Toddlers aren’t exactly the easiest to get things done with. Taking pictures can be one of those instances where you have to really think outside the box. Check out 5 Tips for Photographing a Toddler to help get you great memories of your toddler. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Canvas Factory. However, all opinions are 100% mine.
5 Tips for Photographing a Toddler
Photographing toddlers: It’s not easy. And it’s not going to be easy for another few years yet. It was easy when they were tiny and didn’t wiggly, squirm, or quickly look away right as the camera clicked. But even then their expressions weren’t always the most photogenic. Professional photographers have their own bag of tricks when it comes to helping children cooperate, but what about the mom who wants to snap her own gallery worthy shots of her children? It is not easy but moms are clever and there are certainly a few tricks we can use to coax even the testiest of toddlers into “posing” for a nice picture. Keep on reading to find out 5 tips for photographing toddlers.
Set the scene.
And I’m not talking about props and Pinterest perfect settings. Set the scene by making sure your little one is in the right frame of mind for a photo-shoot. Make sure they aren’t hungry, they’ve emptied bladders and bowels, and that they are freshly rested. There’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling of watching a dark wet circle begin to expand on your son’s brand new shorts (the ones you bought in just-the-right-shade-lavender to matches big sister’s dress). By making sure all of your child(ren)’s basic needs are taken care of before you begin the attempt to capture a mantle worthy photo, you are helping everyone power through the process just a little easier.
Always be ready
Sometimes the best photos are not the ones photographers meant to take. Sometimes the candid photos we moms take while we’re on the playground with our kiddos turn out to be some of our most treasured memories. With the fancy pants smartphones on the market these days, it’s easy to get quality photos that enlarge nicely. This photo of my son, for example, was entirely spontaneous and taken on my iPhone 8+. We had been playing at the park and as we were leaving he said “take my pick-shure wif da wadder and da storm cwowds, Mommy!” So we did. And now it’s hanging above our fireplace.
Patience is a virtue
Like we talked about, photographing a toddler isn’t that easy, but it can be enjoyable. Start the endeavor knowing that it could take a while. Play games, tell jokes, and enjoy each other. If it all goes well the smiles you immortalize will be genuine and your little one will remember a fun outing with Mama every time they see the picture.
Call in reinforcements
Greatness is not often achieved alone. In fact, this particular task will probably be much more enjoyable with a helper or two tagging along. Having someone to make sure that dresses are covering panties, noses are wiped, and faces are turn in the right direction will definitely be handy. Although, reinforcements don’t always have to be human. Do what you gotta do, Mama. Fun snacks, the promise of ice cream on the way home, silly toys to coax smiles, all are acceptable here.
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