The Koshiol Family-Central Florida Portrait Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

We have a ton of great posts coming up over the next few days. It’s going to be awesome! I’m going to start off with the Koshiol family. Our family has known this darling family since their son Tripp was in kindergarten with my son Sammy…..and I’ve been taking their picture just about as long! It’s always wonderful getting to spend time with them. Here’s a little sneak peek of our session on Sunday!

Family portrait in Downtown DeLand by Karrah Flores Photography

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Scholarly Sunday-Central Florida Documentary Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

So here’s the newest concept in our themed posts. As many of you know, I was a student for 5 years at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, earning both my Associate’s Degree in Photographic Technology from Daytona State College and my Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the University of Central Florida. During my time in this wonderfully demanding and enriching program, we were exposed to a wide variety of shooting styles, techniques and genres of photography.

One particular class at UCF is where I’m going to start. Gary Monroe, a professor I respect immensely, was teaching a class called Narrative Editorial Photography. It was a class that helped myself and a lot of my classmates to step outside our comfort zones and try to look at the world with new eyes.

I created two portfolios in this course, one about my experience with my youngest son, Ben and another about a multi city firefighter exercise to both help educate the firefighters in our community as well as save the Department of Corrections some money by burning down a few buildings they no longer needed.

The series I’m about to share was intense and beautiful all the same time. It’s hard for us, as civilians to understand the type of heat and danger these men and women go through when dealing with a building that is fully engulfed in flames. This was a controlled exercise: all necessary safety precautions are in place, but there is still immense danger for variables not even the most thought out plan can cover. As you look through this series, please think about that and pray for the fire personnel when you see them fighting a fire in your community or rescuing a motorist in an accident.

Photograph of firefighter breaking a window in front of building during fire

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Monochrome Monday-Central Florida Senior Portrait Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

It’s Monochrome Monday and this week we’ve gone back through the archives and pulled a handful of my favorite senior sessions for today’s blog post! We’re going to start off with Lauren, our newest senior. Her session was this last Tuesday and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

If you haven’t scheduled your senior portrait session with Karrah Flores Photography, please contact us today! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Black and white portrait of high school senior in Central Florida by Karrah Flores Photography

Black and white portrait of high school senior guy in Santa Fe NM by Karrah Flores Photography

Black and white portrait of high school senior in Central Florida by Karrah Flores Photography

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Family Time Friday-Central Florida Event Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

So this one is going to be a big one.

For years, I’ve been going a bit over the top with my kid’s birthday parties. It’s one of the things I love to do for them. They have the option to do another type of event or a birthday party….and they always choose the party. Once one child’s birthday is over, the other is already in the planning stages of his.

Ben’s theme this year was the Minions from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2….he loves the purple minions. I scoured the internet for all sorts of great DIY projects and tried most of them out! My good friend, Kim was so helpful with these projects and I couldn’t have done it all without her! Thank you a minion Kim! o_O

For all the DIY projects, please check out my Pinterest Birthday Page for all these great projects!

Alyson did a great job capturing the pure fun the children had in the splash pad and I’m so thrilled with the way the imagery came out!

Portrait of little boy at his birthday party, event photography

Collage of signs from child's Despicable Me birthday party by Karrah Flores Photography

Diptych of birthday banner and minion stand during child's birthday party

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Throwback Thursday-Central Florida Children’s Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

Oh hey! Throwback Thursday is hugely popular and I wanted to get in on the action as well! We’ll vary our TBT between old client work, school work from my time at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies and of course, my kids.

When I first started taking pictures, my main subjects were my own children. The fast paced, quick moving little person you see at a wedding was all because I was chasing these two little buggers. These images range from the Fall of 2009 to the Spring of 2011….and it was hard to narrow them down! I hope you enjoy these glimpses into Sam and Ben’s history!

Portrait of a little boy laying down on a trampoline

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Lauren-Orlando Senior Portrait Photographer-Karrah Flores Photographer

Oh I adore senior portrait sessions!

Lauren is an amazingly intelligent and sweet young woman! A member of the Juniorettes and National Honor Society (honestly, there were so many more she mentioned….it was hard to keep up!), she is on the right track in achieving her dreams of a business degree and entry into the fashion world. I can only imagine what wonderful experiences she has in store for herself.

We had a great time in Orlando, enjoying the beautiful sunny evening and the warm and breezy night. Please enjoy some of my personal favorites from Lauren’s Senior Portrait Session!

Orlando Senior Portrait Photographer, Karrah Flores Photographer

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Monochrome Monday-Central Florida Event Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

I’m adoring this new series….mainly because I don’t often shoot black and white. It was a requirement in one of my favorite classes in college….only turn in black and white images. It made me think beyond the color of an image….really get down to what the image is telling a person. What is the story behind the image.

The collection of images I’m going to share with you are from my darling little boy’s birthday party this weekend. He turned 6 and we had a wonderful minion themed party. You’ll get to see all the awesome details on Friday’s blog post…I promise!

The kids had a great time playing in the water, beating the candy out of a crazy purple minion (piƱata) and in general being adorable. Alyson did an amazing job shooting and this is a pretty even split of her imagery and mine. Enjoy!

Black and white photograph of little boy on playground at a children's birthday party.

Black and white photograph of two children at Minion themed birthday party.

Black and white diptych photograph of a baby being held by her father and two little girls in the box of shame at Minion themed birthday party. Continue reading

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Family Time Friday-Karrah Flores Photography-Colorado Portrait and Wedding Photographer

Remember how I mentioned gratuitous photos of cute kids….well here we go! I wanted to share some of my personal images of my own family with everyone because so often it’s other families I’m showcasing. My kids deserve a little spotlight too. Today will be henceforth known as Family Time Friday!

We had the great opportunity to spend a couple weeks in Colorado at the beginning of the summer. This was the first time we had gone there without a specific job in mind….we actually got to relax! One of the fun things we made sure to do was take advantage of the mountains while we were there. For Sam and I, the mountains were always the place we went to for relaxation and revival. It’s one of the things I miss most about Colorado.

Lucky for us, my sister Rossie and her husband Chris are big into hiking and knew a great many hiking trails for us to create our adventure.

Detail of blue wildflowers paired with mountain valley in Colorado Rockies by Karrah Flores Photography

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Ryan and Melissa-Central Florida Wedding Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

These are the type of love stories that make my heart so happy.

Ryan and Melissa have known each other since they were 14. After developing a friendship, they realized there was something more. They’ve grown up together and now they are looking forward to becoming a family and growing old together.

These two are one of the sweetest couples. Melissa teaches kindergarden, which is a special type of amazing. Ryan is the most helpful guy I’ve ever worked with and when they are together, they radiate a love that is beautiful. He makes her laugh, and she looks at him with love and adoration. Just a glimpse and it’s easy to see they were meant to be together.

Please enjoy these lovely images from Melissa and Ryan’s engagement session.

Engagement portrait of couple during Central Florida sunset by Karrah Flores Photography

Detail image of engagement ring during engagement session in Central Florida by Karrah Flores Photography

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It’s Monochrome Monday!-Central Florida Wedding Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

This week’s Monochrome Monday features an adorable couple I am honored to be working with. Ryan has been helping me with everything bike related since I got back into the habit and one day in conversation it came up that I am a wedding photographer. His next question is one of my favorite questions of all time, “Will you shoot my wedding???” YES!!! When I met Melissa, we hit it off right away….and the guys at JC’s Bike Shop were very gracious as Melissa and I chatted about everything wedding. Ryan was just as gracious as we braved the Florida heat (and bugs and grass and humidity) to create a beautiful collection of engagement images for them. I’m so pleased with how they came out and I can’t wait to share the full blog post with everyone tomorrow!

For now, check out this image on my Facebook page and enjoy these lovely black and white images from their session!

Black and White Diptych Image of Engaged Couple off Lake Beresford in DeLand

Black and White Image of Engaged Couple sitting in a grassy field in Central Florida

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