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Updated: Mar 13, 2023

It's no secret that my passion is my Senior Model Team - However - I am SO SAD when their senior year is over. One year is just not enough time for me to spend with them. I'm sorry if that sounds selfish - but I LOVE spending time with these teens and pouring into their life. This time that I get to spend with them is so precious to me and the relationships that we develop. With that in mind I have decided that it is time to start my Teen Squad - this is 9th through 11th grade. There is group sessions and an individual session that is included by being on the Teen Squad and a lot of fun and memories will be created. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND the Senior Model Team is still going to be SUPER SPECIAL and will involve more than the Teen Squad. The Teen Squad is a way to get the teens comfortable in front of the camera and bring them confidence and have a safe and fun environment for them to be themselves. Plus us moms ALWAYS want portraits of our kiddos - even through the braces phase.

Should there be a desire to have your High School Year documented with portraits before your Senior Year?

Should High School Portraits just be the standard images taken at your school for the year book?

If you decide to have High School Portraits taken should they be the same as everyone else at your school? Same location, same outfits, same poses?

Is taking High School Portraits with your phone enough for your memories 20 years down the road?

Let's unpack all of these questions. Why would you want to have unique High School portraits taken by a professional photographer? First of all your high school years is usually right before you enter into adulthood - quickly leaving being a minor behind and it's so bittersweet for this season of your life coming to a close. At the same time it is something to be celebrated and captured just perfectly for you and your family to treasure for a lifetime. Your teen portraits should portray WHO YOU ARE now in this stage of your life. Your smile, your uniqueness, your personality, and YOUR BEAUTY. Who cares if you have braces in this stage of your life - EMBRACE IT - show those teeth anyways!

A professional photographer should be there to take you step by step through the process to make sure this is documented properly. Planning is essential to this process, a pre-session consultation to discuss ALL THE DETAILS, location, outfits, seasons and how to display your portraits after the session. Before you meet with your photographer you should take some time to think about what you want.

Is there a place that is special to you?

Is there a special piece of family jewelry that you want to wear?

What season is your favorite?

There are a lot of questions and things to consider in the planning stage but it is essential to creating the perfect session for you.

Yes today's phones are amazing but the quality of a professional camera and the experience of the photographer behind the camera is PRICELESS to creating those memories of you to treasure for years to come. These memories shouldn't only live in the digital form either - where they will be forgotten and not enjoyed.

These special portraits should be on display around your house to see on a daily basis and bring a smile to your face.

If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and would like to know more about working with me to Experience a Wonderful Portrait Session and are interested in the 2024 JMFHOTO Teen Squad - you can see all the details here.

If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and would like to know more about working with me to Experience a Senior Session, you can book a consult here.

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