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!

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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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Tell me about when your child was little – better yet, show me. I am willing to bet that you have tons of photos and videos and maybe even albums full of little moments of their lives as young kids. Now show me a recent photo of your teen…tell me about their everyday moments. Are we losing touch in the hustle and bustle of our overly busy days? Do we struggle getting them in front of the camera for a year end photo for the holiday card? Or do they just “refuse” to let us take photos of them anymore? Are we relying on the face that they take 1,000 selfies a day and we assume that’s enough?

Salt Lake City teen photographer talks about documenting your teen

 

A couple of years ago I wrote a series here on the blog about documenting your everyday life and all of the little components that go into that. If you didn’t see it – go take a look (Documenting your Everyday Life) Now that my children have all moved into that teen area it’s gotten more difficult to document their everyday lives the way we used to so I thought it would be a great time to revisit many of those tips and ideas. (and we’re also going to get into it from the teen’s point of view)

Salt Lake City teen photographer talks about documenting your teen

me, typing a paper, sophomore year (1990)

 

This series will hopefully encourage you and your family to get in front of the camera more often. I would love to hear thoughts and ideas and questions from parents of teens and tweens – what are you struggling with? Do your teens put their hand in front of their face every time you try and take a photo? Do you feel like you’re invading their space by taking photos? Do they demand that you don’t ever post a photo of them on social media? I get it – and I get all of those responses from my own three at various times and in various ways. I have come up with some really great solutions that have put us all on the same page and we can all get what we want out of the deal.

 

what will we focus on?

  • getting your teen on your side (wasn’t it so much easier when they were 2?)
  • capturing everyday moments (everyday moments that are quite different from 8 years ago)
  • capturing traditions (how have traditions of your child and family changed over the years)
  • capturing those moments you don’t want to forget when they’ve moved away (yes – even the not so great moments)
  • getting images with you AND your child together (very important!!!)
  • social media and privacy issues for your teen (let your child lead in this area)
  • what to do with these images (the answer is not to leave them on your phone)
  • phone and camera tips – as well as some social media tips from the teens themselves

why is this so important?

When our children are little and brand new and going though all of those amazing milestones we cannot wait to snap a pic and share it with the world. This is great – even if we aren’t sharing those photos with the world, we’re telling them (in a way) how proud we are of them, how much we love them, how important they and their stories are to us. Once our kids start growing older and becoming more independent those photo ops change. They don’t necessarily become less frequent – they’re just different. We need to look for them. Their stories are just as important to tell (and we need to make sure we’re getting their permission on where and how we tell them). These are the years that they remember and having their stories told from your point of view to look back on are more valuable than you can imagine.

Salt Lake City teen photographer talks about documenting your teen

me, first day of school, junior year (1990)

 

I’m sure you’re still getting those first day of school photos…when they’ll let you. Those are important. I love looking back at mine (my mother was adamant about getting these shots – she even had my college roommate take my first day of school pic my freshman year). I love to see the clothes that I wore, the car that I drove, the way my hair looked.

 

Salt Lake City teen photographer talks about documenting your teen

me, first day of school, senior year (1991)

 

Other than these images, birthdays and holidays and images before dances there aren’t a lot of photos from my teen years. And that’s ok. I was busy, my mom was busy and there wasn’t a camera attached to our hands at all hours. That’s simply not the case today.

Salt Lake City teen photographer talks about documenting your teen

me and erin, a random shot, december junior year (1990)

 

This photo above of my best friend and I at her home in a random little moment means so much to me. We’ve been best friends since we were 5 yet haven’t seen each other for nearly a decade. But we’re still close, will always be close. Seeing that photo, I can hear her laugh. I can remember what it felt like being in her home. I remember her family. I remember our matching J. Crew jackets. I don’t know why I’m smiling so big or what we were doing but I can feel how much our friendship still means to me.

I know that my kids have a lot of pics on their phones, selfies and photos with friends. I know they have instagram and other ways of sharing those images, but I want to make sure that I’m continuing to tell their stories as well. That we continue to create memories together and document those times for them (and for me) to relive when they’re older.

Don’t stop taking photos just because they’re growing up…don’t think that a photo of them walking away from you and into practice doesn’t tell a story.

everyday life is in the details.

xo,
c

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