Inspire: Senior Session by Lindsay Horn Photography

This senior session by Lindsay Horn Photography shows you that an alleyway or somewhere down the street could be a fantastic location for a senior session. All you need is great light, great clothes, and let’s not forget the importance of expression on your senior. Lindsay offers some excellent tips about how she got better at posing her seniors – so you don’t want to miss reading that below!

P.S. For those of you who love the What to Wear guides on this site, you can get a dose of it every Wednesday from a site Lindsay and a few other photographers created called Wardrobe Wednesday.

From Lindsay Horn Photography: I couldn’t have asked for more when it comes to Dani’s session – perfect weather, gorgeous lighting, and a beautiful girl with killer outfits.  We had an in-person consultation prior to her session where I got to see her outfits and talk about her style.  It was wonderful scouting out locations with a vision already in mind!  The most rewarding thing about working with seniors (to me) is being able to make them look and feel great during their session.  I love it when they have that “aha” moment where they decide to trust me, no matter what bizarre thing I ask them to do.  And I REALLY love flipping the camera around to show my client a picture of themselves and hearing “WOW! Is that me?”  Dani was no exception … I had to convince her that she could nail the “serious” look, but boy did she ever!  :)  We had so much fun, and shot straight until the sun went down. Success!

Tips from Lindsay Horn Photography – Posing:

Posing is one of the most difficult components of a good senior photograph (I certainly haven’t mastered it yet), but doing it well can mean the difference between a good image and a fantastic image that really taps into your subject’s personality and makes Mom shed a few tears.  When I first started photographing seniors, posing was something I struggled with.  After lots of Google searches and perusing photography sites, I came across this great article:  http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/05/19/how-to-pose-seniors/ and had my “Aha!” moment.  I really took to heart what the author had to say about posing to express movement and fluidity.  From that point, I spent a lot of time “practicing” poses with my two youngest sisters (both teenagers).  While you may not be lucky enough to have teen-aged family members on hand, I’m sure you can find a willing teen to model through family or friends, or even past clients.  It’s a great way to find out what looks good (and what doesn’t) in a low-stress experimental environment.  And although not all poses will work for all clients, you will likely walk away with some foolproof starting points in your back pocket.

Since then, senior photography has become my niche, and I still seek out inspiration from magazines, blogs, and my favorite senior photographers.  The single most important thing I’ve learned is that the key to successful posing is a relaxed, comfortable, and trusting subject.  You may have the very best posing ideas, but if your subject is tense and nervous, the images will look stiff and forced.  Of course, everybody will interact with their clients in their own way, but here are some things I’ve found to be very helpful in creating a stress-free atmosphere and a comfortable subject.  I’ve recently started having in-person consultations before my senior sessions, and I think they have helped tremendously in taking away some of the “unknown” when you show up to a session and meet the photographer for the first time.  It gives the subject a chance to get to know me a little (and vice versa), and I can answer any questions or put worries to rest face-to-face.  During the session itself, I ask questions, tell stories, and chat about anything and everything.  I make a concerted effort to engage my subjects in conversation about anything but our session to calm any nerves.  I also give a lot of positive feedback while I’m shooting – what teenager doesn’t want to be reassured about their appearance?  Be specific – “your hair looks great in this light,” “you chose the perfect outfit,” or “you have a really natural smile” – it comes off as much more genuine.  Then when you nail that perfect shot, flip the camera around and show them!  There’s nothing like concrete visual proof to reassure them that you are looking out for them and want to make them look their best.  Once you reach this point, the posing becomes easy.  I tend to give some general direction, and I often find that their natural interpretation, well, looks the most natural.  Most importantly, YOU should stay relaxed too.  Photographing seniors is so much fun and offers a unique creative outlet as well – after all, they can actually follow your directions (for the most part).

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