Westerville North High School Senior Photographer
Crafting this sunflower field senior session at 22 Acres Farm with Abby was the perfect opportunity to get a variety of photos in a single location!
If you've ever dreamed of a senior sunflower session, this one will be sure to inspire you!
Westerville North High School Senior
Meet Abby! She’s a 2023 Senior at Westerville North High School. She's a cheerleader (shout out to being captain this year!), a musician (piano, guitar, and ukulele), an academic all-star, an an all-around nice kid. It's easy to see how she shines from these photos, but what a treat it is spending time with her.
She has a great sense of humor, she's thoughtful and kind, and the more you get to know her, the more her hidden talents and personality traits come through. She has plans to attend The Ohio State University next year, studying either marketing or dental hygiene. Whatever path she takes, success is sure to follow.
Abby and I have worked together on several sessions this year to create multiple looks for her senior album. When she mentioned she loved sunflowers, I knew just the spot for her outdoor senior pictures!
22 Acres Farm in Newark, Ohio
I worked closely with the owners of 22 Acres Farm in Newark, Ohio, to create all of the fantastic photos you’ll see throughout this blog post. Not only are they generous hosts, but their property is breathtaking.
The entire property is open - meaning we could shoot anywhere we wanted to. This is what photographers' dreams are made of! My creativity ran wild with the variety of flowers, props, and backgrounds on the farm.
Sunflower Field Blooms and Golden Hour Light
The sunflower fields here are staggered, so they bloom at different times, making planning easier! They also have a giant field of Queen Anne’s lace flowers, which was gorgeous (and an added photo backdrop!)
Their sunflower fields are positioned perfectly for golden hour shots. And while I love golden hour, you’ll never find me at a shoot without my flash and light stand!
Creating Studio Portraits on Locations
I always carry my professional lighting setup to outdoor sessions. It allows me to create a polished studio look even when I’m not in the studio.
Without an external studio light, I wouldn’t have been able to create these properly exposed portraits of Abby while also having the bokeh (that's photo-talk for the blurred out bubbles of light) of the amber lights shining in the background.
It’s just a bonus that you’ll get with me as your senior photographer! The studio comes with us everywhere so that we can shoot anywhere, even under the darkest lighting conditions. I call it creating studio portraits on location!
More Than a Sunflower Field
What some people might see as “only” a sunflower field, I turned into about ten different looks.
22 Acres Farm has 3-4 buildings on the property to use as backdrops. We incorporated the fence, hanging amber lights, and long driveway entrance into shots!
As we roamed the farm, we stumbled upon a funky little barn with chipped white paint! It’s filled with character and stunning in photos! Can you believe they considered tearing it down?
The rustic vibes, country setting, and natural elements are perfect for a senior session for any gender!
22 Acres Farms is known for its sunflower fields, but they’re also a newer wedding venue now!
On our visit, we had phenomenal snacks and lemonade from their stand called The Honey Hive! 100% of the profit from the snack stand goes toward the upkeep and preservation of their expanding honeybee hives!
There are plenty of sunflower fields in Ohio, but none are as beautiful and unique as 22 Acres Farms. Their land provided plenty of photo opportunities, and they are the most gracious hosts! Be sure to check out their website for more information!
If you’re an Ohio senior and want to create something unique like this for your senior pictures, reach out here for a free chat!
We’ll talk about your style, what kind of things you’re drawn to, and go from there!