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Teen Photography: The Best Ways to Make Sure Teenagers Love Their Photos

Sept79Teen photography can be a tricky thing that many parents aren’t sure how to work with. It can be great fun, however, and I’ve had many happy clients who loved their photos, and the teens loved them as well. When you give teens more room to have fun and be themselves during a family photography session, you are going to have a better chance of getting stunning portraits of everyone. I am going to look at some of the most amazing ways that you can get your teenagers excited for family photos. Let’s take a look!

3 Excellent Ways to Get Your Teenagers Excited about Family Photographs

There are several ways you can amp up excitement about teen photography with your reluctant teens, but I am going to focus on three ways I’ve found to be immensely successful. Try these with your teenagers to see just how easy your next family portrait session will be.

  1. Let Your Teens Wake Up Later in the Day

Many times, my clients want to get up earlier in the day to get their family photographs done. While this is great, many times, teenagers will fight tooth and nail because they’d rather sleep in. When doing teen photography, I always encourage my clients to do their sessions later in the day, giving their teenagers time to sleep in and wake up later. This will help them not be quite as grumpy, making the photo session go amazingly well. 

  1. Encourage Them to Wear What They Want To

Another thing teens tend to dread about family photographs is wearing something they don’t like. When you get teen photography done for your family portraits, consider encouraging your teen to wear whatever he or she would like to. This will help make your teen more comfortable, and can add even more relaxation to a family photograph session. Everyone can be comfortable, in their favourite clothes, and you will simply love how the photographs turn out. 

  1. Go to Fun, Exciting Urban Locations for Great, Edgy Teen Photography

Depending on your teen, he or she might prefer going to more urban, edgy places for their photographs. While the beach and other locations are gorgeous for family photos, urban locations can really help encourage teens to relax and take great photos. However, if your teenager loves the outdoors, choosing a great park or somewhere he or she loves will be a better idea. Just go with what you know your teen enjoys, and you will be able to get some stunning shots that you will be immensely proud of. 

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When it comes to teen photography, there are many things you can do to encourage your teen to have a great time. Contact me today and we can chat about your family session and more ways to involve your teen, making it a wonderful experience. If you have any questions or would like more tips for teen photography, don’t hesitate to ask!
Talk soon,
Margherita :)
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Getting the Best Out of Your Children for Family Photographs

Sept38I absolutely enjoy family photographs and I think they are important for all families to get. Pictures allow you to capture wonderful memories on film, giving you something to pass down throughout the generations. They also are wonderful to have hanging on your walls and in picture books to show off to friends and family.

However, you might find it difficult to get photographs because your children get too rowdy during pictures or never want their photos taken. Because of this you might not believe family photographs are a good idea for your family, but I am here to tell you I think they are perfect! I am going to look at three great tips for getting wonderful portraits of your children no matter what age they are.

Choose Something that Fits Your Child’s Personality

One of the best ways to make sure your children enjoy getting their pictures taken is to have a session that suits their personalities. I’ve had several quiet children where we took gorgeous shots in environments that were perfect for them, and I’ve had outgoing, outdoorsy children who ran everywhere. Both gave me beautiful smiles, which made the portraits perfect for families.

Now, if you have one child who is quiet and another who is outgoing, I think something like a park would be a great idea. One child can rest under a tree and think or read while the other plays on play sets and runs around. I can capture both of them in their element, getting stunning images for everyone and they will have fun doing what they love!

The Time of Day Can Make All the Wonderful Difference

Your children are a great indicator of when you should get family photographs taken. If you have younger children, getting photos taken earlier in the day works the best and older children, especially teenagers, can get their photos taken later in the day.

This is perfect because it lets the child be up when they are used to and I can best capture their true personalities this way! I had one family that loved getting up at the crack of dawn and wanted a session on the beach just as the sun was coming up. (This was a first for me!) It turned out gorgeous, and the family (and I) really loved the images. This session capture who they all are because they were up at their normal time and in their favourite location.

Feed Your Children Up Before the Session for Less Stress

A major reason why children throw tantrums before getting family photographs done is because they are hungry. Feed them up before you head out and I always suggest giving them a little snack right before. This gives them energy and gives me a chance to get some stunning snaps of them. This will also help mum and dad not be so stressed before and during the sessions!

Call me today and we can chat about family photographs for you and yours. Tell me all about your family, and I can help you choose the locations. I am also more than willing to give you further tips if you need any! It is my goal to help all of my families have the best day possible, getting the most gorgeous images they will be proud of for years.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Tips for Photographing Teenagers

good-looking-menIf you’re currently living in a household that includes teenagers, then you don’t need to be told that they come along with their own special collection of challenges. They have minds of their own and they’re completely focused on becoming their own people. That said, it’s not terribly surprising when it’s not so easy to get your particular teenager excited about the idea of having professional portraits taken. If you’re having trouble understanding, then try thinking about it from your teen’s perspective for just a moment. Their bodies are changing, they’re most likely dealing with blemishes, and they’re so not interested in anything stuffy or mainstream. You’ve been there once, so you know how it is. That said, the trick to getting your teens excited about participating in anything as family-oriented and ordinary as a photo shoot is to approach it from their perspective.

Let Them Be Themselves

When you think back to your own teen years and try to recall why you felt the way you did about events like family photo shoots, what comes to mind? I’ll bet you didn’t like the idea of being dressed up in stiff, stuffy clothes that were totally not you, right? That and you probably weren’t into the idea of being photographed in the middle of a boring, sterile photography studio either. How embarrassing! Your teens no doubt feel the same way. Consider letting them choose their own clothing for the photo shoot instead of forcing them into that formal dress or that much hated suit and tie. Let them express themselves instead. You’re so much more likely to wind up with fun, fantastic pictures that feature smiling teens.

Get Creative with Locations

Consider the possibility of getting a little more creative when photographing teenagers and especially it comes to your chosen location for your photo shoots. Teens prefer cool, hip, edgy locations to boring, mainstream studios or staged set-ups. If you’re planning a shoot that includes your teens in the near future, consider some backdrops that are a little off the beaten track. Rustic places make great locations for teen photo shoots, as do old powerhouse walls and other cool or casual locations. This type of location really suits the modern, casual way teens like to dress to boot. A great location can also make the difference between a chore your teen can’t stand being part of and an event that’s fun for the entire family.

Capture the Moment

Although it can be tempting to simply let reluctant teens have their way when it comes to skipping family photo shoots, I strongly advise against that. Our teen years are actually the best years to have photos taken. We’ll never be more spirited or more real as far as who we are. For instance, I actually have some old photos of my mother that were taken in Rome when she was only 19. They were gorgeous… Hollywood caliber, even. Best of all, these portraits were items that she eventually treasured and that her descendants treasure to this day. They’re just so her. Your teen will feel the same way about their portraits if you make the right moves now. Explore your options today!

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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