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!

What to Wear Guide

How do you answer a seniors most common question…”What do I wear?”  Why not answer it with a beautiful guide full of photos to help them plan the perfect wardrobe for their session!

This guide is 40+ pages full of information and education to help inspire your seniors on what to wear for their photo sessions!  You will receive a pdf version of my what to wear guide that I personally send out to all my senior clients AND the psd files so you can customize the guide to your branding and add your photos!  Send this to all your booked clients to get them excited and ready for their shoot!

This guide can work hand in hand with your own inspiration from Pinterest, Polyvore and Fashion posts on your blog!  All of this working together, will help create the perfect look for your seniors’ sessions and make them feel comfortable, confident and ready to rock their portrait session!!

See photos from inside the guide below!  To purchase, click here!  All those that register and complete payment will be sent a link to download the guide.


This guide has been such a popular item since its release in February 2014 and many photographers have used it to help educate their clients on what to wear.  Check out the awesome reviews from some of our industry’s best photographers!

“I have been using Seniorologie’s What to Wear Guide for my Seniors and absolutely LOVE it! The fact that it is so easy to customize the guide using my branding and images is what I like most about it. Leslie has designed the guide so that anyone with a basic knowledge of Photoshop can make their own changes, or simply leave it as-is with Leslie’s superb design work. I also appreciate the vast knowledge Leslie has included on fashion: from color combinations, to what works best for each Senior’s signature “style”, she has laid out the guide in an easy-to-follow format that any Senior will appreciate and find useful for planning their session outfits. The Seniorologie What-to-Wear Guide has been a great asset to my business, and I would recommend it to any Senior photographer looking to add that extra special touch to the services they offer their Seniors.”  - Sarah Modene of Sarah Modene Photography

“I just love the what to wear guide! It has really encouraged my clients to reach outside of the box. My girls have become more creative and outgoing in their different looks for their senior portraits.  Ive heard again, and again, from my girls “ I just loved getting you package in the mail” I think it makes them feel special. 
More importantly, and what my clients don’t know, is that the what to wear guide is actually a client education magazine! It informs them of how important it is to think about their style, it engages their personality, shows them how competent I am, it establishes a level of trust and it creates a fashion authority! I think their parents like that its additional exclusivity, but over all the What to Wear guide adds value to the Senior portrait Experience:-) I love how easy it was to plug in my images and I also encourage others to join  Seniorologie for a ShootOut to create awesome images for their What to Wear Guide – in the end it will create a more creative client!!” - Carmen Evans of Love Carmen Rose

“As a senior portrait photographer I know first hand at how important it is to guide your senior’s in the right direction. I firmly believe you can never give them too much information.  They appreciate it and in return are fully prepared to rock out their session!

 The What to Wear guide created by Leslie Kerrigan has been the best addition to my senior client communication. The guide is packed full of information.  Leslie has made sure to cover every step in the process of choosing the perfect wardrobe for senior portraits.   Since it is so well put together I have had to make very few changes for it to fit my branding.

The guide is 100% customizable and very easy to add your own images right into the pages.  My favorite part of this guide is that it has the outfit samples put together.  There are over 70 outfit examples that are unique to each style and sure to please any senior’s personality.  This is something that can be very time consuming and Leslie has already done the work for us!  Leslie knocked it out of the park with the What to Wear guide!” - Melissa Lynn Hunt of Melissa Lynn Hunt Photography

Senior Style – {Adding Necklaces to a Style Closet}

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the easiest way to start a Style Closet for your Senior Photography Business is with jewelry!:)  I’ve seen other photographers have a jewelry bar or like me, when I first started, a tackle box of jewelry to take on shoots.  Just adding that perfect accessory such as a beautiful necklace can be the finishing touch to your senior’s outfit.

Necklaces can be purchased from a number of places for your Style Closet.  Here is a list of my favorite places to purchase jewelry…

Forever 21 

Stella & Dot

Charming Charlie

Pink Pineapple Shop

Altar’d State

J Crew

Kendra Scott

Kate Spade

Bauble Bar


Check out these beautiful necklaces below that would be a perfect addition to a Senior Style Closet and to any senior’s wardrobe for their photo shoot!  Remember, the perfect accessory can make the outfit!  Be sure to Pin this to show your Seniors what pieces could be added to their outfits to make them picture perfect!





Senior Rep Inspiration – {Redeeming Love Photography}

We are all inspired by different things.  Some of us are visual and are inspired by things we see.  Some of us are spiritual and are inspired by our beliefs.  And still others are inspired by words.

Lillie Duncan of Redeeming Love Photography in Fort Worth, Texas said, “Ever since I could remember, I have read poems and recorded quotes that stood out to me.  I love the quote for this shoot and its comparison of light and beauty.”

Check out this beautiful session and the quote that inspired it below.  Thank you for sharing your work with Seniorologie Lillie!




What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
“To love beauty is to see light.”
Victor Hugo

Ever since I could remember I have read poems and recorded quotes that stood out to me. This is the quote for this particular shoot. I love the inspiration and comparison of light and beauty.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
We went to Eagle Mountain Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I actually let her pick from my style closet.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used a Canon 5D Mark ii.
Canon 50mm 1.2
Canon 85mm 1.2

What time of day were these taken?
6:30-8:30pm (Golden Hour)

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
Absolutely! I love editing! I use Lightroom for everything.

As soon as I get home I upload all of my photos and save them on my computer. Then the next day after a good nights sleep and refreshed mind I open up my Lightroom and begin to cull. I go off of gut instinct…if it doesn’t capture my eye in 5 seconds I mark it with an X and keep going. I typically cull twice. I narrow it down to at least 50 because I know once I start editing there will be pictures I get rid of during the process. The will leave me with at least 35-40 images.

After I cull my images I run a mixed preset that I created for myself. I use a base preset from Mastin Labs (if you love film, check them out!) I then tweak my exposure, white balance, and curve. These three things help keep my work looking consistent.

I don’t do a lot of editing, so in 2-4 hours I can complete a whole session.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
It is definitely the golden light that was coming through the trees. And, of course, getting to spend this precious time capturing Mia’s sweetness.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I think this session shows off my style perfectly. From the light, nature, type of clothing, to the sweet girl being captured.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Try to remember what it was like to be young with the whole world ahead of you. Share with them the true meaning of beauty.


Senior Inspiration – {Ballad’s Photography}

From casual wear to prom dresses and everything in between can be worn for a senior photo session.  Being able to showcase a senior’s style shows a range and helps tell who that senior is through photos.

Ballad Hall of Ballad’s Photography submitted the beautiful session below showcasing these seniors in both casual everyday wear and in their prom dresses.  Check out what Ballad had to share about this session.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Ballad!







What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I love bringing an artistic feel to my shoots and once the girls had sent me photos of their dresses, we played off them and chose from two of thousands of options on the Central Coast. We are very blessed with so many locations to chose from over here.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Los Osos, CA.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Yes. They sent me photos of their dresses and the casual was up to them to chose.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5d Mark II, 50mm 1.2, 24-70mm

What time of day were these taken?
Late afternoon


Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I try to do as little photoshop as possible in post production. I want my clients to look natural and I aim to get the photo right the first time. I learned on film many years ago and feel like too much photoshop is “cheating”.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
The girls enthusiasm was incredible. They had a ton of energy and willingness to jump in. Thankfully there were no rattlesnakes that day!!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I love to bring an artistic feel to my shoots so that my clients want their photos blown up on their walls and won’t be tired of them. We always do the traditional “head shots” for the school’s requirements, but we have a lot of fun with the whole session, bringing in something unique.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Make sure your clients are comfortable with you first. I always get boyfriend/girlfriend’s names so I can make them laugh, or crushes. I highly recommend a professional makeup artist to work with as well. Krisa Watson worked with me on this shoot and it does help post production to almost nothing.


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Seniorologie Spotlight – {Share Your Image Saturday}


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 Olivia Renee Photography, Kim Rollwitz Photography and Amanda Matthews Photography. Congrats to these three!!