Documenting Older Children in Family Photography

Documenting Your Family Through the Years

New York Family Photography


Family photography sessions with older children are less common than when our kids are smaller. There may be more resistance from teenagers, or the feeling that because kids aren’t small, documentation isn’t as needed. I don’t think that is true! I have documented families with older children, and I would argue that you would be incredibly surprised by the sides that come out from your kids.

Sessions will be run differently when there are older children present. I am mindful of each child’s growth stage, and how to come onto their level, so that everyone feels most comfortable. I will reach out to you ahead of time, so I can be made known of any specific insecurities or concerns. And then we have fun!

Our children will always need us, just in different ways. Photographs that show the evolution of your relationship is so important to look back on. Here are my best tips for documenting older children in photo sessions:

  • We get on their level. Some teens may not feel comfortable getting super close to mom and dad. I meet them half way, where they are, and we ease into the session starting with natural activities that will help them open up.
  • Make sure your kids feel comfortable in the clothing they are wearing. If your daughter doesn’t like dresses (like mine!), then don’t make her wear one. Allowing them to express themselves through their clothing will be the first step in helping them feel like themselves.
  • Think of activities that are natural and normal to your family. Documentation can be as simple as observation. It doesn’t need to feel cheesy and posed. I find older children are most receptive to this!

If you have any more questions or worries about documenting your older children and not quite sure if it will work for your family, reach out! I would love to talk with you more about my experience. We can make this a comfortable and unique session for your family.




I wholeheartedly believe in the power of authentic documentation. Our stories and truths are not only a gift for ourselves, but also through the generations, becoming treasured keepsakes as proof of our place and time. My passion lies in storytelling that focuses on your present moments. Whether our adventures take us deep into the Hudson Valley, high in the Catskill Mountains, or within the comfort of your home, it is always about where you are meant to be and where you feel the most alive.