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When I first started in photography, posing was a big stumbling block for me. I really had no idea what I was doing and I tried all sorts of awkward poses with my subjects that really make me smile now (at that point it was mostly my children - thank goodness).
What I have learned since then, and one of the most important things to do as a photographer is to help those that are being photographed feel comfortable in front of the camera and also to give your subjects great feedback and encouragement as you work together. That same principle applies in different ways to everyone - from toddlers to teens.
Today, we are sharing the FIRST in a series of tip guides for photographing different ages and groups. These photography tip sheets are not meant tell you exactly how to have your subjects stand or turn or tilt their head every time you click the shutter. They ARE meant to help you know how to best work and interact with your subjects and how to get the most out of your session together.
In this tutorial, I will cover 4 important photography and posing tips for a toddler photoshoot - including some of my favorite ways to get genuine expressions from toddlers while having fun at the same time.
Do not expect toddlers to pose. They are way too young to even be reasoned with. The most important thing you can do is to embrace that they won't pose (in the traditional sense) and try some other tactics for getting the shots you want.
Giving toddlers something to play with can also be a fun way to keep their attention while capturing them. You might keep something cute in your camera bag but I also enjoy finding small things in nature for them to play with - a leaf or small flowers are easy play things to find.
Toddlers are easily confused and distracted with lots of people around. Sometimes having their parents close by will distract them from making eye contact with you.
Consider moving a slight distance away from their parents or siblings (as long as the toddler seems comfortable with this) and spend a few moments one-on-one without distractions. Talking to them and engaging them with you will help keep their eye contact with you and allow you to capture them naturally.
Be willing to pull out silly tricks or silly faces to engage a toddler. Games are also a fun way to capture the attention of toddlers. Simple games like peek-a-boo or hiding something under their hand can be fun games for them. Both of these little activities can help you get the natural smiles and eye contact that you are seeking in your images.
Be willing to show your interest in the things that capture their attention. Toddlers don't work on your timeline, so being patient will be critical to your success. Make sure you are ready for the moments they give you.
One of the wonderful traits of toddlers is that they love to walk, run, and climb at every opportunity. However, they can still be unstable on their feet and a bit clumsy. Be mindful of this and make sure they are doing these things in a safe location. Be careful where you ask them to run and play. Finding safe places for them to play is part of your job as a photographer.
I hope these Toddler Photo Ideas & Tips help you achieve a very successful photo shoot, and more importantly, help you build a wonderful relationship with the toddler and their family that lasts for years and years!
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Hi!! I am Gayle. I am a wife to my handsome husband and mom to 4 beautiful kids. In my spare time, I am a photographer and blogger at Mom and Camera. I have a passion for sharing my love of photography with others. I teach local photography classes and regularly share photography tips and tricks on my blog. I hang out there a lot—I’d love you to stop by and visit!