What do you do with a teenager who wants to “get these pictures over with as soon as possible”? Let him wear dark sunglasses and look bad-ass. For a successful portrait session, it's essential to make it about them by tapping into their personality and reflecting their individuality. I shot Joe's senior portraits at the ASU campus in Tempe, AZ and, though this isn't his future school, the concept and modern environment created a perfect backdrop. After showing him the red wall picture (our first shot) and how cool this was going to be, we spent nearly 2 hours on what he planned to be more like 15 minutes. Of course, I had to throw a couple smiley shots in there for Mom.