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Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience

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About The Class

a comprehensive guide to senior portrait photography.

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!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Bonus Video: Beach/Park Senior Shoots

  2. 02

    Bonus Video: Concept Shoot

  3. 03

    Segment 1 - Why Senior Photography

  4. 04

    Segment 2 - Getting Started & Research Your Market

  5. 05

    Segment 3 - How to Get Started Q&A

  6. 06

    Segment 4 - Branding: Your Ideal Client

  7. 07

    Segment 5 - Branding: Define It

  8. 08

    Segment 6 - Visual Branding Tips for Websites & Blogs

  9. 09

    Segment 7 - Educating Your Potential & Current Clients

  10. 10

    Segment 8 - Get to Know Your Senior Client: Questionnaires

  11. 11

    Segment 9 - Senior Portrait Experience: Plan the Shoot

  12. 12

    Segment 10 - Senior Portrait Experience: What to Wear Guide

  13. 13

    Segment 11 - Senior Portrait Experience: Building a Style Closet

  14. 14

    Segment 12 - Interview with Senior Photographer: Jared Rey

  15. 15

    Segment 13 - Wardrobe Consultation with HS Senior

  16. 16

    Segment 14 - Senior Session: Hair & Makeup

  17. 17

    Segment 15 - Senior Session: Guy Wardrobe & Locations

  18. 18

    Segment 16 - Senior Session: Posing Girls vs Guys

  19. 19

    Segment 17 - Rooftop Shoot: Senior Girl Part 1

  20. 20

    Segment 18 - Rooftop Shoot: Senior Girl Part 2

  21. 21

    Segment 19 - Workflow & Post-Production Overview

  22. 22

    Segment 20 - Leslie's Editing Process

  23. 23

    Segment 21 - Senior Session Q&A

  24. 24

    Segment 22 - Social Media & HS Seniors

  25. 25

    Segment 23 - Interview With Teen Photographer Sara Cooney

  26. 26

    Segment 24 - Senior Panel: Teens' Perspective

  27. 27

    Segment 25 - Senior Panel Q&A

  28. 28

    Segment 26 - In-Person Ordering Session

  29. 29

    Segment 27 - Ordering Session Q&A

  30. 30

    Segment 28 - Pricing for Your Market

  31. 31

    Segment 29 - How to Build Your Collections

  32. 32

    Segment 30 - The Formula for Pricing and Q&A

  33. 33

    Segment 31 - What is a Senior Model/Rep Program

  34. 34

    Segment 32 - What Makes a Great Senior Rep & Rep Marketing

  35. 35

    Segment 33 - Senior Rep Program Q&A

  36. 36

    Thanks + Credits

  37. 37

    Segment 34 - Marketing Tool: Concept Shoot Part 1

  38. 38

    Segment 35 - Marketing Tool: Concept Shoot Part 2


Meet Your Expert

Leslie Kerrigan

Leslie Kerrigan is a southerner, born and raised, who still lives in her home state of South Carolina. Like many, she started her career as a photographer after having her children. After photographing every genre, Leslie found her passion when ... read more

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  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - Concept Planning Worksheet.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - Welcome Packet Checklist for Seniors.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - Saras Top 10 Social Media Tips.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - High School Senior Questionnaire Template.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - Gear Guide.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan - Top 5 Essentials for Style Closet.pdf
  • pdf Leslie Kerrigan Course Syllabus.pdf

87% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    August 2014

    I love Leslie's energy and enthusiasm! She had a ton of great knowledge to share. However, I have to say that I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the "live ordering session" because I feel like it was completely staged. This was the exact same girl and her mom that Sal Cincotta had a year or two ago when he was on creative live doing a senior class. I feel like I purchased a reality t.v. series, thinking it was going to be "real" only to find that it was staged. I have really enjoyed all the knowledge that Creative Live has been able to provide me with in the past, but this was a really big let down knowing that it wasn't real. This was the part that I was most looking forward to learning from. In person sales can be a bit intimidating and tricky with trying to find out what clients will really want and benefit from, as well as dealing with pushback or uncertainty that many clients have. It is fun and interesting to learn how each person does it differently but again, I just feel like it wasn't real and am very disappointed to not see a true sales session.

  • Lightfoot Studio

    Lightfoot Studio

    August 2014

    I can't say enough great things about this course! I went into it thinking I gain a little bit of info on posing and social media ideas... boy was I wrong! Leslie covers topics that I didn't even know where apart of Senior Photography. I highly recommend purchasing this course, if for no other reason then for the awesome senior panel that lets you know really want seniors want, are looking for, and actually care about in regards to their photos/social media/etc... I hope to meet Leslie one day and thank you personally! :)

  • Lynn Powell Roberts

    Lynn Powell Roberts

    June 2016

    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.

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