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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Bowling Green Buccaneers Football Portrait Photography
Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

Bowling Green Buccaneer football is a big part of Franklinton on a Friday night in the fall.

Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

What better way to remember the feeling of nights under the lights at W.E. "Buck" Hellen Stadium than with portraits that forever freeze this time in your life.

Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.
Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

That's exactly what we were looking to do with Ben even though he still has two more years of Buccaneer football after this season. 

Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

All it took to get this look was a simple background, an off-camera strobe, a fast prime lens, and the chiseled look of intensity on Ben's face.

Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

Of course who can forget riding the bus to away games?

Bowling Green School in Franklinton, Louisiana football portrait photography by Chris Ginn Photography.

Or the legacy that others leave behind.

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Time Slow Down! Tween Portrait Sessions Help Capture Fleeting Moments Before They're Gone.
The front of the DA Varnado Museum in Franklinton provides a nostalgic backdrop for this Franklinton tween portrait session with Chris Ginn Photography.

Where does the time go? One day you're changing diapers and the next you're chaperoning your little girl's first junior-high dance. In the blink of an eye, she'll be graduating high school. Then, before you know it, you'll be watching her walk the aisle. 

"Time slow down!" you plead, but time does not.

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Time plays by its own ruthless rules, but time itself is not ruthless. It gives you the opportunity to make the most of the little moments. What you do with that opportunity is up to you. 

Whichever choice you make, time marches on whether you want it to or not.

Tweens love pizza, so Chris Ginn Photography had one of his recent tweens enjoying some Pizza Pete's pizza during a Franklinton tween portrait session.
The reflection of the sky and utility pole in the side window of the DA Varnado museum adds to the drama of this tween portrait captured by Chris Ginn Photography during one of his Franklinton tween portrait sessions.

When time starts to catch up with us, and we realize we can't outrun it, what are we going to remember? 

The game the Saints lost that you were glued to when your daughter wanted to jump on the trampoline? The big buck that never stepped out when you were deer hunting instead of attending her dance recital? Facebook?

You're not going to remember any of that. All you're going to remember are the times you missed out sharing with your daughter, but then it will be too late.

Ruthless...

The historic DA Varnado Museum in Franklinton,  Louisiana was a perfect setting during a recent Chris Ginn Photography tween portrait session.

As Kenny Chesney sang, "Best start putting the first things first."

The sunset captured in the window of the DA Varnado Museum in Franklinton, Louisiana enhances the magic of reading during a recent Franklinton, Louisiana tween photo session by Chris Ginn Photography.
A tween portrait session by Chris Ginn Photography in Franklinton, Louisiana is a great way to capture those magical moments of the wonder years and build self-esteem through beautiful lifestyle portraits.

"Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand, you can't flip over and start again."

Chris Ginn Photography in Franklinton, Louisiana offers tween portrait sessions that can help 10 - 12 year old kids learn to come out of their shells and be brave enough to be themselves.

"Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth."

Sometimes the most beautiful tween portraits are when eye contact with the camera is totally avoided. Chris Ginn Photography in Franklinton, Louisiana tween portrait sessions.

"Don't blink."

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