Seniorologie » The Study of Senior Portrait Photography

  • Welcome to Seniorologie! Learning, taking notes and studying are all things we have in common with high school seniors. As photographers, we are as much students as any senior! Seniorologie is an inspirational blog dedicated to the study of senior portrait photography. We will post unique sessions, behind the scenes, marketing, business tips and more! And if you are a senior, we have posts for you too! Whether you are looking for a photographer in your area, fashion tips to help you get ready for your session or inspiration for your upcoming shoot, we have it! So sit back, take notes, learn and be inspired!

What to Wear Guide

How do you answer a seniors most common question…”What do I wear?”  Why not answer it with a beautiful guide full of photos to help them plan the perfect wardrobe for their session!

This guide is 40+ pages full of information and education to help inspire your seniors on what to wear for their photo sessions!  You will receive a pdf version of my what to wear guide that I personally send out to all my senior clients AND the psd files so you can customize the guide to your branding and add your photos!  Send this to all your booked clients to get them excited and ready for their shoot!

This guide can work hand in hand with your own inspiration from Pinterest, Polyvore and Fashion posts on your blog!  All of this working together, will help create the perfect look for your seniors’ sessions and make them feel comfortable, confident and ready to rock their portrait session!!

Because we are celebrating our THIRD Birthday and hanging out with the awesome team at Creative Live this week, the guide is available for ONLY $99 from Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16 until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  The price will increase to $149 after these three days!  So get the guide now and start educating and inspiring your seniors before their sessions!

See photos from inside the guide below!  To purchase, click here!  All those that register and complete payment will be sent a link to download the guide.

WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE REVIEWS

This guide has been such a popular item since its release in February 2014 and many photographers have used it to help educate their clients on what to wear.  Check out the awesome reviews from some of our industry’s best photographers!

“I have been using Seniorologie’s What to Wear Guide for my Seniors and absolutely LOVE it! The fact that it is so easy to customize the guide using my branding and images is what I like most about it. Leslie has designed the guide so that anyone with a basic knowledge of Photoshop can make their own changes, or simply leave it as-is with Leslie’s superb design work. I also appreciate the vast knowledge Leslie has included on fashion: from color combinations, to what works best for each Senior’s signature “style”, she has laid out the guide in an easy-to-follow format that any Senior will appreciate and find useful for planning their session outfits. The Seniorologie What-to-Wear Guide has been a great asset to my business, and I would recommend it to any Senior photographer looking to add that extra special touch to the services they offer their Seniors.”  - Sarah Modene of Sarah Modene Photography

“I just love the what to wear guide! It has really encouraged my clients to reach outside of the box. My girls have become more creative and outgoing in their different looks for their senior portraits.  Ive heard again, and again, from my girls “ I just loved getting you package in the mail” I think it makes them feel special. 
More importantly, and what my clients don’t know, is that the what to wear guide is actually a client education magazine! It informs them of how important it is to think about their style, it engages their personality, shows them how competent I am, it establishes a level of trust and it creates a fashion authority! I think their parents like that its additional exclusivity, but over all the What to Wear guide adds value to the Senior portrait Experience:-) I love how easy it was to plug in my images and I also encourage others to join  Seniorologie for a ShootOut to create awesome images for their What to Wear Guide – in the end it will create a more creative client!!” - Carmen Evans of Love Carmen Rose

“As a senior portrait photographer I know first hand at how important it is to guide your senior’s in the right direction. I firmly believe you can never give them too much information.  They appreciate it and in return are fully prepared to rock out their session!

 The What to Wear guide created by Leslie Kerrigan has been the best addition to my senior client communication. The guide is packed full of information.  Leslie has made sure to cover every step in the process of choosing the perfect wardrobe for senior portraits.   Since it is so well put together I have had to make very few changes for it to fit my branding.

The guide is 100% customizable and very easy to add your own images right into the pages.  My favorite part of this guide is that it has the outfit samples put together.  There are over 70 outfit examples that are unique to each style and sure to please any senior’s personality.  This is something that can be very time consuming and Leslie has already done the work for us!  Leslie knocked it out of the park with the What to Wear guide!” - Melissa Lynn Hunt of Melissa Lynn Hunt Photography

Senior Inspiration – {B. Beautiful Artistry}

Inspiration for photo shoots can come from anywhere.  Pinterest, Movies, Magazines or even Nature!  Brennan Terry of B. Beautiful Artistry says that the inspiration for the shoot below came from apple blossoms!

“I love them!” said Brennan.  ”I think the time of year is so gorgeous and the seasons changing and blossoms appearing is just beautiful!”

Check out this beautiful session below and read what else Brennan had to say about this session.  Thank you Brennan for sharing your work with Seniorologie!

Website:  www.bbeautifulartistry.com

Blog:  blog.bbeautifulartistry.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BBeautifulArtistry

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
The inspiration for this shoot came from apple blossoms. I love them! I think the time of year is so gorgeous and the seasons changing and blossoms appearing is just beautiful. With apple blossoms in mind, I decided on a light, airy, ethereal theme.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Zollinger Tree Farm

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I collaborated with our vendors as well as my senior reps. We worked with Adorn it boutique, who styled all the girls with outfits, accessories and shoes. Terri James from Dahlia Event Planning and Floral Design came up with these gorgeous floral head pieces!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon D600
Nikon 85mm 1.8
Sigma 35mm 1.4
Sigma 50mm 1.4

What time of day were these taken?
Evening

What is your favorite thing about this session?
There are too many things to choose from but honestly I am so in love with the floral headpieces. I wish I could wear one every single day!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I love light and girly photography with a bold/glam element.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Make them comfortable. If they aren’t comfortable it will show in your photos!

Senior Inspiration – {Chloe Luka Photography}

When your senior asks for an edgy, urban and dynamic photo shoot, choosing the locations with that senior to pull off that look is extremely important.

Chloe of Chloe Luka Photography said, “We chose places together that showcased her spunky side and captured her fun, adventurous personality!”

Check out this spunky session below and read what else Chloe had to say about it!  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Chloe!

Website:  http://chloelukaphotography.com/

Blog:  http://chloeluka.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chloelukaphotography?ref=hl

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Sydney wanted senior pictures that were a little edgy, urban and dynamic. We chose places together that showcased her spunky side and captured her fun, adventurous personality!

Where did this photo shoot take place?
We began at the Dayton Art Institute and ended by exploring some abandoned buildings in downtown Dayton.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes. Sydney sent me pictures of different outfits she was considering and we picked a few different ones to complement the locations we decided to shoot at.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 60D, Canon 35mm 1.4


What time of day were these taken?
A few hours before sunset

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I edit all of the pictures in Lightroom, and do some final touch-ups in Photoshop:)

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved the adventure! It was awesome that Sydney was willing to explore, and we brought along a friend who helped us discover some unique locations that we never knew existed. It was an out-of-the-box session for me, but I love how it turned out!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want it to convey Sydney’s fun & feisty personality combined with my style of taking genuine and authentic portraits. I love when clients push me out of my comfort zone and ask to try something new and different. I hope this session shows my versatility as a photographer, while still remaining true to my style.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Relax! Don’t be afraid to be silly to help them enjoy the shoot and have a great experience. I always love to bring along a second shooter, or have them bring a close friend to help make them laugh to capture some genuine emotion.

Senior Inspiration – {Rey of Light Photography}

Nautical is such a classic look and is a great concept for a senior photo shoot!  Reyanna Jarrel of Rey of Light Photography in Overton, Nevada submitted this beautiful nautical themed senior session below.

Check out this session and read what Reyanna had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Reyanna!

Website:  www.rolseniors.com

Blog:  http://www.rolseniors.com/blog/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/reyoflightseniors?ref=hl

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I’ve been obsessed with all things nautical for about a year and have had dreams of putting a boat in the middle of the desert.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Overton NV, on a private desert property

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes! She loved the idea and went out and purchased clothing for it.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5d Miii 85mm 1.8 & 50mm 1.2 reflectors

What time of day were these taken?
Evening/Sunset

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
Lightroom & Photoshop CS4 All hand-edited

What is your favorite thing about this session?
The creamy light and the styling. McKenna is pretty cute too!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
This senior is just a fun, care-free girl. I like that she came in and said “I want to do something fun, but I don’t know what. Got any ideas?” I always have ideas that need to go to the right seniors! So I was excited that she loved this one. 
I hope it conveys that I have a whimsical, natural light style.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Get to know your seniors! It will help you to plan their sessions and find the right fit for styling and ideas, so they can have a personalized session.

Seniorologie Spotlight – {Share Your Image Saturday}

Happy Saturday everyone!!  Each week, we love seeing your images on our Facebook page!  Keep up the great work and keep posting your favorite Senior Image from a recent senior photo session on our wall (sized to 740 px wide) with your business name.  We pick the top three from the week and highlight those three in a post on Saturdays.  The winner for the week becomes our Seniorologie Spotlight Image of the Week and is showcased as Seniorologie’s Facebook Timeline Cover for the week.

Check out this week’s top three images and be sure to check our Facebook page Sunday to see which of these three is our Seniorologie Spotlight of the Week!

This week’s top three are Seniors By Heather Owens, Autumn Louise Photography and Tara Mesyn Photography.  Congratulations to these three!

Senior Style – {The Skater Skirt}

The Skater Skirt has been around a while!  Because of its versatility, it can be worn in every season and is the perfect thing to be the base for building the perfect outfit for your senior photo session!  No matter what style you are, preppy, urban, glamorous, etc., the skater skirt can be worn.

Below is an inspiration board with outfits of all types build based on the skater skirt.  From leather to solid to plaid to floral, there is a skater skirt that is right for you!!  If you are a senior photographer, be sure to pin this to inspire your seniors on what to wear!

XOXO, Leslie

 

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