Kids are so much fun to photograph, regardless of their age. Sometimes, as families get busy and kids become more engaged in their own social lives, it’s hard to get all the stars to align in order to capture the tween and teen years. Of course, as kids get older, they often become more self-aware and self-conscious, which can make photographing them more challenging. However, having special memories of this time in their lives is just as important as when they were little. In fact, I’d even go as far to say that it’s more important. Because of this new found self-awareness, reaffirming how much our children are loved and how great they are at every stage can boost their self-esteem at a critical time in their lives when self-esteem can be in flux.
This leads me to Sophia. This darling girl is twelve and with her easy-going spirit, she was a natural in front of the camera. I loved working with her because she was so receptive to trying out everything I suggested. Not to mention, she’s got such style and you can see her inner teenage rebel starting to emerge. 😉
I first met Sophia’s mom, Meghan several years ago at Lil Omm. As it happens, Meghan is a parenting coach and columnist for the Washington Post. We were both showcasing our services at an open house event for the parenting community. After that, our paths continued to cross in many places. Meghan introduced me to to her business coach, Hillary Berman of Popcorn & Ice Cream, and I enlisted her services shortly thereafter. We are also members of Her Corner, a community for women business owners.
I have to say, I’m so glad I met Meghan, and in turn her daughter, Sophia! Because I photograph little ones so often, I’ve been wanting to mix things up a bit by working with tween kids more. I recently did a model call within my network, asking for volunteers and it was Meghan who got in touch to let me know her eldest was interested.
These images of Sophia show her individuality and inner rebel–just a little bit. Her natural curls and easy smile also make the shots stand out. I want to thank Sophia for being interested in hanging out with me and to her wonderful mother, Meghan for her continuing support.
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!