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Live Out Loud | Virginia Beach, Norfolk Tween Photographer

So, I am pretty embarrassed that I have let this blog go without writing or showing images since… well, I don’t really want to talk about it. It has been neglected and the more time went by, the more it made me cringe to think about writing something new and admitting to being delinquent. Not to mention, the last time I posted was when my grandmother was sick and sadly, she didn’t make it, so it was always hard to open this blog back up and see that.

So I apologize. Moving on…:)

The latter half of 2014, I started working on pushing a new age group @ Sweet People. The ages of approximately 9-14 give or take little- aka TWEENS. It wasn’t that I didn’t shoot tweens before, it was just that I didn’t go out of my way to and neither did the parents. Parents tend to get baby pictures, childhood up till around 8 or 9 years, sometimes a teen event, and then wait until they are Seniors! What a huge GAP!!!

It sort of makes sense though. When I was growing up, this was not considered the best time to get photographs by any stretch of the imagination. Of course, because it was considered the “awkward years”. Nowadays it seems like getting braces is a cool rite of passage. Back then, don’t even think about smiling big with those silver cubes and crooked teeth.

I have been watching tweens around here for years now, and I’ve been commenting with friends how adorable and gorgeous they seem. One friend always says, “I did NOT look like that when I was thirteen.”

I ususally moan in agreement, but then I wonder, “Or did we?”

It is very hard to figure out since the hair, 80/90’s fashion and over all non-digital world of our childhood probably renders the comparison of them to us more like apples to oranges or iCarly to Facts of Life (images from google images). lol:)

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Capturing your child at this age will be a HUGE self-esteem builder. I received an email from a mom that brought me to tears. It was in this moment that I realized how important it was to show (through my images) the person that I see.

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One other big reason I think this age group needs to be captured is that it’s the last time our children will still look and act like kids. They are changing so fast at this age, while going through puberty, and once that transformation is complete and you have a full fledged teenager in your midst- well, that’s it.

Tweens still feel like they can be silly, without carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. They want to be seen and heard and I encourage them to be themselves. I even named this tween division LIVE OUT LOUD.

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You can find me on Instagram @liveoutloud_sweetppl

I now offer “BFF” sessions as well as individual and family sessions.  For more information please email elyse@sweetpeoplephotography.com.

P.S. Thanks for your support all these years (since 2009!)

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Marcy Thomaswick - So inspirational. Thanks for being able to verbalize what is coming up with these tween years. It happens with boys too- differently… Again, so inspirational and real. Love you!

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