Teenage years are full of experiments – some work and some don’t. Self-conscious, shy, or stubborn, not all adolescents fall over themselves to be photographed. Esther’s had to sweet-talk a few out of cars and to within range of the camera.
The answer, she believes, is to involve teenagers in the planning process and get them excited about the shoot. Embracing their interests (or obsessions) is a way of overcoming the impossible!
What young people are reading is a key to what they love. Or they may be music mad and see themselves as a rock star. Horse crazy teens may want a photo shoot in the saddle. A motocross bike, a blo-kart or their first real car could be their choice of prop.
For the teenager enchanted by the supernatural worlds of vampires and wizards, Esther can find atmospheric locations for the scenes they imagine. Drifting through a misty wood, crouching with a bow and arrow, or casting a spell can all be arranged within reason.
Of course, this isn’t always possible for family group shoots, but Esther can find a way to keep everyone happy – and there is always a way!