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 – {Long Flowy Dresses}

There is just something about a maxi dress in a field that makes for the perfect senior photo!  Maybe its the amazing images I see in the Free People Magazine or the young and carefree vibe that this style evokes, but it is my favorite look this season!

If any of your clients are looking for that perfect outfit for their senior photos this season, a maxi dress is that!  The Perfect Outfit for a Senior Session!  The combination of the flowing dress, a beautiful senior, a wide open field and the sun setting will give any photographer chills when they see the image that can be created!

So show off this inspiration board to your clients and suggest a long, flowing dress for their senior session!  You will thank me, I promise!:)

Be sure to share this inspiration board on your social media or pin it to your pinterest boards so your senior clients can get inspired for their senior sessions!

xoxo,

Leslie

 

 

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Senior Inspiration – {Portrait Pretty Photography}

How many locations do you include in your senior sessions?  In this fun senior session, photographer Jennifer Lee of Portrait Pretty Photography in Buffalo, New York included several locations that matched this senior’s personality.

“We were able to pull different scenes throughout Western New York that really showcased her personality,” said Jennifer.

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

Website:  http://www.portraitprettyphotography.com

Blog:  http://www.portraitprettyphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/portraitpretty

mk2a0554mk2a0880mk2a0572What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Everything Jess was the inspiration of this shoot.   I really got to know her during a session I did for her the previous year and we were able to pull different scenes throughout Western New York that really showcased her personality.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This shoot was taken at various locations throughout metro downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo’s waterfront, Japanese Gardens and the Village of East Aurora, NY.  We started the session at the Japanese Gardens then moved onto the Albright Knox Art Gallery next to the gorgeous marble pillars and stairs, afterwards we drove to the waterfront and captured some adorable nautical scenes by the ships, from there we went to the cobblestone district and took some portraits by the bricks which is a popular scene among seniors, then we completed the session in the Village of East Aurora by some urban artistic walls and in front of the lights of the village movie theater just after sunset.

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

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What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
The gear I used during the session is a a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 135 L 2.0, Canon 70-200 2.8L II, Sigma 35 1.4 ART, Assistant and Reflector, Changing Tent, and I bring tons of accessories

What time of day were these taken?
Late afternoon

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I start the editing process in lightroom where I make minor adjustments to exposure, white balance if necessary, I play with the vibrance, blacks, whites, contrast, luminance noise sliders, from there I edit in photoshop using portraiture, removing any blemishes, acne, distracting items, stray hairs, I sharpen the eyes, whiten teeth, and make some minor color adjustments.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session is the boho chic conceptual part of the session.  It really showcased Jess and her relaxed but outgoing side of her personality.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
This session is definitely as unique as the senior. I strive to be unique and not just settle on the same ‘ol scenes and poses, I am constantly searching for new locations and coming up with new ideas to bring a fresh and new experience to my seniors, like the conceptual scene as well as the Village of East Aurora scenes.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Make them feel at ease and comfortable.  If at all possible, try to communicate with the senior before the session so you can get to know them and so they can get to know you.  This will help the session run more smoothly.  As with this session, I already worked with Jess previously so we were able to work together perfectly.

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Senior Inspiration – {Anjeanette Illustration Photography}

Prom season is in full swing!  And it is an awesome time for senior photographers to add to their business with Prom Sessions!

Prom Sessions could be an individual senior hires you to take their senior photos and incorporates their prom dress into the sesssion, or a group of seniors hire you to take their entire groups senior photos!  It can also mean you set up a mini session just for prom!  Whatever the case is, prom photos are a great way to increase your bookings and create beautiful images!

In this session below, photographer Anjeanette of Anjeanette Illustration Photography said this was a friend group mini prom session.

“I got together with 6 sets of seniors for a friend prom mini session, each couple had about 15 minutes each of photographs before the Station Camp students went to the prom at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame,” said Anjeanette.

Check out these beautiful photos below and read what else Anjeanette had to say about them!  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie!!

Website:  http://www.anjeanetteillustrationseniors.com/

Blog:  http://www.anjeanetteillustrationseniors.com/hendersonviile-tn-senior-pictures-by-nashville-artistic-wedding-photographer-anjeanette-illustration-photography/

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

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Bright film like light! The girls brought the beauty and we picked out a gorgeous corner of a local park.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Sanders Ferry Park, beside the Old Hickory Lake Hendersonville, TN

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
No collaboration, except for posing and smiles

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5DM3, 70-200 lens, 85 mm lens

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What time of day were these taken?
3:30-aprox 5 pm CST April

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I edited this set mainly with VSCO and my own tweaks. As I shoot low iso and high shutter speed I get a lot of my contrast in camera, and love the greens of Fuji like presets!

What is your favorite thing about this session?
The couples were all a bit nervous and unsure at first- I made them stare at each other and show me their dances moves which always made them laugh. Seeing their butterflies turn into excitement and as they swirled their gowns and laughed was the best!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
While I do shoot flash and natural light, I wanted this shoot to be about the seniors expressions and mood- the happy excitement before a hug milestone. I wanted clean bright light to convey the feelings more than just the fashion.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Let them be themselves- see what they like and even if your a mom like me don’t be afraid of a corny dad joke, even the eye rolls can lead to real laughter and sincere smiles!

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Senior Inspiration – {Mandy Haber Photography}

Showing off her personal style was what this senior requested when she booked her senior session with Mandy Haber of Mandy Haber Photography in Orange Beach, Alabama.

“Mallory wanted to show her personal style in all aspects of her session,” said Mandy.  “She opted for the luxe session that includes hair and makeup styling.”

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

Website:  www.mandyhaber.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mandyhaberphotography

mallory_012mallory-3mallry-2What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Mallory wanted something that was different from her other friends so we worked together to come up with outfits and location that reflect her personal style.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Fairhope, Alabama

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes! Mallory sent pictures of her outfit choices and we worked together to plan out which outfits worked in which locations.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon d700 and Tamron 70-200 2.8

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

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
My processing is very clean, so I basically only adjust exposure and white balance and then clean up any background elements.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Mallory is a natural in front of the camera. We genuinely had a good time while shooting! I love that her outfits reflect her personal taste!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I hope that each girl feels special and beautiful for her senior session! I want the images to be timeless and classic for the parents but still feel fun and modern for the girls.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Getting to know your senior and their expectations is the best way to get the most from your time with them!

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {April 23, 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 Thomas Nguyen Photography, Vanessa Powers Photography and Stacey Dershem Photography.   Congratulations to these three!

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