Toddlers are some of my favorite subjects to photograph. Yes, they can be a bit challenging, but they are so full of energy and spontaneity and bring such a fun feeling to the photos. They show so much of their personality and they aren't afraid to tell you what they want. They usually don't want to sit for anything and bribes only work sometimes, but I have a few tips to help make the session as awesome as possible for everyone.
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- I love starting the toddler photoshoot with a quick photo of everyone looking at the camera. Oftentimes, this is the photo that most parents think of and want, so starting off with it will ensure that we got it and can move on to a more candid approach to the photos.
- Let the toddler bring a favorite toy or stuffy. I really think by having something to take the toddler's mind off of what we're trying to do can really help alleviate the stress. Encourage the toddler to show you the toy or have them point out the parts of the toy.
- Toddlers lovelovelove to look at things. I suggest pointing out things to the toddler and when they see it give them a squeeze or a sweet kiss on the cheeks. Sometimes we have to create little moments to photograph with the toddler and this is one of my favorites.
- Kids love to play games. I suggest playing copycat, or tag, or I spy. As long as you applaud them and tell them that they are doing a great job, they will be engaged and having fun.
- Ask your toddler silly questions. I love asking kids if they can see the bunny rabbit in my lens. Or I have one parent make funny faces behind me. The toddlers LOOVVEE this and often we'll get great giggly moments during the toddler photoshoot.
- Create space to capture the mommy and me or daddy and me photo. These are the sweet little moments where you tell them a secret or tell them that you love them so much. The toddlers often respond so sweetly with these words.
- Ever ask your toddler to smile and get one of those cheeeeeese smiles? Try asking your toddler to close their eyes and after a few seconds make a sneeze or bark sound. When they realize what's happening they'll end up smiling or even laughing, which is GREAT!
- Use a bit of reverse psychology. I love using this one when the toddler isn't happy with having their photo taken. I tell them to make a sad face and not to smile, not even one little upturn of their mouth.. The toddlers usually start laughing after a few seconds!
- If all else fails, have the toddler scream! Kids sometimes just need to let it out and that's ok! You can join them if you want!