Boys give you a run for your money, that’s for sure. Here is a small selection of some young men I photographed this year. It’s fun to pull them out of their shells, sometimes challenging, but usually they warm up after I start talking video games, bugs, or sports.

To help boys feel comfortable in photographs, let them lead. Ask them how they feel about the location, or even where they want to pose. I like to ask lots of questions and let them talk through the photos. It usually helps them relax their face and stop trying to pose the way mom might have suggested on the way to the shoot.