Time goes by so fast, and the kids grow so quickly, blink and you'll miss it.

I have three kids, and let me tell you when they were young and I had 3 under the age of 4, life was so busy, but I loved it! BUT, no one ever really prepares you for how fast that time actually passes. Once kids hit primary school, life starts to fly. People used to say, enjoy this time, because it will pass so quickly, I spent so much time with them and yet, now that they are all in high school, I feel like I missed a chuck of their life somewhere in the past few years.

Taking photos with your teens, even when they may be reluctant, requires a mix of empathy,

creativity, and clear communication.

Here are some strategies to get your family excited about capturing moments with your teens:

Family photos are a way to document your family's journey.

These photos become cherished keepsakes that everyone can look back on.

My kids LOVE looking back at all of our photos, and love to point out just how much they have grown. Anyway, here are my top 10 Tips on making photos for teens less stressful.

1. Involve Teens in Planning:

  • Give Them a Voice: Allow teens to have input in the photoshoot plans. This can include selecting locations, suggesting poses, or even choosing outfits. When teens feel involved, they may be more open and comfortable with the idea.

2. Choose Relaxed Settings:

  • Opt for Casual Environments: Teens may feel more comfortable in casual and familiar settings. Consider outdoor locations, beaches, parks, or places where they can relax and be themselves rather than in a formal setting.

3. Incorporate Their Interests:

  • Blend Hobbies into the Photoshoot: If the teens have specific interests or hobbies, incorporate them into the photoshoot. Whether it's sports, music, or art, integrating their passions can make the experience more enjoyable for them.

4. Make it Fun:

  • Include Playful Elements: Add elements of fun to the photoshoot, such as props, games, or activities that your family can enjoy together. This can help lighten the mood and make the experience enjoyable for everyone.

5. Timing is Key:

  • Choose the Right Time: Schedule the photoshoot at a time when the teens are likely to be in good spirits. Avoid times when they might be stressed or preoccupied with other commitments. If they are heavy into a sport, try a session during off weeks or pre-season.

6. Use Humour:

  • Inject Humour into the Session: A light-hearted approach can ease tension. Encourage laughter, funny poses, or even candid moments that showcase your family's sense of humour. If there are things or private jokes that can be shared amongst each other, do and tell them! These are the best moments, getting teens mid-laugh, I love it!

7. Capture Candid Moments:

  • Embrace Candid Photography: Instead of focusing solely on posed shots, create candid moments that reflect your family's dynamics naturally. Teens may feel more at ease when they're not constantly aware of the camera.

8. Offer Incentives:

  • Create Rewards: Consider offering small incentives or rewards for the teens' participation. This could be something as simple as a favourite treat, a fun activity afterwards, or the chance to choose the next family activity.

9. Be Patient and Flexible:

  • Allow for Breaks: If the teens need a break during the session, be flexible. Patience is key, and allowing them some time to relax can lead to better cooperation.

10. Communicate in Advance:

  • Set Expectations: Communicate the plans for the photoshoot in advance, so everyone knows what to expect. Address any concerns the teens may have and reassure them that the process will be enjoyable.