Rian and Tara run a photography business in Columbus, Ohio. They
specialize in Portrait, Senior and Wedding photography. Their
business name is Se7en Photography and they give clients that extra
something they call “creative story telling”.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
My name is Rian I married my wife Tara Last July and we are
expecting our first child this Christmas eve. I had an interest in
photography in high school. I learned how to develop my own film in
a dark room and eventually bought one of my own.
In 2005 my professor hired me as a freelancer to retouch and assist
on photographing weddings and senior portraits. I started to get a
lot of positive feed back on my photography. People would say I had
a creative and unique approach. This inspired me to start my
Rian, why did you start taking photos?
I loved capturing moments and documenting time visually.
Tara, I’ll ask you the same question…why did you start
I also had an interest in high school but classes filled quickly so
I could never learn the trade. Rian needed an assistant after some
time passed and he started to teach me what he knew.
What inspired you to work together on a photography
Tara always encouraged me to pursue what I loved. She also has an
eye for a pose or creative scenery that I wouldn’t catch.
Tell me about the “creative story telling” you do?
Creative story telling is where we look at the family or individuals
we are photographing and translate who they are in a photo. This way we share a narrative about their lives though an image. We use props and or their personal items.
Like for our baby announcement we both had books and the covers said “how to be a dad” etc. And we were reading our books while my wife stood on extras (the illusion was to say women read more about what to expect with a new baby on the way then a man would).
How do you capture the story?
By having a consultation with the subject we intend to shoot and
translate the story to a photo to capture that moment.
You do some inspiring shots – tell me more about your style.
We like posed yet candid. We like our images to feel natural.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
I like taking head shots for business/ author profiles.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
We are Nikon users although we have used Canons in the past. I
prefer them because I learned on a Nikon the trade and I feel more
comfortable navigating their menus. As for lenses and my selection
process it varies between wide angle, telephoto and portrait lenses.
What I look for in equipment is based on price and quality. I read
many reviews to determine what suits my needs for the business and
the potential clients.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a
Never give up starting a business can be very discouraging at first
but if you stick to anything long enough you will be successful at
it. No ones photos will be perfect and over the time you will always
look back and see the improvements. I always do and I’ve done this
for 7 years.
Another thing that is important when starting a business is to be
consistent with the same shots every time that you know that will be
successful, but challenge yourself to try one or two new poses and
or lighting set ups during a session. This will help you grow and
refine your skills.
Thanks Rian and Tara for sharing your creative approach to
Check out their photography website 🙂