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 – {The Perfect Dress}

Today’s Fashion post comes from our guest fashion blogger Mandy Evans of Mandy Evans Photo.  She shares how the little black dress can be anything perfect for a senior session! Thanks for sharing this Mandy!

The little black dress, red lips, nude heels. We all love the classics, but why not add a bit of a modern twist?

A great fitting dress is a staple in any wardrobe.   Finding the perfect piece in a beautiful color that is complimentary to your skin tone and eyes is a wonderful idea to incorporate into senior portrait session outfits, but also gives a lot of ways to incorporate a fun environment or location. This beautiful indigo dress not only plays off of Kayleigh’s vibrant eye’s, it fits right in to the natural setting and pops against the green. This look could easily transform to make a powerful statement by changing up the location and adding statement pieces with accessories. I love this versitle piece.

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Sticking with the theme of classic, but adding just a bit of flirty edge, we had Sara show off this animal print tunic shift dress. The vibrant print makes a statement by itself and blends nicely with the natural setting. This look would also be amazing in a more urban environment!

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Be sure to share with your seniors how a dress can be the perfect thing to wear for their senior session!!

Check out Mandy’s work at the following links:

Website: www.mandyevansphoto.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mandyevansphotography?ref=br_rs&pnref=lhc

Senior Inspiration – {Morgan Lindsay Photography}

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Movies can be a great source of inspiration, whether they are movies about present day stories or movies about stories from the past.  In this session below, the senior was inspired by the movie Water for Elephants and with her photographer, Morgan of Morgan Lindsay Photography, they created an unforgettable senior photo session.

“abbey came to me with a vision,” said Morgan.  “Water for Elephants was a story I wasn’t familiar with before meeting Abbey at her pre-session consultation.  Directly after, I went to my office to gather inspiration and found it was such a perfect fit for her style.”

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

Website:  www.morganlindsayphotography.com

Blog:  www.morganlindsayphotographyblog.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/morganlindsayphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Water for Elephants was our main inspiration, from the clothing all the way to the finger wave curls and Cabernet Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
It took place around my studio, in the countryside as well and studio backyard.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Collaborating with each senior I work with is why I love being a senior photographer. Spending time getting to know their style is crucial for bringing out the best images possible.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
5D Mark III and my favorite Prime 85 1.2 Canon Lens were used for the whole shoot.

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What time of day were these taken?
4:00PM

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I always love rich color pallets and take that into consideration when suggesting outfit choices and locations with each senior. My editing technique always is to darken dark hues, allowing lots of contrast.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Abbey, our senior. The long raccoon fur coat and the model T ford we used during her session.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Timeless, classic and head turning images that bring out confidence in my clients. Confidence in young girls is so important to me. I know confidence isn’t really a style, but it’s a really strong element into my photography style.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Have fun. Be yourself and if senior photography is your passion you will have no problem connecting with your clients.

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Senior Inspiration – {Courtney Hathaway Photography}

Growing up on the beach must be so much fun.  The ocean breeze, the sand in your toes and the laid back style is as much a part of the beach as it is a part of the people who grow up there.

Courtney of Courtney Hathaway Photography submitted this beautiful beach session of a senior who grew up in the Outer Banks, so the beach was the perfect location for her shoot.

“Cassidy wanted a very relaxed session to show her personality and her love of the beach,” said Courtney.  “Cassidy is an Outer Banks local and spends much of her time at the beach so it was the perfect setting for her session.”

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

Website:  www.courtneyhathaway.com

Blog:  www.courtneyhathawayblog.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/courtneyhathawayphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Cassidy wanted a very relaxed session to show her personality and love of the beach. She wanted a casual and natural session. Cassidy is an Outer Banks Local, and spends much of her time of the beach, so it was the perfect setting for her session.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Coquina Beach & The Bodie Island Lighthouse, South Nags Head, North Carolina

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes. I encourage all my seniors, especially the girls, to bring a mixture of outfits. I also encourage them to keep their venue in mind and choose clothing that compliments the environment.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5DmkII, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8IS L

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What time of day were these taken?
Late evening, 6:30pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I prefer clean editing/processing. All initial RAW edits are done in ACR, with final edits done in Photoshop.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I love Cassidy’s energetic smile and personality. I also love that she really put thought into her outfit choices, and went with things that reflected her personality but also looked great in such a soft environment as the beach.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I hope people are able to see how easy going and relaxed my sessions are. I strive to make sure all my seniors are having a great time and feel comfortable. I like to focus on real moments and strive to create images that will stand the test of time.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
I think it’s really important to connect with your client, especially when photographing seniors. I have a questionnaire for each senior to fill out online when they book. It gives me a glimpse into their likes/dislikes. I find they’re much more open to write out that they’re shy, outgoing, self conscious, etc – but often won’t actually tell you those things in person. I also think it’s helpful because it allows you talking points, and getting them talking is what makes them more comfortable throughout the session.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {May 16, 2015}

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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 Kim Rollwitz Photography, Ray Davis Photography and Katie Brock Seniors!

Congratulations to these three! Keep sharing those amazing images with Seniorologie!!

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Senior Inspiration – {Carolyn Victoria Photography}

Attending workshops, conferences or shoot outs is a great way to not only learn from others but to also build and boost your portfolio.  Being able to consistently show your work is a great way to market your business and get in front of your target market.

Carolyn Arentson of Carolyn Victoria Photography in Iowa attended Seniors Ignite and submitted this beautiful session with one of the 12 models picked for the Seniors Ignite event.  With their permission, we are happy to share this beautiful session with you.  Check it out below and read what Carolyn had to share.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Carolyn!

Website:  www.carolynvictoriaphotography.com

Blog:  www.carolynvictoriaphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/carolynvictoriaphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I was at a photography conference!

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Balboa Park. San Diego, California.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 6D body. Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens.

What time of day were these taken?
11:30am

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
Everything was done in Lightroom. I fix the exposure, sharpen it, add some contrast, and warm the photo up a bit.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I love her red hair against the sun and her facial expressions.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
The senior is a beautiful, awesome model and my style is natural with a little bit of glam!

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Don’t wait for the perfect pose! Just keep snapping and you will be surprised with the candid ones.

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