Have you noticed the hold newborn photography has taken on us? We all adore those first photos showing off their sweet pouty lips, little rolls, and tiny toes! It definitely has a soft spot in my heart and a big place in my work. I love it dearly! I also love all of the family and senior sessions, the sweet two year old sessions, and all the other fun sessions I have the privilege of doing. But I am LOVING the newest trend that focuses on an age that has been missing on the photography world radar. That tender age between childhood and teen.
When my oldest was set to enter middle school, I was dreading what I had remembered to be a bit of a black hole. It was going to be painful and awkward, and all around miserable for him. Except he got there, and it wasn’t. Instead I watched him transform almost overnight, from a little boy that was feet below those huge eighth graders, to a young man, strong and able to stand on his own. He made countless new friends. He joined the cross country and swim teams and grew stronger and faster every day. He learned how to study, and gained a love for learning (except for geometry. He didn’t love geometry.). And by the time he left middle school, just three short years later (more like overnight), he was a whole new creature. My little boy was gone.
And now I look back on the photographs of him as a boy and wonder where he went. How did it go by so fast? Did I take it all in? Did I document that rapid change well enough? Did we both actually enjoy it? Yes, yes we did. Writing this I see I should share a little photo history of his journey with you, but I’m on vacation and don’t have all of those images with me (sorry!). But today you will get to meet another tween, who is making her own way through this “black hole”, which is actually more of a well-lit path, from childhood to something new altogether. . .
Beautiful, bubbly, talented, Caitlin.
We started her session in her home. She had an amazing little dance studio in the house where we created some beautiful dance portraits. Then we ventured into her room for some more lifestyle shots, capturing what her world is like at this fun age! The evening ended with a sunset session at the Collierville Square, with wardrobe changes included. It was so much fun! I love seeing the strength of kids at this age, as they are developing their talents, and growing up before our eyes. So here’s a glimpse of the fun we have at a Tween Session.
Tween sessions are perfect any time of the year. Can’t figure out what to get that tween or teen that has everything? Gift a session with friends or by themselves to show off their own style and talent! Birthday parties are also available. Don’t wait for their senior year to document them. You will be missing an age totally wonderful in it’s own right! And, I know from experience, it’s gone before you know it.