Preadolescence, preteens, tweenagers, tweens. Who are these superhumans? Kids between 8 and 12, that’s who. For anyone out there with a superhero tween, check out this Models Direct blog.
From one phase to the next
The big transitions are beginning. You look at your child one minute and then the next, they’re squeezing into last year’s coat. You’re shocked. You could’ve sworn it was hanging off their shoulders and the arms were way too long (so you folded them up, hesitatingly telling your kid they’ll grow into it very soon.) Not just that, but how on earth did their feet go up two sizes this summer holiday? (This happened in my mini squad – I speak from a place of shock and amazement.)
It’s happening at lightening speed
Tweens are growing up fast! That’s the bottom line. You thought you’d see your little one’s growth take place right before your very eyes, but it didn’t quite happen like that. The growth spurt unfolded at turbo speed that it waited for no one…if you’re left bamboozled, it’s okay. You’re not the only one but one thing that shouldn’t leave you feeling bamboozled is, if you’ve got a tween model, then their portfolio will need regular updates. You’ll need to make sure that their changing look and superhuman growth are recorded every 3 months preferably but no longer than 4 as you already know what has happened so far!
Capture interesting images
You can help take great images of your tween to the next level; it doesn’t just have to be boring and bland. Clients are interested in seeing a mix of photos with added pizzazz. Here are some ideas for pic inspo:
• Take an image whilst they’re busy
Do they like reading? Playing football? Gaming?
We thought it would be the latter your tween will choose out of the bunch of things they might like doing but if they have a hobby, just snap up a clear image of them doing what they love. You’ll inject some of their personality into their portfolio and showcase their interest.
• Snap them from a different angle
Think about perspectives
Maybe you’ll want to take an image from a higher platform or, if you prefer, from a lower one. Experiment at different levels as chances are you’ll get a really good shot from a different viewpoint.
• Frame your image
Give it an added dimension
Incorporating a frame around your tween’s image is another way to oomph the pic, and draw your eye to the centre of attention (your tween!) You could use a door frame, an arch, or natural landscapes such as trees and shrubs.
Being in between a child and teenager can be an interesting time for your tween, and for you. It’s a delightful process to see as a parent, guardian, family member or friend (minus the hormones kicking in, undoubtedly!) Preceding adolescence is just one of those milestones you reach but getting there is a journey. Capture your tween’s voyage through their portfolio so that clients get a real essence of their true self – unfiltered and untouched.