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Editorial Portrait Photography for High School Seniors

Dan Brouillette

Editorial Portrait Photography for High School Seniors

Dan Brouillette

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1 Class Introduction Duration:15:18
3 What is Lighting in Layers? Duration:16:49
4 Build a Lighting Foundation Duration:18:28
5 Layer One: Main Light Duration:06:17
6 Layer Two: Fill Light Duration:08:29
7 Layer Three: Accent Light Duration:04:29
8 Layer Four: Additional Light Duration:11:46
9 Outdoor Lighting Examples Duration:15:56
10 Outdoor Lighting Equipment Duration:03:34
13 Outdoor Lighting Q&A Duration:12:44
14 Live Shoot: In-Studio Lighting Duration:20:52
15 Live Shoot: Metering Duration:04:17
17 Live Shoot: On Camera Flash Duration:14:07
18 Live Shoot: 2 Light Set-up Duration:16:29
19 Live Shoot: Accent Light Duration:05:06
20 Live Shoot: Hard Light Duration:11:30
22 Introduction to Direction Duration:28:42
32 Pre-Session Consultation Duration:12:35
33 Prep Clients for Purchase Duration:06:47
36 Client Interaction Duration:09:14
37 Pre Session Consult Q&A Duration:12:35
38 Image Workflow Overview Duration:15:41
39 RAW Editing Workflow Duration:27:29
40 Basic Photoshop Editing Duration:13:58
42 Marketing to Seniors Overview Duration:05:18
43 Marketing to Seniors Duration:16:24
46 Seeing Moments Differently Duration:17:27

Class Description

Create images beyond the “traditional” senior shoot and make your clients feel like they stepped into an editorial campaign.  Knowing the basics for lighting in-studio and outdoors, as well as how to make your clients feel involved in the creative process can make your business stand out and thrive in a crowded market.  Dan Brouillette is a successful editorial photographer, who molded his studio to reflect his commercial work.  Each senior gets to help with the creative process of finding a shoot that fits their personality and Dan uses his knowledge on lighting and posing to make every shoot look as if it belongs in a magazine.  In this course Dan will teach:

  • Pre-session tips for preparing your photoshoot
  • What lighting equipment works for successful in-studio and location shooting
  • How to light in layers to create a portrait that is dynamic
  • Tips for posing and directing your seniors that make them feel comfortable and excited for the shoot
  • How to get involved in the local high schools so that students are familiar with you and your work
  • How to edit and cull through your images for a simple and time efficient workflow

  Create stand-out photography that excites seniors to organically market your business to their friends and simultaneously grow your portfolio beyond the high school senior market.  Dan Brouillette has taken his knowledge from working with magazines like ESPN, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Health and utilized it to build his successful high school senior photography business while shooting in a style he loves and growing his portfolio.


pete hopkins

awesome teacher and awesome technique. after soooo many webinars, it's really great to see someone break it down to the bare bones of lighting with exceptional quality results. i can listen to Dan all day. no pretense, no over the top emotional pleas, no drama! did i say awesome!!!! Plus, I'm a huge fan of the B! and B2 systems. Freedom is key. Now I can shoot anywhere, anytime. Thanks Dan.


This is by far the best class on senior photography I have found on creativelive. Dan explains the technical aspects in an easy to understand format. He does a great job going through studio shots, outdoor shots, editing and marketing. He's given me some great ideas and inspired me to be more creative. I am going to rewatch the lighting set up for the "hero shot". It's super cool!

Tristanne Endrina

Dan was great. His class was very comprehensive but easy to follow. The slides he used weren't flashy. Instead, they were simple and he went at a good pace. I left feeling like I could really pull off the lighting techniques he taught. I'm excited to put what I learned into my photography. :) Thanks, Dan.