Senior Photography Success with Olivia Renee

February 15, 2021 Blog

Episode 59: Olivia Renee

In Episode 59 of the Portrait System Podcast, Olivia Renee gives Nikki Closser the lowdown on building a successful career shooting portraits for high school seniors. You’ll learn all about her ingenious marketing system that involves a yearly cadre of Senior VIPs, who she takes on exclusive location shoots, and how this garners her tons of social media exposure and word-of-mouth referrals.

Be sure to listen to the whole podcast to hear all the details about how she’s cracked the code on senior photography.

In this blog, you’ll find links to Olivia’s web presence, as well as her answers to bonus questions, and some of her stunning photos.

Get to Know Olivia Renee

Q: What is your average sale currently? 

A: My average sale is $2500.

Q: Making a connection with your subject is one of the most important parts of a great portrait. How do you make lasting connections with your clients? 

A: I focus less on posing my clients, or what their hair looks like, or their outfit, and more on bonding with them. I maintain conversation with them while we are shooting, which I think helps them to stop overthinking being in front of the camera and gets more relaxed and genuine images.

Q: For someone starting out on their photography journey, what advice would you have for them? 

A: You have to be able to think for yourself and think on your toes. I think a lot of people today rely too much on asking questions in Facebook groups and ‘How do I do ____,’ like they want a formula for everything. But being able to problem solve and creatively come up with solutions has helped me deliver for my clients even when all sorts of things are going wrong.

“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”

Q: What fellow artists in the industry do you gain the most inspiration from? 

A: I love Kara Marie for Boudoir and Bonnie Nicoalds and Grace Scuitto for fashion and beauty.


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