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.

 

Seniorologie Spotlight – {August 1, 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 Dear Kate Seniors, Tiffany Photography and Carol Rogers Photography.

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

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Senior Inspiration – {Tyler Tyndell Photography}

Having seniors create a mood board for their senior session is a great way to get a sense of what that senior wants for her session.

“When she shared her mood board for her vision for the shoot, I immediately knew what direction I wanted to convey,” said Tyler of Tyler Tyndell Photography.  “Lifestyle fashion was the perfect direction for this shoot.”

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

Website:  www.tylertyndell.com

Blog:  www.tylertyndell.com/journal/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/tylertyndellphotography

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Foremost, I was inspired by Paisley’s free-spirit personality, when she shared her mood board for her vision for the shoot, I immediately knew what direction I wanted to convey. Lifestyle fashion was the perfect direction for this shoot.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Faulkner Park, Lindale Texas

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Here in North Texas we can’t always make it to the beach to shoot, but we do have some piney forests. This was my first senior shoot at Faulkner Park ( discovered the park for an engagement session ) Paisley communicated her desire for ” not so typical” senior portraits, and shared with me her wardrobe ideas. based on the wardrobes and her rock star, free spirit attitude, i started narrowing down locations. I wanted something organic and adventurous that would allow her personality to shine.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5D mk III
Sigma 35mm f./1.4
Canon 85mm F./1.8
Canon 17-14mm f./ 4

What time of day were these taken?
4-7 pm

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
All images were processed with a variety of VSCO film presets and tweaked to meet my particular style.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite aspect of this session has to be the fashion. Clothes don’t make the person but they do help communicate a vivid sense of the seniors personality. Paisley’s wardrobe selection was powerful in that way. Her confidence shines through because she was comfortable being herself.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
This session with Paisley is the signature look I aim for when working with seniors. I always explain to the client before shooting that my personal style is to approach the shoot from a fashion/lifestyle perspective. This keeps the pressure off of them feeling like that have to be staring into a lens for hours. Paisley was the perfect client to meet this need. Her willingness and comfortability in taking direction allowed us to work each scene until we captured prime images that express an emotionality and sense of self.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
The most impactful tip that I can share with other photographers when working with seniors is to get away from the posing books and pursue each scene. Great images have to be sought after. Having a starting point for a scene is great, but don’t let your preconceived notions about what looks good keep you from exploring a variety of compositions and poses. Most importantly get them moving. Having the client work through scenes and shoot while they are moving gives a very natural and comfortable feel.

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Senior Inspiration – {Blush Creative}

A beautiful combination of modern and delicate equals the gorgeous senior photo shoot below by Brittney Boone of Blush Creative in Salem, Oregon.

“We mixed a fun downtown style with a sweeter golden hour setting to compliment the different styles of this senior’s outfits,” said Brittney.

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

Website:  www.blushcreativephoto.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/blushcreativephoto

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
We know we wanted to try a lot of different settings. This senior Elisa, was modern yet a bit delicate, so we went with a mix of settings and outfits.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Salem, Oregon

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

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon D610, Nikon 85mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, reflector and natural light.

What time of day were these taken?
5-8pm

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I am a big fan of frequency separation for skin retouching! Gives me that magazine look yet still natural look

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Golden hour

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
How different she is. We really had fun bringing out her personality by switching up the clothing and locations. I also love how it shows how much fun I like to have with each session.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Just get them to have a great time! Make them giggle, tell jokes! Get them to loosen up and really enjoy their experience with you!:)

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Seniorologie Spotlight – {July 25, 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 Mandy Evans Photography, Tara Mesyn Photography and Tanga Rae Photography!

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

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Senior Style – {Powder Puff}

My high school seniors are all involved in spirit groups at their high schools that include Powder Puff Football!  They love to play it and my boys love that their babysitters (my high school senior clients) can actually play football with them!:)

For a fun concept or just a fun get together for your reps, why not play Powder Puff Football and make a photo shoot out of it?  Sounds fun!!  A little fun competition between past reps and new reps or just each school’s reps playing each other!

Check out this fun inspiration board for clothing for this fun concept!  If you have done fun activities and photo shoots with your reps, let us know!  We love to show off super fun shoots that involve senior reps!

xoxo,

Leslie

 

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