Tips for Family Photos with Toddlers
The good, the bad, the crazy - this blog post we are talking toddlers. Toddlers are an overload of all of the emotions and can often be unpredictable in behavior. Your family has booked a session and you are looking forward to updating your home with new photos to decorate your walls. How can you ensure that you are able to get great family photos that include all of your family.
1. Timing is key: Try to schedule your session at a time when your child will be well rested and not hungry. If you bump too close to a nap or meal, you may have a harder time getting your child in the smiling/playful mood to take pictures.
2. Keep them engaged: The last thing you want is for your child to get bored with pictures. If they decide they are done, it can be hard to make them change their mind. Try keeping them engaged with props, continuously moving and exploring different backdrops and photo spots - make the photo session almost game-like so the kids are more focused on just having fun.
3. Don’t force anything: This is a big one with toddlers. If they don’t want to do a certain pose or location, be willing to roll with it and come back. Help the toddler feel more like they have a say in what they are doing/posing with/when and they are more likely to listen and cooperate when you suggest something for the next shot.
4. Bring bribes: I say bribes lightly. I think it is a great idea to bring motivators for toddlers. Whether that be snacks, favorite toys, planning to do something fun after your session, etc. Help them keep their ‘eyes on the prize’ and the session will more likely be quick, easy, and stress-free for all.
5. Let them just be kids and roll with it: Kids can have their own agenda. Try to come with an open mind and trust your photographer to get beautiful shots. Kids may have a harder time doing lots of posed photos, but candid shots of them just being themselves can be truly magical. Often if the kids are enjoying themselves they are more likely to cooperate for full family pictures.
6. Bring a few of their favorites to use as props: I love this one! Maybe it’s their current favorite toy, a balloon, a blanket, a favorite book, etc. - chat with your photographer, they often accumulate props that they could bring along for your session!
I love photographing toddlers! At the moment, I am enjoying the energy of my own strong-willed three year old and I know how fun, crazy, exhausting, and alive they can be. Toddlers are truly starting to blossom their own personalities and capturing them in photos make for absolutely beaming!
Hello! I'm glad you are here.
I am an Appleton, Wisconsin-based photographer. I lean into my creative side when I shoot and love bringing out your personality during your session. To ramble off a few of the things that fuel my soul (other than my camera); clear night skies, snuggles with loved ones, the outdoors, sunsets, having genuine conversations with new people, and listening to audiobooks.