The History of Peters Photography
Originating as a wedding photography studio and only occasionally offering portrait sessions, Peters Photography began as Main Street Photography in 1974 and evolved from the living room of Larry and Karen Peters’ home!
Larry began as a full time teacher at West Jefferson High School and later worked for his father-in-law at Creamer Metal Products. He maintained an evening and weekend business as a photographer and continued to work to become educated in improving his craft in photography.
It was Larry’s goal to one day open a 9 to 5 portrait business so he could stop working Saturday weddings. Though it took 15 years, creative new approaches to making his portraits unique in the industry finally made his dream a reality! Peters Photography became the first studio in Ohio to offer outdoor senior portraits, a “new” style of photography that attracted people from all over. By 1981, it became necessary to add a separate entrance for clients to the existing studio, which was still the Peters’ home.
In 1982, Peters Photography was recognized as a leader in the field of senior portraits. Larry began touring and giving seminars to educate other photography studios on his methods and studio practices. Since then, Larry Peters has lectured in 46 U.S states and internationally. He is recognized as the father of contemporary senior portraiture.
In 1984, Larry partnered with life-time friend, Jack Farish to start a prop company called JL Originals. The company is known for its unique wooden creations, such as the first commercially available “numbers” for senior photographs, as well as the Patented “Eyelighter”, known across the U.S as one of the most creative lighting tools around.
Each year, Larry introduces new creative ideas into his studio, a unique aspect of Peters Photography. In 1986, he introduced High Contrast Black and White Glamour photographs. These became so popular they are still done in the studios today.
While maintaining the same dedication to creative photography, Larry opened two additional studio locations. In 1990, he opened a studio in Centerville, Ohio, and in 1996, he opened a studio in Dublin, Ohio, which has rapidly become a popular choice for seniors in the Columbus area. Larry, along with his staff of 7 photographers, photographs clients at all 3 studio locations. Each photographer is specially trained by Larry himself to produce the finest, most expressive work possible, while giving each senior a one of a kind and memorable session.
In 1999, Peters Photography opened a production lab to custom print its own photography. Monitored and approved by Larry and his dedicated staff, clients are assured of the highest quality color and retouching.
Peters has been a family business from the beginning and continues to stay true to its roots. Karen Peters, Larry’s wife and long-time business partner, has been pivotal in sales and marketing for the studios. Their daughter, Janine Peters Killian, is an award winning Master Photographer who specializes in children and family photography. Brian Killian, Janine’s husband, is also an award winning Master Photographer who specializes in senior, children and family portraits. Brian’s most recent achievement is winning the Senior Portrait Artists’ coveted “Most Creative Folio” Award two years in a row.
Peters Photography’s latest innovation has been the incorporation of real underwater portraits for seniors and children. The images are visually stunning and unique. No other studio in Ohio offers this creative session for seniors!
Larry Peters and Peters Photography is the bedrock of innovation for Senior Photography, and their techniques are often copied throughout the country. Over the years, the studio has created hundreds of photography trends and continues to develop new and stunning portraits to this day.