Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


Lesson Info

Bonus Video: Concept Shoot

Hey, we're here in our concept shoot location in north georgia at the north georgia canopy tours it's a great campground um, really fun if you ever get to georgia for zip lining, etcetera, but today we've chosen as the location for fed issued because of the glamping seem that we're doing with our concept shoot, we are in front of these awesome teepees, and we're going to incorporate those into our shoot. The reason I chose glamping is because I was inspired by a photo on pinterest everybody knows how inspiring pinterest khun b the photo was actually a a wedding photo, but it was just of a tent with flowers on it there were no people involved or anything like that that was enough to get my wheels turning, and I thought, well, I can I do that for a senior concept shoot also had toid a way around that the idea of summer camp, which I think is a fun thing, teo, incorporate into a concept shoot, so I kind of missed the two together and came out with glamping in order to be a little bit more...

glamorous and, you know, really stretched the editorial sad of shooting so it's something that I don't typically do so it's a chance for me to practice that side of shooting a concept shoot in general is is just for that you can have fun you can step outside the box you could do something different try something new it's not an actual client generally that's paying you to get the perfect photos so it allows you a little bit more time and creativity to just really branch out and try something new concept can be wide or very specific anything from just wanting to trying to clip new location or just wanting teo tried different time of day those khun b reasons to do concept shoot or something there's specific like a theme or something you just really wanted to try a lot of times people will incorporate movies or things like that than in fire them you know, hunger games is really big, so I've seen hunger games, themed shoots and things like that so you could be their specific that think of things that really relate to the age group that you're trying to market to because these photos will be used for marketing purposes teo put in your portfolio and just show people what you can do so we're gonna have fun today and shoot a lot of really cool shots that this awesome location so a lot of times when I'm doing location scouting for a concept shoot it is remotely I don't have the luxury of taking a day trip away from my kids teo actually scout a location that's out of town now if I were doing this concept shoot in my own town I would certainly have time to do that, but we needed something specific to illustrate the glamping concept so I got on google did a search and the closest place to me was this awesome sight campground site called north georgia canopy tours in georgia about an hour and a half from my house, which is about the limits of what I would probably travel for any type of shoot I try to stick to about an hour and a half max just because time is money and you want to try to, you know, try to find places close to you as possible. But anyway, I googled this place I found it, I thought the teepees were awesome, they would make a really great backdrop for our shoot provide us with a unique color because the tops of the teepees were different than the bottoms and would really be a great backdrop to pop against the girls. So we're going to walk around and see a couple of other places around here this this huge laying in so we will find all kinds of great places but the teepees will definitely be a part of our backdrop. When we were location scouting, we're looking for unique places and this caught my eye because of the leading line this bamboo stocked up in a line is going to be a great way to oppose the girls and have the lines lead you directly to the subject that I'm trying to showcase also will provide texture. It also gives them somewhere to pose with a lot of times, having something to lean up against, lean up against like thiss all of those different things will help give you variety and your photo shoot so it's not just a girl standing somewhere, but you can incorporate this environment or the structure with posing. This is another good spot because it also has somewhere for the models to lean on pose against. You can have him sitting on this lean against this standing on this, leaning against the rail, also another leading line. Really, even though the individual lines are going horizontal, the main line of the path is going directly to where I would probably pose the models. This group of trees would be a great backdrop, and looking at it from this viewpoint would be something different and unique might not be something you'd use in an actual senior photo session, but definitely something to try out when you're doing a concept session, because the concept shoot is somewhere, something that you can try new things tried different vantage points, do different posing and things like that, so this might be something that would be a good thing to try out shooting from up here and having the models down there. I love the pulling of the clothes that's, my favorite part of a concept shoot because I like to pretend like I'm a stylist, I'm not, but I love to shop, so I love to pull clothes from different places that sort of fit with the concept that I'm doing three people is a great place, the feel of their clothes very much fit in with the mood and feel of this concept shoot. So a lot of these clothes actually came from free people like this dress, all these white dresses, and then anthropology is another favorite place that seemed to fit with what I was doing, so a couple of the other pieces came from there, so really it's about knowing the different places to shop and knowing what store's going to provide you with whatever mood you're trying to accomplish. If I was looking for something super preppy, I probably would goto, like, you know, lily pulitzer somewhere like that, but that wasn't what I was looking for today, so I went with the stores that provided the feel of a very would g can't be type shoot, ok, so I brought a bunch of staff for us to trial on I have two favorite outfits somehow, from works for the same glamping, so that's why everything sort of glamorize campaign that you had everywhere sequence hurt camping much less blame thing but we're going to work with okay we're trying to get for like editorial fund over the top type thing okay, so I'm gonna have brooke I want you to other song and see if this works for you okay and then connor I want you to try this this top looks tiny but it stretches it's just one of those dirty things you know to try that on and if those don't work we'll go with something else but those were my two favorite outfits have picked for you ok ok yes I think that was good. I think that looks awesome do you like it on? We'll wear the hat with it yeah, which everyone I don't care if you like that one better. Okay let's see antonio I think that's what you need to wear are you okay with that? Okay. And then let's look at shoes real quick so these are your shoes ok, so I would probably wear either those were those whichever one and then for you I think yeah, I think that's okay are you sure you want her in this and we don't want a pair like the red one the one booth black and that was it that waistband is kind of right distracting so maybe put with topping without color? Well, if you ever try this on with it we compare the vest with that's. Why she's got that on or even here with clean? I'm the best. And she has cream in it when we over here, let's, see what this looks like on? I definitely think we can use this in some of the chai. Um but then let's, just have her try this dress on and see what it looks like we do. You mind doing that? Okay. And we'll just compare the to put the vest on there. Yeah, I think so too, right? I like that. I like that. Better you're you're okay with this? You don't carry. I think I think that either one of the boots is fan. Same that's what I know because they have the red don't you saying all right? Yeah, yeah, this one doesn't make you pop more. I was afraid of the red at first, but the red actually just stand out more on you. So let's do that. Okay, go see that's. Why you bring a whole lot of different options? Because you never know what's gonna look best on her. Okay, so I'm pretty leaning out when it comes to letting you be artistic, okay, but this just sort of a guide think, um, editorial, woodsy glamping type thing that's what we're going for because it's a concept shoot and not an actual high school senior shoot even though they are high school seniors we can be a little bit more like dramatic and make up dramatic and hair that kind of thing so I'm cool with letting you go free with that but just, you know, do something fun and unique and different. Yeah, well and you could use the inspiration of a great okay so hope you want to check out what their weight right? We could do more of like the greatest okay, yeah, maybe a little bit more color on your face since it's neutral right that's a good idea maybe a papa and I are cheek or live or whatever okay think that'll look great. Okay, okay. And then for her since she's wearing hat maybe something a little bit chunkier down? Yeah, like some chunky curls yeah, okay have a good maybe some gray in it or something and then keeping it still neutral but like a bump up from like like a bronze control yeah that'd be good. Ok, I'll be good just because the rest color and maybe play up the eyes a little bit so they stand out beneath that hat you know, sometimes when you have a hat on that kind of cover up your eyes a little bit and they make those pop okay, all right oh you look so pretty I love it oh my gosh it's so good I love the lips that's all I think that'll pop with the neutral outfits and your hair looks awesome we kind of look like twinkies girl okay all right what I want you today as I want you to put one foot up here and I want you to kind of make my hair like the hair side shoot to the sad you need to you need to be here so I could see more of your face because if you're here your hair's in the way okay but basically reversed one foot up and kind of almost bring your knee and down a little bit so it doesn't look like you're just like this, you know? Whoa, but like we're kind of bring it forward a little bit and kind of break yeah and just kind of lean back like that okay come a little bit more in the mood okay? So when you're shooting with a girl wearing a hat, you have to make sure that you get enough light in there because the hat will shake her face on dh we already are and somewhat of shade anyway so a couple of things we did to try to help that is we've pulled the hat back on her head just a little bit instead of instead of her wearing it all the way down on her forehead so that helps opens her up a little bit allows more light to her face and then we're going to pop a reflector in and you can see the difference no reflector reflects good okay, so I'm gonna have you um weight on the back foot lean back a little bit like this arm just grabbed the arm like this ok and I'm gonna be standing right there and you're looking for you move you keep doing that awesome gorgeous okay, now we'll have you sit on the edge of this you can just sit all that down needs end like this and lane over just real kind of slouchy fix your hair it's always better to take the time to fix their hair now then have to fix it in photo shop so I'm going to go up to our make sure she's okay with me touching her and because she can't see what's in her face so I'm slightly removing hairs if I can fixing necklace is making sure the clothes are exactly where I want them and then already she and maybe lean over a little bit more yeah just kind of an exaggerated kind of slapped okay okay I'm coming close to you, right? They're playing that necklace that's perfect chin down just a little bit allowed the head till that's awesome beautiful and the orange back there playing off of your neutral clothing may look at that I can see what you look like the nature doesn't provide a mirror, but the camera does right there that's awesome. Oh, I love it. I could pull that leg in just a little bit right there. That is gorgeous. Okay, one more close up you can tell you done this before where you're great at it. Don't you have tell you what to do? Okay, awesome. I'm mike cash separately. Oh, yeah? Okay, tilt your head just a little bit right there. Perfect. And then let's, bring that arm up right here you go. Awesome. Ok? And I like to kind of make it look pretty silly. So I love any sort of angles criss crossed arms, you know, knees a little bit of different, maybe glad one leg out. Three knees are a little bit of different angle. Exactly. Drop the shoulder. I love that that's. Perfect. Awesome. And I like to do several of the same pose before I move on making sure I get vertical horizontal, etcetera. So sit tight for just a few more seconds in that same pose. Awesome. Love it. Okay, and then let's, switch it out. Maybe bring it one arm up on your shoulder around your neck like that. What? You just did that perfect. I love it a lot of times when I'm shooting I'll be telling you to do something and you'll do something on the way to trying to do and I'm telling you to do and I like it better and that's what just happened exactly like that that's perfect perfect awesome love it come up close and get that same thing okay, on the count of three I want you to glance up that may okay one, two, three perfect now bring this one up a little bit closer to your face almost lean on it a little bit and then one, two three right here one, two, three got it ok, I do it was not already bested on your actual neck there there right there right there come in really close and then one, two, three perfect okay and then we'll get one more a little bit wider same thing ready? One, two three perfect. Okay, let sam tried different location. Okay, okay, stay right here and what I want you to do is I want to put your forearm right here and I want you kind of dropped the shoulder and lean into it just a little bit, okay? Oh yeah that's pretty okay, but where's the reflector let's grab that we'll bounce a little bit light right in your face and that's going to go or just good looking a little bit more pop well, it appears to be like all right yeah, okay right there I got perfect you ready that's gorgeous right there oh my gosh that's really pretty I love that and it's also like hitting your shirt so it's kind of like making that pop so we've got her position we love the light coming through the trees back lighting her given her a nice hair glow but we really need a little bit more light on her face I like to see if a pop in the face so we've got these two reflectors here we're going to use the white side of won the silver sight of the other at a little bit of pop and we're going to put those in there and see the difference okay so we're gonna hold this one up on dh right there and then you keep it makes your face stays this way because once you turn it it gets changes the light a little bit okay right there that's perfect gorgeous eleven okay right there love the hands love that on your hip that's perfect um and even if you could bring that the back leg let's switch like the back one back there yup so we've got triangles f curve perfect so the reason we chose the white and the silver is because the sun's already a really gold so if we did the gold side of the reflector it would really make her very golden orangey almost we can demonstrate that a little bit with this um it's just not I would rather a nice clean image than I'm any sort of color tent so that's why I chose the side that I do used now this reflector has gold and silver so it's not quite as strong in color caste but it is really strong on her so you can't get to make sure not to blind your subject if I got way up there and show this right in her face you would be like whoa so I kind of try to position it and then I step back a little bit so it's not really really crazy right? But just perfect actually if you'll come right here and hold this I'm gonna get a few this right a lot of times when I'm looking for a location I try to look for a lot of leading line a trail is a really good option especially for this particular concept shoot since we are talking about a woodsy glamping campaign type thing and so this trail right here is going to be a great spot to put the girls do a bunch of different poses together and by themselves and have the line leading your eye right to the girls our girls come here ok? I love this path of love the sun coming through here so we're going to try to set you up now sometimes I have to put you here and moving around so just come here so I can see where I want you right there okay coming here okay I want you to come almost like this okay exactly I want you tilt your head a little bit in and then we're gonna need a reflector hello there we go and we thought that no step of a little come and yeah now go into her like you are there you go perfect I love it and I love your closest heads and together like this there got perfect right there okay ooh that's gorgeous girls this lighting is a little bit different than what we were working with earlier so that I would give us a little bit of different variety to the photo that cool um because you guys uh earlier were a lot more even lit and now we've got a lot of contrast going on with your face is being pop with the reflector for then we've got a lot of darkness in the trees and stuff which is cool okay right actually you know what, brooke? I like you hold that necklace if you'll do that that's awesome. All right right here. Awesome chin download it broke there you go like that is awesome. Okay eleven this because it's totally different lighting situation than where we were earlier earlier we would do a lot of even lighting which is always great for portrait work but here we've got a lot more dimension and contrast backlighting plus, we've got the pop of light in the front but then also through the trees and stuff it's a lot of shadows, so it really makes for a different look give a lot of different variety to our photos. Ok, now I kind of want you guys teo stands separate. Um, you know what you get when you're standing always need to try to make an s curve of some sort. So back there you go that's it, uh, weight on your back leg angles with your arms if you can sew something like yeah like that. I love that like the back to back like that, but I like the separation just for something different. I love this that's awesome. And if you wanna pull that arm right there that's perfect and connor take two steps in that way toward her, they're still separated, but a little closer look, look at your shadow's not cool, that is love it. Like I think we should turn these into like, okay, we're going to some walking shots. I love to do these walking shots. They complain like they're on the catwalk and they can just have a good time, get them laughing and talking a little bit of interactions that changes up our so much pose shot for more of an interactive type shot, well, may have to run through it a couple times, make sure we get the perfect shot, but we're going to have them just walk, look at each other and not look at the camera and interact with each other and have a good time. All right, ready to go, I get e q oh, yeah, yeah, I like you all right last time also former time pull this hair out of their way not tried again just because it's on your cheek and every right there on that supposed tio bobby pin there again, all right, last time already, teo telling a story about when you feed in your backyard doesn't really here. Yeah, these air that look. Yeah, that one's cute. A lot of times after I'm props on location, I do like to shoot simply a lot of time, so usually it's just my camera and myself in the subject, maybe a reflector. So when it's that I try to find places for them, is it? So I don't have to carry a chair or a bench or anything like that for this year, while we were walking around checking out the location, we found all these great stops, which not all they're going to give us a great place for the girls sit and posed differently, but also provide texture and justin interesting element to the photo we're going to start out with you're doing exactly what you're doing where you look back at it like that and I will take a few like that then we're going to do a few where you're goingto swish it exactly and just have fun with it okay but I love this where you're looking down holding it out like that even look down just a little bit more good oh I love it okay now take this hand instead of home the necklace now let's do the move motion okay and actually you don't have to look at me when you're doing it probably looks more natural if you're just kind of swaying back and forth and I'm just gonna keep shooting okay okay that's perfect and look down I love that ah uh guys so I'm going to have her use this awesome tree stump for a place to sit and I liketo always instead of just having him sit you know straight up and down I like to give it a little bit of a dimension have her lane ford so she's gonna lean forward like this and there's a couple of different things you can do with your hands just what you just did or then after I take a few can move this one to here okay and then after a few contrite both of them crisscross exactly okay so we'll run through that yeah I do. I like that show a little leg you're doing awesome. Okay now let's crisscrossing down here? Yep. Perfect. Okay, I'm incoming cliffs okay, right here. Oh, there you go. Okay, now here's another one stay right there but what I want you to do is cross your arms like that and then lean forward with one shoulder, okay? It's like you're hugging yourself a little bit and then almost chin his shoulder kind of you know, I mean kind of like flirty like yeah, exactly. Okay. Oh, that no, um put your arms together like on your stomach and then move for well, now that looks like your home, your stomach? Yeah, their god and then shoulder, I think my favorite I gotta get a better look good after I turn it. Really? What were you going to move it a little work? All right. Like there. Okay, look at it. So like even they could do like this one, I'd be sitting here let's get the stuff like that that's what aboutthe any branch big enough? So part of a concept shoot is styling the shoot a lot of times that don't necessarily use a lot of props when it comes to an actual senior photo session, but when we're talking about a concept shoot again we're trying tio portray a theme or a concept, so in that case I used props to tell the story just like I do with the wardrobe just like they do with hair and make up and the location so we brought a couple of things that sort of reminded me of campaign would he feel I had these antlers that I got off at sea added a little glamour with some sparkly glitter martha stewart glitters the best it tends to stick the best then we've got lanterns and a little wood fear that I had in my house a lot of this stuff came from my house some of it about new with this shoot in mind but we envision the girl sitting here you know enjoying there you know best friend glamping weekend so again we like the whole interacting and like you guys touching somewhat so maybe one of you leaning down and the other one could be up like this on like her shoulder so he wants to do what you want to switch it up okay feeling down and you're like yep exactly lean in like that I love that put your knees together like this and then lean now okay I love it and I actually like you looking off and you're looking at mate okay all right hang on two seconds oh that's gorgeous y'all ok perfect book you're awesome connor you're looking great we'll just turn I'm just gonna be moving around a little bit I want you guys staying in the same pose for a few minutes so I get every angle here okay connor you look at me and brooke you look off their god is perfect, okay, awesome love it okay, gorgeous let me get one like this okay, brooke right here. Everybody right here may so we've got this set up where they can interact and it looks like a fun little girls glamping weekend got apple cider here and mason jars which is a great tool for just about anything in the south mason jars are awesome so they're goingto have fun enjoy their apple cider and we're going to take some shots okay girls, you guys mingle together interact with each other exactly exactly. Ah all right. Okay. That's cute. Okay, super cute. Okay, let's, take these out. Well, you can have another step take it away from you and now I just hang out and talk, okay? Because you okay? You know, earlier you were like, a little ahead of her and you kind of look back at our laughed, but I don't know if you have two lane florida little bit to do it perfect. All right, now let's come together and I want one of you guys just your head's really perfect someone right here get a wide shot, actually, yeah, that's cute that's really cute right there eleven okay arjun, you want any of this? Because I'm good, I think. All right, I think there's a wrap, half of you did awesome. Awesome, awesome.

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!