Earlier this year, I was honored to volunteer my time at a National Adoption Day event at the Lloyd Center Mall.  So many beautiful families came in front of my lens, but I only had time to do one pose with each one!  I never limit my sessions like that, and so when I sent out the images to the families I also sent coupons for a free full session with me if they’d like to do more.

Surprisingly, very few people have taken me up on that (Guess my single shot must have been pretty good!), but I got my first taker this week.  Beautiful 12-year-old Lauren loves acting and theater, and her mom said they had not done photos of her in far too long.

Urban head shot of young Portland actress

Urban head shot of young Portland actress

As time marches on, it seems like 12 gets older and older.  It’s a difficult age to photograph because kids this age look so mature that it’s easy to treat them like teens or young adults even though they are not there yet.  But they also see themselves as more mature, so you have to be careful not to treat them too much like kids, either.  It sounds odd, but I actually love this age.  I feel like I can get more artistic results from kids who are willing and able to hold poses and do small tweaks, but I also get that spark of innocence and energy that sometimes is lost by the time the late teens roll around.

Outdoor Portrait: Dancing in the streets!

Outdoor Portrait: Dancing in the streets!

Lauren and I had a great time together, and I am so happy to see one of those coupons back!  If you have one you’re holding onto, the holidays is a great excuse to use it…  I’m just saying!  🙂

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