I have many parents tell me that either their child doesn't like being photographed or that they don't photograph well. They can't get their young child to hold still for the camera or their teenager hates having their photograph taken.
Kids and teenagers alike don't like to be posed. They don't like to be told what to do. :) But they do like to tell you about themselves, or their sport, or their dog or something they have done that makes them proud. I talk to kids to get them to relax and I continue to talk to them until I find the subject that makes them light up. That's when the photo session really begins.
I had clients tell me that a photo I took of their child is the first photo ever to capture their child's true personality. Or that it is their favorite photo and eight years after I took it, it is still on their nightstand. Not in a prominent part of the home for everyone to see, but some place personal where they alone see it and can feel the emotion that it stirs for them every day. I also take the photos that you can display on your living room wall, or the one for the yearbook or your Christmas card, but I endeavor to get just one shot per session that really speaks to the parents. When I've done that, I feel like I've done my job.
I am 53 years old, have been married to my best friend for almost 20 years and we have two beautiful teenage daughters and one Bernese Mountain Dog (but I'd like to have two!)
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to go camping with my family. I love the peaceful feeling, the campfires and even the dirt! We also love water sports, specifically wake surfing. I have a goal to learn how to wake surf without the rope (without breaking any bones or irreparably injuring myself).