Brandon is 17 and one of my daughter’s friends. He asked me to do some photos with him. Like most millennials, his experience with being photographed involves 1000’s of selfies and the occasional family photo session. I thought he did really well during the photo shoot. It wasn’t hard getting him to drop the “selfie face” and try more genuine expressions. There was some direction  given for posing, but very light direction with emphasis on natural and comfortable postures. My daughter’s generation is more camera aware than any other, and it has become second nature for them to slip into a pretty well-developed persona in front of the camera. The challenge is to persuade them to abandon it, even if just for a few moments.


4 thoughts on “Brandon

  1. Beautiful set of portraits; as you say, the younger generation have unlimited access to ‘photography’ through selfies, etc., and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing, particularly in the long term. Nice to see something more traditional (in a good way). 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m not convinced it’s good for them long-term, either. Nietzsche said if you stare long enough into the abyss it will start to stare into you. Self-absorption and narcissism are a type of psychological abyss, methinks.


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