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 – {Katrina Jackson Photography}

Having a makeup artist go with you on a photo shoot is a great way to provide lots of variety for your seniors.  They will love getting to change their hair and makeup per outfit and their photos will be unique!

In this beautiful session below by Katrina of Katrina Jackson Photography, her hair and makeup artist went with her on the shoot and the results are amazing!

Check out this beautiful shoot and read what Katrina had to share.  Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with Seniorologie!

Website:  www.KatrinaJackson.com

Blog:  www.KatrinaJacksonPhotographyBlog.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/KatrinaJaksonPhotography

katrina-jackson-photography_0194katrina-jackson-photography_0193katrina-jackson-photography_0183What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Real Beauty

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Rochester Indiana

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Senior came up with her outfit choices! I then mapped out her session with her outfits once I saw them. We had a makeup artist come on the shoot to change up her looks as needed!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
5D Mark III     50mm 1.4

What time of day were these taken?
Evening

katrina-jackson-photography_0190katrina-jackson-photography_0197katrina-jackson-photography_0185katrina-jackson-photography_0196What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved that this beauty was just a natural in front of the camera and real. She didn’t try at all and just looking flawless.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Be true to yourself and your personality to sure to shine through.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Let your senior have some creative control over their images so that they feel apart of the process!

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Senior Inspiration – {ART Photography}

Having a personal connection to a senior client makes that session even more magical.  In this session below, photographer Adriane Thompson of ART Photography says that she has known this teen for years.

“I’ve known Chase for a few years since she started babysitting my boys!  Then, when I decided to launch my very first senior rep team, she was the first to sign up!” said Adriane.

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

Website:  www.artphotographyaz.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/artfamilyphotography

art-photography-2016-senior-session001art-photography-2016-senior-session006art-photography-2016-senior-session002What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Nature and Chase’s amazing personality! The cottonwoods were just starting to shed which I knew would feel like a magical forest and it did!

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Along the Hassayampa River in Wickenburg, AZ where there is actually trees and grass! and in the desert in Morristown, AZ

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes, if you consider her putting different outfits on in her bedroom and texting me photos! We knew we wanted to do at least one long skirt and pop of pinks to go with her complexion. And ending with a dress in the desert is something I always try doing.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Camera – Nikon d750
Lenses – Nikkor 85mm, 1.8/f and 50mm, 1.4/f

art-photography-2016-senior-session007art-photography-2016-senior-session003art-photography-2016-senior-session008art-photography-2016-senior-session009What time of day were these taken?
late afternoon into evening

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I always start in Lightroom with minor adjustments, then I bring the photos into Photoshop to really make the colors pop and matte around the subject.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Chase and the light! She was so incredible to work with. We had so much fun especially in the water and trying not to get hurt by the vicious teddybear cholla cacti. The desert glow is also something you don’t find in many places.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I wanted this session to convey her sweet, sassy, and bubbly personality and my bold, emotional and bright photography style.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Laugh a lot to get the seniors to loosen up and ultimately have a great time. If I’m having fun, they have fun. I bring a bluetooth speaker to blast music which always brings out personality and awesome dance moves, too.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {July 23, 2016}

spotlightweekgraphicEach 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 Susan Clifton Photography, Meg Shearer Photography and Vintage Grain Photography.  Congrats to these three!!

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Senior Style – {Cali Essentials}

With my upcoming road trip in California, all I can think about is the easy, cool style of a California Girl.  I think I could have been a California girl myself as I love the beach and warm weather.

There is just something about the effortlessly easy look that matches the amazing weather, cool breeze and California Sun.  California girls always seem completely styled without looking like they tried very hard.  Maybe its the boho vibes, salt air, and ocean breeze mixed with the laid back attitude of a surfer girl that makes this look so cool.  Whatever it is, I want it!

I pulled together some essentials to dressing like a California girl into an inspiration board below.  These looks can be worn in a regular senior session or a styled senior session.  From crop tops to flip flops, flowy dresses to ripped jeans, any of these looks will be perfect for seniors.

Check out this inspiration board below and be sure to share with your seniors for inspiration on what they can wear in their senior sessions!  Share your photos on Instagram and tag @seniorologie and #seniorologiestyle to show us your clients who embrace this California Style!

xoxo,

Leslie

 

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Senior Inspiration – {Debbie Wilson Photography}

I love visiting Farmer’s Markets in the summer time.  The fresh flowers, produce and unique goodies that you can find are spectacular.  But I’ve never thought of doing a senior photo shoot with a Farmer’s Market as the backdrop…until now!

The beautiful, fun session below by photographer Debbie Wilson of Debbie Wilson Photography took place in a Farmer’s Market and as you can see from the photos below it looks like a perfect location for these Class of 2017 Senior Reps!

Thanks for sharing your work with us Debbie!!

Website:  www.debbiewilsonphotography.net

Blog:  www.debbiewilsonphotography.net

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/debbiewilsonphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?

The vintage Schwinn bike, cute clothes from a local boutique, Spring vegetables, lemonade and a fun crowd at the market

Where did this photo shoot take place?

Chattanooga Sunday Market, Chattanooga, TN

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?

Yes, we met at Merch, a local boutique, and worked on the concept for the shoot–easy breezy dresses and casual clothes with flat sandals for a day at the market.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?

Canon eos mark III and 50 mm lens

What time of day were these taken?

2-4

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?

bump contrast and keep it simple so the colors pop!

What is your favorite thing about this session?

poppy colors, the crowd, the feeling of fun and spontaneity in the shots.  The girls had an absolute blast!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?

I love natural images that capture the mood of the senior and the group.  I seek to find the beauty in each girl and in each vignette.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?

Have fun and be super silly with them–that is how to evoke emotion and silliness from them and that makes all the images feel relaxed and authentic.

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