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!

Senior Style – {Valentine Style}

February is the month of love and there are two colors of love…red and pink!  Both of these colors make excellent choices for your senior session wardrobe whether your session is February or not!:)

Check out this fun inspiration board full of ideas for Valentine’s Day!  These can be worn on a fun Valentine Concept Shoot or just out to dinner with your bae!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you are a senior photographer, be sure to share this inspiration board with your seniors!!

xoxo,

Leslie

 

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Senior Inspiration – {Chelsea Kaye Photography}

Bestie session can be so much fun!  You get to capture a relationship between young women who have been friends all through high school and give them something that they will treasure forever.

In this bestie session below, photographer Chelsea Royse of Chelsea Kaye Photography in Texas said, “This is a bestie session for a group of senior girls!  They had been best friends for all of high school and were going off their separate ways.”

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

Website:  www.chelseakayephotography.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/chelseakayephoto

Instagram:  instagram.com/chelseakaye

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
the girls and their friendship.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
The gorgeous botanical gardens in Grapevine, Texas.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
The girls knew what they wanted to wear! They all wore their college shirts, denim shorts and cowboy boots. Very southern college girl!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon Mark II and a Sigma 35 1.4.

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What time of day were these taken?
Around 10:30am.

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I used VSCO for this session.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved getting the opportunity to capture this moment in time for the girls. I think female friendship is so important, and this shoot was about celebrating those bonds! I had a close group of friends in high school, and would’ve loved having a shoot like this with them. Once you go off to college, it’s always harder to stay in touch with your high school friends.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I like my seniors to feel relaxed and confident.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Give them LOTS of honest compliments. Girls can be so insecure, especially in a group like this, so I was showering them with compliments the whole session. It helps them to relax and feel more confident in front of the camera!

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Senior Inspiration – {Studio You Portraits}

Having your clients trust you to find the perfect location for their senior photo shoot, is part of the experience.  Being able to understand who they are and pick a location that best fits their personality is a great way to express who they are in the photos.

In this beautiful session below, photographer Dawn Attebery of Studio You Portraits in Dallas, Texas said, “This senior and her mom wanted an unusual location for this shoot.  Knowing this family, who lives away from the city, I thought the Cotton Mill would be perfect for them.”

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

Website:  www.StudioYouPortraits.com

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
The senior and her mom wanted an unusual location for this photo shoot. Knowing this family, who lives away from the city, I thought the Cotton Mill would be perfect for them. It’s a little rustic looking with the exposed brick, wood, and metal. This senior loves boots, too, which I thought would go very well with the setting.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
The Cotton Mill in McKinney, Texas

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I helped her with clothing prior to the session by sending suggestions and then talking to her in person at her pre-session consultation.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon D600, Nikkor 80-200mm 1.8 lens

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What time of day were these taken?
Mid-afternoon

What is your favorite thing about this session?
This senior is an athlete, so I wanted to highlight her strength in some of the posing. I loved the clothing she chose. Everything went very well with the location.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want this session to convey my contemporary style and that I’m very aware of color and composition when I shoot.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
A pre-session consultation is really important! It helps you to get to know your seniors better and to help them make good clothing choices. I sent the family a pdf file, which serves as an on-line magazine, which tells them my philosophy on what photographs best.

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Senior Inspiration – {Rooted Love Photography}

Looking to ad campaigns is a great way to get inspired for senior photo sessions!  In this beautiful session below, photographer Cassandra Boryszak of Rooted Love Photography in Buffalo said she was inspired by vintage Guess Advertisements, circa 1989.

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

Website:  www.rootedlovephotography.com

Blog:  www.rootedlovephotography.com/blog

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
My inspiration for this photo shoot was the vintage GUESS advertisements, circa 1989.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This photo shoot took place at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY. There are a couple of different looks this location provides such as a woodsy trail area and hills filled with beautiful weedy grass which provide a lot of versatility without driving to a new spot. Tifft is close to my home and one of my favorite places to shoot.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Reagan and I collaborated before our session. She mentioned that she envisioned a vintage vibe and planned to bring an old suitcase from her home. We decided on a natural setting and discussed outfit ideas and fun accessories.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
For this shoot, I used my Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f2.8L, and Canon 50mm f1.4.

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What time of day were these taken?
7:30-9pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I edited mostly in Lightroom 5, first fixing exposure if needed, then pushing the sliders to add magenta to the background. I added contrast and pushed the shadows and blacks up to almost 100, and pulled back the highlights so they weren’t blown. I smoothed the skin and add some yellow back to skin. I use PS 6 for any cloning.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session was Reagan’s confidence in front of the camera, even though she told me she normally does not like the way she appears in photos. Reagan is naturally stunning and she was great at both taking direction and posing herself. Her younger sister was with us and kept Reagan smiling and laughing while we roamed the park. I think Reagan’s confidence shines in these photos.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want this session to convey Reagan’s natural inner beauty and the confidence that radiates from her. She is the oldest of 5 girls and a role model for her younger sisters. I want this session to convey my senior photography style as natural, fun, and ethereal.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
One tip that I can share regarding photographing seniors is that I like to shoot my subjects while they are moving. We will usually start with a pose and then I have them move slightly, turn their head, look down, look back at me, so they look and feel more natural.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {February 6, 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  Lindsay Horn Photography, Quincy and Company Photography, and Brian Freeman Photography.  Congratulations to these three!!

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