Photographing young toddlersPose a real challenge to all photographers, whether you are a professional or a mom!
If you have ever tried to photograph a baby or toddler you know that they aren't the easiest of subjects. Unable to follow commands or instructions they pose a unique challenge to capture some beautiful images where they are connected to the camera. Having subjected my poor daughter to hundreds (if not thousands) of photos and mini sessions I have come up with a few tricks that work.
1) Work around nap times. This may seem common knowledge, but the reality is that a tired baby is a non-cooperative baby. The best time to photograph them is after their naps and after they have eaten a snack or meal.
Guess who just woke up!
2) Give them something to do. Whether you want to incorporate a favorite toy or set the mood with a specific prop, when the baby is busy exploring the item you have a chance to capture some beautiful images. It is easier to draw their attention to you when they are already focused on something else with a quick verbal cue, than it is to get them to sit in one location without anything keeping them there!
Something to play with! Props with soft textures make good distractions
3) Having trouble keeping them in one spot? Put them in or on something. My favorite thing is a pretty bowl with some fur to soften it. The baby thinks he/she is stuck and will take a few moments to try figure out how to escape, but hopefully, it will give you a precious few seconds to capture that picture! As a bonus, it adds some beautiful texture to your image! Another favorite prop is a little rocking chair, the baby sits comfortably and is amused by the motion of the chair or they simply walk around it exploring the new toy!
Distracted and "stuck"
4) Loud toys or flashing lights are great ways to draw their eyes to you, just be careful as these can sometimes make the baby come to you if they are mobile!
5) Move around the baby. Sometimes when a baby is interested in something, you can capture a beautiful image simply by walking around the baby to capture the moment.
6) Keep sessions quick and short. Babies have a short attention span and can easily get overstimulated. Try to flow quickly between setups and props.
7) Keep some baby-friendly snacks nearby! If you want a baby or toddler to look at a specific spot it is a nice way to draw their attention!
8) Keep calm, relax and have fun! Photographing moving toddlers can often be some of the most frustrating things to do, but in the end, with a lot of patience, you will capture some beautiful memories and moments!
9) When all is said and done it is always helpful to have an assistant! Whether you conscript another parent or grab a friend, having an extra set of hands is always very useful!
So next time you are out photographing your baby try some of these tips and tricks! And let me know how it went! I would love to see your baby images in the comments below! Share your triumphs and trials, what worked and what didn't?
And now that you are all experts at taking amazing baby photos, think about how you plan to preserve them! Will you make an album? Or get your favourite image printed and hung up on your wall? My favourite is to make albums with my best images! Clients who book baby and milestone sessions absolutely love our new baby album! It is simple, fun and sweet!
The Monet Album - the baby book
Contact us today to book your information session with Therena C. Art & Photography to capture your Newborn & Maternity Portraits.
Therena is a natural light and studio portrait photographer specializing in Newborn, Maternity, Glamour and Fine Art. She is based out of Campbell River, BC, and serves all of Northern Vancouver Island. She loves creating art and photographing her 3 (often uncooperative) children as well as her clients. She finds true joy in creating art and making other women feel beautiful and inspired. She is a Dreamer a Wanderer and an Idealist, seeing beauty in everything around her.
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