Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience

Lesson 1 of 38

Bonus Video: Beach/Park Senior Shoots

 

Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience

Lesson 1 of 38

Bonus Video: Beach/Park Senior Shoots

 

Lesson Info

Bonus Video: Beach/Park Senior Shoots

Hey, guys, this leslie, we are here in here make up getting ready for a senior federal session with amy our senior christina is going to be doing her makeup and I like to hang out with them just teo make sure that they're doing exactly what we need on their hair and make up to make it look perfect for the fed a shoot it's also a great time just hang out and get some of the senior so that's what we're doing, we're about to get started on amy's makeup. Ok, so today we're going to the beach, so I think keeping with that same with her hair and her makeup really she's got nice curls like me let's keep the beachy wave maybe a braid across brian or something tio kind of keep it out of her face but still have it down right on dh then for makeup just do the corals bronzy kind of color like like you're going to the beach, but maybe a possum, right? Okay, yeah maker, I stand out and then maybe a little pop of color on her lip. So how much makeup do you usually dio on people when they're getting t...

heir makeup done? We have to put enough on to make sure that you can see it on camera, but not too much or you'll feel uncomfortable so yeah, that's exactly what we do here make up is because we want to make sure that own camera it comes through, actually shoot a little bit over exposed, so that tends to wash people out, which is great for getting rid of wrinkles, but not so great if you want to see that I have makeup on so my makeup artist that I typically work with, she knows that, but I also do shoots all over the country, so I have to make sure that the makeup artist I'm working with wherever I am knows that I do shoot a little bit overexposed, so we want to make sure there's enough makeup on to see it on camera, but not too much makeup to make her look twenty five she needs philip seventeen, seventeen, eighteen have anyway, she used to look like hard, just amped up a little bit. We're here with forest, our senior model, he is going to be getting his head has taken today, and we're going to go through his wardrobe and pick out the best option sometimes it's senior guys, you really have to help them a little bit more than the girl. Because they're not looking at fashion magazines every single day like most girls are forest is the exception he brought a ton of stuff and brought some great color and stuff like that but sometimes you really do have to help them and really tell them exactly what to bring since he brought such great stuff we're going to go through that and pick out the best option for him to wear for a shoot okay so far so you brought a lot of great stuff thanks for hanging it up it lets me look through it and kind of going through it and seen all the great options you have I love the color that you brought which really pop on camera so that's good but since you told me that you really liked the shirt nous your favorite I think let's go with this layered over the shirt you have because layers will give us a lot of different options you can take it off and we could take some with just the t shirt and the vance or you know they will have this and then I think it'll look awesome with the hat that you brought the rattle pop on camera so if that works for you I think that's what we wear that word and that those pants and those shoes and I could say well, just layer this and then we'll take some with the hat some without okay perfect so tips for guys when you are trying to help them with what to wear like I say, I think they really sometimes need a little bit more guidance to bring the right thing with guys. As with girls, you can talk to them and find out what their style is. They might be a little more hipster, or they might be a little more pretty in my area. They're all pretty so they all have their tests. But that's perfect for a photo shoot because super cute on but if they're a little more hipster than you know, talk to them about that and give them pointers as to how they can really wear their personal style that looks good on camera things like pattern, stride, color all of those things are key things toe have them bring layers are also justus important for guys as they are for girls. Hats are really great because again, you can add something and take it away. Same thing with layers you can layer a shirt over a t shirt, and then you can take the shirt off and just have the t shirt jackets. If it's fall, you know suspenders are always good because it gives the guys something do with their hands again hats give them something do with their hands. Make sure they have pockets in their genes or the shorts, whatever they were, the only thing I would say it's probably not the best item is hawaiian shirts or anything like that are not the best, but anything that, you know, really good color, that it would make him pop on camera and just sticks. His personal style is probably the best way to go, but always have them bring several options so that you can help them pick the best possible option. Button down shirts, t shirts, jackets, even hoodies, suspenders this are always great over a shirt, but mostly pants and jeans and shorts for bottoms. Poor guys, they don't have as much options as we do, but you make it work with all those great things. Hey guys, we're here. Golden gardens in seattle, it is a great beach location that also has a park. Eso it turns out to be a great location. For that reason, it's got a big variety of places that I can provide my senior without having to get in the car and go from place to place to place. I like to try to give each photo session a variety of different looks to go along with their out. Fitz and things like that. So finding one location saves me time but provides variety and this place has just that so we can shoot on the beach. We can shoot in the in the park we can shoot here in the grassy area. There's. A lot of different places and a lot of different things we can use to give this photo shoot a variety. Okay, so yesterday we came out here and it was brightened sunny and this was the perfect spot for ah, shoot as like we have to come back here. But today, it's overcast when it is sonny, when you have a location like thiss and it is covered with bushes and stuff, the light's going to kind of be a little bit more speckled so you can work with that or you can simply move somebody right here right out side of that specially light and have a more even lit area with the sun still coming back from behind backlit but their face and the body will be evenly lit. So for a portrait that would be perfect because you want their face to be nice and evenly lit. So just by moving a few feet, you've got a completely different lighting set up, okay, come a little bit out right about there the reason I pulled her out of that greenery is because if you get too far into the greenery she's goingto take on a green cast especially on a day like this just because it's overcast and sort of has a graha screen kind of cast anyway so I pull it out so I can still get the greenery behind her but her skin won't be green so okay now remember yes yes yes turns his that tilt your head a little bit that's perfect actually can you do have a pocket front pocket? I could just take your thumb on that hand and rested right there and give me that and kind of struck your shoulder there yeah that's perfect coming close okay same pose and then we get a horizontal before I have movie okay, perfect. Okay, now squat down for me yeah and when you squat make sure that the back leg is a little bit higher than the front leg yep so like that and then just kind of like perfect well let's see how well I can balance there, huh says perfect okay, I'm coming close look right up here at me ah some the blue in your eyes is really popping I love it well okay, can you give me a big laugh? Can you fake it there you go look up when you kind of you know, like when you were like kind of like there you go. That's killed look this way that they go that that right there. Okay, now come down on your stomach. Lay down in the graph. If you don't mind, we'll put your feet up there. Got across the river. We'll fix your shirt. Okay. Okay. There you go. And then arrested right there. Yeah, perfect. Super killed. Okay, take that other hand and hold this one right there. That's. Perfect angle. Awesome. Okay, so this pose is always good because mom's always love the cute smiley pose. This classic has been around forever. I think I did it when I was a cheerleader in high school, but hey, it works, so keep keep remembering that whenever you're shooting to do poses that both the senior and the mom will like and get her smiling and laughing and having a good time. Ok, hop up for second and sit on your bottom with your legs out to one side. Okay, perfect. And then maybe even drape that hand of cross your lap like that. There you go. Camera coming close. Okay, let's, try no smile part your lips just a little bit and kind of breathe through your mouth, okay, and think of something happy so your eyes kind of looks, do everyone america's next top model you have so you know how she says surmising yes smile with your eyes not your mouth got it, peg most girls watch america's next top model so that's all I have to say perfect. Okay, don't bring up arm up right here. Yeah, maybe tilted that way. Okay, awesome. Okay, so we moved locations to give a totally different look before you would have thought we were in a field or somewhere like that. But now at the beach so it looks like we're at a totally different location. It literally was like ten steps so that's a perfect location now we're going to have her walking so we could do some poses, like with her moving and stuff, and we've noticed that you have heard this way and then realize that the winds blowing this way so I'm simply going to work with the wind and turned her turn her around and have her walk into the wind so her hehe is not all in her face less photoshopped somewhat look at me and sometimes don't um just like you would like kind of walk normally look out at the water, you can even kind of looked down a little bit and sometimes an over exaggerated step will look more like you're actually walking on camera, okay, teo behind I'm gonna be right over here and you're going to be walking toward mason take just slow steps on and like I say, you can pay train in your pocket and just kind of walked looking a little bit down smile look out of the water and then when you get a bit closer to me just kind of stop and give me a little pose like this. Okay? Got it will move back. Okay? You ready? Hang on. Good. Perfect. Uh that's awesome and the right here? Perfect. Okay, let's run through it one more time just to make sure I got it. Okay? Yeah, so good right back where you are. I'd like to do it two or three times just to make sure that I got it that it's in focus, but I got the right expressions, etcetera. So any time you're doing walking stuff, you want to make sure you run through it? Maybe two times at least. Okay, you ready? All right, hold on. Let me just my light just a little bit, okay, before you get started, but you did perfect. Okay, go. Oh, I love the hand in the hair that's perfect. And then right here at may I, um okay, what kind of want you to dio is come behind me and then I want you to walk kind of skin, yeah and then kind of stand right here and kind of play with the grass a little bit what we're gonna try it ok ok we're trying that all right all right just what you wanted to do it okay stay right there for a second let me get one right here yeah that's perfect go ahead you know your senior fighters we're gonna take you through the jungle did you there you go right there delicately good picture here that's right less photo shot for me and right here perfect I love it I like this location because it provides green and this like yellow color which is really good because where I'm from everything is green and we don't have this really cool wheat grass on dh so therefore you get a lot of green cast but because this has a lot of different coloring we have less green cast on her face on but also gives more dimension and cool color and a love color so it works out perfect okay stand right there and kind of look off I'm going to get a little bit more artistic shot with the branches so yeah you can totally use them the nature grasses etcetera to give some foreground dimensions so I've got these weeds or whatever they are in the foreground and then heard in the background it looks really cool and then you can also use it to frame her if you have an opening in the trees or anything like that. That kind of covers it. It also makes a great framing of your subject. Okay, now I want to turn around that way, and I want you to look over your shoulder at me like this, okay? Yeah. Turn your body a little bit more with it. Their right. Their six. One here, it's always better to fix the hair. Now, then, in photoshopped, you cannot turn your body even more toward me. But not a full sit right there and pull this on the back yet right there. Kind of. Yeah. There you go. There. Ah, that is so cute. The lights beautiful on your face. Your eyes are popping and pull the hand of even more there right there and get that gold finger painting. It looks awesome. I think it was all so okay. We'll get one like this me moves. I don't get the people in the background again. Less photo shop for me later, but I love it. Okay, perfect. Okay, so we picked this location for forest. I like to look for places where you can sit or incorporate some element to where you don't have to bring a prop I used to take. Couches and chairs and all this stuff in and drag him out to the location and now I really just want to be showing up with a camera a memory card in the lens and use anything I confined the ground a log just like this a stump iraq whatever I confined to have him sit because he's playing his guitar it really works well for him to be sitting so you prop it up on this leg we could do a couple of different things like that okay, so forrest, I want you to just play okay, but don't sing this time only because I don't want your mouth moving in the photo okay do you have to pretend you can play? I don't want your hand movement so much you go and look definitely keep that smile there you go. Awesome look right here may kill yeah, okay, we're coming close okay, look right here, ray that's killed turn your face a little bit more toward me. Oh, my god. Okay, now I will oppose you with it, okay? I wanted some action shots. Okay, so take it off your shoulder or whatever. Just have it right here and rest your arms way do that even like a little uh yeah like that exactly yeah, yeah more like more like this, yes, yeah, well, it's day maybe put one arm down and hold it let's say sometimes I have to do something before I could tell you how and I don't even have a guitar but I won't figure it out maybe something like this don't tilt your head because you're a guy yeah yeah yeah yeah just casually put more of your forearm on it they get right there give me a smile hey q q q perfect now um let's take this out give it tio okay, now I want you to lean over just give me that yeah yeah exactly right they're uh right there that's good no smile this perfect okay, now I want you to look out okay? Just kind of like right this way yep. And I like your hands just like that that's perfect. Okay, so, uh we never again like you are and then look out like you are and we're gonna take it from right over here. Oh, by the way, I changed lenses because I wanted a little more wide shot before I was using eighty five um and now I'm using a thirty five millimeter prom linds so I moved to adjust for that because nothing okay, ready? Yep, just like that love it okay, turn your face a little more tor me come there, okay, okay, you really drifting off thinking about the music you're going to write right tha this time I want you to have the guitar own like you are playing it but I don't want to play and I just want you to pose with it okay? We're going to use his guitar because it actually means something to him it's a great prop because it has meaning instead of using a prop for prop's sake ing I just bring something just to have something that you used this actually tells the story of who he is he is music that is what he loves that is his passion that's actually what he's going to school for so it works out perfect. Okay, have a seat right there. Okay? I just want youto yeah, I just want to sit just like that okay and look right here it may awesome okay, I'm gonna get a different angle, okay? I want youto kind of look out of the water, okay right there and then now look right here. May you're too young deny friends, aren't you? You know friends okay? You know how joey yeah, okay, you know how georgia's by you doing and does that give me a how you doing? Okay, now just rest your arm up there on the guitar yeah, right there. Yep, perfect right there get angle look right down here a perfect one more ok, take that other let's keep this when we had it take this one arrested over that? Yeah, just kind of yep. And then put this one back right there. Okay? Yeah. Mellow you doing? They're yellow. You get you get you laughin hey, that's the goal, right? Actually taken the joey. I'm taking the laugh after the joey. Uh hey. Uh huh. A little tricky. Tricky on you there. Ok, perfect. You're gonna love it. Okay, now, can you, you know, come down here on the beach. And what can you can I walk and talk? No. Anyway, yeah. Can you walk and play? Like I said, we're going to that awesome eleven. You're doing good. Keep going. Yeah, you're doing awesome. I like the action shot. I got a way. Awesome. Yeah, they got you playing. Yeah, it was like awesome. And that go super red look like that. Suppose you do. You don't even tell you how to pose because you're just naturally getting into your guitar, which gives me posing so I don't even have to think about it. Okay, so with a girl and a guy there's a difference imposing the guy always needs to say masculine. The girl needs to save women. Um ah, guy could do a straight on hands in pockets typos. Ah, girl maybe needs a little bit more of an angle. Bring her foot in, tilt her head a little bit. Hand placement is also important with a girl. You want her to have sort of ballet hands, keep him loose and not tense them up and grab things. So just a light touch of a hand on the shoulder with a guy you want more of a a masculine post, something like this. So we're going to show the difference in two different, like ways to put hands on the two models here. Okay, so, amy, so I want you to turn a little bit to the side and place your hand, gently die here on your neck and kind of lean into it with this kind of struck your shoulder a little bit. Exactly. Let me get a shot of that. Oh, my gosh. Perfect. And you kept that hand nice and loose. There you go. Perfect. Okay, now, forrest, but I want you to do is something more like this. Maybe even put a hand in this hand in the in a pocket like this straight on and kind of give me this look right here, yeah, exactly right there, just a little bit and maybe even bring that elbow out a little bit more. Okay, now I want you take both hands and put it in your pocket and just stand here just like this legs apart a little bit yeah, right there yet no shrug just straight on like this shut up just a hair. They're right there, okay, so with him I can sit him keeping masculine always but I consider him to where he can lean over is legs and stuff like that with a girl you may not want to do the same sort of pose she may have on a skirt you may have on a short shorts or anything like that so you don't make sure you pose her a little bit more feminine in a way that looks good on camera so amy, come here so I would have you come sit second delicate more like this okay as opposed to sitting like him way want you to have a little more curving a little more community you want to see it like that? The that the fraud pros and criss cross applesauce is always good to that skilled um so that's really key to anyone like that? Yeah, you go now your pose and I will take another one of you I'm also getting really close into her because all the rocks are goingto blur together what would be really cool and I just looked like a blue background almost a blue gray background right up here the closer I get the more blur I get which is also okay and they're right here so yeah you want to make sure you keep your girl and guy poses a little bit different you want to give the girls a little more curve a little more s curve you don't ever really want to stand them straight because arms automatically I mean look at me I've got with because I've got these arms and that's okay for a guy but for a girl you want to kind of turn their body you want to give them curves you want to give him angles different things like that a guy can't do a shrug your shoulder typos without looking a tiny bit feminine so you want to keep him masculine you want to keep him straight you want to kind of give him the more like the jilly how you doing? Okay so the sun's picking through so we've got to try to catch this while we can but I noticed that her face was a little bit dark because the sun's behind her so we're gonna pop a reflector in and you can see the difference away and with the reflector so lacey is going to come hold my reflector for me you hold it right there. Lovely assistant exactly kill okay, do me a favor and cross your foot over and hold your arm like this yeah that's it right there feel? Feel like like you, miguel drug that shoulder. All of it. There you go. Perfect. Right, that's all, uh, yeah. I'm kind of going away, but right here, can you? Too far back. You can tip your hat. You know, people that got out turn your face a little more toward may. Yeah, so cute. And now give me one not smiling. You can do with that laughing can charm for his and lean on me like that. Oh, that's killed you known each other forever, right? That's killed. I love the reflection on the water behind all that is awesome. Okay, cool. Love it. Perfect. Okay, so that's a wrap for she we picked a great location that gave us a lot of variety. Even though yesterday when I location scouted, it was bright and sunny and thought I might would have to work with the sun a little bit more today. It was overcast, so you just really have to go with what you're given the location you could scout all day long, but you really don't know what the lighting or whether we'll be like, because it changes. From moment to moment, really so no one had to work in both overcast and sun is a great way to make sure that you get the shot. She won't, no matter what the weather, a tte. The last minute here, the sun came out, so we got a tiny bit of the sun peeking through the clouds, which was awesome. If it had been a little brighton, sonny, like it was yesterday, I probably would have started out in more backlighting, because I didn't want. I wouldn't want them to face the sun and bl squinty, but the lower the sun gets, the softer it gets, and then you can start facing the sun. Today. It was overcast, so we could really go anywhere. But the golden gardens gave us a lot of variety, and we've got some great shots.

Class Description

High school seniors are energized, creative, and fun – and the best photographers know how to take portraits that capture that spark. Join Leslie Kerrigan for a guide to designing, marketing, shooting and sustaining a senior portrait business.

In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create senior portrait sessions that aren’t just a photo shoot, but are memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Leslie will share her unique approach to creating a style closet, providing wardrobe consultations and keeping up with the of-the-moment social networking tools teens use. You’ll learn about connecting with seniors’ personalities, interests, and sense of style to ensure their portraits are every bit as unique as they are. You’ll hear from the teens, themselves as Leslie hosts a roundtable discussion with a group of teenagers who will talk honestly about what they want out of their senior portraits and how to reach them. You will also explore ways to leverage that personal connection into more sessions, sales, and referrals.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become the dynamic, must-have senior photographer for every teen in your area!

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Lynn Powell Roberts
 

I learned a lot from this course. I watched all day when CL replayed Sal Cincotta's senior course and I wanted a second perspective, so I bought Leslie's course. I'm really glad I purchased Leslie's course because it was a great complement to Sal's course. Leslie covered different things like using a style closet that I especially found useful. She also did a beach shoot with a male and female model, which I found very useful and different from Sal's style. Leslie is so excited about "her girls" that she photographs - it's very engaging. I highly recommend this course.