The Palm Springs Senior Photography Shootout – Seniors Ignite

Build The Senior Portfolio Of Your Dreams

Next Shootout Dates To Be Announced This Spring!

Palm Springs, California

This Is The Ultimate Educational Senior Shootout

Hands-On Learning | 12 Fully-Styled Models | Multiple Shooting Locations

Spend the day in iconic Palm Springs with Jen Basford, Patrick McBride and Renee Bowen as they work with you to create stunning images for your senior marketing that will stand out and attract the attention of your ideal seniors.

This isn’t your ordinary shootout. This Mid-Century Modern resort city surrounded by 4 mountain ranges in the Coachella Valley is a favorite setting for some of the most exclusive fashion designers’ marketing campaigns each season.

We’ll start the day at the retro Sixties resort that made glamping famous: The Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Vintage furniture, a retro pool, mid-century art and architecture, vinyl record players, a kooky caravan, fabric-draped alfresco lounging areas and an outdoor yurt add to the essential West Coast California boho attitude.

From there we’ll move on to 1-2 additional shooting locations in and around Palm Springs giving you the most unique and experiential shootout ever imagined.

Combine that with hands-on learning in everything from posing, direction, storytelling, lighting and more, this is the one shootout you won’t want to miss.

Dates: TBA This Spring!

Limited Number Of Spots Available

The Seniors Ignite Shootouts are small, intimate, instructional events intended to increase your skills and creativity while creating stunning and unique images for your marketing that will stand out and attract the right seniors for your business.


The Senior Shootout Experience includes:

Hands-On Shooting & Instruction

You will photograph 12 fully-styled senior models in locations unlike any you’ve ever imagined. Modern art and architecture meets vintage retro Southern California desert boho.

Each model will have a minimum of 2 different looks, giving you 24+ looks for creating stunning images for your marketing.

We’ll begin the day at the famous Ace Hotel & Swim Club (also the official shootout Hotel for Seniors Ignite) with look number one. You will need transportation for the day as we will travel to our second shooting location after the morning session. (Note: We will start a Facebook group for attendees so you can group together and share rides if you like).

Patrick, Renee and Jen will be assisting and instructing with lighting, posing, direction and more as you build and create amazing images for your senior marketing portfolio.

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Intimate Shooting & Learning Environment

The intimate environment of the Palm Springs Shootout gives you the ultimate in instruction and shooting time with all of the models to fully build your fashion-inspired editorial senior portfolio.

Learn from 3 different photographers with 3 different shooting styles. We’ve limited it to a small photographer-to-instructor ratio with industry leading instructors to ensure that you get the most creativity and impact in the images you create for your portfolio.

Fully Styled Models | Multiple Shooting Locations

Patrick, Renee and Jen bring a lot of experience to the table, both as instructors and as real world working pros.

They’ve taken care of all the important details to make this a valuable and incredible experience for you to create stunning standout images of high school seniors.

From the unique Palm Springs architecture and landscape, to the clothing, styling, hair and makeup – no detail is left undone. Not to mention our high school senior models have been selected to represent the best of the best in the industry. These models have incredible stories to share, and are amazing to work with!

Tentative Schedule for the Palm Springs Shootout

DATES: TBA This Spring!

We’ll begin the day at 9:00am outdoors at the pool at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club with a brief meeting and instructions for the day. You’ll photograph the models in their first fully-styled look in and around the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.

At the conclusion of the first shoot, we’ll break for lunch off site while the models eat and get styled in their next look. We’ll have Q&A time along with some instructional time with Jen, Patrick and Renee on the next shooting segment as far as directing  your seniors, storytelling, posing flow, lighting and more.

Then we’ll travel to our next shooting location(s) to finish out the day with exclusively styled looks created especially for the Palm Springs vibe.

We’ll conclude the day at sunset (around 5:00pm in California) and wrap up the shootout with a Q&A and discussion back at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.

You’ll leave with stunning new senior images for your portfolio and marketing, increased lighting & posing skills, new ideas and inspiration to use in your senior photography business.

Don't Miss The Seniors Ignite Palm Springs Shootout

DATES: TBA This Spring

Limited Number of Spots Available - Don't Miss Out!

$699 $599
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Meet Your Instructors


Patrick McBride

Patrick McBride is a nationally recognized senior portrait photographer based out of the Chicagoland area. He began his professional career in 2003 with a focus on wedding photography, but soon found a love for working with young adults. His wife, Cassie, later joined the business as the studio manager and they turned their full focus towards high school senior portrait photography.

Patrick and Cassie worked out of their home for several years before opening their first studio space in 2011. Their heavy emphasis on quality lighting, detailed styling and personalized service has made them the most sought after studio in the area.

Patrick is a mentor for photographers from all over the country. His easy-to-understand and methodical approach to lighting, composition and posing teaches photographers how to think through the process and create images that set them apart in their market.

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Renee Bowen

Renee Bowen is a nationally renowned photographer based in Southern California who specializes in upscale, edgy Senior Portraits. She is best known for her editorial, magazine-quality images that tell the story of her client while shooting on location in and around Los Angeles.

Renee prefers movement and energy in her portrait work, and strives to always infuse it with both current and emerging fashion trends. She is also a highly sought after mentor and educates up-and-coming photographers, both one-on-one and in small groups, as part of Seniors Ignite & We Are The SEEN. Additionally, Renee is Co-Founder and Editorial Director of SEEN magazine.

Born and raised in South Louisiana, Renee came to L.A. in 1995 and fell in love with an actor, subsequently had three crazy kids (all now teenagers) and is currently obsessed with Game of Thrones, Outlander, Wildfox and Free People. Wine and chocolate are always appreciated.

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Jen Basford

Jen Basford, Cr.Photog., owns 3 girls photography in Edmond, Oklahoma. She started her business 10 years ago working out of her home, and within 3 years built a 3500 square foot studio and became (and still remains) one of PPA’s Top Performing Studios in the industry.

Jen is seen as both a leader and an innovator when it comes to business, and her studio is one of the top senior portrait studios in the nation. She is best known for her modern styled senior portraits, her fashion expertise, her highly successful and profitable senior model program, and the out-of-the-box personal approach she takes to marketing and business relationships.

Jen is the Co-Owner of Seniors Ignite, and Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SEEN Magazine. She is also mom to 3 little girls, affectionately referred to as ‘The Dashes.’ A non-conformist by nature, Jen’s vision is to unapologetically challenge the status quo in everything she does.



Is there an official hotel for the Shootout?

All leaders and models will be staying at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, our official shootout hotel.

We recommend booking your rooms early, as they are on a first come, first served basis.

While there is not a special rate for shootout attendees, do note that you are with the Seniors Ignite Shootout. The hotel will try and group everyone together within the hotel.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Due to the small, intimate structure of the shootout, all payments are final and registration is non-refundable for any reason.

What will happen once I register for the shootout?

Once you have registered for the shootout, you will receive an email confirmation. We will send out detailed shootout information and logistics (such as meeting times and locations) prior to December 15th, 2016.

If an emergency arises, can I transfer my registration?

In the case of an emergency, you are allowed to transfer your registration to another photographer up to one week prior to the shootout by gifting or selling it to them.

The full responsibility of the transfer process is yours if this occurs; we are unable to assist in the process of selling or transferring your registration. In the case that you must transfer your registration, it is also your responsibility to provide us with the name, contact information, and details on the person you are transferring your registration to prior to the deadline.

What do I need to bring with me?

For this hands-on shootout, we recommend bringing the following equipment:

  • Your camera and favorite lenses (2-3 is sufficient)
  • Additional camera batteries
  • Multiple CF or SD cards
  • Reflectors
  • Any on location lighting equipment that you want to shoot with
  • Comfortable clothing

Can I submit images taken at the shootout to publications or enter them into competitions?

Images taken at any Seniors Ignite Shootout are for marketing and promotional purposes for your photography business (or personal use) only. You may submit images for publication only on Seniors Ignite, but as all images are created in an environment that has been set up by the instructors you may not submit them to any competitions or any other publications. You may not use images photographed at any Seniors Ignite Shootout for the purpose of promoting yourself for educational purposes (including, but not limited to, workshops and shootouts that you are instructing, leading, or participating in).

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