Skip to main content

Teen Portraits - Prom Season is Just Around the Corner


If your child is heading to prom in the next couple of months I'd say there is probably no better time than now to have portraits created of your growing teen. With the purchase of a new (and probably expensive) outfit wouldn't it be nice to capture this milestone with a portrait created by a professional.


Across the pond this is a hugely popular time to create portraits, and although I am not American (I'm Canadian) I wholeheartedly agree that this is a special moment to record. My prom was a key memory in my teen years and in fact I myself had professional portraits created also. I think I'll go dig them up if I can, though admittedly I think my mother has them back in Canada. I wonder if I can get her to scan one for me.


My daughter is currently making plans for college and in the running is one that will move her away from home, as many others are probably experiencing for themselves, particularly those who are 18. This makes it all the more important to create something special before they move away, possibly not living under their parent's roof full time again. This is a portrait that marks the final stages of their childhood.


As such, in addition to portraits in prom outfits I also like to create something that is about them. Something that can be looked back on to show what this child was about at this time in their lives. These portraits will become hugely valuable in later life. For them to have something they can use not only to remind themselves of what they were like when they were young but also to share with their own children, when they need to let their kids know they were once young too. I sometimes think our kids don't believe we were ever once just like them.


There is so many possibilities when we introduce the things teenagers are interested in. I love incorporating those things for so many reasons. First and foremost is the memory it captures. What a special moment in time we are recording that will forever be a reminder of what was such a big part of their lives and quite probably a big part of the entire family's lives. Not only this though, by bringing in their interests it makes it so much easier to create something natural and real. Its not all about a forced pose or smile. Its about them being themselves and relaxing doing something they enjoy. These are always my best and most interesting portraits and the ones they enjoy creating and seeing the most.


I do have one obstacle however, that I am finding these days regarding portraits sessions for teens which both shocks and saddens me. Its that teenagers are afraid to have such sessions because they are afraid of what their friends will say. I can't believe they would want to pass up a great opportunity out of fear of what other people think. I can't seem to combat this fear and I certainly can't offer assurances that people won't mock them for creating portraits such as these. But what I can say is that I only publish work if I have permission to. While it will break my heart to keep something wonderful a secret I would happily do so if it means teenagers still book these sessions.


So if you are interested but are worried about what others will think please be assured that no one else has to know. You can still have precious memories and beautiful portraits that you cherish in private. Either that, or you just don't let what others think bother you. People shouldn't live in fear of what others will think.


I hope to get the opportunity to create more unique and special pieces for this year's teenagers. Its my favourite work to create by far. So far this year's challenge that has been presented to me is water polo. Still haven't quite figured out what or how I am going to create my masterpiece but I know I'll make it fabulous.


If you would like to get in touch to see what we can do my contact details are as follows:

Email: christina@christinalauderportraits.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/christinalauderportraits
Instagram: www.instagram.com/christinalauderportraits
Website: www.christinalauderportraits.com

We can have a chat over the phone or you are welcome to arrange a consultation in our studio where we can meet in person and you can see the studio and products we offer. There is no cost to this consultation and no pressure to book while you're here.

Oh yes, and I almost forgot. Here is a couple of my portraits created just before my prom. My mother was able to scan the first one below for me and I had the second one here. These were taken in 1989 at the Old Masters Studio in the town I grew up in, Streestville, part of Mississauga in Ontario. I was chosen as Prom Queen that year, an honour I have never forgotten.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Never Work With Children or Animals

Or so the saying goes. But I have to say that working with dogs has been so lovely. They have been almost entirely a dream to work with. I say almost entirely because we have had a few moments where a dog has needed to settle. And one moment where the dog had settled but one of my cats decided to have a look through the glass door which, as you can imagine, rather quickly unsettled the dog. Still, that didn't stop us from creating incredible work. In fact it was during that shoot with the cat instance when I created two of my favourite pieces, shown below. (It was while sitting on the couch here when he noticed the cat peering through the curtain) I don't know if I've just been lucky or all dogs are just easy to work with. I photographed a french bull dog puppy and I thought that would be tough as he hadn't had time to be properly trained yet. But he did everything we wanted in no time at all. And this included the props we used here (below), which to me

Do You Have a Little Pirate in Your Family?

If so, why not capture it in a beautiful portrait so you can cherish these memories forever? I designed and built this set for a client. She came to me with a son and daughter and during the consultation we discussed the interests of the children, as I always do. Our ideas for portraits for her daughter were going to be easy. She loved the idea of modelling pretty dresses so her shoot was sorted. Her son on the other hand was more difficult. Where ever possible I try to incorporate something about the children into each portrait. That can mean books, sports, dance, musical instruments or anything a person has an interest in. In this case he hadn't yet developed any interests, other than pirates. Now my client didn't want me to go to too much trouble. We agreed it wouldn't be easy to make anything pirate themed look as though it fit my style and level of quality. A shop bought costume wasn't going to cut it. But I just had to try. I love dark wood in my portrai

Its a Dog's Life

When life gets tough I always look at dogs or my cats and think how lucky they are. I know not all are treated well but those lucky enough to be in a good home, like the ones who come into my studio, have a really great life. They look so happy and its a wonderful thing to see.  I honestly love photographing dogs. They are a joy to work with and its almost impossible to produce a bad portrait of a dog which does of course make my life a little easier. I am someone who really needs to love the work I create. I can't help but love the portraits I've created of all the dogs I've photographed over the years. And this shoot was certainly no exception. I found it a real pleasure using a lighter background this time too. I do often gravitate towards darker looks but seeing as this dog had a light coloured coat I thought I'd produce lighter images. This gave me the chance to use a canvas I painted a couple of years ago but never really used and I absolutely love it

Family Portraits with Fine Art Flair

I have a love and hate relationship with family portraits. I love the finished piece and creating something that is truly special to the family. I love that in years to come something I made is going to be a cherished and valueable memento for this family. What I struggle with, is getting all members of the group to look their best at exactly the same moment in time. You would be surprised at how difficult this actually is, particularly when it comes to 6 children. But I always get there in the end, whether it is the luck of a moment or with the aid of Photoshop. I ensure that everyone in the portrait is looking their best, even the dog. Seeing as this family is actually made up now of two families we also did portraits in their respective groups which I chose to do in different style to their main group. I love adding a bit of style for the overall main group and what you see above is something that is proving popular with my clients. I love adding props and giving a sort of Vani

A Most Wonderful Portrait Session with 3 Lovely Ladies

This was a dream session for me. Not only did I have 3 beautiful young ladies, but they also brought with them a fantastic wardrobe and their very own hair stylist too (mum owns her own salon). So all the elements for beautiful portraits were there. And I was thrilled to get this opportunity. Its easy to think of having portraits when you have a new baby or when you get married or have a special family occasion where you get the entire family portrait done. But its less often that people think of having their growing children photographed. After all I suppose, they are photographed at school. I even do some of those school photographs. However, those portraits are made in less than a minute per child and they are assembly line style portraits while they are wearing their school uniform. They are never going to be as special as what can be created with unlimited time and outfit changes in the comfort of a private studio. Its in this environment that I can take the time to