March 20, 2017
There are so many things to celebrate on this amazing Monday- it’s the first day of Spring, the sun is currently shining, and today is the first day of my 4-week online senior photography workshop, PHOTOGRAPHING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! This workshop was created for intermediate to advanced photographers. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to photograph your teen, run an established business or simply learn more about this market, this workshop will give you the opportunity to explore what senior photography is all about. You will learn how to maximize your locations through posing, expression, lighting and moving around the space. You will also learn more about the business side of senior photography, including how to prepare for a shoot, creating a session workflow, building a senior model program and utilizing social media to reach your ideal client.
This workshop is loaded with written content, visual references to get you inspired to create and several videos that will take you both behind the scenes and directly through the viewfinder. One of the amazing perks of being a part of this workshop is the online forum you’ll have access to, as a student! We’ve already been chatting in there all week, getting to know each other and setting goals. There are also Q&A threads on a variety of topics, making this course both educational and interactive. There are only 4 Full Participation seats left for this workshop and this is the last week to sign up! If a Study Along seat is better for you, this is also an option.
W E E K O N E
READING: Location breakdown by type; choosing the right location and making the most of small spaces; defining your photographic style and how to prep for a session.
ASSIGNMENT: Describe your photography style in one sentence or 4-6 words. Select a location (one you’ve been to before or a new one) and find 10 areas to shoot in, without getting into your car. Photograph each area, with or without a client/model, creating a Location Catalog. Submit a gallery with these 10 images.
W E E K T W O
READING: Working in a variety of lighting conditions; how to use a reflector; capturing bokeh, sunflare and backlighting; session workflow from start to finish.
ASSIGNMENT: Photograph a senior/model outdoors in a variety of natural light conditions: full sun, shade and backlighting. Use a reflector, if you have one. Submit a gallery of 10 edited images for critique and share your experience working with the variations of light.
W E E K T H R E E
READING: Introduction to posing; keeping it age appropriate; angles and perspective; shooting for more than just your senior client.
ASSIGNMENT: Photograph a senior/model and shoot five distinct poses, three different ways (make small adjustments, change the angle and crop, etc). Submit a gallery of 15 edited images for critique, showcasing the five poses, shot three ways.
W E E K F O U R
READING: Bringing everything together to capture the essence of a high school senior; engagement and expression; observing and documenting the moments in-between; showcasing their personality; utilizing social media and how to start a senior model program.
ASSIGNMENT: Photograph a senior/model, putting into action all of the tips given throughout the course. Choose a location with a variety of areas to work within, experiment with multiple lighting conditions. Focus on shooting each pose multiple ways, capturing a range of expressions. Submit a gallery of 20 edited images for critique.
**Video + Images from this shoot will be included in the Week One materials! Learn all about how I work a location and photograph multiple poses in one space. This entire session took place working around one downtown office building. Behind the scenes video, commentary and a complete breakdown of each area is included! Want to learn more? Register today!