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Cherie says:

“Anyone who photographs seniors on a full-time basis,understands that this is always an intense, high-energy, and creatively-exhausting time of year.

Because of this, I try to schedule time to do at least one over-the-top conceptual creative shoot sometime during the peak of this hectic season.

It helps me get back to the artistic side of portraiture, and re-ignites my inner creative flame, and motivates and inspires me to create compelling images that are unique and exciting throughout the rest of my senior season.”

Cherie’s Photography Tip:

I always try to stay inspired. I am always on the look-out for inspiration and ideas I can use for a conceptual shoot, sometimes collecting ideas along with images over several months. I piece together colors, costumes and hair/make-up ideas, as well as the overall ‘mood’ I am going for.

Not only does this help me stay inspired, but it also give me the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself on a creative level that I don’t normally reach during most of my senior sessions.

Finding my ‘muse’ is as easy as choosing one of the seniors I have already worked with who both inspires me creatively and is photogenic. They are always willing to dress up and be my model for a day.

You can also use this type of creative concept shoot as an incentive for active participation in your model program by offering it as part of a contest or higher-level buy-in.

Bottom line: Be sure you take time during your busy season to feed your inner artist. Come up with a concept shoot from start to finish, then take the steps to make it happen.

Not only will your creative soul thank you for it, but your clients will also – and it’s awesome for marketing your senior model program.


Cherie used a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Cherie Phelps is a Omaha, Nebraska Senior Portraits photographer. She is also a Seniors Ignite Event lead shooter and works with the organization year round.

Need some help with conceptual shoots? Shoots like these aren’t that easy to put together, especially if you’ve never done one before.

At the Seniors Ignite event in San Diego, part of the event is dedicated to just doing a concept shoot – which means you get to see first-hand everything that goes into a concept shoot like this without having to organize it all.

Plus, Seniors Ignite is offering a discount for the event just for the Belovely You audience – check it out here if you haven’t already!



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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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