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Tweens and Teens

Adolescents, also known as tweens and teens, at their best, can be respectful and involved and, at their worst, sulky and disinterested. They are least likely to buy in to any hype and appreciate a more straightforward approach. Many teens want to look cool, and it will behoove you to figure out what cool is for them. Their parents might differ in their opinions, however. It is up to you as a photographer to make it work.

In some way, you must invite teens into the process, whether it is subtle or direct. Involving them in the photography discussion is a good possibility, giving them the respect they would like to have and making them feel they have a choice in the matter.

Some of the most beautiful and profound images can come from a quiet photography session with an adolescent child whose trust you have earned. Notice the eyes and the serious facial expressions of the young man in 8-19 and the girls in 8-20. Some day, they will look back on this photograph and probably remember how they felt at that age and, maybe, what they were thinking at the time the images were captured.


  

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