Ask them to play something for you, or show you some tricks on their skateboard. They need to know that you recognize them as the almost-adults that they are. Now, go have some fun with your camera and a great teenager. You might even get through it with a new teenage friend! Giving them something to do really helps the shy ones.
If you show them respect, they will usually show you respect right back.
Funny Teenage Quotes
Before your session together, encourage your teen subjects to bring things that are important to them. Teens like to be unique. Pay attention to more than just the words they say; their body language will give you cues about their personality too. Help them think outside the box. Remember to ask them first, like I mentioned before. Your goal during your session with an unenthusiastic teen, is to gain their trust. That might be enough to loosen them up, and let their passion show.