It's been suggested to me a few times that I should consider HS Senior photography. At first I was hesitant, but, to be honest, the only thing I'm not hesitant about at this point is landscape and lifestyle. It seems every day I'm having to jump off another deep end and out of my comfort zone. Why am I afraid of HS Senior photography? I don't know, maybe it's because I was a super awkward teenager and had no idea what I wanted in life (except to travel and 'help people', try to be more vague than that...).
I look back on my photos now and I realize that reflects in the images that I took. I tried to be all sexy and cool...which I was anything but. I just went for the look that I thought everyone else would like (except my parents), and now I have nothing that shows who I actually was at the time. Now I hate those photos. Some appeared whilst creating my scrapbooks last summer and I want to BURN THEM ALL.
Like many teenagers, I needed some guidance to portray my personality and interests. I didn't have any tangible hobbies except basketball, but there were ways to draw out my inner voice. Twelve years later, I'm still figuring out who I am and learning to be okay with not knowing yet. I thank those that did have insight into who I was, but I wish there had been more people to take that time *cough* HS counselor *cough cough* , especially at that turning point.
No photographer is going to predict your future, or entirely sum up the fullness of who you are, but with a bit of time and effort, they can help you break through that facade that holds you back from at least trying. So, like I'm trying a variety of things to figure out my niche, I encourage you as a teen (or parents--you extend the encouragement) to also try a variety or styles. Don't just follow the status quot. Get something you'll be proud of to put in a scrapbook 10 years from now.