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!

Seniorologie Shoot Out – North Carolina

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Summer is the perfect time to market to the next class of potential senior clients!  But finding time to photograph the perfect photos to attract those clients is another story!  In between taking photos of clients, editing photos, conducting ordering sessions and all the other things that go into running a senior photography business, who has time to create and execute a concept theme that will have the Class of 2016 booking you immediately?

That is why the Seniorologie Shoot Out is the perfect event to help you create a portfolio of jaw-dropping, make-your-clients-book-a-session images!!  At every Seniorologie Shoot Out we brainstorm the perfect concept, get the models, style them, provide hair and makeup for them, pick the perfect props, find an amazing location and help you shoot those AMAZING images!!

Seniorologie is announcing the next Seniorologie Shoot Out to be held Friday, July 31, 2015 in North Carolina!  We have many, many requests for an east coast location and with the help of North Carolina based senior photographer Geni Bean of Pink Owl Photography we are coming!!:)

This shoot out will be held at a studio in the Research Triangle of North Carolina – Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham Area!  We will begin the day at 10 am with education, treat attendees to a wonderful lunch, answer your most pressing questions during a Q & A and then go out and shoot not one but TWO CONCEPTS!!

Hosted by myself, Leslie Kerrigan of Seniorologie and Leslie Kerrigan Photography and Geni Bean of Pink Owl Photography, you will get to not only ask us advice to help you with your senior portrait business but get to shoot right along side each of us in two different concepts sure to fill your portfolio with amazing images!

Registration for this Shoot Out will open Tuesday, June 23 at 8 AM Eastern Standard Time.  There are ONLY 20 Spots Available so make sure to grab yours while you can!  And did I mention the discount to those that register first??  The Intro Price is $399 and will ONLY be available until July 1.  After July 1, the price will increase to $499.

Read all the details below and be ready to register June 23 at 8 AM…Set Your Alarms!!

Registration Opens:  June 23, 2015 8 AM at www.seniorologie.com

Shoot Out Date:  Friday, July 31, 2015

Shoot Out Location:  Research Triangle (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham Area), North Carolina

Time:  10 AM until 7 PM

Details:  6 Models, 2 Hosts/Speakers, 2 Back to School Concepts perfect for Marketing to the Class of 2016, professional hair and makeup for models, styling for models, props, lighting techniques to practice, posing, Q&A, Lunch provided and so much more!!

Price:  $399 until July 1 / $499 after July 1

Availability:  ONLY 20 Spots available

North Carolina Shoot Out - July 31, 2015

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This is a one-day event for photographers that includes education and shooting.  Attendees limited to 20 max.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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Sneak Peek of One of the Concept Inspiration Boards:

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Shoot Out Hosted by:

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Geni Bean is a photographer in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in high school senior portraits.  She successfully runs Pink Owl Photography in both Raleigh and Louisville, Kentucky.  Geni loves to share her expertise in marketing with fellow senior photographers as well as her love of incorporating both portraits and lifestyle photography into her senior sessions.  Geni is one of 12 amazing speakers at the upcoming Conference 12, which is a senior photography conference in Scottsdale, Arizona October 22-25.

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Leslie Kerrigan is the owner of Leslie Kerrigan Photography in Greenville, South Carolina and specializes in high school senior portraits.  Leslie also runs the popular senior photography blog Seniorologie.  Through her photography businesses, Leslie has spoken at events all over the country including WPPI, Seniors Ignite and The Savvy Retreat.  She has also taught a successful senior class on Creative Live.  Through Seniorologie events such as Shoot Outs, Tours and Conferences, Leslie loves to meet photographers and help them succeed in their businesses.

 

Senior Style – {5 Ways to Wear Jeans}

Jeans are the perfect versatile item to wear for a senior session.  They can be dressed up, casual, urban, boho, preppy….you name it and seniors can make the jean work for their style!

As photographers, we have to guide and educate our senior clients on what to wear for their session.  From telling them how many outfits to wear during their senior session to suggesting items that work well on camera, you as the photographer have to be well educated in order to help your seniors.

And every senior has jeans!!  So tell them how to incorporate jeans into their session.  Tell them to express their personal style with jeans.  Maybe they are preppy and want to pair a blazer with jeans and heels.  Or they could be a little more urban and want to express themselves with a graphic tee and boots.  Any way they style them, jeans are the perfect item to wear for senior sessions!

Below is an inspiration board with five different ways to style jeans for a senior session.  Pin this, share this and use it to help your seniors plan their jeans outfit for their senior session!!

xoxo,

Leslie

 

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Senior Inspiration – {Lux Senior Photography}

Being able to educate your clients is an important part of our jobs as photographers.  Client’s may say they want one particular look but giving them options may be what they really want.

“Sarah wanted all downtown locations.  I did, however, talk her into a nice spot at the end that had a bit of an overlook for the sunset!”

I think having the different options for locations made this a well rounded photo shoot and gave this senior a wonderful experience!  Check out this beautiful session below and read what Erin Neace of Lux Senior Photography in Dayton, Ohio had to say about it!

Website:  www.luxseniorphotography.com

Blog:  www.luxseniorphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/luxseniorphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Sarah’s style was my inspiration for this shoot – she picked great outfits! Sarah is also very elegant and has a refined look. I knew I had to showcase her in some fabulous locations! The shiny granite wall and the pale palette of the courthouse columns and steps really made her look stand out.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Various locations in downtown Dayton, Ohio, as well as a secret spot that has a nice vantage point of the sunset.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Sarah picked out all of these cute outfits completely on her own. She texted me pictures and I approved of all of them! I always check my seniors’ outfits before the shoot to be sure everything will look good in photographs, but normally I give them complete control – this is all about them after all! The concept was really made up of her desire to be mostly downtown and I picked the exact locations.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5D Mark iii, Sigma 50 Art, Canon 85L, and a large white reflector.

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

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

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite part of the session was the courthouse portion! I had wanted to shoot there for a while but just hadn’t had the chance – I seemed to have extra light and freedom to move around in the city more this time. I told Sarah she reminded me of a Greek goddess with those columns behind her!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I really wanted Sarah’s elegance, style, and personality to show in these images. I think we definitely accomplished that. I also love shooting downtown and finding knockout locations, so this session really illustrates that about my photographic style.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Coordinating your senior’s outfits with your locations can really take your photography to the next level! Think of each session as a pseudo styled shoot and make sure everything pulls together.

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Senior Inspiration – {Deone Thornton Photography}

Most senior sessions come during the client’s senior year of high school.  But being home schooled is also a chance to capture the moment in a client’s life.

“This session was special in two ways.  This senior was home schooled, graduated early and moved on without capturing the milestone.” said Deone Thornton of Deone Thornton Photography in St. George, Utah.  “She also made a huge life changing decision and was baptized into the LDS Religion.  This session represents both important milestones in this client’s life.”

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

Website:  www.deonethorntonphotography.com

Blog:  www.deonethorntonphotography.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Deone-Thornton-Photography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
My inspiration was “light” and “beauty.” I had something very specific in mind for this session. I was going for a very soft, moody, creamy and yummy light look. I had 2 locations in mind and coordinated each outfit and accessories for that specific location.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
My home town of St. George, UT. We used a local golf course for the first location and then walked along the edge of the river for the 2nd location.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes, I had a specific mood and look I wanted to portray in this session. I asked Emilee if she could search her closet for the clothing I had in mind. She IM me pictures and even ran out and bought a dress that ended up being perfect!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon D4, 70-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 85mm 1.4

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What time of day were these taken?
Evening 6:30 – 8:30

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I use both Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom for any color corrections and white balance and then into photoshop for the final edits. In photoshop I use Nik software and Portraiture.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
EVERYTHING! I love the light, the location and of course my beautiful senior! I love how she was so comfortable and natural in front of the camera. LOVE THIS SESSION!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
As with all my session I want to portray the beauty that is both inside as well as out. I would describe my photography style as soft, natural, light and airy, haha is that a style??

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Oh gosh, I don’t think there is a one tip miracle drug so to speak. I would say one thing that has worked well for me is getting excited about what I see on the back of my camera. Confidence and relaxation takes a minute when you are photographing a senior, or anyone for that matter. I found that the more I get excited and compliment my seniors on their posing and body language helps get them excited and in return more relaxed, Everyone wants to do a good job and taking a good portrait is no exception.

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Senior Inspiration – {Alyona Oborn Photography}

Having clients that are willing to break out of the norm and do something different for their senior shoots is a photographers dream.

“I have always wanted to create something like a fairy tale look for one of my seniors,” said Alyona of Alyona Oborn Photography.  “I was so excited to break out and do something different for this session and Kylie was so perfect for this!”

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

Website:  www.alyonaobornphotography.com

Blog:  www.alyonaobornphoto.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AlyonaObornPhotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I have always wanted to create something like a fairy tale looking for one of my seniors and I think this location with a beautiful lighting was just perfect for Kylie. We talked about her outfits prior to a session and she did a wonderful job picking them.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Woods of Pocatello, Idaho and some blooming trees

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Nikon d 700 with 85 mm 1.4 for most of the pictures.

What time of day were these taken?
4:30 pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I dont really do too much to my pictures, I like to enhance colors a little bit.

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What is your favorite thing about this session?
Idaho gets so dry during summer, so it was nice to have some beautyful green scenery with some sunshine for this session, Kylie was a dream to work with.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I just want my seniors to know that my main goal as an artist is to capture who they are . I think Kylie was amazing and her senior session truyl shows who she is, very genuine and sincere girl and it was fun to show her personallity with the location and lighting.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
I think its very important to get to know our seniors and to get their vision, to understand what they want their pictures to say about them. Every senior I worked with has a different story and different interests so its always nice to be able to create something new and unique for each one of them. Dont be afraid to ask questions before the session and try to understand what look they are going for.

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {August 29, 2015}

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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 Kristie Bradley Photography, Charles Street Photography and Be Freckled Photography.

Congratulations to these three! Keep sharing those amazing images with Seniorologie!!

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