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    Need young girl p-folio samples

    Shooting a 12 year old girl this weekend for a portfolio. Very awkward age, too young for "sexy" look, too old for "child" look.
    Need advice and samples/links.
    Cheers, WK.

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    i'd go for the child look.yes, awkward, but better than the too young for the sexy look, unless you want to end up on the list of banned photographers.
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    I have no experience of this situation, but I googled "photographing teenagers", as I'd treat a 12 yo as a teenager.

    First hit:
    http://www.exposureguide.com/photogr...-teenagers.htm
    http://street-photos.net/ | http://felinik.com/ | http://www.facebook.com/jf.felinik

    "The one with the most stuff when he dies wins"

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    From my dim memory of being 12 (but not a girl), they liked at that time to be portrayed as adult and/or sophisticated. You can pull that off without being age-inappropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    to be portrayed as adult and/or sophisticated.
    yeah i think it's a good way.

    My son of 14 years old:
    • wants to be like an adult
    • thinks he is an adult
    • wants that i treat him like an adult


    But at least he has still body/mentality of a boy.

    This style link perhaps could match in some point.
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    Find out what she thinks she is and go from there
    Try a couple looks-- keep it as natural as possible. Photo her slightly more adult than she is and maybe as the teen next door. Possibly as a young sophisticate and maybe even as a tom-boy. Have her bring a couple of her own props to get an idea.
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    Ages 9, 11,13. When I take photos of kids I like to let them wear what they want and be as goofy as they want but I like to also take photos of them just standing there being photographed. I personally think a photo of a kid looking like she/he is being photographed is the most honest photo.
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    dpurdy has some nice examples. I'd post some of mine but they are boys primarily. The reccomendations to let the child guide the shoot is a great one... it works. In terms of other examples, one good source I've noticed are advertisement for clothing. Here in the US I think that would be considered somewhere between "childrens" and "juniors". The advertizing folks seems to have mastered the balance you seek. That pre-teen age is a difficult because, like the early teen years, there is still a whole lot of variability in maturity... both physical, emotional, and intellectual.

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    Very nice portraits. I can't even decide if I have a favorite of the three.

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    Lovely portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by dpurdy View Post
    Ages 9, 11,13. When I take photos of kids I like to let them wear what they want and be as goofy as they want but I like to also take photos of them just standing there being photographed. I personally think a photo of a kid looking like she/he is being photographed is the most honest photo.

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