Real families are often messy with complex relationships and nothing is truer than with growing teenagers in the household.
Whether we live with teenagers or are soon to say goodbye to young adults ready to start their university years, our children are the epicentres of our hopes and fears, loves and losses – that’s what makes teenage photography so captivating.
The emphasis for teenage photo sessions is for these young adults feel like they are finally maturing and making important decisions in their life.
Any my aim at the start of every session is to ask, “What will these photos mean to you?”
People’s responses are both universally honest and deeply personal.
Over the past year, we’ve been forced to think about our families more than ever. My self-portrait project during the Lockdown, which collated my own self-perceptions, has allowed me to develop a greater awareness of things like light, styling, and colour harmony as well as our relationship with friends, family and neighbours.
I see my role as photographer is surfacing like never before.
The biggest game-changer for teens is technology and their connections via social media. Many of us have woken up to the possibility photography offers our personal lives as we document our life in all it’s messy details. Our ability to take a selfie on our phone or the ease in which we can order birthday cards using our photos.
This is teamed with tensions around self-esteem and body dysmorphia and the erosion of an innocent childhood unfettered with social media advocating the perfect body or hair or lifestyle.
My favourite reason for photographing teenagers is that I can help ‘re-set’ how people view themselves. I love the glow when mums, dads and teens see their first photo on the back of the camera.
“When I look at these photos, I don’t feel like I’m looking at one of my controlled selfies or an artifice, but my actual self!”
If you want to try this for yourself. I offer teen portrait photography in my Ryde Studio, Isle of Wight as well as on location.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session on the Isle of Wight is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful.
Amanda Herbert is the premier headshot photographer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Known for the genuine expressions she captures in her portraits of camera-shy women and small business owners looking for expressive portraits. Contact her Seaview home studio to book a session.