To the teen who doesn’t want to do family portraits,
I know you’re not five years old anymore and that means that getting your photo taken with your family is not your idea of fun. I know that it seems like a chore… or a punishment. And I know that you can think of twenty other things you’d rather be doing right now… and none of them involve a camera or the outfit your mom picked out for you.
But here’s what I also know… documenting your family is important. You won’t be a teenager forever. And your little brother won’t always be missing his two front teeth. Life goes by so fast and stopping every now and then to take photos is a way we can slow it down. Believe it or not, one day, you will treasure these images of your family.
So let’s make a deal. I’ll promise not to make you say cheese or do any ridiculous back-to-back buddy poses with your brother. And I’ll make your mom swear she won’t make you guys wear matching outfits… if you promise to put your phone away for one hour and just be present with your family while I take photos. Laugh, play, smile… maybe even have a good time. And when we’re done, I’m willing to bet you’ll think to yourself “hey, that wasn’t so bad.”
I’m so glad we had this little chat. I was tempted to get all preachy on you, but then I remembered you’re a teenager and you’d probably just roll your eyes at me and walk away. Just in case you need a little more convincing though, seriously… it’s just an hour. Suck it up and participate. It will make your mom happy. And it will make my job so much easier.
The photographer who wants to make this a good experience for everyone (even teenagers)
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