Senior Panel Q&A


Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


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Senior Panel Q&A

We've talked a little bit about what you are looking for and what attracts you to certain photographer's what is the worst thing that a photographer could do that you would say, oh gosh, I don't wantto I'm not going to use that person wait, what would turn you away from me? My mom probably like not picking my own clothes like I really would like to express myself and who I am but if they're like say you have right where this type of clothing like can't wear anything else that really like but I hope with your clothing that would be very nice but like picking the whole wardrobe and saying you have to wear that you can't wear any nails right? That is that's no good for right? Yeah, I don't blame me e want tell me what were either of you have probably too many directions to be honest telling you really to go there there there and just do whatever, but it makes it very stressful because you are there to take a picture that sometimes you don't actually want to take right? So I mean someone h...

arping at youto do multiple poses or just run around everywhere and multiple pictures you kind of get a little annoyed and stressed at the same time mind almost kind of opposite of his but line would be if they didn't give me enough direction like they didn't if I just got there and they're like okay staying there and expected me to just pose myself like even though I know howto oppose my seniors and I think if I was a model I'd get there and be like I don't know what to do like I'm not usually in front of the camera so I need them to give me like specifically put your hand here like relax your fingers and all that right so basically a fine line between the two because you don't have too much so used to hear like being comfortable and you like being yourself you could just kind of jump in front of a camera and right everyone but if you don't usually like take having your photo taken you kind of want a little bit of direction but not too much to where you're just like yeah I kind of get a million so yeah yeah course fantastic so okay this question has a number of votes this is from a dance for for you guys say it's photographers that you don't know so we've talked a lot about people that you have gotten from word of mouth where do you find out about senior photographers other than word of mouth are you seeing them in the school newspaper ads social media flyers around the school of the community where should people who are looking to reach you and market you where should they find you school I think straight, yeah, just right on the newspaper I think that's that's a good newspaper that's a good way to go, but you kind of want to do it in a way we're like you. You don't seem lame, it's a it's, a touchy zone? I don't know, but, yeah, I would say contacting the school and then just giving I mean that's like a first step, but I mean, for me as a dude, I'd probably type in seattle photographer senior photos on google, and then I would look to the first three on then I would choose what look cheapest, right? Maybe not to cheat, because then you might not like, uh, well, and also the newspaper for school newspaper thing probably depends on where you are in the country because where I am, this school's probably wouldn't let me put an ad in the newspaper because all of our seniors have to use the school appointed photographer, so his answer is great, but it probably applies to certain types of schools where he can use any photographer so there could be tons of ads in his school newspaper because all the students are looking for a photographer where other schools you have to use the school pointed photographer, and so I'm guessing they probably wouldn't mess with that contract and let you do that so I think that's you know, that's the thing about senior photography is it's different all over the country, so having europe, you know the way you just said that if versus away that may be where they have the school point of photographers is a great thing so we haven't talked a lot about price and it was just mentioned price is that a big issue if sort of everything else was equal? Are you looking at the lowest price photographer or how does price play into the factor of sort of quality price all these things that you're saying you do want uh I think for quality and prices kind of you should really have an idea of what kind of price range already going for if you want to look if you're looking for to take take your have your picture taken but at the same time you also want to know what kind of picture you want like or where you're going for your picture really so deep are you all as concerned with price or is it more your parent that yeah okay, so did your did your parents fund and you know, you guys have all special situations here, but you really wanted your photographer because you're best friend did your parents then look att price or did they just say, oh yeah, you want her using her? Yeah kind of exclude that one that one didn't they want you made a connection with somebody and they wanted to be with me that first one mom was a little spectacle about it she's like why don't you look at other people's like see what you like anyone else but mostly focused on her? I was like no that's who I want to go with this is who I feel comfortable with I mean, I met her I've done ish was that a writer? So I know her and I know how she does it does it? And she was like, check it out maybe so okay, okay, sara, do you nou also used a friend, but what do you think people shop for photographer? Do you think they look at price first? Do they think you know, what do they look at first? I think that well, as faras the teens, they'll obviously be more on the social media, which you're probably not putting your prices on that all the time. So I think that they will see your work first and then they'll go to the price and kind of see if you're in that price range and if it's like worth, if it is more expensive if it's worth it for them toe, make that investment depending on like the quality of your work and do you feel that the parents make that decision the most yeah as far as price yeah I think because he will at least around here it's always the parents that pain from session things never do so definitely the parents right s o r audience we've got sara here who is closer to you in your age but a lot of people that are watching at home are a little bit older photographer in their fifties in their sixties is that a problem for you not at all no I I just want someone who is really patient I think that's a great quality to have especially in a photo shoot that's like I just wanted to be comfy and of their patient with me than there's more of that connection and how they make you feel in their place in fact I got you a six year old woman's probably more patient than it's one year old so age is not discriminatory which is awesome to hear because we have a lot of people in our audience who think oh I'm too old told to start or maybe people won't relate to me so I think it all comes down to perhaps your personality and how you get across I necessarily right and does it matter about gender I mean do you guys want guy photographers do girls want girl photographers or do you not care about that? You just want a connection with somebody I prefer to have a female photographer looks I feel more comfortable you're touching you so it's like I don't yeah that's interesting feel market yeah how about you guys I've got an e mail but I don't know we'll get going both with a female and a male photographer it really didn't matter on say is just more of as long as there they have a really relaxing personality route okay didn't matter too much like who they were right and they are do photograph guys are mostly girls mostly girls I've had like two guys so far but yeah mostly girls and it's always the girl's boy print it's not like theo do the girl the girlfriend and boyfriend what their photo taken together yeah ok are they dragging that boy to shoot I guess yeah well so far like actually just yesterday it was the girl senior pictures and then they're going to get the two of them together and the guy just wanted like a few just for the year book didn't want like a whole accession that's how you and I do actually I call it the question can I ask you okay you got it like pay attention to contest like say on facebook or instagram like photographer posted about a contest I know usually the parents pay do you guys pay attention to that or do you just not care because you're not the ones paying wait like a payment contest like yeah I want a free session or something like that somebody was giving away a free session would you be more inclined to submit like to enter that or do you not care because you're not the one paying for it anyway I care because I'm not the one hanging my parents said they might want teo personally I don't think I would look at it bothered with it ok, you won't care you wanted once the target for you got uh does that answer your question? Yeah, that is a huge insight right that's huge because we think about what we would go for but not necessarily our target client, right? Awesome awesome ok, another question we know that leslie does a lot does all of her shoots are on location? Do you know this is from monica? Hoffer says do you like outside pics or in the studio or would you are you open to both when I did my senior photos, it was so great that I could hardly open up my eyes on that was really stressful, so I don't know I'm more offended in studio and that like it's a more company but I don't really like it if there's sentiment so where you are really? Look, if you're sailing like e I like it outside I don't feel like being in the studio it kind of makes me feel a little cramped and uncomfortable I prefer to be outside and sunshine okay I prefer to be outside tuks you got more more stuff to work with again my sales so I really wanted to sail boats right for us for the studio stuff if you are more comfortable in the studio do you have a certain like would you care if it was the same backdrop that everybody has maybe been photographed by that photographer in that studio would you care about the backdrop? Um what any of that coming to play I don't know yeah I'm not sure yeah I mean I like really both outside of the studio I it's cool to have nature and there but at the same time like you know if it was just like me in a studio like with my guitar and holding it and just be classy but that's cool too that was just all about how they do it and how come you are in the shots okay? Okay. All right I like this one. This is from latchkey photography so we've talked loved that question from sarah on the same topic. What about contest where the prize was non retarded thing like a concert tickets this person has seen way more than just like every pose you but at the same time if you get like something something you khun either use or do outside of the ship would probably catch your catcher's internal board okay for guys what would be something you wantto win what sports tickets or concert tickets okay so okay and for girls of anything fashion related fashion concerts ok ok good idea so just you know a way to get a photographer's name out there but not giving away the actual photography but more just a contest that they can start being in front of the target audience type thing would be more interesting okay good to know. All right, I'm going to throw it back to you for one final question for our panel yes or I could do it but did you get in here and answering these questions look, I'm getting get agent of guys no okay, yeah I'm good all right, so what is the one single thing this is from stacy? Jacob had several votes. One single most important thing when you're choosing your senior portrait photographer and we may have already covered it but just you know, you talked earlier about showing a unique style like who you are as a person and there's bring that into the photo okay? Having them uh comfortability just being coming in comfortable. Yeah, but how do you know that when you're choosing them? Um that's that's really tough to know to be honest it's more of like second I show up to the picture and if I'm not being directed right away more of their making a good conversation with me then obviously makes me feel a lot better so, like, if I called the agency, or from speaking to the photographer, yeah, if they're letting me speak, you know, if they're not talking over me, then I'm gonna want to choose them. Yeah, yeah, like talking on the phone there instead of them telling you what you're going to do, like repeatedly, or just let them have you talk about what you want to do for your picture, okay, that's. Awesome, awesome, sarah, carrying anything. I'm like sitting here trying to come up with an answer. There are many different things, I guess I would say, like, we've been talking about the connection and just realizing, like, if they actually care about you, or if you're just another like, number to them. So, yeah, okay, 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!


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.