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Editorial Portrait Photography for High School Seniors

with Dan Brouillette

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About The Class

Creating an Experience that Seniors will Love and Parents will Buy

Create images beyond the “traditional” senior shoot and make your clients feel like they stepped into an editorial campaign.  Knowing the basics for lighting in-studio and outdoors, as well as how to make your clients feel involved in the creative process can make your business stand out and thrive in a crowded market.  Dan Brouillette is a successful editorial photographer, who molded his studio to reflect his commercial work.  Each senior gets to help with the creative process of finding a shoot that fits their personality and Dan uses his knowledge on lighting and posing to make every shoot look as if it belongs in a magazine.  In this course Dan will teach:

  • Pre-session tips for preparing your photoshoot
  • What lighting equipment works for successful in-studio and location shooting
  • How to light in layers to create a portrait that is dynamic
  • Tips for posing and directing your seniors that make them feel comfortable and excited for the shoot
  • How to get involved in the local high schools so that students are familiar with you and your work
  • How to edit and cull through your images for a simple and time efficient workflow

  Create stand-out photography that excites seniors to organically market your business to their friends and simultaneously grow your portfolio beyond the high school senior market.  Dan Brouillette has taken his knowledge from working with magazines like ESPN, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Health and utilized it to build his successful high school senior photography business while shooting in a style he loves and growing his portfolio.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    15:18
  2. 02

    How to Make Senior Photos Stand Out

    05:48
  3. 03

    What is Lighting in Layers?

    16:49
  4. 04

    Build a Lighting Foundation

    18:28
  5. 05

    Layer One: Main Light

    06:17
  6. 06

    Layer Two: Fill Light

    08:29
  7. 07

    Layer Three: Accent Light

    04:29
  8. 08

    Layer Four: Additional Light

    11:46
  9. 09

    Outdoor Lighting Examples

    15:56
  10. 10

    Outdoor Lighting Equipment

    03:34
  11. 11

    Outdoor Lighting Camera Settings

    09:31
  12. 12

    Outdoor Camera Settings Examples

    14:32
  13. 13

    Outdoor Lighting Q&A

    12:44
  14. 14

    Live Shoot: In-Studio Lighting

    20:52
  15. 15

    Live Shoot: Metering

    04:17
  16. 16

    Live Shoot: Large Soft Light Setups

    12:13
  17. 17

    Live Shoot: On Camera Flash

    14:07
  18. 18

    Live Shoot: 2 Light Set-up

    16:29
  19. 19

    Live Shoot: Accent Light

    05:06
  20. 20

    Live Shoot: Hard Light

    11:30
  21. 21

    Live Shoot: Create White Backdrop

    08:32
  22. 22

    Introduction to Direction

    28:42
  23. 23

    Live Shoot: Photo Booth Direction

    11:13
  24. 24

    Live Shoot: Basics of Direction

    19:34
  25. 25

    Live Shoot: Beauty Dish Close Up

    08:22
  26. 26

    Live Shoot: Subtle Cues through Direction

    19:33
  27. 27

    Location Shoot: Senior Introduction to Shoot

    11:33
  28. 28

    Location Shoot: Use Location to Your Advantage

    29:43
  29. 29

    Location Shoot: Create Scenarios

    19:50
  30. 30

    Location Shoot: The Walk Plus Variations

    10:50
  31. 31

    Location Shoot: Outdoor Lighting

    15:18
  32. 32

    Pre-Session Consultation

    12:35
  33. 33

    Prep Clients for Purchase

    06:47
  34. 34

    Get to Know the Client before Session

    08:04
  35. 35

    Decide Clothing Options Prior to Session

    13:14
  36. 36

    Client Interaction

    09:14
  37. 37

    Pre Session Consult Q&A

    12:35
  38. 38

    Image Workflow Overview

    15:41
  39. 39

    RAW Editing Workflow

    27:29
  40. 40

    Basic Photoshop Editing

    13:58
  41. 41

    AlienSkin Exposure Color Toning

    26:27
  42. 42

    Marketing to Seniors Overview

    05:18
  43. 43

    Marketing to Seniors

    16:24
  44. 44

    Alternative Income in Any Market

    03:57
  45. 45

    High School Posters as Marketing

    10:38
  46. 46

    Seeing Moments Differently

    17:27

Meet Your Expert

Dan Brouillette

Dan Brouillette is a commercial, editorial and senior photographer based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Dan uses specialized lighting and posing techniques to create cinematic images for his senior clients that are unlike anything in the industry. After working as a lighting tech in New York City, spending his time lighting sets for celebrity and editorial shoots ... read more

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  • pete hopkins

    pete hopkins

    July 2017

    awesome teacher and awesome technique. after soooo many webinars, it's really great to see someone break it down to the bare bones of lighting with exceptional quality results. i can listen to Dan all day. no pretense, no over the top emotional pleas, no drama! did i say awesome!!!! Plus, I'm a huge fan of the B! and B2 systems. Freedom is key. Now I can shoot anywhere, anytime. Thanks Dan.

  • user-2f7caa

    February 2019

    This is by far the best class on senior photography I have found on creativelive. Dan explains the technical aspects in an easy to understand format. He does a great job going through studio shots, outdoor shots, editing and marketing. He's given me some great ideas and inspired me to be more creative. I am going to rewatch the lighting set up for the "hero shot". It's super cool!

  • Tristanne Endrina

    Tristanne Endrina

    May 2017

    Dan was great. His class was very comprehensive but easy to follow. The slides he used weren't flashy. Instead, they were simple and he went at a good pace. I left feeling like I could really pull off the lighting techniques he taught. I'm excited to put what I learned into my photography. :) Thanks, Dan.

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