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

DAY 2 – Nashville Shoot Out Open for Registration

The Nashville Shoot Out – Day 2 Registration is OPEN!!!  Only 30 Spots Available for this Awesome Event so make sure to secure your spot by REGISTERING NOW!

Due to the overwhelming response to the January 31 Shoot Out in Nashville, we have decided to offer another date for this awesome event!  Same Taylor Swift-Inspired Concept, same location, same small shooting groups, etc.  Join Leslie Kerrigan of Seniorologie and Leslie Kerrigan Photography, Brittney Kluse of Brittney Kluse Photography and Courtney DeLaura of Get Schooled Photo in Nashville on February 1, 2015 for an exciting and fun educational opportunity.  This shoot includes small group business coaching in the morning by each speaker and a completely styled Taylor Swift themed concept shoot in the afternoon.  During the Portfolio-Building Photo Shoot, small groups will rotate between the speakers and the models giving everyone a chance to gain gorgeous photos for their portfolio.  Indoor and Outdoor Natural Light as well as studio lighting will be utilized to create those swoon-worthy photos.

DATE:  Sunday, February 1, 2015

TIME:  9 AM – 6 PM

LOCATION:  Studio in Nashville, TN

COST:  $375 until September 29, 2014

$450 after September 29, 2014

For more details and to Register click below!  See You in Nashville!!

NASHVILLE SHOOT OUT – REGISTRATION OPENS AT 9 AM EST

The Nashville Shoot Out Registration is OPEN!!!  Only 30 Spots Available for this Awesome Event so make sure to secure your spot by REGISTERING NOW!

Join Leslie Kerrigan of Seniorologie and Leslie Kerrigan Photography, Brittney Kluse of Brittney Kluse Photography and Courtney DeLaura of Get Schooled Photo in Nashville for an exciting and fun educational opportunity.  This shoot includes small group business coaching in the morning by each speaker and a completely styled Taylor Swift themed concept shoot in the afternoon.  During the Portfolio-Building Photo Shoot, small groups will rotate between the speakers and the models giving everyone a chance to gain gorgeous photos for their portfolio.  Indoor and Outdoor Natural Light as well as studio lighting will be utilized to create those swoon-worthy photos.

DATE:  Saturday, January 31, 2014

TIME:  9 AM – 6 PM

LOCATION:  Studio in Nashville, TN

COST:  $375 until September 29, 2014

$450 after September 29, 2014

For more details and to Register click below!  See You in Nashville!!

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 Violet Ray Photography, My Little Umbrella, and Pink Owl Photography.  Congrats to these three!!

Trina | Montana Senior Photographer - *speechless* I am so incredibly honored and blessed! I’m so happy to have been able to share this with my senior!!! She’s so incredibly deserving of this and I’m so thrilled to have been a part of the magic!

Senior Style – {Transition to Fall}

Here is South Carolina it is still hot.  Hot enough to continue to wear summer clothes for at least another month.  However, fall clothing is creeping in and seniors want to be able to wear some summer outfits and some fall outfits into their senior sessions.  So how do you transition into fall with some of your summer wardrobe?  Below are a few ideas!

1.  Take a fall tshirt and wear it with Jeans – A tshirt still allows you to be cool but look like you are wearing something for fall.  The camouflage tshirt is the perfect example!

2.  Layer a summer dress with a jacket – Layers are a perfect way to extend your summer wardrobe and make it transition into fall.  And layers are great for a photo shoot so it is a win win!

3.  Layer a shirt under a dress – A denim shirt goes with anything and is the perfect piece to layer under a sleeveless dress!  Tshirts work for this too!

4.  Add a sweater to a skirt – take a summer skirt and add a sweater and you have an instant transitional outfit!

Check out this inspiration board below!  If you are a senior photographer, be sure to pin this so your seniors can see how they can transition to fall for their senior portrait sessions!

 

Transition to Fall

Senior Model Inspiration – {Pink Owl Photography}

On this day of remembrance, we wanted to share with you a session that is All-American!  With a nautical theme, this senior model shoot by Jilli Worth of Pink Owl Photography in Louisville, Kentucky is beautiful!

Check out what Jilli had to share about this gorgeous session below!  Thank you for sharing your work with Seniorologie Jilli!!!

Website:  www.pinkowlphotography.com

Blog:  www.pinkowlphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pinkowlphotography

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?  The beautiful 1975 Bayliner Buccaneer 305 Sailboat named Sol Fetch owned by the Lindells.

Where did this shoot take place?  In Louisville we are lucky to have several beautiful marinas with access to the Ohio River. Captains Quarters is one of these gorgeous marinas that is called home for the sailboats.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?  There was quite a bit of collaborating for this particular shoot.  This would be the first photoshoot for most of our new senior models, but having met them previously, it was easy to keep their personalities and interests in mind when we were choosing the styles and looks for the photoshoot.  I also had an amazing wardrobe stylist who helped me collaborate with Pink Julep Boutique to choose the looks for each senior.  Coupled with my talented hair and makeup team and assistants – it was definitely a team effort!!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?  I use a Canon 6D.  For the up close shots, I used my workhorse 85L and the the large landscape photos were taken with the wide angle.  Shooting in broad daylight we used a large diffuser and white reflector.

What time of day were these taken?  3 pm – 6 pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?  With such bright sun, in Lightroom I turned down the highlights a bit.  However, with shooting in Kelvin, the white balance was already spot on.  Our primary editing techniques are running a skin smoothing filter and boosting the colors and contrast a bit with the soft light option in Photoshop.

What is your favorite thing about this session?  The sailboat!!  Colors!!  Those genuine smiles!  We had such a great time.  Other boat owners were sitting on the back of their boats, the girls truly felt like superstars.  And with a backdrop like that, it was a photographer’s dream!!

What do you want this session to convey about the seniors and about your photography style?  Pink Owl Photography is all about the EXPERIENCE.  It’s not just about senior photos.  I came onto the Pink Owl Team last year as an associate photographer of the Louisville studio, and it’s just as much an experience for me as it is for the girls.  The professional hair and makeup, the fashion, helping them move and feel like true supermodels.  Showing them their true beauty with a little bit of magic.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?  Build relationships with your seniors.  I don’t just photograph my girls then never speak to them again.  One of my favorite parts is instantly making a new friend and getting to see them soar into their senior year and beyond.  Not to mention showing them the back of the camera on the photoshoot and seeing them squeal in delight at seeing themselves shining!

Lisa Lindell - It was such an honor for our boat to be used as the backdrop for the photo shoot. Watching Jilli Worth in action was awesome. She was so professional & dedicated to the smallest of details. Love the photos.

Susie - Lovely session. I love how the photographer used bright wardrobe choices to make the girls stand out amongst so much white! Great photos and of course, beautiful girls!