Editorial Portraits

Phoebe

After Phoebe and I were done with her photoshoot and she left the Studio, she turned to her Mom and asked "Mom, am I famous now?".

It's easy to see why Phoebe felt that way! I structure these studio sessions to make kids feel like the center of the universe (seriously, these kids deserve it!). As parents, we are all so incredibly busy. We struggle to keep all the balls in the air and try our hardest to be everything to everyone, every day. And as kids get older, we trust them to do more things on their own, but in turn, we spend less and less of our valuable time one-on-one with them.

I see this in my own son. All he wants is undivided attention. It comes out as constant talking. He asks questions nonstop and literally talks topics to death while we drive to and from summer camp. Let me repeat that.. all he wants is attention. He wants to feel loved and cared about and that's his way of getting what he needs (as annoying as it is in the end). 

And that's one of the biggest reasons why I love photography. Not only does it make me hyper-focused on the person who is in front of my camera, but the person I'm photographing can also FEEL how absolutely devoted I am to them. That's why a lot of people actually feel uncomfortable in front of the camera.. we're not used to all that attention!

But tweens? They absolutely love it. Because they still remember what it was like when they had all eyes on them. For them, being in front of the camera is pretty damn awesome.. and in some cases, feeling FAMOUS is what happens, too.

(Oh, and be sure to click on each photo to see it bigger)

Millie

Working with a 13-year old girl is very different than my usual round of babies and toddlers during family sessions.. even the 6 and 8 year olds I've had in the Studio lately are nothing like the sophistication and high-stakes that a teen brings to the table.

Millie is her own fully-formed person. She has personal interests (one of which is actually photography!.. and she loves abstract art), a defined style, and an incredible eye when it comes to what she likes and doesn't like.

For Millie, I really focused on the photoshoot experience as the main event. She understands and appreciates the fact that she is modeling for the camera. All the attention is on her, from professional hair styling before the session, to wardrobe selection, and finally the individual attention the photographer (that's me!) pays to all the little details within the image. Her image. Her appearance, expression, and movement are the building blocks of a beautiful portrait. And the fact that she actually enjoyed the process, is absolutely priceless.

Oh, and another thing about Millie is that she has one brown eye and one blue... which is simply incredible.. and gorgeous. Be sure to click on the images below to view them full-screen to really see how awesome her eyes are!