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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My spring and fall schedules are always jam-packed not only with high school senior pictures or baby pictures but with my own boys and their baseball games. My oldest has been playing since he was three which means that my youngest has watched from the sidelines since he was baby in the carseat carrier.  For the first time, this spring my little guy moved from t-ball to wide world of coach pitch baseball. Basically, he’s 5 and thinks he is playing for the majors. He takes every play seriously, is always “baseball ready”, and counts his wins and losses even though deep down he knows it’s really just a game. Luckily, from time to time we catch him pulling at his underwear mid-game and it reminds us that he’s only five.

Will he play for years to come? Who knows. Will he ever make it to the real majors? Not likely. But for now, I am loving watching him just as much he is loving to play.

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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 remember how sad we were when we were done shooting Jayne’s senior pictures. We didn’t want it to be over. The beautiful early summer weather, the pampering, the laughs, the great locations, her incredible styles and beautiful smiles. In the midst of the excitement you don’t want the sun to ever set on a senior session. Jayne is a dancer with Pinnell, she has been on stage since she was itty bitty. Senior pictures with my Gahanna dancers are so fun! The girls that are used to performing are extra comfortable in front of the camera, and normally want to incorporate their devotion to dance into their senior session; so we get extra creative. Jayne’s session included two dance styles and three other looks! We made a day of it, traveling from locations in Downtown Columbus through Gahanna into New Albany! Such an exciting day with a beautiful and kind young lady, it doesn’t get better than that!

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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, Worthing Christian High School 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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As a senior photographer, I am CONSTANTLY scouting locations around Columbus. I often joke that I need a bumper sticker that reads “I am not texting, I am a photographer” because too often you’ll find me driving under the speed limit in attempt to get a good peek at obscure spots that may be fitting for a senior session. A week or two prior to each of my sessions I meet with my senior girls for a pre-session consultation. Amongst other things, at the consult we talk about what she intends to wear for her session. Once I see her style I have until her session day to chose coordinating locations. That is typically one the challenges of my job. I want each location to have incredible light, be memorable to her, unique to that of her friends, all while being convenient in relation to one another. It’s a challenge, but something that I pride myself in; and one of the many things that I believe sets me apart from other senior photographers in Columbus!

All of that brings me to this lovely girl, Aubrielle. When my hair stylist / makeup artist and I went to her home to meet her for her consultation, I quickly learned that her family was in the process of converting an old farm lot into their future home. Of course, when a photographer hears something like that she immediatley thinks LOCATION! Her mom and I set out right away to look at the property and sure enough, we were able to use it for a portion of Aubrielle’s senior pictures; and I couldn’t imagine a more meaningful location than that!

Thanks for a fantastic session Aubrielle, next time let’s be sure to capture you with one of your horses!  🙂

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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, Worthing Christian High School 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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Every year we are fortunate enough to spend ten days in; umm…..paradise.  Well, if you consider living amongst sharks (picture to prove it below), stingrays (close enough to step on), alligators, palmetto bugs, jelly fish and snakes paradise then, yes, we spend ten days in PARADISE!!!  In all honesty it is our paradise and the day we say goodbye we start counting the days until we go back the following year. The reality is the creatures don’t matter (except at night when I fear that the palmetto bugs could be creeping around in the dark) all that matters is that we have ten days together with no commitments other than to sit on the beach and lounge in the pool together as a family.

Yes, just like years past our Hilton Head vacation pictures are the personal photography I enjoy most each year. Yes, we are still in that sweet spot that I mention so often, so our boys don’t even consider being anywhere but with us while we are on vacation. Yes, our kids are still love sitting under the old oak tree in Harbour Town and watching Gregg Russell.  But this year, we did see a couple signs of my baby getting older; no swimmies and no training wheels.  Wow, I remember our first summer on Hilton Head Island when he couldn’t yet walk. I sat him on the beach for a picture and he fell face forward into the sand. Now he’s doing cannon balls to the bottom of the pool, riding his bike to the beach and joining us on ten mile rides to the Salty Dog.

As we head back to Hilton Head this summer, and every summer actually,  I look forward to making memories as a family with or without those pesky sharks and snakes.

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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, Worthing Christian High School 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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