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 Inspiration – {Dear Kate Studios}

A college campus can be a perfect place for a senior photo session.  Not only are they beautiful but they can be a chance for that senior to see the place where they could be in a year!

Kate Hejde of Dear Kate Studios shares a beautiful senior photo session taken at the Colorado State University Trial Gardens.

“This session was inspired by the Trial Gardens on the local University campus where it was shot,” says Kate.

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

Website:  www.dearkateseniors.com

Blog:  www.dearkateseniors.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dearkateseniors

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
This session was inspired by the trial gardens on the local university campus where it was shot. The colors were gorgeous against Leah’s fair skin and dark hair and her white lace dress and boots were the perfect compliment.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Colorado State University Trial Gardens

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
We worked together to style Leah’s wardrobe with the location. We used pinterest and polyvore to communicate our ideas.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon d600 and Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens

What time of day were these taken?
Golden Hour

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I love the bokeh and color variety from the clusters of wild flowers, backlit by the setting sun!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
In this session, Leah’s natural beauty shines through and is accented by the gorgeous backdrop. I love that you can see her sense of style and personality shining through.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Get to know your seniors and have fun with them! They have amazing personalities and a lot to say. Listen!

Seniorologie 101 – {Back It Up!}

This topic has been covered many times on this blog but up until now, not by me.  It’s one of those things that you think won’t happen to you.  The dreaded computer CRASH!  But, indeed, it happened to me this week!

Truth time – Running a business can be hard.  Some days are good and others are bad!  And this week was one of the bad ones.  But the other day, I took my boys to baseball camp and the coach shared some life lessons with the boys before they began the camp.  One of those was the definition of resilient…according to the coach it is how you bounce back.  He shared a story of a young player he met early in his career of coaching.  This kid wanted to make the team so bad.  He did everything right.  Tried his hardest.  Yet, when it came time to make the team, he just wasn’t the best.  So he didn’t make it and the coach had to tell him that he didn’t make it.  The kid looked the coach in the eye and simply said, “I will make it next year!”

The next year came and the same thing happened.  He tried his best, worked the hardest but yet was still not one of the best.  Again, the coach had to tell him he didn’t make the team and again, the kid simply said…”I will make it next year!”

The third year came around and finally it came down between this kid and one other.  But the other kid didn’t do the work, hadn’t tried as hard as this kid so finally the coach was able to say, “You made it!”

Resilience is what this kid showed.  He didn’t get down and let it get to him that he didn’t make the team.  He simply kept trying.  Kind of like Rudy in that football movie.  I tell you this because some days are not going to go your way when it comes to business.  Some days are going to be hard.  Maybe you didn’t get the booking you were hoping for or maybe the sale wasn’t as big as you had hoped.  Maybe your reps aren’t doing their jobs or maybe your computer crashes (I hope not!).  The point is how you keep going or how you bounce back.

The worst thing I thought would happen did – my computer crashed.  I lost photos (thank god none of my clients photos that haven’t already been delivered), actions, templates that I purchased and many other things.  Things I honestly don’t know that I have lost until I go to try to find them and discover they aren’t there.  But I am going to keep going.  I am going to put a new system in place since the one I had failed.  I am going to back up my back up.  And I am going to keep on going!

Sometimes reading things like this don’t stick with you, thinking that maybe it won’t happen to you.  However, I want two things to stick to you from this post…

1.  Be Resilient!  Bounce Back if things get hard or if things don’t go your way!  Keep trying and work hard!

2.  Create a back up system and check that system to make sure it is working for you!  I had time machine set up on my mac thinking it was backing up automatically and it turns out it wasn’t!  I just assumed because I set it up, it was doing its job.  Now I have several systems in place…Time Machine, Mac Time Capsule and many, many external hard drives!  Make backing up a part of your workflow.  After every session or every purchase or every creation of a marketing material, take the time to move those items to an external hard drive.  And maybe even have a back up of that external hard drive.  Trust me, it might be a little more work but well worth it in the event your computer fails.

xoxo,

Leslie

Seniorologie Spotlight – {Share Your Image Saturday}

Wow, what a week!  First my computer crashed and today my internet wasn’t working until just now!  So sorry for the delay in getting this post up!!  Word of advice, make sure you BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER!!  It’s a hard lesson I learned this week and hope I can prevent you guys from having to learn it the hard way.

Typically, I have an external hard drive plug in to my computer and set up for time machine but somehow (or someone!) unplugged the hard drive and I didn’t realize it.  So when my computer crashed I didn’t have a recent back up!  So, please, please, please back up and back up your back up!!

Now, onto happier things…Seniorologie Spotlight of the Week!!:)

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 Urban Willow Photography, Jamie Rubeis Photography and Julisa Haines Photography.

Senior Rep Inspiration – {Christy Schmid Photography}

A rep shoot is a great way to get your reps excited about their upcoming senior year, an opportunity for you to create photos that showcase your style and allow you to get photos of the individual reps that they can use to showcase your business.

The shoot below by Christy of Christy Schmid Photography is from her 2015 Senior Rep Shoot.  She had reps from 4 different high schools in her area and wanted to create a group shoot that would also allow her to get some individual shots of each girl.

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

Website:  www.christyschmidphotography.com

Blog:  www.christyschmidphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Schmid-Photography/163272813690417

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
My inspirations for this shoot was to get some fun group shots, but mainly to get some great individual shots of each girl for their rep cards and social media sharing for the 2015year.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
We started in downtown Rogers, Arkansas for some urban shots and then ended at a pretty field close by.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
For this shoot, I had the girls wear their favorite outfit and then bring another outfit for the field shots.  I wanted their own style and personality to shine for this shoot.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Canon 5d mark iii and my Canon 85mm 1.2mm lens.  I had an assistant helping with a reflector as well.

What time of day were these taken?
4:30-7:00

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I usually do a clean edit on my photos…after tweaking the photos in lightroom, I run portraiture for the skin, warm the photos up if needed and add a vignette.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved getting to know each of these girls and capture their beauty and personalities.  We had a blast and they all left their with new friendships.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I wanted this session to show the girls who would represent me next year for the 2015 seniors.  I also wanted the girls to shine in their own way, and also show the different styles of photos that I do.  I think I accomplished that in a 2 hour span with 8 girls pretty well.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Seniors are fun, fashionable and sometimes insecure…make them feel comfortable and confident from the get go and you will get great photos every time.

Senior Inspiration – {Eliza Morrill Photography}

A senior’s talent such as dance is a great thing to incorporate into their session.  Not only does it help tell the story of that senior, but it is something they are comfortable doing and the results are amazing!

The senior below, photographed by Eliza Morrill of Eliza Morrill Photography, is a ballerina.  Eliza incorporated this beautiful talent and paired it with a gorgeous location to create a fairy-like shoot.  Check it out below and read what Eliza had to share about this beautiful photo shoot!

Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Eliza!!

Website:  www.elizamorrill.com

Blog:  www.elizamorrill.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ElizaMorrillPhotography

What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
My biggest inspiration for this shoot was Lacey’s experience as a talented ballerina and blending it with a gorgeous meadow in our hometown. Together, they created fairy land-like images that we were both so pleased with!

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This session took place in a gorgeous meadow in our hometown, just off of a busy street. You’d never guess from the look of it that traffic was just behind us.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Nikon D610, 50mm 1.4 G, 85mm 1.8 G, and a reflector for this shoot. I stuck with my 50mm for the majority of the shoot, because I love how it allows me to be more up close and personal with my subject, and I can’t get enough of the creamy, buttery bokeh it produces. Swoon! I also made the flower crown myself, using flowers found at the Dollar Store. Can’t beat that.

What time of day were these taken?
Just before sunset

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I boosted the warmth and vibrance just a tad, while also using a clarity brush on the background for added drama.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I love how fierce and beautiful Lacey is, and how she was up for anything. It’s not easy for sometimes for seniors to get comfortable in front of your lens, but Lacey was truly a natural.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
My biggest goal was to convey Lacey’s personality and interests without being cheesy. My style is clean, colorful, and comfortable– and I feel like this session was just that. Lacey is beautiful inside and out, and I wanted that to shine through these images.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Get to know your senior! Learn about their interests, plans for next year, and, most importantly– keep up a good conversation throughout the session.