My love for you will still be strong…

Shy, silly and 100% boy. I shot these portraits of Connor in an old car junkyard. He’s graduating from the familiarity of elementary school into the awesome weirdness that is middle school. I love kids at this age – they have spirit but not quite attitude. He brought along a good friend who helped break the tension by standing behind me making goofy faces so Connor would smile.

While we pressed him a little bit to relax and give us a “real” smile, his mom and I quickly realized that the slightly awkward goofy face he was giving us was a pretty real representation of the stage he was in. I think my favorites from this session aren’t his “real” smile – but his goofy, “Mom, why are you making me do this?” smile that is so characteristic of teenage boys.

“Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

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