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!

Conference 12 Miami

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Empowering.  Motivating.  Inspiring.  Uplifting.  Life Changing.  These are just a few of the words that Conference 12 2015 Alumni used to describe their experience at the conference!  To say my heart was full when reading the way they described their experience is an understatement!

Conference 12 is an event held in order to do just what the words above say!  Our goal was to host an event that gave photographers and creative business owners a place to feel empowered and inspired so that they could create, run and be successful in a business they love!

This year Conference 12 is being held in Miami October 20-23 and we can’t wait to see alumni as well as meet new attendees at this event!  We have so many fun things planned for our attendees as well as so much education!  I hand pick the best photographers and creatives to teach classes on subjects that are real to our industry.  I make sure that each speaker is open, honest and willing to give information that has helped them in order to help you!

In addition to the classes, we also have breakout sessions and panel discussions where we have a dialog of information to help everyone grow.  Hot Topics in our industry is one of our favorite panels because it allows us to touch on things we are all aware of and we get down and dirty and real and honest about these topics.  Rep programs are also a huge topic that affects the senior industry and this year we will have a panel discussion with all the speakers in order to give attendees real information about these programs.  What works and what doesn’t and all the different ways that photographers use rep programs in their business.  No one size fits all so by having all the speakers share, attendees will get a wide range of information and be able to pick and choose bits from each speaker in order to implement them into their business.

On top of all of that awesome education, we have AMAZING photo shoots planned!  These shoots are worthy of the pages of a fashion magazine and will push attendees to create outside their comfort zones!  Clients back home will see your amazing talent by the images you create at Conference 12!

Throughout the education, the shoots and all the fun, Conference 12 aims to create an atmosphere of community and creativity not competition.  One of the biggest compliments we have received is that the attendees felt a sense of community and support.  That is what we all need!  Running a business by yourself can be hard and having a community of support is the key to success!  So if you are looking for an event to attend this year to help you succeed in your business, join us in Miami!  Conference 12 is the event for you!!

To register or to find out more information, visit www.conference12.com.  Only a few spots remain for this event!!

Check out some of our fun photos from last year’s event below!  Just think, you could be having this much fun learning about business and photography in Miami this year!:)

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Senior Inspiration – {Rebecca Williams Photography}

If you live in the south like I do, then you know how beautiful peach farms are.  Flowers bloom right before the peaches start to appear, creating rows and rows of trees with gorgeous flowers.

In this session below, photographer Rebecca Williams of Rebecca Williams Photography took advantage of the gorgeous peach farm and created a beautiful session for her senior.

“Avery wanted flowers and a whimsical feel,” said Rebecca.

I think she got exactly what she wanted!  Great job Rebecca!

Check out this beautiful session below and read what else Rebecca had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rfwilliamsphotography/

16What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Flower crowns were definitely the inspiration for this session. Avery wanted flowers and a whimsical feel.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
The photo shoot took place in Fredericksburg Texas at Fischer & Wieser.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
We did and we also used a beautiful flower shop to make the fresh flower crowns Blumen Meisters Flower Market in New Braunfels, Tx. And her makeup was done by Renee Lathers from Maekup by Renee in Shertz, Tx.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I shot this with a canon 60D and an 85mm 1.8 lense.

273What time of day were these taken?
About 4:30 in the afternoon

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
These were manual edits.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session was the giant pine trees out of know where. I was so excited when we pulled up and I saw this huge grove of pine right on the edge of the orchard. This gave me two different looks.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Avery is such a quiet beautiful girl, and I feel like these images convey that quiet, soft, and beautiful. As far as my style goes it is very rustic and bohemian but clean. I feel like that translates in these images. And I love flowers, you will see a flower crown in at least one of my images per session.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Find out what your senior wants from their session and experience with you and make that happen for them. This is an important time for them and if you go that extra mile to really listen to them you will have a happy client in the end.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {June 25, 2016}

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Each week we choose three images that have been shared by all of you on our Facebook page. To enter this weekly contest, simply post a recent photo from a senior shoot that you have photographed sized to 740 px wide and include your photography business name and you will be considered for that week’s top three. The Top Three chosen each week will be posted right here on the blog on Saturdays and the winner will be displayed as our Facebook timeline cover for the week.

This week’s top three are Becky Bernard Photography, Amy Kumpf Photography and Five Twenty One Photography.   Congrats to these three!!

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Senior Style – {Summer in the Mountains}

Most of the time I think of the mountains as a fall destination but it is also absolutely beautiful in the summer!  The beautiful landscape, the mountains as a backdrop and the summer sun setting are perfect for a senior styled photo shoot.  Especially when one of your favorite photog friends is coming to town all the way from Texas!

Collaborating and hanging with fellow photographers is a great way to get inspired, try something new or just bounce ideas off of each other.  So when Jared Rey of Jared Rey Photography said he was coming to Greenville, we jumped at the chance to create a magical mountain shoot together!  I’m pretty sure there are no mountains in Dallas, so I wanted to make sure to show Jared what awesome landscapes we had around my neck of the woods.  After showing him possible shoot locations such as the beach and the mountains, Jared said he had always wanted to shoot something in the mountains so our location was chosen!

Next we got to work on the look and feel of the shoot and created an inspiration boards for the models clothing.  Below is what we came up with.  Two looks:  camp ranger/camping casual looks and a more forest princess dress look.  Can’t wait to see how this turns out!!  Look out mountains and waterfalls, here we come!!

If you want to do your own version of this look, we would love to see it!!  Use our inspiration board to see what you can create for a Summer in the Mountains look!  Submit it to us for a possible feature on the blog!!

 

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Senior Inspiration – {Wildflower Photography}

Standing out in a sea of other seniors can be hard.  But this senior prides herself on being her own person, totally unique from everyone else.  And her senior photo shoot had to reflect that uniqueness.

“Even though her family owns a beautiful farm in North Carolina, Peyton wanted a more urban vibe at a location no one else from her school was using,” said Hailey Kemper of Wildflower Photogaphy.  “Her farm would have been an obvious choice but Peyton wanted to be different so we decided to meet in NoDa, the arts district in Charlotte, North Carolina.  We took advantage of the fun colors, gorgeous murals and all the little pockets that area has to offer!”

Check out this fun photo shoot below and read what else Hailey had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Hailey!

Website:  www.wildflower-photography.com

Blog:  www.wildflower-photography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/wildflowerphotog

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The first impression I had of Peyton was that she is a trendsetter. A leader. She prides herself on being her own person, totally unique from everyone else. Even though her family owns a beautiful farm in Huntersville, NC; Peyton wanted a more urban vibe, at a location no one else from her school was using. The farm would have been an obvious choice, but Peyton wanted to be different. We decided to meet in NoDa, the arts district of Charlotte, NC near uptown. We took advantage of the fun colors, gorgeous murals, and all of the little pockets that the area has to offer. She was thrilled to have something totally unique to her, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out as well.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
North Davidson St (affectionately called NoDa to locals) in Charlotte, NC. It’s a fun, quirky area with tattoo shops, locally owned breweries, boutiques, and fun restaurants. It’s hard to NOT be inspired walking through there with all the different colors, historical neighborhoods, and fellow creatives.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Peyton had an idea of what she wanted to incorporate into her shoot, but I always help with colors and guide my clients in what would look best in the location we’ve chosen. I definitely stressed the importance of hiring a professional makeup artist, so she worked with Sarah Eckard, the trainer for the southeast region for Smashbox cosmetics. She did a fabulous job taking Peyton’s natural beauty to the next level. We included a little bit of everything… a pretty dress, a couple of casual looks, and a few shots of her representing the college she chose. She was awarded a scholarship for soccer and will be playing for them next year, so we definitely had to include that somehow.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Nikon D700 and the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lens. I also used some off camera flash toward the end to get some dramatic lighting shots.

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We started about an hour before sunset and finished with some off camera lighting shots as it got darker.

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I like to keep my work clean and crisp, but with a slight matte effect. My goal is to create timeless images that my clients will enjoy and treasure many years down the road.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Peyton’s personality! She was SO fun to work with and up for anything. I also adore the colors and cool pockets that NoDa has to offer.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want my girls to feel confident, beautiful, and strong. And of course, I always want them to have fun! Peyton embodied all of these qualities, and I think it came across well in her images.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Get to know your senior long before the session takes place. If that’s not possible, spend the shoot asking them about their lives, interests, and activities. The stronger the relationship between you and your senior, the better quality work you’ll be able to create for them.

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Peyton Pruitt - Hailey is absolutely amazing to work with and this shoot was so much fun!! I couldn’t be happier with how the pictures turned out!!

Senior Guy Inspiration – {Rebekah Gregg Photography}

Let’s hear it for the boys!  This awesome guy session below from Rebekah Gregg Photography shows us how fun, cool and hip guy senior sessions can be.

“Levi’s style and love of restoring old cards inspired this session,” said Rebekah.  “He wanted a more urban/vintage feel to his pictures to reflect his love for his car and skating.”

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

Website:  www.rebekahgreggphotography.com

Blog:  www.rebekahgreggphotography.wordpress.com/blog/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rebekahgreggphotography/

levisierra-4268levisenior5levisenior10What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Levi’s style and love for restoring old cars inspired this session. Together, he and his dad are working on their vintage cars.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
We shot this session in downtown Ballground, GA.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
He dressed in clothes he felt comfortable in and he has such great style.  It’s important that guys wear clothes they would wear on a normal day so they don’t feel uncomfortable. Dressing in clothes they might wear every day helps them feel relaxed and more like themselves and results in much more natural images.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I use a Nikon D800E with a Zeiss 85mm lens and a Nikkor 50mm lens.

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6:00pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I shoot in RAW and edit in Lightroom and finish up details in Photoshop Elements.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session is Levi’s incredible smile! That picture of him in his car is one of my all-time favorites!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I hope this session shows that I’m committed to providing images to seniors that reflect their personalities and interests and that they are getting something unique.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Encourage guys in particular to wear clothes that match their style and fit well.  A lot of times they want to default to “dressing up” because they don’t really know what else to wear.  Often, here in the south, that means a plain button-down shirt and khaki shorts. It’s kind of a guy uniform but doesn’t convey much personality.  It’s important that they know to wear clothes that fit well and that they are happy wearing.

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