Senior Pictures New Albany

Fall senior pictures on the New Albany Country Club golf course? Yes, please!!! Fall senior pictures in downtown Columbus, Ohio? Yes, please!! Fall senior pictures with a stylish young man with a personality that is just as cool as his hair? YES, please!! Why not combine it all?!! 

I swear, when I look back at these portraits (and all of my Class of 2017 high school seniors) I wonder how in the world I get so lucky to be able to work with such incredible young adults and their amazing families? Now I just need to commit to sharing more of those sessions here. 😉 Best senior pictures in Ohio, senior portraits new albany photographer, columbus senior pictures, senior pictures new albany

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Fran Barker Photography is a senior portrait photographer in Columbus, Ohio, serving New Albany High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Westerville High School, Olentangy Liberty High School, the Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy, St. Charles Prep,  and surrounding areas.   If you are looking for high school senior pictures, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a session.  You can also follow my senior portrait work or my newborn baby work on Facebook.

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Senior pictures New Albany

Just as the year at New Albany High school was beginning, we celebrated McKenzie’s senior year by shooting her senior portraits in downtown Columbus. It was a gorgeous August day. We paired her incredible style with unique locations. And we laughed. And laughed. And laughed.

As luck would have it, ALL of my high school seniors are destined for greatness. For some that greatness may be in the form of becoming a medical doctor. For some it may be in the form of leading high school students to Christ as a Young Life leader.  For others, it may come in the form of an executive, an elementary school teacher or an engineer. As for McKenzie, better known as Muggie, that destiny will be on stage as a New York City Rockette. Well, maybe that hasn’t actually been determined just yet, but let’s just say I won’t be surprised when it does in fact happen.

I can’t share her senior portraits without mentioning that McKenzie is so much more than her school accolades, dance competition wins, and striking beauty. She is a dedicated daughter and a loving sister; and I am so glad we were able to capture that in the form of family portraits! <3!  Senior pictures new albany, best new albany photographer, coolest senior pictures in columbus ohio.

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Fran Barker Photography is a senior portrait photographer in Columbus, Ohio, serving New Albany High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Westerville High School, Olentangy Liberty High School, the Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy, St. Charles Prep,  and surrounding areas.   If you are looking for high school senior pictures, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a session.  You can also follow my senior portrait work or my newborn baby work on Facebook.

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Fall is by far the time of year when senior pictures in Columbus are in peak demand. By that time, school has started and the students genuinely feel like they are seniors. They’ve scored the best parking spaces in the lot, the best bleachers at the football games, the right to leave school for lunch; and if all goes well, they’ve even scored an early release class schedule. But beyond all that, the weather has begun to change. So my senior girls can change up their dresses and heels with jeans and boots and add in some fall colors. It really is a great balance and a great way to kick off that senior year, in addition to that awesome parking space of course. 😉

Introducing Laura, a GRADUATE of Dublin Coffman High School Class of 2016. I loved how Laura NAILED each and every one of her styles. We were able to use so many parts of Columbus for her portraits yet get distinct looks in each location and style. <3!!!      

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Fran Barker Photography is a senior portrait photographer in Columbus, Ohio, serving New Albany High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Westerville High School, Olentangy Liberty High School, the Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy, St. Charles Prep,  and surrounding areas.   If you are looking for high school senior pictures, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a session.  You can also follow my senior portrait work or my newborn baby work on Facebook.

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I’m certainly not proud to say it but admit that it has been nearly two years since I have shared senior portraits sessions here on my blog. The only excuse I have isn’t really an excuse, it’s the truth.  I’m a one woman show, and honestly, something has to be the low priority on the list. For me, blogging falls into that spot most often.  I doubt I’ll ever want to be anything other than a one woman show. My business is built on relationships, and if I wasn’t involved in every aspect of the process it wouldn’t be the same. So ultimately, my Instagram, blog, and Facebook go a bit idle more often than not. This week, I am thinking I’ll give them a little TLC,  but I am not making any long term promises here. You understand, right?! <3!!

On to the beautiful reason that I am here…. Courtney! Now a GRADUATE of Olentangy Orange High School. Wowza, right? Those eyes. That style. but honestly, none of compares to how sweet was. I adored working with her and her mom. They picked her looks and I coordinated our locations, I’d say we were quite the match! Congratulations Courtney and best wishes as you follow in the footsteps of the family before you at Ohio University!

 

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Fran Barker Photography is a senior portrait photographer in Columbus, Ohio, serving New Albany High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Westerville High School, Olentangy Liberty High School, the Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy, St. Charles Prep,  and surrounding areas.   If you are looking for high school senior pictures, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a session.  You can also follow my senior portrait work or my newborn baby work on Facebook.

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I’ve been trying to share these amazing (if I do say so myself) teen modeling headshots and family portraits for days weeks. The pictures are easy to share, its the words that are more difficult…

Let me start at the beginning.  As most sessions do, my relationship with this incredible family started with a simple email inquiry. They were referred to me by a friend (and client) whose senior pictures I photographed (had taken earlier in the summer).  These two beautiful young ladies were in need of updated modeling headshots for Heyman Talent. To make a long story short; what we originally planned as (just) teen modeling headshots turned into (senior) pictures for their brother and family portraits as well. Challenge happily accepted!

It is when talking about this family that my words become more difficult to articulate.  The girls are twins, fifteen years old, and at that critical high school age when teens can be overwhelmed with studies, social media, peer pressure, and extra curricular activities.   At this stage, as with most stages, parenting is critical.  Luckily, I am not there yet with my own boys; but when I get there, I would without a doubt call on this family for advice. All three of these teenagers are mature, kind, humble and gracious. They are supportive of one another which as a mom myself, makes my heart happy.  They celebrate one another and have fun together. Because we were fitting what could have been 3 separate sessions in to just a couple hours, I fondly remember that I headed to Downtown Columbus and began shooting with just Sophia and Marcus. It was then that I first saw how connected the teens were. Their on-camera expressions were results of each other, and it was magical when they looked at one another on the back of the camera and cheered.

Moving on, we met up with the rest of the family in German Village for their family portraits and additional headshots. Did I mention yet that it was drizzling rain from the moment we started until we met in German Village?! Did anyone complain or question it? No!!! They’re models for Heyman Talent, remember?! Plus, it was obvious that they were all there in support of one another; and most importantly, in support of their mom who knew the importance of family portraits at this age. So, we did some style changes, hairstyle changes and continued the fun.

This is quite obviously a gorgeous family, but their connections are even more beautiful. It was those very connections that I wanted to capture for their family portraits. In a previous post, I shared my thoughts on the importance  of making family pictures a priority during the tween and teen years.  Since that time, I read a lengthy article that talked about how displaying family portraits could have a positive impact on the self esteem of a child, and how it helped them to see their individual identity within their family.  In the article, David Krauss, a licensed psychologist stated, “… I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,” says Krauss. “It says we love you and care about you. You’re important,” says Krauss.  His studies give me even more reason to try to shout from the rooftops that families NEED to see the importance here. Don’t get me wrong, I am not demanding that you hire me to be your family photographer.  I am simply saying that it is important to take the time to have a family pictures taken, printed and hung on the wall. Even better, frame one and put it on the night stand next to your teens bed to serve as a reminder that you are there for them! And it can be a family selfie if that is all you can manage right now. Just do it.

Now that my preaching is over, I can move on to talk about how we wrapped the session with Olivia’s modeling headshots. Just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed by working with this family, this beautiful young lady makes a statement by so elegantly slicking back all her hair from her face and showing her strength in the form of confidence. WOW!! I don’t have teenage girls of my own but if I did, I would hope that they would be so confident in their identity to make such a statement. The thing is, I believe that their father is a key source of that confidence. Just like it was yesterday I remember the compliments that he was giving his daughters.  Rather than fixating on his babies growing up, he showered each of them in compliments, showing each of them exactly how they should expect to be treated. Have I mentioned how much I adore this entire family?!!!

And finally, the easy part, the PICTURES….

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Fran Barker Photography is a senior portrait photographer in Columbus, Ohio, serving New Albany High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Westerville High School, Olentangy Liberty High School, the Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy, St. Charles Prep,  and surrounding areas.   If you are looking for high school senior pictures, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a session.  You can also follow my senior portrait work or my newborn baby work on Facebook.

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