Being the mother of 2 teenage boys Teen Shoots are close to my heart. Where has time flown? How in the blink of an eye have my boys transformed from small, sweet, innocent children into 6 foot tall teenagers with independence and attitude? Have I captured all the special moments during their development? Have I recorded those changes, big and small, which have happened so quickly?
The teenage years are a time of immense change where young people have to navigate a safe path between childhood and adulthood. Some teenagers glide through with ease while others may find these years challenging and often have problems with self-confidence. In the world of global celebrities, Instagram, Facebook and selfies, teens are constantly exposed to images of physical perfection and not many feel that they match up. Sadly, few teenagers seem aware of the inherent beauty of their youth. Many suffer self-esteem issues or at best, moments of terrible insecurity. Yet young people are so alive, so gorgeous and bursting with possibility and I love to catch this vitality in my portraits.
There is nothing I enjoy more than taking a teenager out to a local park and photographing them, capturing their youth and beauty in natural settings. Or bringing them into my studio and guiding them through styling and posing for the camera.
For teen shoots, we have great fun. Girls may enjoy experimenting with different hairstyles, make up and clothing choices. I can recommend make up and hair artists and/or a stylist if desired. I encourage my clients to rip favourite images out of magazines and help them find their unique personal style for our shoot. I often photograph teens initially in their everyday jeans and then we often glam up with beautiful dresses and guys in their suits if they wish.
My teenage subjects have told me that the shoot and resulting images surprised and delighted them. They hadn’t imagined how fantastic they looked and felt uplifted and positive when seeing the images. The experience boosted their self-esteem and gave them confidence in their journey towards adulthood. This is the perfect time to capture some stunning and fabulous portraits in a young person’s life. If you have a teen; Godchild, niece or nephew give them the gift of gorgeous, esteem-boosting photographs to treasure. You may even wish to do a Mother & Teen shoot together.
Celebrate this fleeting time in their lives. Contact me at my London studio on +44 (0)20 8748 1988 to discuss further.