Teens and Tween – Outgoing Kids: I let them be happy. I let them make silly faces. Getting to the truer portraits of them requires a bit of getting their versions captured and then moving on. They will come up with great stuff there is no doubt about that. But, they don’t see themselves as other people see them. The unguarded, unposed, character they have. That’s were a lot of the really good stuff is. That’s the portrait I go after.
Teens and Tweens – Shy Kids: The fastest method of turning a shy kid who is getting a portrait done into an outgoing kid who is getting a portrait done, is to show them how nice they look. All a photographer has to do to relieve their anxiety is to keep them aware of what you’re capturing. I like to find their strongest feature and go with it, at least initially. If they are shy about some acne, no problem, we can deal with that. If they have a poor body image, no problem, we can deal with that too. They will look maaaarvelous, they just need to see it as the process goes on.
Special Needs Children - I should have mentioned this in my other blog post too: if you have a special needs child do not hesitate to contact me for portraits. I am quite familiar with developmental issues and I will likely know a good deal about them without anyone having to explain it to me.
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