Why Senior Photography


Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


Lesson Info

Why Senior Photography

Hey, all welcome I'm super excited that you guys are here I kind of can't believe that I'm here that is like pinching myself but we're going to have a great time we're going toe get to know one another we are going to hear from the live audience we are just going to hang out so I got my girls here in the audience so super excited on we're just going to talk all things senior portrait photography so we've got a ton of stuff to cover over the next three day everything having to do it in your photography and the senior portrait experience and anything and everything in between. So we've got some great things plans from some live shoot videos all of that good stuff some interviews with cem cem other folks out there so we've got a lot of stuff to cover each day but today we are going to cover a lot of things information wise so today dae won is a lot of information we're going to go over why senior photography? Why, you know why does it interest you? Why did why did it interest me? How did ...

I get started? Um how to get into senior photography once you figure out that's kind of what you want to do, so how do you do it? How do you go from shooting everything to just shooting seniors, branding how to research your market who's your ideal client what to offer your client too provide them the ultimate experience will help you stand out amongst the other photographers because I'm sure everybody here could say there's a million photographers in your town right? Right eso there's ways around that there's ways to stand out how to educate your clients how tio how to build relationships with your clients and how to create a style closet which I'm super excited about because I love to shop so it's my favorite thing to do and I figured out a way to incorporate that into my photography which is this thing ever oh so okay so all that to say that we are just going to jump right in and get started with today's topics I want to first tell you a little bit about man okay told you you know that I have seen urology and that I have led like hearing photography but how did I how did I get there? A cz you tell I'm from the south from the accent hopefully you can understand me and you won't have to have subtitles on line pretty sure I'll say some southern phrase that nobody will understand that that's okay anyway I am from a small town in south carolina but I live in greenville, south carolina which is a little bit bigger of a town where I'm recently from I started photography like probably I'm guessing most of you where maybe you had kids maybe you wanted photos of them that picture interests that you started learning mohr and doing more and that's exactly what happened to me in that story is not really that original but it's you know it's what happened? I remember when I first started I sat at my mother in law's house with her laptop and was just like googling and like just like addicted to finding out everything I could about photography teaching myself and researching and all this stuff so that's that's where I started I shot everything seniors families heck a shot pitts if they asked me to you know anything and everything at the beginning because I thought well a that's what you're supposed to do and b I needed the experience so anything that called I would I would do but through that kind of figured out that okay, I'm better at this I like this better uh when it came to a wedding photography a love wedding photography the story tell but I have kids and I don't want to be away from them every single saturday for eight ten hours a day there a basketball or football or baseball and it's always on saturday so if I was at a wedding I have to leave the game or I'd have to you know do this that the other so I figured that wasn't for me newborns precious not my forte okay, I'm not even sure I like my own children when they were newborn because they cried and I couldn't figure out what was wrong so yeah, not my forte I don't have the patience for it I think it's awesome and if that's something that you can do go for it but little by little I started figuring out that I mess really well with seniors like I just hang out with um I hear all the time leslie you're just one of the girls I don't have girls and two boys, so hanging out with seniors gives me my girly fix a little bit so that you know, that's kind of how I started narrowing down what I wanted teo photograph and and I think a lot of us have to start that way we all have to experiment with all the different genres and really just hone in on what you love the most or if you love all of them do all of them it's your business that's the great thing about this you can do whatever it is you want to do for me seniors was the most important thing every now and then I will still, uh, photograph families and I do photograph a lot of my seniors families, which is awesome, which is a great thing to get into because, you know mom's maybe want family photos for their kid goes off to college so that plays into senior photography really well and if you do like weddings that plays into that too because eventually they will be getting married and if you live in the south it's quicker than girls get married at, like twenty two so you know it's not that far after they've been a senior anyway, so for me that's kind of how I got into it or how I started. So what is the why? Why do I like it? Why do white of seniors you know where they might passion again? It's? Because I really feel like I mesh well with them I mean, I could give you a store first answer of oh, well, they like to have their photo taken and that's true they do they like to have their photo taken you are not having to chase them or, like deal with crying or temper tantrums or any of that and girls especially the have their photo taken right? They look at fashion magazines and stuff like that. So that is that's an easy answer for me to say, but if I did dug a little deeper and figure out that I just love that age group, I love talking to them I love giving him advice I love to pretend like I'm there older sister when really I'm probably more like their mother I won't tell you exactly how old I am, but but I mean, I really just really love to hang out with them. I loved the fashion aspect of it, obviously because we've already touched on that a little bit on dh again. They they really love to have their photo taken. I just I love building the relationship with them. I feel like that's my key genre that I can really build a relationship with. I mean, I get text every day from my past clients asking me what to wear their going toe rush or you know this that the other or tell me about their boyfriends or, you know, they comment on what I'm wearing way continue that bond it's not just take their photos and go, so we'll talk a lot about that. Yeah. So what are you wearing? What a waste. Of course I had to buy something new for creative live on and again, my passion is shopping like you wanna go shopping. Yo, call me because I know the place. But anyway, this is shot bop is the dress so shot bob dot com the shoes I got from piperlime dot com the necklaces, j crew, what else do I have on j crew bracelet and I think this is macy's or somewhere watch yeah I just in kindred scott hearing not save shout out to my girls that gave me these misty amy courtney britney they gave me these its present I just think it's cool it's cool that it's actually intentional as well that it's what you love but also what people talked about what people ask about and it's well see throughout the course that it's all so this is what you bring into offering to your girl so I think it's awesome yeah they get that out well yeah I know my seniors comment all the time my god you're so cute or you have this in the other and I love it so it is a passion of mine I mean this fun you can have fun right anyway okay so I've told you a little bit about the wife for me but I'd love to hear the y from all of you out there in the live audience especially you girls here in the studio audience you know why I live senior photographer for you why have you either gotten into it already or why you want to get into it s so we're going to take this time to introduce all the girls here in the studio audience we're going to go around and having them say their name their business names you get that out there where you are located and why senior photography so we're gonna start with you, lindsay I'm lindsay lions lindsay lions photography very creative and I am in portland, oregon and you kind of stole me um and I love you I just like hanging out with seniors and I always laugh because I'll be talking about them to someone and also oh my friend right? And I'm like I was like to when they I mean they were like too when I was in high school were not going to clothe um my friend I know so it's just fun I just have fun hanging out with them and they like having their pictures taken and that's just so much right so good thank you hi, I'm joe ohara and I'm from jewels of life photography I scott in the seniors because I hang out at my kids activities there younger but they're older kids around and people find out with photographer oh do you see your photos and well, why not? You know and so I did it and I was like, oh my gosh, they know their left from there right I e a slight head children is a little thing from their watch america's next top model yeah mate sing that yeah, it is fun and like you said they want their photo taken so that's totally different too right chasing and begging and pleading it's like they want to be there I want to be there for your kids I'm six and ten sixteen ten out of ten you girls girls after ten eight yeah go ahead your turn I'm lauren bentley with lauren belly photography l a bentley dot com and I started because I just I really like the milestone aspect of it the history the documentation of where they are right now and really being able to be a part of that I think is really like a really fun gift gift to me I get teo paul are you there yeah yeah be ableto document that you know give their parents because they want to remember their little girl before she went off to college and yeah I think that's awesome that's one thing I just I really love about it and I want to get more into that okay good hi I'm angela with and sleep photography I actually made my business after my daughter that's what I was thinking yeah inches two years old but I actually kind of my stories very similar tears I started out shooting families and I've done weddings and I love weddings as well but because I have a little girl I just kind of started gravitating toward senior photography and there's just so much fun to be around all the girls that I've shot like you said I end up being friends with them and I do feel like I'm like their big sister because I don't want to be there mom I love that hat but it's just it's just so much fun and like you said there's they wanna have fun they want their photos taken I love buying like I love fashion and studying fashion and there just so much fun to be around and like he said it's such a huge part of it a big thing in their life I just think it's you know when my daughter is that e h I want something you know, I tried to document all like the big milestones and that's a huge miles he and it feels like just yesterday that my most great running into that and get their feathers taking wary damien in a more likely so it is he and it's just so great for them to have something that's all about them and I two documents just special time in their life okay, I'm gonna jumpstart it up it in with some of what the folks are saying that there's a lot of people are in those chat rooms on dh talking about why they got into senior photography. Joanie says each sash ship session is so different I can get more creative with senior definitely and to be honest it's a lot more fun than weddings for eye, but I like that, but I think the ability to be creative and use people's unique personality wise in what you're doing and we're going to be talking a lot about that jen vasquez photography is a regular here talks about the excitement that they have they're about to graduate from high school again really big milestone time, fred weezer says I like working with seniors because they get so excited about being the center of the attention for a day mostly girls but the guys do too they have fun, they're having fun and it makes it a fun experience for for him as a photographer and thank you fred for representing we know that there are a lot of mail photographers out there who do seniors that's as well as the difference is we're going to be talking about photographing boys as well as girls because there are nuanced differences so keep those coming in terms of why senior photography so we'll go ahead over to you if you could stand up I'm terror reiners a terrorist photography from billings, montana so kind of the rural state over there I actually specialize in feminine portraiture right now with some more mature one doesn't say because I want them to feel confident feel beautiful and give that back to them. And so now I'm trying teo add seniors into the mix because I really want to bring that piece is such a vulnerable time, right? And I want young women to feel that confident and going, oh yeah, you're going off to college so just more than imagery but but that growth right carrying that's awesome yeah they definitely a lot of girls there you know self conscious or nervous about having their photos taken so if you can put them at ease and make them feel comfortable and beautiful that is that's golden right there you know so that's also okay go ahead I am to maya koven from two mike over photography I live in humble a small suburb from houston texas by day I am a middle school teacher on dso for me going to stay in photography I just actually grew up with them s o eyes such a big mouse over them again and so you know just watching them grow up and just still being there with them you know helping them pick out the office doing their makeup with them and just really being a positive role model for them because sometimes they get so lost into other things and so there's still being around him to be able to mentor them through my singing photography this that's why I am singing far to see you do you ever photograph middle school girls I do ok yeah because that's a great age and then eventually there'll be tears so that's a great way to you know turn your uniqueness which is that you're a middle school teacher into a business I think because like I say I mean I actually started out the first girls I've photographed were in tenth grade but then they became seniors and they came to me so you can start a marlin getting ready right and so I just took a job as a high school teacher now good god off tony allen work do you have any sort of restrictions I know sometimes teachers well I know one photographer chamber fox shadow chamber I don't know that she can she's a teacher but I don't think they let her photograph her own students don't have my students and more so okay once they've graduated once they're not once they were in middle school then I could go ahead and photographed them because they were in high school. Okay gotcha. Okay got it. But now that you're a high school teacher he has haven't found all that I will work to find that out okay but I just have to market to another yeah well not not in the same district anymore so I can go back to those kids good. Okay, yeah, that worked out so all of my students like I started out with them in eighth grade and so like last year with my first year of them graduating high school and so now I'm going to e mails from mom like I think you taught my son so it's amazing yeah yeah that is awesome and to be able to see them grow right that's really awesome because I do know whenever I did families if they were repeat families, it was awesome to see the kid grow up a little bit and you felt like you knew him. You felt like kind of part of the family said that that's also, yeah, I just wanted to jump in and give a shout out to vash, who was also from humble on doesn't know, you know, I asked fashion as you, but also a small town, and you're from a small town that's one of the things that we hear all the time, whether whatever the genre photography is is how do I do this in a small town? So all you small towners, we're going to talk about that like, that is you left early so we can keep going. L j shepherd photography and I'm in bellingham, washington's like hour and a half north um, similar story, I kind of started with kids, babies, and I have two children of my own and seniors or such a nice break, I don't have to change diapers or do any of that, but also just making these girls feel beautiful and amazing on I'm on a session and I show the girl the very first back of the camera shot, and they gasp and, like, started crying, it's the most amazing feeling right? And I just want to continue that so totally yeah, it is awesome to show them and it's a great thing to show them throughout the session so they know they're doing it right. Yes, I do think sometimes fingers get like oh my gosh I'm not doing this right or you know they don't want to look awkward they don't want feel awkward to be ableto you know, interspersed out throughout your session and really that helps build their confidence it helps them know they're doing it right now and they're looking good that you're doing a great job so yeah that's also do you have any more? We have so many e which is awesome everybody who's in the chat rooms telling their stories I love that we're hearing some of them but also you guys can keep sharing we have cool crew who says seniors have started to be comfortable with who they are but they still have many ambitions about the future they're your cat sharing this moment in their life of unknowns of passions, of fearlessness, anticipation of what to come so again that beautiful moment in life way have m c p who says I'm the photographer for my son's high school marching band of about three hundred student wow so most of the pictures are candid shots of them at football games but it's time you know you can turn that into right a business which is too right I mean right, just like yeah and she's getting right in front of her target market for maybe a different reasons, but they're going to think of her first that's, right? And we've got half a tall who was shooting sports for a local newspaper, so same thing where those opportunities where you can interact with your potential clients and I know we're going to be talking about bringing in the next election, and I get how to get out there so s o, a lot of people were seeing a lot of those same themes as well as people who are going from wedding photography to senior photography. It's great. A lot of people are connecting with a lot of the scenarios that you all have. That is why we have you here because you are representing a lot of the folks at home, so very cool to hear and establish what we're doing here. And it's it's very invigorating tio here why people love this particular genre. Yeah, and do what you're passionate about it. So here's, what you're passionate about that's, where you need to focus your business so it sounds like a lot of people are passionate about their as well as you guys, but I think that's also

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.