Hey teen moms…this one is for you!

Your child is growing up so fast…how is it that it feels like just yesterday they were following you around everywhere you went and now all you seem to get are requests for rides? These middle school and high school years seem to go faster and faster and all of a sudden you realize that the last photo you were able to get of your son was on the fist day of the previous school year. Now more than ever you need to be getting photos of your children, and the easiest way to do that is to get them on your side.

Salt Lake City teen photgorapher shares tips for documenting your teen and getting them on your sidephoto disclaimer…I asked my son to pose that way for me, he’s really pretty great about allowing me to photograph him.

Salt Lake City teen photgorapher shares tips for documenting your teen and getting them on your side

5 tips for documenting your teens and getting them on your side

1 | Make sure you set clear boundaries with them about when and how you’re going to photograph them and what you’re planning on doing with those images. When you’re planning on posting an image of your child online, ask them first (don’t you ask the same of others when they’re wanting to post images of you?). Show them the photo, ask if it’s ok with them to post it. Explain why it’s important to you and let them know how proud you are of them. And remember, not every photo needs to exist online. Take photos just for your family…and print them.

2 | Don’t use the photos that you take of your child to embarrass or tease your teen and try not to bribe them for photos. This is important because it builds trust with your child and you become more of a team.

3 | Talk to them often about their lives and what is important to them…if they ever ask for you to take a photo of something that they love, do so without hesitation. Ask them to see the photos that they take on their phones…selfies are awesome (ask them to send you a couple) and see what else they are taking photos of.

4 | Explain why it’s important to you to document their lives and the role those images will play in their own lives when they are older. If you have images of yourself from your teen years, show them. Tell them about your life at that time. I love looking through old photos with my kids, showing them the things in the background, some of the furniture that their grandparents still have and the strange technology. You don’t want them looking back through their teen years and only having yearbook images to prove that they were there…and you can’t rely on the 10, 000 selfies that they have on their phones.

5 | Ask to take photos with your teen. GET IN THE PHOTO WITH THEM! If we expect to take (and potentially post on social media) images of our children we must show them that is a safe and reasonable request. If we are constantly shying away from the camera ourselves and saying “I just need to lose a few pounds first”, how are we going to instill confidence in our own children? And the most important thing to remember? They love us, they simply see their parent and they want to exist in photos with us. Trust me. There will be a day that those silly photos you take with your child will be some of the most important things.

If you’d like to read up on more tips to document the everyday, take a look at the blog series I wrote a while back about Documenting Your Everyday.

xo,
c

ps…want to read more about the importance of documenting your teen? Check out this post about Documenting Everyday Lives of your Teen.

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These five Salt Lake City teens have been friends for a long time, but one was moving away. This was the perfect time to get them all together at the studio near Trolley Square and get some amazing images that show off their sweet friendship. Teens are so fun to photograph, their joy is contagious and showing them how beautiful the world sees them is one of my favorite things to do.

Salt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioThese girls were so fun and so sweet to each other – it was great to photograph their friendship and to see how much they cared about each other. I know they are going to miss their dear friend…but thank goodness for Snapchat and Instagram! They’ll be able to keep up with her at her new school and I know they’ll be there supporting her as well!

Salt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioSalt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioThere was a lot of laughing and giggling and plenty of time for selfies at the end of the shoot…

Salt Lake City Utah teen photographer with five best friends at her Trolley Square studioWho was your tribe growing up? Are you still great friends? What about your daughter? This summer would be a great time to schedule a best friend shoot as she heads into another year of high school…or is your daughter just finishing up middle school? Is she about to head into the big world of high school? Grab a few of her favorite people and schedule a shoot that shows off just who they are today!

Check out more best friend shoots to get some great ideas!

MORE FRIENDSHIP SESSIONS

xo,
c

 

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Eighteen years, twelve plus years of school…what have you done and learned along the way that you would like to celebrate for your high school senior session with me? What do you love? What are you passionate about? There are many sides to you and I would love to make sure we capture as many of them as we can during our session together.

 

Salt Lake City Utah high school senior photographer creates sessions based around her senior

Are you a soccer player? Have you been on one team or another since preschool? Every singe practice, every single game, every single pass to a teammate and every single goal – missed or made – has helped shape you into the person you are today. Every time you got up early for practice when your friends were sleeping in and every time your parent drove you to a game in the rain is a part of you – and your loved ones.

What about music? Or theater? Or that you’ve waited and saved your whole life for that perfect dream car and now you not only have it, but you baby it and take amazing care of it? Are you a lover of fashion…creating outfits with a style all your own? Are you an avid reader – or writer? What is it about you that makes you unique?

As we are planning your session, take time to print out the Dream Session Planner, look through Pinterest, take some notes. If we need to schedule two locations – or even two seasons!! – let’s start talking about that now. Are you a football player and a track star? Do you want to get creative images showcasing both of those loves? If so…we need to plan ahead.

Salt Lake City high school senior photographer Carrie Owens shares her dream session planner

And not to worry…your session is all about you. Every facet of you. We will get those images that show off your loves as well as the images that show your beauty and your amazing smile. We’ll get the photos for the announcement and to send to Grandma along with the images that show your strength and dedication and drive.

 

Salt Lake City Utah high school senior athlete photographer Carrie Owens

 

So many people look at the end of their high school career with a big old “I’m done!!” but if I know you…you’re thinking “I’m ready!!” Ready for that next step, that next thing that will continue to shape you into an amazing person. Let’s start talking and planning your session now!

xo,
c

ps….Parents, I know it’s so hard to believe that it’s their last year in school, take a moment to learn about The Last Season Package…this is a year you don’t want to forget. Fill out the form above and I’ll tell you all about it.

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When Lily mentioned wanting to feature her swimming career along with her senior photos I was beyond excited. She was a Park City High School swimmer and had swam for years at the local recreation center growing up. I’m a mother of three swimmers myself so adding this aspect of her life into her session made me so happy. I knew that swimming has been such an important part of her life since she was a little girl…so how could her senior session leave that out??

Park City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmer

Lily and I talked before her session, she sent me ideas that she had and we worked together during the session to ensure that she was getting the images that she wanted to show off all of the many years of hard work that she had put in to her sport that she is so passionate about.

Park City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerPark City Utah high school athlete senior photographer Carrie Owens showcases a local swimmerCreating your senior session around your passions allows us to capture the real you, the person you’ve grown up to become and to celebrate some of what you are leaving behind. I am so in love with these images that show the strength and discipline that Lily embodies in her everyday life. She worked hard as a swimmer and continues to work hard in all that she does.

xo,
c

ps…are you an athlete? Wanting to know how we can incorporate your love of what you do into your session? Send me a message today!

  • Jennifer - May 17, 2017 - 10:50 am

    These images are truly gorgeous and really do embody the spirit of Lily! Your talent is immeasurable!ReplyCancel

    • Carrie Owens - May 17, 2017 - 10:52 am

      Thank you so much, Jen. It was such a pleasure working with Lily!!ReplyCancel

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These three beautiful girls will all be seniors in the fall and have been friends all throughout school…I’m sure they cannot believe how fast the time has gone. And I can only imagine how their parents feel as this is right around the corner for me and my own children.

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I love that we got to document their friendship before they get all involved in their senior year and the hustle and bustle of getting ready to head off to pursue their own lives as young adults. This best friend session at the studio this spring was just amazing, the weather was perfect and the colors were so great.

xo,
c

ps…want some info on setting up your own senior or best friend session? Fill out the form below…

 

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