Senior Portrait Experience: What to Wear Guide


Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


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Senior Portrait Experience: What to Wear Guide

What is the biggest question that almost all of you get one for my books? The session, a girl senior session, is it? What do I wear? Yes, it is. I'm telling you it is because it is for me. So so I got that question all the time, and I thought, how can I really helped them, like, truly help them? And I thought about me and who I am. I'm the girl that sat in church, and instead of paying attention, I was drawing clothing on the bulletin that they give you don't tell my mama, but yeah, so I wass that was me. I was designing clothes I wanted that's what I actually wanted to be was a clothing designer. So for me, it made sense. I'm like okay, that's, that's what I love. I love fashion magazines. I love you know, shows that are really heavy in the fashion project runway is the best show ever. Love it, it's, just it's something I love. I used teo. I wanted to be a fashion designer than I knew figured out I had to get in new york. And I'm a southern girl, who's, a little scared of big cities a...

t the time, so that kind of cancel that outs, and then the next thing I want to do is to own my own boutique clothing boutique, but things happened that didn't pan out, it didn't end up doing it, but now I figured out a way to get that sort of things into my photography. So that's really where this whole style closet thing came from, it is howto answer their question, the most common question they ask, which is what do I wear and how to answer it in a way that allowed me to give them the information that I just eat, sleep and breed, which is fashion so that's kind of where the idea came from that's, how I started creating it s so we're going to talk about that, okay, so again, we go back to the same thing. It is a consistent thing inspire, inform and educate when it comes to what's aware, you've got to do the same thing. I know when I first started seniors, I didn't inspire, inform and educate, and they would show up in a t shirt and shorts, nothing wrong with the t shirt and shorts, but did it really look like anything other than a snapshot? No matter what I did? Not really, they would show up with wrinkled clothes, or they'd show up with, like, black like a black dress that had picks you know how close sometimes like nick clothes get this little picks all over they would show up with that hat because I wasn't doing my job to help them educate you to help educate them on what to wear so that's where this comes in handy you take it from a level of anybody could have a photo taken to a special experience you elevate their style so therefore it elevate their experience and it gives them something special they are after all spending this money for me they're doing an extra shoot because they've already gotten to your book feto so I need to make it feel different and special and make sure they look how they want to look in their session so it doesn't look like an everyday thing they need to look like themselves don't get me wrong and they need to show off their style for sure but they need to be in something other than a t shirt short domain here again that just looks like a a snapshot really so how can you inspire inform and educate pinterest polyvore are awesome awesome tools we all do it right who gets lost on pinterest everyday right raise your hand and so yeah and polyvore is also that for fashionistas really so both of these things could be great tools in sharing these things with your seniors and helping them come up with what they will wear. So polyvore is a great place where you go on and you pull different items to do a a nen sparacio board and you put together outfit and they have name brands and they have everything they already have the pictures for. You just pull him onto the board and you pair a you know, a shirt with the skirt with the shoes or whatever you khun title it, you can e mail it to him. You can put it into your blogged just some code that they have available for you. So it's also pinterest is awesome. Obviously, for that same reason, you can inspire them. Not only can you see what your girl's air pinning, but you can pin things to inspire them. So one thing I did was they used tohave a pinterest board. That was just what to wear for senior girls. And I had a what to wear for senior guys. Then I started thinking about okay, not everybody has the same style. Not everybody has the same look right. So how can I get make this even easier for the girls? Maybe the girl is completely a preppy style girl. Okay, so I created a board called pretty okay pretty creepy, I think, is the actual name of it. But yeah, so they could go straight to that board and on lee, look at the things that appeal to them, they don't have to weed through all these different styles that are all over the board and that one board that I usedto have, but now they have specific boards that they can look at so they can look at the things that interest them so and also on pinterest, I don't know if you guys knew this, but you can actually move boards and put them in the order that you want them to be. So when my pinterest page comes up, the first thing you see are all those fashion boards because that's, what girls are looking at, then I get into more of my personal pinchers boards like for the home and from a kid stuff like that that's on the bottom because my clients are looking at it, I want them to see that first, so think about how you can start pinning things, how you can use polyvore on your block, do fashion post on your block using polyvore because, like I say, it's super easy to create a board and then just go and copy the code and put it right into your blood post and it's all pretty on dit talks, I mean, anything from, you know, have theme so you can do a pretty preppie polyvore board or you can have a urban hipster polyvore border you can have dresses or rompers or you know, whatever that fashion thing is that you want to talk about creative polyvore board that really, you know, inspires those people, those people that are attracted to those types of things so that's the first thing, the next thing is to create a what to wear guide andi, this is super important because again it takes that experience up a notch I couldjust in them the pinterest and polly moore for sure, and that would help them a lot, but how can I also help them? I can also help them by sending them on what to wear guy and showing them really seniors that have worn different things and why these things are good. So the what to wear guide is and we'll get in a little bit more detail in the next couple sides, and then the last thing is to build a style closet, which we will also get into. And I'm up here with some of my things out of my style closet, and I'm up here with some of things from kindred closet who's, our our model and of course I had to travel across the country so I couldn't bring everything, so this is a very small sampling of what I have, but I did bring some out fitz and I brought some jewellery so we'll get into why and how I picked these things where I got them from and things like that so let's talk about what to wear guy because this is a good, good way to educate taking it up a notch from pinterest and polly war okay, so what should you include in your what to wear guide of course it's yours and you can put his much in it or his little you know you want it's yours? These are some of things I include the first thing is the interest how fashion plays an important role in photos how wearing a t shirt and shorts is great, but we are amping it up and the reason is because we want you to feel special we want you to really get the most bang for your buck for these photos you're spending the money we want it to look more like a photo shoot, then a snapshot so talk about fashion talk about how it can help them figure out who they are or who they are help them showcase who they are so you know they're style plays an important part in to that there's a quote from rachel's though, which I think is in a slide it's probably at the end but it basically says that style is who you are without saying a word you're taking photos, you're not taking video I mean, maybe that you're mostly taking photos you can't hear your senior right? So how do you figure out who they are? Well, or how do you showcase who they are? Style plays an important role into that. So so that's important. So that is the intro. Okay, so another thing to include is style tips, things that help your senior pick clothing what colors look good, iron your clothes that's a huge tip because I can't tell you how many people don't iron their clothes and who wants to put a shop out wrinkles not me of yes and make sure your iron clothes choose clothes, help you feel calm, open it. So, yeah, I'm trying to educate them, and I'm telling them things that look good, but I also want them to feel confident so they have to know that and that validates down it lets them know that yes, you can pick something that you feel confident in because that will read well on photograph so that's a style tip you know, don't forget a mania and petty if you can go get that, or at least take your fingernail polish all colors you could, you could give a couple of tips on what color fingernail posh is the best I really don't like it when girls show it with blue fingernails I think it's cute and it's trendy, but when you're posing and you have hands and a photo or whatever, do you really want to see blue or green with another one? Uh, yeah, I mean it's great for any everyday, whatever. But for a photo that's lasting forever. Or you hope to be you want more of a color that's going to chance stand the test of time. So a neutral color ballet slippers is is the best color ever. It's my favorite it's s e e that figure of polish ballet slippers and it's like a very, very, very light pink that's perfect s o remind them of that. This is a tip that you can give them there'd be very helpful, helpful for them and remind them of what colors photos I get, ally I let them know that they can get a little more adventurous on the toes because most likely, yes, they might have sandals, but you're never really concentrating toes so they might could wear a coral or, you know, a shade that's, a couple of shades darker still probably not a blue or green or anything crazy, but they could, you know, they don't have to go quite so neutral the toes, so I let them know that, so, you know, I let them know their style typist to start it off with hair and makeup because that is part of the process and that helps complete the look I let them know to make sure to bring jewelry because that helps complete a look I can throw on a t shirt and jeans and then not really looked like I threw it on but if I add a necklace a bit people I passed on the street without she took the time to actually put that together right same thing for a photo she you want to look like you took the time to put it together I mean you are like I say you're spending the money you're doing all this stuff so you want to make sure that you finish an outfit and jewelry can go a long way in tow helping achieve that another thing is to be stylish but not be trendy so that's the tip again you don't want people to not be able to look back on these photos of a couple of years from now and think oh god why did I wear that right I usually tell this funny story my sister in law is going to kill me but again she's probably not washing but anyway she wore a half top and her senior photos not a good idea because I promised a half top is not gonna be in fashion more than a couple of a month max it might come back, but it's still only you'll stay around for a little also every time I look at that photo and my father in law's office I'm like courtney why did you wear that half talk? So you know you don't want to be too trendy, ok? Eso where something stylish but not trendy so that's important that's an important tip I said don't forget about accessories make even the simplest outfit pop with jewelry that's a great tip statement necklaces things like that dress for the session so if you're having your session in the fall and make sure you bring fall clothes things like that all of these air tips that you can give them anything you might have personally that you know look good just make sure you give them some tips so that's something to include okay, so the next thing is combining colors this is a good thing to include because maybe they don't know how to combine colors on you know they may have there's a couple of different ways you can come by and colors you can do a monochromatic color scheme you could do a complimentary color scheme complimentary means you know opposites on the color wheel monochromatic is all the same shade all the exact same shade or varying shades of the same colors monochromatic s o that's something that you can explain to them most often seniors aren't gonna wear monochromatic look most often they're going. We're complementary colors and that's. Great. Because on a photo that looks really good. So I think it does take quite a lot to wear. Monochromatic. You gotta have a lot of confidence. I think you know today, like it looks great. I think it looks also there's. A picture of, I think. Sarah jessica parker, where she's got all red on it and looks amazing. So it definitely works. But for the most part, seniors are going to be doing complementary colors so you can give them some ideas. Of what color is my favorite color combinations? Turquoise and coral pink and green is not a favorite of mine, but it's a favorite of anybody listening south, so yeah, right. Right. So, yeah, give him some ideas of what looks good together. Okay, so that's, always good. Okay. And then another thing you can include is have accessorized, let them know. So they know what to bring. And again, this is also something you could do on the session or in the wardrobe. Consultation. Put things together for them, but give them some ideas so that they either come to the wardrobe session our consultation prepared. By bringing a bunch of different stuff or if they didn't choose that option they come to the session with a bunch of different stuff and talk about the fact that accessories add the finishing touch they really do they add the the final piece to the puzzle if you will I mean looking at you and looking at you both have on necklaces and that honestly makes those outfits pop you know domain like they're super cute by themselves but that necklace pops and that necklace box so tell him that it makes them you know, feel like you know what you're talking about and if you don't know these things look a fashion blog's look at magazines I mean there's tons of information out there that you can educate yourself to therefore educate them so you know, watch project runway and like I say teen fashion vlogs are all the rage there out there there's amazing team fashion girl so that's also a good thing following these girls on pinterest will help you also educate yourself so that you can feel confident saying, you know, this is why this necklace looks good with this or these earrings or this ring or whatever, so basically let them know that accessorizing really helps finished look and just give them some ideas on different things scarves, necklaces, earrings you don't really want anybody who's show up without some sort of finishing touch because then again they are going to look like they just have on a shirt and pair of pants that maybe didn't put a lot of thought into it, whereas if you finished the look, it doesn't look like they put some thought into it and cared about what they look like. So that's something another thing to include is a section on layering you guys know that layers you know you can take off, you can put on it helps in the photo shoot to give a variety it also helps with having something hold or you know, so so supposing if they have on a jacket, you can have him hold the jacket so those things help with layering from a photo session, but then aesthetically it's it's pleasing to the eye toe look at an outfit that, you know was put to get well put together with layers, a shirt, a jacket, you know, pair of pants, the right shoes, the right necklaces, maybe a hat all of these pieces add up to be the perfect puzzle, you know domain. So layering is important, like, say, scarves that can hold a scarf so that's nice and then you can take that scarf off and look like a completely different look, and all you do is add a scarf and take away a scar so that's, another that's that's a really good way that layering is important or reason why layering is important. So make sure you include that thie other thing I included, mine is style profiles in their characteristics. So again, going back to that questionnaire we asked the girls, are they pretty? Are they country? Are they? What is their style profile? So in what? To wear guide, I give them some education about that. They may be a combination of these looks, but this way they can see and go oh, yeah, I think, you know, they can look at their claws and be like, oh, I didn't really know this, but yeah, I got a lot of the host stuff in there, you know, to maine tell us who they are. Maybe they're free spirit that loves flowy stuff and you know, that would kind of fall into a boho type look, you know, preppy is huge in the south, so that's definitely. I should call it southern because there's, just the southern way to dress this is all there is to it. Earlier, I mentioned jack rogers that is a jack rogers in a sundress, probably a lilly pulitzer sundress is almost a guarantee for anything. I have a pattern, color dress s o that's very preppy waited way to dress okay, so they can look at these key elements colors that fit in well, obviously a preppy southern look has bright colors maybe more of a urban hipster has mohr like army green and black and gray that fits that characteristic casual casual chic is a good thing that kind of incorporate things like on animal print you know, like if you see a girl walking walking in the airport I always look at people what they're wearing in the airport and I see a girl walking in the airports got black jeans on and like a solid top then she's got leopard print shoes you know, that's a chic way tio ad tio maybe not some flashy outfit, right? But it looks polished and put together because she added that little bit of chic n'est ce o these different things, they can kind of connect with one of them and start to help, you know, help them build their outfits for their senior session. What else to include? Definitely wanna include riel senior session inspiration. So I just looked at my portfolio basically and picked out girls that sort of fit these profiles to show them the hay boho girl pretty preppy casual chic senior glam these are all the style profiles which one you know aesthetically it's pleasing to you which one you relate to the best so that's that's, where that comes in handy with all the different style protest files. And you know what? If you don't have somebody that dressed one of these ways, that's, a great excuse for a concept. Shoot. Take a girl out, have her wear something specific, and photograph it so that you can put it in your what, what to wear god so that's, always fun to dio the most of these are ones that they actually wore on a session. Only one is this one, which I had her wear, but it totally her personality, so, but all other ones, a regular senior sessions, but again, until you can feel that you can totally go out into a concept, shoot on the different style profiles.

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.