B eing 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 they 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 and make my teen subjects feel fantastic about themselves. That’s why, in addition to individual portrait shoots, I offer my Fun and Fabulous Teen Photoshoot. Which is a bit like an American  Senior Portrait Shoot. (Our friends in the U..S. celebrate their teenagers as they near the end of their schooling with a Senior Portrait shoot. Why not follow their lead and celebrate our 6th Form students by instituting the School Leaver portrait shoot.)

The Fun and Fabulous Teen Photoshoot is great fun. It’s a whole day, styled photoshoot. I work with a team of profesional hair and makeup artists to get my subject looking their best. I encourage my clients to rip favourite images out of magazines or start a Pinterest board to 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 in whatever makes them feel stylish and fabulous. It’s like a fashion photoshoot and teens love it.

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. 

It’s the perfect time to capture some stunning and fabulous portraits in a young person’s life. If you have a teen in your life, give them the gift of gorgeous, esteem-boosting photographs to treasure. You may even wish to do a Mother & Child Photoshoot together. Click here to see an example.

For Teens I offer Studio or Location Portrait Photoshoots or the Fun and Fabulous Photoshoot. I also offer the Fun and Fabulous Photoshoot Collection which includes an album or portrait book and wall or desk art.

If you want to celebrate this fleeting time in the life of your teen or would like to gift a photoshoot, I would love to hear from you.

I offer both an A La Carte option & Collections at the West London Studio, W6 or At Home & On Location or anywhere in the world.

Please contact the West London Studio on +44 (0)20 8748 1988 or Serena on +44 (0)7958 511819 or email serena@serenabolton.com.



London Portrait Photographer Serena creates natural, timeless and classical  portraits 

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