versus what I see taking the photo. I think the family thought I was little crazy but they loved the superhero shots. This only stressed the importance of finding and working with a photographer you trust to capture you at your best!
As Spring quickly approaches I wanted to feature Ethan in a blog post because of the sports he plays. Ethan is a high school senior who wanted a unique senior portrait session that captured who he is as a person. He wanted a local city urban feel for his senior portraits to represent his hometown, Middletown, Ohio. His senior photo session was an enjoyable evening with him and his parents. We started by capturing a few shots with his dog, Daisy, in the family backyard. We then captured some shots to showcase the sports he plays, golf and tennis. We shot some unique golf shots in the school golf uniform then headed over to the local tennis courts for some cool shots where I put his parents to work with ball patrol and lighting to help capture some cool shots. From there we headed downtown Middletown, Ohio for a walk shoot by what we thought were neat and unique settings including graffiti art murals, city fountain, courtyard, and street. We finished up Ethan's senior photo session in the dark at the Sorg Opera House fire escape is his high school letterman jacket. I feel the images captured of Ethan represent him well.
Madison and I partnered to help her build her modeling portfolio with some different looks. We shot our Winter Wonderland session on a cold winter day (26 degrees outside which felt like 10 degrees in the wind) in a super fun setting at Creekside in Gahanna, OH. I choose Creekside because it provides diverse background opportunities such as the wooded hiking area, urban street setting, bridges, waterfall, restaurants, AND it also had many locations for us to quickly step inside and warm up our bodies.
We started on the walk bridge because it gave us a fun picturesque location and the walk from the street to the bridge allowed us to talk and for me to discover more about Madison and her modeling journey. The wind picked at times during our session but we positioned her so that it turned into our own modeling wind machine! Make lemonade (or in this case lemon ice) from lemons right? From the walk bridge we then shot some in the fountain courtyard, on the hiking paths (on both sides of the river) and finished up inside a restaurant with some through the window shots.
Madison started her modeling journey in January 2021 which is tough during the COVID pandemic. I believe our outdoor winter photo session provided her with some outstanding diverse looking shots to help her enhance her modeling portfolio. What do her images tell you about her Winter Wonderland session?
I’m speechless as I sit here and write this Flash Factor Photography Blog post! What a super fun and stunning senior photo session with Alayna!
Yes, this is the right way to hold a senior photo session.
I think we totally nailed it with the location, styling, and posing! I love it when a plan comes together! I'd like to send out a huge "thank you" to Alayna for being so brave and working so hard during the shoot to generate such an amazing outcome! Yes, we can simply meet at the park and capture some great images of your son or daughter but truly these images speak for themselves!
Who is going to be brave enough to sign up for their fun and unique Flash Factor Photography senior photo session?
Bringing your "A" game in whatever it is you do will prepare you for whatever life throws at you. You can plan and prepare but sometimes there's a curve ball thrown your way. Heather truly brought her best game to both of her Flash Factor Photography senior portrait sessions in her preparation. We held her pre-consultation meeting via phone a week before her first session and discussed what to wear, accessories, details... This not only helped Heather be prepared but also helped me formulate shot lists for her two photo shoots with some of the standard sports shots along with some creative shots to try and get her published in a senior magazine with a sports theme which had a submission deadline just a couple days after her sports photo session.
Heather took my photography coaching to heart and came prepared to both of her Flash Factor Photography senior photography sessions. Her first session was a softball sports theme session where she went all out in her full uniform complete with painted nails in school colors (green, white with bonus softball stripes) to eye black stickers under her eyes that we shot at her high school softball field. She's a four year letter earner for softball so it's been a big part of her life and was important for her to capture some great shots of her in that setting. Great news! Her all out effort paid off and helped me to get her published in the Senior Year Magazine - 2019 Girls in Sports edition.
Heather also came super prepared to her Fall photo session with multiple outfits (casual and dress), accessories, nails professionally done, and new boots. She definitely brought her "A" game with her Flash Factor Photography photo sessions! I am excited to see where her senior softball season takes her once the season rolls around. But I can say without hesitation, I am one of her biggest fans because this girl has game in softball and life!!!
Today is the day I launch my newly rebranded photography business. Rebranding takes a lot of energy, effort, and is risky. So why rebrand?
A rebrand is much more than the name, logo and colors. It is the inward process of recreating the company's outward expression of identity. Perception!
I chose to rebrand to keep my business updated with todays marketplace and help me differentiate my photography business and to better connect with my clients and future clients. Back when I started the business the old name fit, but I needed to revitalize myself and the business. I also moved recently and the new community supported a change to help me better reach my target market - setting expectations and perceptions that better fit me and the business as I grow.
Thus, after months of repositioning, focus, and hard work I am excited today, November 3, 2015, to officially announce the launch of Flash Factor Photography at www.FlashFactorPhotography.com. The goal with the new website is to provide my clients and prospective clients an easier way to learn about Flash Factor Photography's services and a more organized way to experience the service before buying. With the new "Client Access" page, "Blog", and integrated social media buttons I've stepped up the interaction of the website and improved communication so you can follow me in the forum that best fits how YOU like to interact.
The reorganization of pages helps prospective clients find useful information about my services and the value provided in a much more organized fashion. One can quickly see my work on the "Portfolio" page which is organized as a melting pot of all my work. I will be constantly updating the content with helpful information, articles, blogs, client portfolios, and news so be sure to follow Flash Factor Photography to stay up-to-date. I hope you find the new website fresh and easy to navigate to find what's important to you. I would also like to thank those that were a part of the focus group during the rebranding. Your input and feedback helped make this change work! Again, thank you!
Email me at David@FlashFactorPhotography.com with any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments. Plus, for all your photography needs reach out to me via email or complete the "Contact" page for getting your questions answered and photo session scheduled.
David Turner is the founder and photographer at Flash Factor Photography based in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in senior portrait photography, family portrait photography, and personal branding headshot photography. Flash Factor Photography also does engagement and wedding photography.