by Karen McCann
When you walk into the room with your camera, does your teen throw their hands in front of their face and run the other way? After raising 3 teenagers and surviving the "Mom, please, no more pictures" phase, I can impart a few tips that have helped me survive this and capture some great images along the way.
The first tip is to try to have a camera with you in your bag or car for any photo op that pops up. I have been known to keep a disposable camera (I have several from weddings) in the glove compartment. Carpooling your teen around town may provide unlimited opportunities, and will capture them and their friends in their daily lives.
Use humor to sooth the savage beast is my second tip. If your teens start to become irritated at your attempts to take their photo, getting silly will soften them up and take some of the attention away from them and onto you. You can be clicking away as they roll their eyes at your efforts to get them to laugh. You are sure to chuckle at the shots you will end up with.
Finally, don't worry much about the perfect pose. Long gone are the days you can dress them up in matching outfits and sit them on the couch perfectly. Just capturing your teen in "real time" will be far more valuable in the long run when you look back at those photos years from now.
After all these attempts, your teen still may not appear to show much enthusiasm at your end results. But, I'll bet deep down they will be glad and will cherish these memories as they grow up.
If you'd like some more tips on photographing your teen, check out this blog post from Confident Camera Moms.
Karen has been an amateur photographer for many years and has a Photo Organizing business to assist her clients with managing their photos, both digital and printed; as well as creating beautiful photo projects for her clients. She is a Certified Member of APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. You can check out her website Save Your Memories here.