3 Ways to Incorporate Hobbies into a Senior Session
As senior photographers, of course it’s our job to take great portraits of our seniors. Parents and family love senior portraits and will use them as a way to freeze their son or daughter in time, and remember what he or she looked like…especially since the days of cute little baby faces are over! But what about remembering what their senior was doing, or playing, or enjoying? Some parents would love to be able to look back on a photo and remember how excited their son was about football…or maybe that one photo can take them back to remembering their daughter’s cello concert or how well she did on her piano recital. I personally LOVE it when my seniors incorporate a sport/hobby into their session! And seniors love it when you let them:)
Often times, seniors will not move on to play college sports. So it makes it even more crucial to capture those moments in time for parents to remember their child’s glory days! Same goes for music…the concerts and band competitions and dance numbers may come to an end.
1 Encourage: As photographers, it needs to be our job to encourage seniors to showcase their interests! One way you can encourage this is by having a phone consultation or in person consultation prior to the session. Ask them questions around their interests, their extra-curricular activities and life passions. Often times you might hear stories around what they’d like to incorporate. This only makes the session more personal!
2 Show them: Include sample photos in your brochures or session guides! Show them how fun sessions can be when you incorporate their passions and hobbies into their portrait session. Often times when they see you have done this with many other seniors they realize how “cool” it really is! Not to mention how fun!
3 Pin with them: (especially girls!) Direct them to your Pinterest where you have pinned photos to a specific board made uniquely for their session. Allow them to pin as well. Always encourage them to be as involved as they can in the planning of their sessions. You also might want to add a disclaimer to the idea that their entire session will not look like the pinterest board the two of you create, rather it’s an inspiration for you as the photographer to include their hobby as well as for them to have a vision of their session.
No matter what you do, just be sure to let your seniors know that you support them and promote their interests:) Now get out there and showcase your seniors’ best! Below are ways I have incorporated hobbies into senior sessions.
I have had the opportunity to work with several guys who included sports and hobbies into their sessions. It’s always fun seeing the guys light up about photos when they know they get to show off something that they love! Football, baseball, hunting…and even dirt bike racing!
This photo below definitely has an amazing story. Austin and his Dad actually mounted all of those deer heads and antlers to the side of a barn on their farm!! It was quite the amazing display…and something that Austin and his Dad can look back on and remember spending time creating that wall of trophies together!
Last year (before my re-branding), I got to work with a dirt bike racer. We set up all of his trophies, ribbons, and plaques. It was something he loved, so he definitely enjoyed these photos!
I definitely shoot more senior girls, and I have found that the ladies tend to less often include a sport or hobby. However, I have had the opportunity to shoot various interests. Cheerleaders, dancers, softball players, volleyball players, guitar players, and yes, even a cello player! Two of my recent shoots included the senior’s jeep! And another included bow hunting and her truck!
Perhaps my FAVORITE incorporation into a session this season has been the newspaper editor! Kaitlyn told me that the newspaper has been such a huge part of her high school career and that she wanted to showcase that. We tried to find an old typewriter, but no such luck. We both still LOVE the way it all turned out. She borrowed some OLD newspapers from her school, I mean we’re talking papers from the 1960s! And then of course had some current ones, including articles by herself!