photographing older kids

This Friday is the launch of our Canadian 15on15 Instagram collaboration. Chelsea Klette and Jamie Hyatt (as well as a few others across Canada) will be joining us in sharing a day in a photographers life.  This process has brought a few things to my attention that I hadn't given much thought.

I'm not sure if what I'm thinking is absurd or legit, so I thought I'd give you the opportunity to weigh in...

Do people just stop photographing their kids in those middle years? My oldest is now 9, and he's a little harder to nail down. I mean jack is still r i d i c u l o u s l y cute... (insert tongue in cheek) but I guess I'm wondering about this next phase. Because it's not the sweet double chins and chubby thighs, it's a young man. With a goofy grin and knobby knees. He's not the only one, my other two are entering this stage as well, and I can see how my innocent doe-eyed children are becoming their own person.

I love the growing up, the increasing personalities and decreasing innocence, but as I scroll through Instagram I am hard pressed to see these kids showing up in feeds... And it just made me wonder...

Is anyone else noticing this?
Is it that our lives simply become immersed in their activities and we spend less time just being together or bringing out our cameras.

Are we feeling a sense of freedom, and this is changing our focus? from dependent kidlets, where the camera is a saving grace from the constant needs of little ones - maybe we simply do not want to bother them with their friends, and at the same time they are just so much more aware of the camera.

Creating natural imposed moments is always our goal. Moments made from connection, but as they become more and more aware of the camera- we have to devise some tricks...

Something that has helped me is a focus on family time. We have made deliberate decisions to carve out time together. No weekend activities... so far. Dinner together every day. Movie nights and lots of time for cuddling. We need to be committed to this or I can see how life would steal our time away.

I also wonder about honor. When kids are older they get embarrassed easier. I just asked Jack before I wrote this if he's ok with it. He approved the pictures, and I said if he ever doesn't want me to I won't. But then I won't be able to! And maybe this is another reason for less pictures as toddlers morph into young adults.

I have decided that I am going to take this on as a challenge and find a way to create emotionfull imagery with growing kids. Become immersed along with them in their activity and hopefully snag a few shots along the way.

This week I am on a much needed (partial) vacay... cause is it ever a vacation when you are an entrepreneur?? But I have brought along my camera, and I've felt both challenged and successful in getting some amazing moments! On July 15th, we will post our #dayinthelife and #15on15canada of both life with our kids, and the lives of a few other wonderful photographers. We'd love for you to follow us on Instagram and share in our days.