Each year at this time, I put out a Young Model Call that is similar to my High School Senior Model Team. For a very limited time, I accept applications for graduating 8th graders (or possibly 7th, or 9th). This is an opportunity to capture the beauty of youth, before the new world of High School begins. These have become some of my favorite shoots because I literally watch the self confidence soar in these young people. I truly believe it helps them gain confidence in themselves before entering the scary world of High School with all of it’s unknowns. Many of the young ladies who come into my Young Model program, are a bit timid and shy, but when we get together on the fun group shoot, they realize what a blast it is, and they let down their inhibitions and have a blast with the other models. By the time we do their individual shoot, they are pros and so much more confident in who they are and in my relationship with them. I just love building these relationship and then hopefully they can come back as one of my Senior Models when they are Juniors in High school!
Now this might come as a shock but Joy is not a Senior in high school as she looks . . she is one of my Young models! She looks so mature for her age but yet can still have the innocent laughter and fun of a pre-highschooler. I've known this family for years now, and I've been wanting to photograph Joy for quite some time so I was thrilled when her Mom contacted me. Those blue eyes!!! Look out Jill and John, . . you might have to chase the boys away with a stick!