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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May Concept Challenge – {Rebekah Gregg Photography}

Our May Concept Challenge was all about a Spring Princess and Rebekah of Rebekah Gregg Photography used the challenge as her inspiration for the shoot below.

“I was so excited when I saw the latest Concept Challenge Seniorologie gave us to tackle because I had been planning something similar for awhile and it was just the motivation I needed to make it happen!  I had originally seen a beautiful image of a girl in a long flowing dress walking in a golden field and I knew I had to use that image as my inspiration,” said Rebekah.

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

Website:  www.rebekahgreggphotography.com

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

goddessdiptych2goddessdiptych1elena-6034What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I was so excited when I saw the latest Concept Challenge Seniorologie gave us to tackle because I had been planning something similar for awhile and it was just the motivation I needed to make it happen!  I had originally seen a beautiful image of a girl in a long flowing dress walking in a golden field and I knew I had to use that image as my inspiration.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This session took place in two different locations: The first was a field of tall grass in Woodstock, GA with just the perfect amount of wind and the second was at a lake in Acworth, GA.  The lake was quite crowded with birthday parties and family reunions but my model for that location just took it all in stride and you’d never know she had such a large audience!

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I did collaborate with the girls about what to wear. I could not find a dress or skirt (for the right price) that fit the vision I had in my head so I actually made two skirts!  It’s the first time I’ve sewn any clothes!  I provided a couple of tops that went well with the skirts and they also brought a top of their own that fit perfectly with our theme.  The girls did their own hair and makeup in a very natural looking way and both girls looked SO beautiful!

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

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What time of day were these taken?
Evening about an hour before sunset

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I brightened and warmed up the images a touch and used Florabella skin retouching for beautiful glowing skin.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I am so happy I was able to finally do this session!  It’s been in my brain for awhile and it feels so great that it turned out how I had envisioned it.  I can’t believe I was able to make the skirts and it showed me that sometimes it’s okay to step out of your creative comfort zone!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
The girls, Elena and Chelsea, were fantastic and so ready to do something fun and different!  We had so much fun moving around and finding beautiful light and I want my seniors to know that their sessions with me will be fun and not stuffy!

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
High school seniors are so creative and want to collaborate with you to make great images!  Ask for their ideas for clothes, poses, locations, etc and they will amaze you.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {May 28, 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 Liberty Belle Photography, Lilly Zach Creative and Lisa Holloway Photography.  Congratulations to these three!

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Senior Inspiration – {Lisa Williams Photography}

Sometimes senior clients come with an idea in mind as to what they want or a prop they must use.  In this case, the senior wanted to use the American Flag in her shoot and photographer Lisa Williams of Lisa Williams Photography happens to carry one with her at all times.

Check out this beautiful session below and read what else Lisa had to share.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Lisa!

Website:  www.lisawilliamsphoto.com

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Building confidence and connection

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Marysville, CA, A walnut orchard/ranch run by the most adorable 90 year old gentleman who was so kind to let us use his property on a whim…driving by we noticed how amazing it was…took the chance to ask permission and he was thrilled.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
yes…for this shoot it was mostly the poses…and the flag (she really wanted a flag and I happen to always have this one with me). The senior found inspiration “eyes”, the MUA nailed it =) The concept was for her to feel confident/photogenic in the pic (she had told me she has never felt that way)…so for me it was building the connection,  trust and confidence…To see someone that looks like this and doesn’t feel confident in how she photographed is very intriguing to me…Unfortunately, most teens can relate to this feeling. There is nothing better than to reveal a session and have the girls blown away by how they look & ooze confidence in the images.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon D800, I used Sigma lenses: 1.8 80mm & 70-200 2.8 (my FAVE), Nikon 50mm 1.4. A free standing reflector was used when needed.

What time of day were these taken?
5pm ish

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I used Florabella’s Perfect Color (adjusted some of the layers) & Sharpen/Defog, Portraiture for the skin &  Added a little more contrast

What is your favorite thing about this session?
The way the senior “blossomed” as we started shooting and seeing her images on camera & the  location was pretty dang ahhhhMAZING!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
connection & confidence…I want to show that there is a connection with each senior that gets in front of my camera…it is the most important aspect of every shoot….and to show how easy it is to get a serious look from my clients…a lot of clients are stressed about the serious looks….but, not long after we start working they get it…

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
CONNECT with them, they are at an exciting and sometimes scary time in their lives…give them positive reinforcement that it only gets better.

Senior Inspiration – {Summer Rottinger Photography}

I have to admit that I just love seeing photographers who have attended Seniorologie events submit their sessions!  Watching them grow and create amazing work makes me so happy.  So of course I loved getting this amazing shoot from Summer of Summer Rottinger Photography in Austin, Texas.  Summer has been doing amazing things and I love this session!

Check out this authentically Austin Senior Session below and read what Summer had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Summer!

Website:  www.summerrottinger.com

Blog:  www.summerrottinger.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/summerrottingerphotography

emma-tomlin-1emma-tomlin-2emma-tomlin-14What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Emma wanted something authentically Austin and her style was a gorgeous mix of uptown and boho-chic…half sophisticated neutrals and half vibrant color palette.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
South Congress district in Austin, Texas

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes!  She has great taste in fashion so it was really more a matter of narrowing down what she wanted to wear and she knew she wanted a location that felt authentically like Austin before she leaves for college.  The personality of South Congress was perfect.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 85 1.2L

What time of day were these taken?
Two hours before sunset

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I like to use blend modes and selective color (but not like THAT!) in photoshop to add an extra pop to my photos.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
The range of looks we were able to capture and the vibrance of the fashion, scenery, and Emma’s beauty!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Emma is really fun to hang out with and has great style and a sense of humor.  That meshed really well with my style, which is vibrant and fun and happy and colorful.  I wanted all those things to come across in her photos.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Have fun with your seniors.  Get to know them and what their interests are…Becoming friends will help them to be more genuine and relaxed in their photos.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {May 21, 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 Lyn Parker Photography, Stephanie Lopez Photography and Meg D Photography.  Congratulations to these three!

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