Babies are so cute, new and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and lets face it, they just do the darndest thing. Age 5 comes with losing teeth, cute one liners that leave us ROFL, But fast forward to those tween ages, they are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore but aren’t quite teens. One day their 5th graders, quickly off to Jr. high and the next thing we know, 8th grade is over. They grow from children into preteens and crossover to a teenager in just 3 short years! I’m making it my mission to photograph these forgotten years!
Where does the time go?!?!
Our oldest daughter turned 17 this year and when I take a step back and look at my 5-year-old daughter, my 11-year-old daughter and my 17-year-old daughter, my heart skips a beat, friends. This wave of disbelief crashes over me. As a young mother, I would hear from seasoned mothers to cherish this time with them because it goes fast. Oh friends, do I ever get it now! It’s like someone hit fast forward and they are growing into teenagers and going off to college in a year and I. can’t. slow. it. down.
What is something great about your preteen that you don’t want to forget?
One of the few photos that exists of my daughter as a preteen is a traditional school photo. You know the one, that head and shoulders pose with the cheesy grin. Her teeth are slightly too big for her face and her hair isn’t combed. We have these annual photos but I want to remember how she looked reading her book quietly in her favorite spot in our home. The way her eyes light up when she came home from school to tell me about the best day ever! How goofy she was with rip sticking with her bff on warm Texas afternoons. Ah, sweet innocence.
Who Am I?
I’m not sure how it happened, but my daughter has only a handful of photos of herself when she was that age! So, to make up for it, I’m making it my mission to photograph those forgotten years of YOUR kids! I’m launching the “Who I Am” project and I want to invite you to join me. This is for preteens, ages 10-13, boy or girl. A photo shoot designed just for them, to document who they are right now. We will capture your child’s personality whether they are silly, shy or a little bit of both. Parents ask, “My kiddo is 13! Did I miss my window?!?” No. The best range is 5th-8th grade. Why? Because I have watched my own daughter grow into a young woman in the blink of an eye. 5th grade, into Jr. High is the perfect age for this experience!
Celebrate who they are!
I also want to capture what they LOVE. If they love to swim, you can bring their goggles and swimsuit, if they love basketball, bring a basketball and uniform. Do you have a dancer? Let’s capture the beauty they create when they dance. If they love art, let’s include some artwork and maybe splatter some paint on a white background! We can really be creative with this. Weather we shoot in your home, in studio or doing something they love, capturing the essence of who they are is priceless.
I’ve designed this experience to leave your preteen feeling confident, celebrated, and empowered. At the same time, parents will have experienced the fun and joy right along with them. I love giving gifts to my kids. The anticipation of all the special little surprises we have planned for them will leave you excited for your preteens shoot and reveal. I promise you this, you will not regret the time you took to celebrate your child!
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