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Posted 2/9/2010 by NDjane in General Photography
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NDjane
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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:34:36 PM
Hi peas!!

I was super excited when Jami emailed me about helping out with the class. Seniors are very near and dear to my heart, so I'm happy to help out in any way I can!

I feel like the easiest way to go about this is to just walk you through how a typical senior session goes for me, along with random tidbits thrown in.

I've never taught a thing in my life, so bear with me!


LOCATIONS.

An hour before a session, I location scout. I have driven all around my hometown so many times it's ridiculous, but I always manage to find at least ONE new location. Don't be afraid to use something a little off the wall. Play around! Piles of logs, abandoned houses, rooftops, between two semis...use your imagination! Try not to look at a building as a whole...you're probably not going to see that whole building in the photos. Look for little corners and doorways and small spaces that catch your eye.

The biggest thing I look for is texture or patterns. I LOVE rusted metal buildings and walls and doors that are falling apart, or repetitive patterns in brick or windows.






Another thing I look for is color. You can usually find fun colored walls in alleys and in downtown areas.



I usually write down a list of 4-6 locations I want to go to while on the shoot. And this is where my nerdiness shines through...I write them in the order of which place has the best light at which time. So I'll start out in the more shaded locations when the light is most harsh, then do a few locations where I can get some pretty sunflare, then I go to the locations that face the west at sunset, since the light is less harsh at that time.


MEETING YOUR SENIOR.

I ALWAYS arrive a bit early to the park where I meet my clients. It gives me some chill time. I read a magazine in my car, check my email, etc. Anything to calm me down. I don't remember ever not being nervous before a shoot!

The senior arrives, we get out of our cars and go over my contract. I typically email one to them beforehand, but I still like to go over it and explain everything. Then I'll ask to see the outfits they brought and we kind of come up with a location/outfit plan for the shoot. Plus this gives us a minute to talk and get to know each other instead of shoving a camera in their face immediately.

I get asked a lot whether or not parents should tag along. In my personal opinion, shoots go much smoother when it's just me and my senior. I've definitely had the occasional naggy mom...the ones that jump into a shot randomly to comb their son's hair, or complain the whole time about their daughter's outfit. Find something for them to do. I'll usually hand them my locations list and have them go arrange the outfits and get everything ready so "everything is grab and go and we can get more shots in." Helps mom feel handy while keeping mom busy!

That being said, not all parents are like that. Occasionally you get a senior mom who just wants their kid to enjoy their experience. Can't beat that.


GETTING YOUR SENIOR TO RELAX.

As for keeping your senior comfortable.. Crack jokes. Don't take anything too seriously. I'm constantly tripping over things and forgetting to take my lens cap off. I spend the majority of the shoot making fun of myself.
And INSIDE JOKES! If something awkward or random happens, make an ongoing joke out of it. It'll make your senior feel like they have something personal with you, a "bond" of sorts.

Truthfully, some seniors just naturally "get it" and some get extra awkward when the camera comes out. If they're awkward at first, have them sit, sit across from them, and just chat with them with a minute while you "get everything set up". (I just push buttons on my camera but never actually change anything.. Lol.) Talk about whether they play any sports, what colleges they're looking at, what they're planning on majoring in. And LISTEN. Don't just make them talk to get them comfortable. You need to build this persons trust if you want them to open up for you when the shutter starts going off. Start telling a story of your own, stop halfway through and ask if they're ready, start shooting, and continue with your story. Pause every few shots, show them one or two that look good, then continue.

Confession: During an average senior shoot I will only take anywhere from 100-150 frames. I talk incessantly.
I was emailed by a senior girl recently who told me her shoot didn't feel like a shoot at all...it just felt like she was hanging out. Personally, I feel like this is the key to getting what seniors want from their senior pictures...if you get to know them, that's when you REALLY capture them.


POSING.

I don't get into a whole lot of posing, honestly. I just tell them to stand however they're comfortable. I tell them beforehand that if anything about their pose looks off, I won't hesitate to tell them. I get the straight on, both hands on hips pose from girls a lot. I laugh and jokingly say "What up, Wonder Woman." and tell them to turn a little and drop an arm. It's important to not take anything too seriously or make them feel like they're "doing it wrong".

Oh, and they'll always ask what to do with their hands! With guys, I have them put them in their pockets, cross their arms, and even just letting them hang at their sides as long as they're turned the right way. Girls always want to put their hand on their hip, and I'll also have them put them in their back pockets if they're wearing jeans.
If all else fails, have them fidget. I've given a senior a little pebble and told her just to fidget with it with both her hands and it looked very natural and "caught in the moment". Let them tug on a shirt, play with their jacket, mess with a scarf. You can always find something!

So the shoot is over, and my favorite part begins...


EDITING!

I love shooting seniors for so many reasons, but the number one reason is the creative freedom I get with them. They're down for whatever. They WANT different and unique. So my only advice for editing...play. Have fun! Layer some actions, throw on some textures, just have fun with it. Be sure to keep several shots "neutral" for Grandma, but for the most part just let your inner artist shine.


PROOFS.

One thing I get a lot of positive remarks for is my turnaround time. Teenagers are not the most patient creatures. The quicker you get a blog post and those proofs up, the happier they'll be.

Typically, I get a shoot completely edited and proofs up within 2-4 days of the shoot. Be sure to give them a couple of watermarked ones that they can use on their facebook and myspace (I just let them snatch them off my blog)...almost all of my clients find me through facebook. I haven't handed out a business card in two years.



So... Senior photography in a nutshell:

1) Fear no location. (Textures, patterns, colors!)
2) Really truly get to know your senior.
3) Don't take anything too seriously.
4) Talk!
5) Let the posing be as natural as possible...no tree hugging, please.
6) Experiment with post-processing.
7) Get proofs done in a timely manner.
8) HAVE FUN!!



Thanks for listening to my nonsense, and I hope this helps at least a few of you out. Seniors can be a tough industry to break into, and I just know that these things have worked well for me throughout the last few years.

I'm happy to answer any questions if anyone has any!


Amanda


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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:39:28 PM
Wonderful!! Thanks so much.

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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:41:52 PM
Your photos are fabulous! I just do this as a hobby, but great tips to know even for photographing my kids and neice and nephews.

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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:45:31 PM
Amanda, this is so fantastic! Thank you so much. I wish you had been around to shoot my senior photos, but I guess you probably weren't much of a photographer when you were 7 years old!!!

I just love your style, in your images and in your personality. I would love to be able to shoot so relaxed and fun some day!

Thanks again for this wonderful lesson.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:53:17 PM
many thanks for taking the time to put this together - all great pieces of advice!! you were such an inspiration to me when i was starting out!! it's good to see you on the board again!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:55:42 PM
Well, that was awkward...



It was awesome, just like I said it would be.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 3:58:07 PM

I wish you had been around to shoot my senior photos, but I guess you probably weren't much of a photographer when you were 7 years old!!!


Ha, me too!!!

Awesome job and I love the tidbit with letting them fidget with something


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Posted: 2/9/2010 4:55:12 PM
Amanda, thank you! This is so great.
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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:12:22 PM
this was so helpful! thanks so much for the tips!
getting seniors comfortable is definitely tricky.
THANKS!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:35:58 PM
Great! I think I would be a total flub with seniors. You, however, are magnificent. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:38:05 PM
This is fabulous.... as are YOU!

Definitely going to save and review. Thanks so much!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:39:18 PM
I can just feel how fun your senior sessions must be. Great lesson, lots of good advice that could be applied to many shooting situations! Thank you!!!



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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:44:00 PM
This is simply fabulous! You have a woderful way of writing and your images stand out! Thanks for sharing such fabulous information!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:53:39 PM
Thank you Amanda, for giving some insight on seniors. I've always wondered what when on behind the scenes of your shoots. Thanks again for sharing.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 6:44:13 PM
Love the advice and the pictures! TFS!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 6:53:32 PM
Great tutorial Amanda! I have a question - when your seniors book with you, do ask what they are looking for or do they specify?

My seniors always want this or want that location cause they've seen it on my blog or proofing site. This past season I was getting bored with all country, wanting to hit the City and get grungy LOL but most didn't want that. I was getting very bored with trees, streams and grass. Just wondering cause I know you use a lot of different locations and you said you scout just before the session.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 7:15:54 PM
Awesome!!
I wish there was a senior market here in Canada

Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 7:32:13 PM

Great tutorial Amanda! I have a question - when your seniors book with you, do ask what they are looking for or do they specify?

My seniors always want this or want that location cause they've seen it on my blog or proofing site. This past season I was getting bored with all country, wanting to hit the City and get grungy LOL but most didn't want that. I was getting very bored with trees, streams and grass. Just wondering cause I know you use a lot of different locations and you said you scout just before the session.


Occasionally they'll ask for a specific location or request something (I have a senior girl coming up who plays football...I KNOW!!...so she wants some on a football field). We'll go to whatever location they request, and then a couple that I choose. I usually start out with their location and get those done, then we go to the spots I chose. They get what they want and I still get to use my favorite spots...win-win.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:33:32 PM
Great job; thanks so much for sharing!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:43:32 PM
What a treat it must be for those seniors to see their images the first time. You're amazing as are your images. ~Jackie


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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:54:17 PM
Do you want to "re-do" my senior pics for me?? I thought that over the shoulder look was so hot..(not so much!) I had fun reading this, thank you!!

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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:58:57 PM
great information! have always loved your style of photos.

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Posted: 2/9/2010 9:02:33 PM
love it! I'm a little ADD so I appreciate your quick, to-the-point approach here. Great ideas and tips.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 9:03:44 PM
Your photos just snap with life! I love your style, and I'll bet your clients are totally thrilled to see their shots! Thank you for sharing your tips with us!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 9:08:01 PM
You are so awesome and natural!



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Posted: 2/9/2010 9:21:30 PM
I could just look at your senior work all DAY!

I love all of the great hints you shared with us - as someone mentioned above, letting them fidget with a pebble is such a fabulous, tiny, yet monumental piece of advice!

You're a hit with seniors not only because your work ROCKS, but because of your fun, quirky, totally endearing personality. You're a complete package, girl.

Anne

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Posted: 2/9/2010 10:50:13 PM
Thanks for sharing Amanda! You hit a lot of good points. When I get stiff ones, I have them pose upside down, jump off of something for a mid-air shot, or do something else silly for a picture. Loosens them right up I seem to always have a mom with me, but only once did I have one "try to help".

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Posted: 2/9/2010 10:56:04 PM
Thanks so much for this lesson, Amanda. Even though I know the senior I'm shooting pretty well...my daughter, ha! I'm sure these tips will help. She does the straight on hands on the hips pose constantly and it drives me crazy!

Thanks also for sharing a few of your images...I think they (and you!) are amazing!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 11:15:51 PM
LOVE it...perfectly FABULOUS! I agree with Anne 150%! Thanks for the awesome post, pics and tips!


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Posted: 2/10/2010 12:41:01 AM
thanks so much Amanda for putting this lesson together! Gives me a better understanding of how to shoot seniors - Thanks


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Posted: 2/10/2010 12:57:02 AM
Great tips. Awesome photos. Thanks for putting this together.


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Posted: 2/10/2010 6:26:36 AM
Thanks for the great tips!
Did it take you long to break into the senior market? Did you market a lot or did the word just spread? I'm thinking after you did 1-2 seniors they all came knocking down your door.

LOVE your processing? Do you just 'play' with each image or have a workflow you follow?



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Posted: 2/10/2010 7:59:00 AM
Great job Amanda! You are a natural teacher!


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Posted: 2/10/2010 8:30:52 AM
I wish there was a senior market here in Canada





Another for that vote! Still trying to work it in my area.

Thanks Amanda, I love your style.

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Posted: 2/10/2010 9:05:35 AM
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Posted: 2/10/2010 2:20:24 PM

Did it take you long to break into the senior market? Did you market a lot or did the word just spread? I'm thinking after you did 1-2 seniors they all came knocking down your door.

LOVE your processing? Do you just 'play' with each image or have a workflow you follow?

It's hard to say if it took long to break into the senior market, because that's what I focused on when I first started my business. The amount of seniors I shoot per month has grown as my business has grown. When I first started I had, on average, 1-3 seniors per month. A year ago I had 4-6 per month. And now I'll have 8-12 per month. I never really did any marketing...I tried senior reps last year, but the kids barely passed out cards so it ended up being a waste of my money. Facebook has really been my biggest marketing tool...just giving the kids their photos, all watermarked and sized for web, and letting them put them up on their Facebook. They get to show off their photos while spreading the word. It's helped me a ton!

As for my processing, I honestly just play. Probably why it takes me so long to edit.. Lol. I'm very particular about each image. In my busy season, Lane tried to help me edit several times but I just couldn't do it. Each photo is different and I know what I want out of every single photo.


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Posted: 2/10/2010 3:04:45 PM
This has a lot of great info. I would love to do Senior shoots one day when I am ready. Love all your pictures.


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Posted: 2/10/2010 3:13:31 PM
Thanks for sharing! Great info here. I just love your style. Would you share the editing on a photo or two? I just love how your pictures come out and I would LOVE to see what kind of ideas you play around with...


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Posted: 2/10/2010 4:32:02 PM

Would you share the editing on a photo or two?

I never remember what all I do on a photo...but I'll pick a couple of photos and edit them from beginning to finish and write down all my steps! I'll try to get it posted tonight!


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Posted: 2/10/2010 5:19:43 PM
Can I ask a really dumb question? Where do you have the seniors change their clothes? In their car? I don't want to look unprofessional when I start to photograph seniors.

Thanks!

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Posted: 2/10/2010 5:34:34 PM

Can I ask a really dumb question? Where do you have the seniors change their clothes? In their car? I don't want to look unprofessional when I start to photograph seniors.

YEP. Lol. When I send them the email to let them know where/what time to meet me, etc., I always say "By the way, I don't have any kind of portable dressing room, so it may be a good idea to wear an undershirt of some kind and (for girls) tights under your jeans. If this is a problem, just let me know and we can borrow a bathroom somewhere for you to change."
Honestly, I've only had to do a "bathroom change" once, and that's because the girl forgot to wear tights, wanted to change jeans, and her boyfriend was with us on the shoot. The majority of the time they don't care at all.


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Posted: 2/10/2010 7:02:50 PM
Alright.. Here's three photos I edited, from beginning to end.

With basic headshots, I don't do a whole lot of crazy editing.
Here's the SOOC version. Very....blah.




Basic adjustments made in Lightroom..



Warmed it up, bumped up the exposure just a little (+0.17), added contrast (+44), clarity (+23), and vibrance (+29). And I added a very very light vignette.


Then I took it to Photoshop and ran a few Totally Rad actions on it.

Pro-Retouch : 60%
Oh Snap! : 70%
Select-o-Pop : 20% on eyes and mouth
+Contrast : 50%





Original - LR - Finished product (after PS)




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Here's a bit more "intense" editing.

SOOC. It hurts my heart.




With LR adjustments..



Warmed it up, increased exposure +0.33, contrast +50, clarity +23, vibrance +31, and added vignette.


Annnnd Photoshop...lots of color popping! More Totally Rad actions.

Smooth-O-Matic : 100%
Lights On : 20%
Oh Snap! : 100%
Punch Out! : 100%
Boutwell Magic Glasses : 70%
Select-O-Sharp : 50% on face and hairline
Yin/Yang : 40% Yang on face

(And I'd clone out the creepy green flare on her face...but that goes without saying..)




Original - LR - Finished product (after PS)





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And this is what I consider "playing around".

SOOC. Horrible, I know. I'm embarrassed.




Lightroom adjustments.

Warmed up, increased exposure +0.75, fill light +10, clarity +58, vibrance +35, and added a slight vignette.




Photoshop!

Pro-Retouch : 70%
P.O.S. Lens : 100% (Took out "Highlight Flare" layer)
Pross-Crossessed #1 : 20%
Pool Party : 60%
Select-O-Pop : 20% on eyes and lips
Select-O-Sharp : 50% on nose (Pool Party tends to make some features practically disappear...it's my favorite TRA action, but that part bugs me)
Boutwell Magic Glasses : 100%





Original - LR - Finished product (after PS)






Hope that helps!


Amanda


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Posted: 2/10/2010 7:09:05 PM
Awesome examples Amanda!


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Posted: 2/10/2010 9:30:00 PM
Thanks for the wonderful lesson! Here's a question: you talk about scouting out new locations - do you just knock on people's doors and ask them if you can take pictures on their property? Do businesses care if you take pictures outside? Is there an "etiquette" around this?

Thanks!
Autumn

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Posted: 2/10/2010 10:02:47 PM
Great information. Thank you!!

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Posted: 2/10/2010 10:05:48 PM

Here's a question: you talk about scouting out new locations - do you just knock on people's doors and ask them if you can take pictures on their property? Do businesses care if you take pictures outside? Is there an "etiquette" around this?

The only time I'll ask for permission to use a place is if it's indoors during business hours, which is rare. Despite popular belief, I don't really hop fences or run around on private property at every shoot. (I had someone tag me on twitter the other day because they hopped a fence to get a good photo and "felt like IndieJane"...I was like oh no, I'll forever be known as "The Trespasser"... Lol)
If there's a sign that says "No Trespassing", I don't. I'm not going to get my client and myself in trouble with the law. Otherwise, most people don't care...as long as I'm not vandalizing they typically let me be. Most of the business owners downtown know me by now anyway.
I've been asked to leave a property once, but just because the owner didn't feel comfortable with me running around in an unsafe building, which is completely understandable. I've never been "kicked out", so to speak..
I guess the main point is to not be afraid to use a location...if you get asked to leave, just smile and say "I apologize, we're just doing some senior pictures and really loved this door/alley/etc...we'll get out of your way!" and head to the next location.


Amanda


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Posted: 2/10/2010 10:22:41 PM
thank you so much for showing us your process! this has really made me want to go out and scout some fun locations!


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Posted: 2/10/2010 10:55:07 PM
You are so great for posting info about your processing!! I love it!!

Can you believe I've never even used Pool Party (and I've had TRA for a long time)? I need to branch out more... get out of my comfort zone...


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Posted: 2/10/2010 11:07:21 PM
Wow! Thanks for all that great info, especially on the processing. Great job!


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Posted: 2/11/2010 7:19:02 AM
Thanks so much for sharing! The examples are great!!!


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