Tween Family Session | Lexington, MA

Tween Family Session | Lexington, MA

We had a GORGEOUS evening for this family session in Lexington, MA.  With tweens, it can sometimes be a little hard to get their best side out — no longer little kids who think all my dumb dad jokes are hilarious, but also not yet teens/emerging adults who really “get” what the goals of a lifestyle portrait session are all about.  The good news is that prompts work really well at this age — they think you’re posing them, but then it turns into a game!  And as they loosen up and become more comfortable, you can push a little more (or the parents can) to capture their true KID selves.  Tweens often spend a lot of time playing cool and playing at being older than they are, so it’s really magic when they can relax into their kid selves and that shines through.  In this session, the older daughter, ten years old, went for a ride on her dad’s shoulders.  A lovely thing between the two of them that she might decide next month she’s too old for has now been captured.

Another trick for photographing kids at this age?  I *always* go with their ideas.  Even if they don’t make it into the final gallery, it gives them a sense of ownership over the process — helps them feel involved.  That goes a LONG way towards getting cooperation.  Towards the end of this session, I had a shot I wanted to get of the two sisters.  I needed serious buy-in I wasn’t sure I was going to get from the oldest to make it work.  She had been teasing her dad the whole time about how the giant water bottle he had brought along (the day had been really hot!) was clearly a family member and should be in the family shots.  We didn’t do a family shot with the giant water bottle, but I did do a couple shots of her with the water bottle, which THRILLED her.  So a few minutes later when I suggested a piggyback ride for her little sister?  I was the cool/fun photographer, and she was game to try (at the beginning of the session, she totally rolled her eyes at the idea that she would even sit next to her sister — so these prompts and games, and going with kids’ ideas go a LONG way).

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

Tween Family Session | Lexington, MA

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