Letting Tweens Be Themselves Key to Natural Lifestyle Portraits
Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

Telling a young person to sit still and smile often has the opposite effect.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

"I'd rather not," Lainey told me over and over when I asked her to try different poses as we strolled downtown Franklinton.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn
Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

It was Lainey's tween portrait session - not mine - so I followed her around and let her lead the way by allowing her to be herself.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

I snapped the shutter when I could and offered suggestions when I dared, but I mainly fell in line with whatever looks she liked.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn
Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn
Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

Was every shot a winner? Absolutely not.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

But by allowing Lainey to be herself I was able to negotiate some looks that I knew she would love.

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

"Hey, Lainey, You want to listen to some music while we shoot?" 

"I'd rather not."

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

"Hey, Lainey. You want me to Cha Cha Slide in the street?"

"I'd rather you didn't."

Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait session with Louisiana tween photographer Chris Ginn

Then she turned the tables on me.

"Hey Mr. Chris. You want to play chase in the street?"

"Heck Yeah! Tag - you're it."

Let them be brave enough to be themselves.

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Jelly Business Helps This Tween Girl Share The Love
Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

Some would have us believe there is not much love left in the world today. 

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

Those people have obviously not met Noel. Sweeter than the iced tea she sips, Noel has learned the power of love.

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

Her grandfather passed last year, and she misses him terribly, but rather than bottle up her love for him, she shares it with others.

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.
Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

Noel put the needs of others before her own and started a jelly business to help raise money for amyloidosis research and prevention in memory of her grandfather.

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

She calls her business Spread The Love.

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

We can help Noel spread the love by following her business on Instagram at spread_the_love_by_noel. 

Franklinton, Louisiana portrait photography for tweens and kids by Chris Ginn Photography.

Before asking ourselves what is wrong with these kids today, perhaps we should take a moment to get to know them. 

We just might find a model of love that we all should share.

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