Any parent of a toddler will tell you, kids can be wonderfully silly and full of laughter one minute, then turn into crabby and crazy, little monsters the next. When a toddler is upset or frustrated, it can be quite an ordeal – crying, screaming, stomping and kicking types of affairs. As a photographer, I try my best to inform my clients about the best “times of day” to shoot for quality of light, but my “time of day” and your child’s “time of day” don’t always coincide. Luckily, professional photographers are trained to work around bad lighting situations and “make it happen.” Truth be told … we could have the most beautiful lighting conditions ever but if a child isn’t happy, there will probably not be many adorable, smiley and magical images for Mom and Dad (unless, of course, they’re fine with red puffy eyes, angry scowls and runny noses). I love a good “crying” photograph myself, but most parents would not want an entire gallery of them 🙂
When preparing for a photo session:
- It is always best to make sure that you dress your child comfortably;
- Be sure your child is fed well and has (hopefully) had a nap;
- Always be sure to bring along snacks and drinks, favorite toys and comfort items; and
- If your child is very tired or feeling ill, it is probably best to reschedule. Bringing a very tired or sick child to a photo session simply is not a recipe for success.
I think my clients would testify that regardless of the resistance, I don’t usually give up. I’m always up for a good challenge. However, I would not want to push a child who has clearly had enough or isn’t feeling up to it.
The long and the short of it is, when dealing with toddlers, there is almost always a certain amount of resistance or bashfulness in the beginning and that is completely normal. If you think about it from their point of view, we really ARE strangers to them. However, a little fun conversation, play and learned technique (sometimes a little candy too) usually earns their trust quickly and then the real fun begins. We like our little clients to be happy and genuinely having fun, so be sure to keep these tips in mind when scheduling your next photo session. Timing really can make a huge difference!