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Senior Inspiration – {Tina Jay Photography}

Giving girls confidence is one of the things we can all do as photographers.  And when you can create a photo shoot for your senior models that allows them to feel amazing and inspire confidence in themselves, you are giving them something they will carry with them the rest of their lives!

In the session below inspired by Kate Spade, photographer Tina of Tina Jay Photography in Pennsylvania had her models showcase one word that describes each of them and showcased that word in the shoot.

“I think your teenage years, when you’re about to head off to college, can be a really vulnerable time in your life,” said Tina.  “I always aim to show them their true beauty through my lens and hope it gives them a great dose of confidence as they move forward in their lives.  One idea I had for this shoot was to have each girl on my Senior Team choose a word that they feel describes them as a person.  I loved reading the words they chose and I had each word laser cut from wood, spray painted gold,” said Tina.

Check out this amazing shoot and read what else Tina had to say about it!  Thank you for sharing this amazing shoot with Seniorologie Tina!!





What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?

I went with a Kate Spade inspired Senior Team shoot, since it fits well with my brand and I love all things Kate Spade! That was my jumping off point, and all of the details fell into place from there. From the black and white striped backdrop, to the laser cut words, to the custom hand calligraphied stemless champagne flutes, it all came together beautifully! The girls had an amazing time, and I’m thrilled with the images:)

Where did this photo shoot take place?

This photoshoot took place in an unfinished office building! The space had floor to ceiling windows, and the unfinished nature of the space was perfect for our shoot!

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

I collaborated with the following vendors for this shoot:

Hair: Leeann Foust with Mood Swings Salon (

Makeup: Veronique’s Creative Artistry (

Styling: Laurel & Elm (


What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?

Nikon D4, with an 85mm 1.4 and a 50mm 1.4 lens.

What time of day were these taken?


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

All of my post-processing takes place in Lightroom (I don’t use actions, just adjust each image as needed), with minimal sharpening and curves bump in Photoshop.

What is your favorite thing about this session?

My favorite thing about this session is the laser cut words each girl chose to describe themselves. It gave me an even greater insight into who they are, and I loved reading what they chose. I think it turned out amazing once it was all put together for the shoot in the end!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?

I want this session to convey to senior girls that true beauty comes from the inside – from you who are as a person.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?

Get to know them! Getting to know these girls is so much fun, but when you truly connect with a senior, you’re able to bring out so much more of their personality – and that resonates in the photos!