In my job as a staff writer for the popular photography news website Fstoppers, I often try to write about my own photography experiences, struggles, triumphs, and aspirations. One of the things I have been aspiring to do for a while now is create more of these fun "fantasy" portraits. I wrote a little article to help photographers incorporate this into their portrait arsenal, and you can read it at https://fstoppers.com/originals/how-create-fun-outrageous-portraits-your-clients-will-love-240502
Not only are these a total creative blast to plan and create, they are just something that almost everyone loves. I mean, who wouldn't want to have an epic family photo that looks like it belongs on a movie poster or in a magazine?
I love to tell the story of this photo of me and my best girlfriends, aka "the Flamingos", because we had an absolute blast making this photo. I had driven by this old Airstream trailer dozens of times, and I knew the vision I had for it would be perfect for a photo of these ladies, because they are all fun, fearless, and absolutely hilarious, and I wanted to portray them the way I see them: sexy, sassy, and always up for a good time!
I got in touch with the owner of the camper got her permission to stage our photos there. We got all dolled up and started setting the stage, and before long, we had an entire highway traffic jam of onlookers gawking at us as we posed and played up our sassy alter egos. Truckers blew their horns. People honked and whistled. A police officer and a sheriff's deputy parked next door to watch. We were sweating away in the hot sun and loving every minute of it.
Once I showed the girls the final product, the image became kind of a signature for us "Flamingos", and it even went on to win a silver merit and rank in the top 20 in The Portrait Masters Awards program. This image is a true treasure to me, and I have it printed on a giant 40x60 canvas and proudly displayed in my breakfast nook. Next time you visit me, be sure to take a peek!
If you and your family have a hobby that you all love, a running joke that you love to laugh about, or a funny way of poking fun at yourselves, we should totally do this. Give me a shout and we will plan something amazing!!
Jenny Edwards is an award-winning portrait photographer with a studio based in Amarillo, Texas. She specializes in fine art family portraits, fashion forward senior photos, business headshot photography, and women's contemporary portraiture. Her Amarillo Portrait Studio is the perfect place to capture gorgeous images that will be cherished by generations.