Senior Session: Guy Wardrobe & Locations


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Senior Session: Guy Wardrobe & Locations

What I wanted to touch on a little bit with wardrobe before we get into wardrobe for senior guy, is that the model that you saw on that video? She brought a bunch of clothes and they were all great, but they maybe were a little dress here for the beach or or, you know, she was really into debate, so she brought a bunch of her debate clothes, which is a specific look right that you don't wear to the beach. So what do you do when you know you have a girl bring some wardo that has a limited amount of things that can work for what you're doing you really again? The style closet would come in handy for that, or you just gotta work with me. You know what? You're what you've got. She had this great kettle top that you saw. It was white with polka dots, and I thought it looked young and cute and would fit well with the beach, but we had a mountain wardrobe malfunction because she didn't bring the appropriate undergarments, and you could see through it. So what do you do there? S o in your styl...

e closet, having things like camille's super cheap get him target the canoed keamey is a great thing because then they could put it over whatever they have and it might not show up also things like fashion tape of you. You guys ever heard of that fashion tape line? There's a line of of things that girls can use to keep close in place. And I mean, they even make stuff for shoes for blisters and like like, when you wear sling back shoes, they make tape that will keep that sling back on. So it's a great thing to have on hand a stylist really stylist not pretend ones like me, but they would have that kind of stuff on on hand fashion tape cam ease things like that. Yes. Yeah, my covers for things. So yeah, they all that stuff is good to have and it's not expensive. You could just have it on hand. In fact, I was at were one I somewhere unusual, the world market or somewhere where I'm not really sure I think to look for that kind of stuff that they had a little packet of cute lynn things that they were like individually packed and these really cute packages have bright colors on the package, and so I have those just sitting in a basket, so we have to take off limit it's better than using scotch tape those type things to have on hand just in case you have a wardrobe malfunction or things like that I mean hopefully you won't be who was that madonna that had the wardrobe malfunction with justin timberlake a long time ago? Janet jackson that's it was janet jackson yes, we were we don't want that kind of wardrobe malfunction but you know, little things that you can use to keep things in place and bra straps they make they make a little thing for you bra straps that they haven't on tank top it it secures it and it doesn't keep coming down and you don't have to worry about but you know, sometimes I'll sneak out and you had a photo shop it a little bit so fashion tape that line is really good okay, so that covers that. Okay, so now we're going to get into wardrobe first in your guy we touched a little bit on this yesterday. I personally think guys need even more guidance just because like I say they don't they don't do this every day not the girls have their photos taken every day, but I do think girls about nature are a little bit more into fashion now that's not I'm not not everybody me there's some guys that are in the fashion and that's totally cool and but I'm just saying in general they might not be as into it sometimes maybe they're doing the federal session for their moms so sometimes maybe they just don't even care you know domain so I think they need a little more guidance the other thing is guys don't have much variety as we do so you know really kind of looking at men's fashion magazines maybe you even look at the trunk was that place jeered said it's called trunk club or trunk sometimes it's a stylist type thing for men you could look on there to get some ideas just kind of just you know make sure you're up on guy fashion or you know at least what oxford trump thank you thank you I know and trunk in the in the name but things like that to really help you of course pinterest toe look and see, you know, get some ideas and then really give your guy's a specific I think I think they like specifics at least the clients that I've dealt with like specifics bring this bring this bring this not just leave it open for them to just kind of bring it. You know, whatever you need to tell them, bring a pair of shorts, bring a shirt, bring long sleeve button down shirt jeans ah best a sweater, you know, depending on time of year, you know what I'm wearing a sweater in south carolina in august but you know, a tie bring a dressier outfit and a casual outfit make sure they bring the right kind of shoes. No sneakers, as in nike's I mean, you know, like they want to wear good shoes not, um I don't know. You don't wanna wear your they're running shoes, I guess is what I mean, because there's some cute ten issues out there saying that that, you know, just be very specific with them, I think tell them exactly how many outfits to bring, make sure you remind them to iron their clothes for some reason, the guys don't remember that as much on they show it with wrinkled t shirt on dh then you know if your if your photographer likes color, make sure you tell them that tell them what kind of patterns work and what doesn't work mix patterns I love to mix patterns. I have two boys, they're young, but when we have our photo family photos taken, I'm you know I'm the one deciding on the ward drives. I have to decide on three people, three boys wardrobe, my husband and my two boys, but I am not afraid to mix pattern. I do kind of lad when I'm doing that I'm kind of like, oh gosh, they really don't have anything but button downs like or polos and but if you creative you can do it layering a long sleeve button down over a t shirt is always good maybe not a graphic t shirt because that could take away from the look unless it's a very small graphic or unless maybe the graphic means something to the guy you could always do something like that but also mixing patterns so a year ago I had a family photos taken and my husband war well, first of all found that my older son's clothing first and he had on a plaid shirt so I pulled you know colors from that so all the all the boys were some variation of colors that were in that plan when you're doing a senior you can have him wear pattern shirt like a plaid and then pull one of those colors from that plaid into whatever t shirt he wears underneath and even if it's a short sleeve button out with a t shirt underneath it gives a little more dimension it looks like you took the time to put that together which always looks good on camera on dh then like I say mixing patterns if one pattern is is a big pattern you can mix it with a smaller pattern so like a plaid with a stripe is find to mix like you have on a striped shirt if you had on a platter for your case of floral because you're a girl that would still look really cute, you know, domain. So think about that on dh helped them so that not all of their outfits are just complete. Solid shirt, solid pants, you know, I mean, that's that's kind of what I like to do is at least have some sort of fun pattern or color or something in there. Onda geun, you treat them just like you do the girls, you have them bring their stuff, you can do a wardrobe consultation or just have them bring it before the shoot and go through it. I would do wardrobe consultation just because that's better experience and you have the chance to get to know them and pull things and help them just like you do the girls I would treat no different other than there not gonna have hair and makeup done, you know, so and hats, a love and gods bring hats, the guy's, the guy you're about to see his name's forrest, he brought this cute little red hat. It was perfect. So we all got excited when we saw that I think maybe you'll see that on the video, alright, let's, watch that these were here with forest, our senior model, he is going to be I'm going to his head has taken today and we're going to go through his wardrobe and pick out the best option sometimes with senior guys, you really have to help them a little bit more than the girls because they're not looking at fashion magazines every single day like most girls are forced 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 will 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 can take some with just the t shirt and the pants 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 never and 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 the 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 its 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 is 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. Okay, so you saw faras. He brought a lot of stuff, which was also a lot of color, which is also he had some pattern, and they're a lot of stripes. S so I thought you know he did a great job bringing his wardrobe and then I just love the fact that I asked him what his favorite shirt woz and he told me and that's what we incorporated into the shoot so I do like to ask that with girls and guys because they might have something they love even more than what we might think would look good and sometimes it's it's nice at least give them that and then they're like oh yeah I got here my favorite shirt or again the hat maybe men and then something him and I have been given to him by somebody so if you can try find that out and incorporate that into what they wears always a good idea okay do we have any questions before we moved to the next one? I think we can keep moving, okay, yeah, yeah and then we can weigh have time in the end we can ask more questions. Yeah. Okay this time. Okay, so the next section is about location. We went to the beach the other day but you know, you might not have a beach option. So what do you look for in a location? I'm going to go ahead and show the video first and then we'll talk about it after, okay 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 bright, sunny, and this was a 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 move it a few feet you've got a completely different lighting set up that was at uh what time was it taken um but don't we go out there lazy way six o'clock yeah ok yeah so it's six o'clock and location scouting day it was like we went out there that around that same time it was bright and sunny and on the day we shoot of course overcast so you can't just have tio work with whatever you're given on dh and go with it so we'll talk a little bit about how to find the right location for your silent for your client's style having some locations in the back of your mind that you can always go to is a good good idea on dh then searching for new locations all the time just to change it up a bit, eh? So what do you what do you look for? I consider the client when when picking a location we touched on that a little bit when we talked about the questionnaire because I ask them questions about like what location do they think that their style the best so pay attention to that so when you're looking for a location or when you're thinking about your your catalog of locations you're like, ok, I think this girl will fit best here things like that remember your style, your style when looking at a location don't force yourself to shoot on a railroad track just because maybe that's what's the trend, although that's illegal, so don't do it, but you know it was a trend they're at it for a while and don't feel like you have to go do it just because it's a trend? Remember your style if your colorful photographer fine locations that give you background color so that that can pop even if even if the client doesn't bring color in her wardrobe and then you can still get your color across or whatever that the case maybe also are you somebody that likes a little bit of contrast so you might want to pick a location in the background that is maybe not the same shade that would blend him with the with the client's skin like like a creamy beiji kind of backdrop doesn't necessarily make a client pop, maybe that's your style on that's fine, but if you like a pop, then you want to pick a location that has color our darker color than your client's skin, whatever so think about that finding locations that provide variety like you saw on the video it was a beach but where I was standing in the intro, the video didn't look like a beach at all, so I love those kind of locations for that reason because I don't have to actually get in the car and moving the client doesn't have to follow me and things like that I can give her a bunch of different looks per out if it that are all in one place so we could shoot on the beach there were some rocks so we could shoot by there were part benches, there was an actual park with green grass then there was the overgrown stuff that was like green and and that week kind of grass, which, by the way, love we never have that until like well into november, so psyched about that little occasion, but look for something that provides variety so you don't have to move, but you can give your clients a lot of variety location at the time of day that you are going to be shooting s o if you know you're going to shoot that morning or you know if you have a morning shoot or whatever, go look at your locations in the morning if you have a catalog of locations no, what that light does at all times of the day, so you'll know when you might go shoot there what the lighting could possibly be like now of course obviously mother nature is is in control and you may not have the same lighting but just know like okay the sun comes up this way and so it's crazy bright on that particular building I wanted to shoot at it non am but then it sets behind the building so I know like later in the day I could totally do that things like that and then pay attention to the light instead of the backdrops I know when I first started I thought, oh, all I have to do is find a brick wall right? I mean that's the cool thing to do I just put him in front of a brick wall and I've got a meeting you think I didn't realize that the light is what really makes that amazing photo? Of course I've learned along the way that that's what's more important so even if you have a parking garage that is not pretty if the light's amazing which typically they are parking garages the photos look amazing so things like that just remember to look at the light I mean, don't get me wrong there's going to be a there's a iconic wall in greenville that's got like coke on it which love cokes? Lovett onda lot of the girls might ask for that because, you know it's well known that the light is horrible in that wall, so I know that and I'm just like, you know, I know you really want that wall, but, you know, as a photographer, I know the lights not the greatest, and you're going to be squinting because you're gonna be facing the sun and did it so know that ahead of time so you can make a professional decision and tell them why you're not going to choose one thing or why you chose something of the other. If you can take somebody to a parking garage, you got to be able to tell them why? Because I'm pretty sure most girls don't think, oh, I want my photo taken in a parking garage, you know? And at one time a long time ago I did a wedding, it was for my baby sitter, which is the only reason I did it, but the on ly available good light was in front of a door and it wasn't necessarily the prettiest door and she looked at me like I was crazy and was like, are you sure this is where you want to take it? And I was like, you got to trust me the light is amazing here about the time I get all your bridesmaids in and blah, blah, blah you're not going to see the ugly door so trust your in thinks with locations and be able to explain why you choose something over the other on dh then look for national reflectors when you work by yourself like I do I don't always have somebody there to hold a reflector so I might look for spot that khun naturally reflect so I'm not trying to one handed I don't have my hands are not that strong to hold a big ole reflector and a camera and not shake and all that good stuff now granted there's you can you can properly reflect her up against the bush you can prop it up against you but that's always not the best scenarios maybe having a natural reflector will help you things like white buildings etcetera and I'll show you a picture of a white building that's in my town that that really does reflect some great light so on location lots of variety okay so this is downtown greenville on dh literally has a park with all these different location these first three photos and then right across the street is anthropology but but it has all these cute little yellow tables which will have, you know, chairs, props that I want to bring props I know I can just go to those chairs and has all those benches you can see the countless like steps over there in the background that their benches that are concrete so that's the natural reflectors and have them sitting on one of those than the one below them is goingto pop some light into their face eso love this location for that reason because I can go to so many different areas and shoot and not have to get in the car all and then knowing your locations this section right here of that park gets really dark so if you want to shoot there you gotta go earlier because it gets really really dark fast so knowing that so maybe you start your shoot back there but then as the sun changes or goes down or whatever you move more out into these other areas they'd get a lot more sun now directly across the street from that park is alleys downtown so I've got so much variety within a block one block that's it that's where all of that isthe so that's important because I know that I don't have to make the girl walk and heels very far but can give her a lot of different stuff and there's even more than what I even took photos of to show you guys I mean there's it's all right there now I know that not everybody's tail in this set up like this but maybe find a location that is gives you a little bit of variety that is close in the you know in relation to each other even if it's maybe the short even if you have to drive maybe it's still short because you don't want to spend a lot of your session time go in twenty minutes down the road or what if you get in traffic and then you start running out of light or whatever so you want to make sure you pick a location that really does provide a lot of good variety and then this is a photo of a white concrete wall that just reflects like nobody's business and actually the way the sun hits it comes in this way so it hits right there really well and then you could just put the girl right here and I know that the gravel on it doesn't look very pretty, but if you shoot it in a way that you know, really focusing on her all of that's not going to be what anybody looks at so it works really well for that reason s o that's natural reflectors and again you can even wear a white shirt. I have a friend of mine a long time ago she used to live in montana and moved in new york she used to wear a big white puffy jacket because it was white and it reflected and she didn't have to wear, you know she didn't have to hold a reflector she had this big white puffy jacket that she worn it reflected like nobody's business so little things like that you can use for reflection to me reflectors great and if you can use one if you can get the mom to hold it and things like that that this is just an option if for some reason you are by yourself now I shoot on location always and never shoot in a studio I don't have a studio so that's why location is really important to me I have to find locations that work with my style that I know the lighting of that I can give variety with because I don't have the option of shooting in the studio. Okay, so now we're gonna go to location scouting apse, which is always great to use there's some really good ones out there and there's a a ton more than this, but these ones I know about shoot local is you can follow people that are also own chute local that are in your area and share locations with each other. I always say I don't ever have a problem sharing locations except for one location that I never tell anybody about then anything else I'm open but that's just one and really it's not maybe and selfish is more that I it's in the neighborhood and and I have a friend that lives in that neighborhood and I don't want to bother the neighborhood with a ton of photographer showing up so it's more for that reason than me just being selfish but shoot local is all about sharing location so you could follow you can share, you can do all that stuff mapa pick location, you take a pic and it maps it for you. So then you have the address and you know exactly where to go the next time. So when you're out location scouting, you can do that. S o that one's awesome pocket scout is just another location app that you khun download to your phone. A compass app is always great because you need to know where the sun's coming up we're setting, you know, depending on what time of day you're shooting so that's, always good and then sunrise and sunset. Ap is good because if you are somebody that maybe shoots at the golden hour, maybe sunrise, you need to know when it comes up in your area. I use this a lot when I am doing shoot outs in different areas of the country because I don't know what time it sets in other areas, and so when I'm planning and trying to figure out how many hours we need to shoot, then I need to know. When it sets one time, I did a shoot out in vegas, and it was in this awesome location. And then I could ghost town. But it was there was mountain on this side of mountain on that side, and all I did was look at sunset. So sunset really, truly didn't set till, I don't know seven, thirty eight, but I didn't know it had mountains on both sides, so we started losing light asked. So, no, you're a no, the area you're going to shoot in because you might lose. If you're shooting downtown, the sun's gonna go behind a building, and so it may not actually be down. But you may not have as much available light because it's behind a building or whatever, so make sure you know that.

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.