As a high school senior portrait photographer, Jenn Lewis, Cr.Photog., CPP, considers her influencer team of clients to be the foundation of her business. It provides organic marketing that ensures her images and behind-the-scenes videos will wind up on TikTok, where her target market lives. It’s also a great way to build relationships with teens and their parents, says Lewis, who will teach a pre-conference class, “The Business of High School Seniors,” at Imaging USA 2023.
Her team includes freshman through senior teens from several high schools in and around Winston-Salem, North Carolina. One of the perks they get are themed photo sessions several times a year. Themes she’s used include local fair, New Year’s Eve, black lights, prom, and sunflowers. After each session, she shares a handful of group and individual images with each team member, which they post on social media, tagging Lewis in the credit.
“When they join the team, they are committing to be a senior client with me when the times comes, so the team helps with not only marketing but filling my calendar,” she says.
Amanda Arnold is a senior editor.