The Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography

April 1, 2010

in Amy Locurto, Angie Arthur, Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

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Senior portraits are one of the most popular styles of photography around. We think this is because of the way these seniors are poised on the cusp of brand new beginnings…moving on to new and better things…with the whole world before them as they begin this new segment of their life’s journey.

Lucky for photographers, seniors are fun, vibrant, amazing and beautiful clients to work with!

For today’s tutorial, we have put together a list of helpful tips and trends that you can use during your next senior portrait photo shoot to capture the true personality behind the client you are photographing.

Hot Tip #1: Find A Textured Background

Seniors love the texture trend right now! Texture really adds interest and dimension to any photo you might take of your client. Look around everywhere you go to find texture, an old barn or a graffiti wall that you might be able to incorporate into your next senior shoot. They will love it!

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Hot Tip #2: Incorporate Favorite Props

Props can be useful in any type of shoot, but here are two of our favorites for those special seniors that we are capturing…

-Pets: For many seniors, their pet might even be their best friend! They will be thrilled for you to take the time to capture the two of them together.

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-Furniture: Whether it’s vintage, funky, contemporary or victorian – find a piece that fits your senior’s special personality and implement it into their photo shoot.

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

Hot Tip #3: Incorporate The Senior’s Hobby

Everyone has hobbies that they love participating in. Set up a time to talk about this with your client well before you actually meet for their photo session. It will be fun for them to remember the types of activities they were involved with at this important stage of their life!

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

Hot Tip #4: Zoom In On The Fine Details

Many times as photographers we get so involved in capturing the big picture, that we forget to photograph the little details that make our seniors special. Zoom right in, try different angles and really capture the essence of your subject.

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Hot Tip #5: Railroad Tracks

If you have an abandoned railroad track near where you live, we find these to be a beautiful addition to the senior sessions we’ve photographed. The railroad track disappearing into the distance really helps relate the idea of the future that lies ahead of these seniors. And it’s easy to customize a railroad track photo no matter who you are working with!

For the gals, encourage them to be fun, funky and to embrace “their inner 17-year-old!”

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

And for the guys, it’s the perfect opportunity to let their “Mr. Cool” come shining through!

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

Hot Tip #6: Add A Vehicle To The Mix

For young men especially, their vehicle is usually something that is very special to them and unique to their personality. They are most definitely going to enjoy having a photo of them together to remember for all time.

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Hot Tip #7: Include Their Friends!

Including your senior’s friends in their shoot helps them relax and enjoy the experience more and it helps you capture those candid, natural moments that we are all looking for during a senior shoot.

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com



Hot Tip #8: “Significant” Others

We are always leery when a senior asks to include their boyfriend or girlfriend in their photo session. Chances are that they aren’t even going to be together very much longer after the shoot has ended. We all know that it’s difficult to relate that to the senior though, so we would recommend including their “significant” other in a few of their photos, but the majority of them should be of the senior alone.

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For example: The above image might be a sweet and tender expression of love captured by a camera…but that couple has only been together for 40+++++++ years. Who’s to say if they’ll still be together tomorrow or next week?!

Hot Tip #9: Shoot At Special Locations

It is your responsibility as a photographer to help your seniors scout out locations that are special and meaningful to them. You might even want to consider holding their session at a location that indicates the bright and glorious future they have ahead of them…

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com They will appreciate your efforts so much when you deliver their beautiful proofs to them!

Hot Tip #10: The “Waite” Is Over!!!

April Fools Joke - Hottest Trends in Senior Portrait Photography by iHeartFaces.com

Wha?! The “waite” is over. What does that mean?

1) Read the sign in the last photo to get the “waite” part of it.

2) You all didn’t think we goofy I Heart Faces gals would be able to pass up another perfect April Fools’ opportunity did you?!?!? Bwahahahaha!!!!

We’re thinking we might have started a whole new trend in “senior” portrait photography. Just remember it all started here on April Fools’ Day at I Heart Faces. :)

We hope you enjoyed this April Fools’ tradition as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. Hee! While we’re on that topic, if you missed our April Fools’ post from a previous year, be sure to head on over to read it now. It was AWESOME (if we do say so ourselves… giggle!)

Special Thanks To Our Amazing “Senior” Models:

  • Allene: Amy’s 82 year-old grandma
  • Gertie: Amy’s grandma’s friend
  • Jerry & Karen: Angie’s awesome parents

Disclaimer: No I Heart Faces co-founders grandmas, parents or grandma’s friends were hurt in the making of this tutorial. We claim no responsibility for any psychological damage if any of the above said persons begins to have “issues” after seeing the results of their photo session (especially since those said persons came up with many of the ideas for this April Fools’ post themselves!) If it is ever suggested that wet pants might have incurred as collateral damage of a LMAO condition during the making of this tutorial, we will strongly deny it until the end of time. The end.

Happy April Fools’ Day!!! We hope you enjoyed the Funny Photos!

Angie & Amy
co-founders of I Heart Faces


Exciting News!

We also want to let you know about a VERY popular book that will be back on the market later this year. Get a preview of it here. You’ll LOVE IT!!

Photography Posing Guide Book (FUNNY!!) via iHeartFaces.com

UPDATE: We want to thank everyone who spread this post around the internet. It was a ton of fun! We were sad to lose over 142 comments when we switched to WordPress. Here are a few that made us giggle:

6. American in Norway said…You totally GOT me… My mouth was hanging open in horror as I made my husband come look at the cemetary photots… I think I wet myself! 
21. Linda said…This is the best…. it made me smile from ear to ear. I wonder if I can talk my 95 yr old Gram to tight walk on the the RR tracks? So fun! 
61. AJ said…I was laughing so loud my daughter came to see what was up! LOLOL! I hope Gertie gets well soon. You guys are so creative and smart! Awesome post!!! 
79. Angie said…K that was Hilarious!! I totally fell for it until I got to the “hobbies” section and saw the pills and the guy sleeping!! LoL VERY FUNNY! :) 

 

87. Julia Spencer said…I totally didn’t even get it was a joke at first… I was like, really? People do this? By the funeral home? OMG! And his socks and sandals? OMG! And well… fools on me!!! 

88. Erin @ Puddin’ Sugar said…I just spit out my morning coffee, all over my laptop on the Pill-Sorting- Fave- Hobby! Too, too, funny!! 
100. No Blink Photography said…That was awesome!!!! I really had my mom going on this. I told her this is what I wanted to get into. Usually she is very supportive of my ideas, this one… not so much!!!!
Great job. Thanks!!!!!
 
120. Jenni said…When I opened this I thought…really? Are these “old people” taking pictures by handicap signs and funeral home signs – no way! HA! That was hilarious! They are adorable and what good sports to play along with your little prank! 
125. Karin said…Since you April fooled me last year, I was wondering what you would do this year to prank us. :) OMGosh…SO totally HILARIOUS! I was cracking up–and the sandal shot…snort, bahahahahaha. Great job!! Very clever. :) 
138. Denise said…i just wet myself i laughed so hard! (and i’m only 36).
my husband (a photographer) is in senior photo season, thank you for all the tips/laughter!
 

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Tiffany Melson August 22, 2014

HAHA!!! Love this!! When I was first photographing senior sessions, I told my husband that I had a senior session booked. So he says, “Oh, that’s good. You should see if your grandparents want their pictures taken.” I was thinking he was kidding, but he was totally serious thinking that I am having a senior “citizen” session. So now it is a joke that we have whenever I book a senior session, that it’s a senior “citizen” session. I have to show my husband these photos, he will find the humor in it. :)

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Stan April 11, 2013

Actually, and AF jokes aside, this is really a great idea. I hope more people do it. I started a project a few years ago titled Town Treasures. http://bit.ly/10WykLc . Senior as so much fun to photograph. No pretentiousness at all.

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Denise April 4, 2013

Hilarious!!! thank you! :)

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Jodie Farbotnik April 4, 2013

OMGosh…totally loved this. (big smile and made my day)

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Jessica April 3, 2013

I didn’t get to reading this until today.. April 3rd. April Fools’ Day was a thing of the past and so far out of my mind. I read this…and I was just concerned. I couldn’t figure it out. I kept scrolling to find out who in the heck wrote this article so I could go to their site and see what else they offered. OF COURSE it was a joke. So relieved. For real :)

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