I like to believe that one of the things that differentiates me from many of the other senior photographers in Denver, is that I am not focused mainly on photographing girls. I think there is a perception that girls are the only ones who care about senior photos. I say that's nonsense. The senior photo experience is something that boys and girls both want, it's a time-honored tradition and a ritual of growing up. And honestly, I've met just as many reluctant girls as boys. Being a teenager is a self-conscious experience, and almost everyone goes through a period of feeling uncomfortable in the spotlight. As the mother of two boys myself, I'm naturally not a big fan of the idea that boys don't need or want senior photography. I want photos of my sons just as much as any other parent wants photos of their daughters. I want to honor this time of transition and moving into adulthood as much as other parents. I want to hold onto my sons' youth and hang it on my walls just as much as any other parent. With a sample size of one family (mine), I believe that other parents of boys feel much as we do.
Senior photography is a way of celebrating and marking the end of childhood. We commemorate that transition with beautiful portraits before kids leave home for college or jobs or other adventures. I always talk to kids about this and why it's so important to us parents. I think it's special and important to kids, too. Even kids who grew up in a household of annual family portraits, having all the attention on your for this special hour is a unique experience. It's a time that we are honoring that kid in a very individualized event.
Sharing here one of a pair of twin senior boys I photographed in Denver. I'm separating their photos so each gets his own visual story.