Having two young adult sons, teenage portrait photography is close to my heart. These very changeable years marked the end of their childhood as they matured into young men. Luckily being a professional photographer, I was able to capture teenage portraits even though teenage boys are notoriously camera shy. Thankfully, I have a good record of these years. And personally, I think every parent should be careful to record the amazing changes in their older children during this time of their lives before they fly the nest.
The teenage years are a time of immense change. Some teens glide through with ease while others find these years challenging and have problems with self-confidence. In the world of global celebrities, Instagram, Facebook and selfies with filters, teens are constantly exposed to images of physical perfection and not all 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. I love to catch this vitality in my portraits and make my teen subjects feel fantastic and confident.
My teenage photography subjects have told me that their portrait 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.
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 professional 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. Often, I 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.
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 teenage portraits 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 in London 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 Teenage Portrait Photography in London both A La Carte and as a Collection. Photoshoots can be undertaken at the West London Studio or At Home & On Location 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.