Photographing Toddlers - 5 Tips from a San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer
5 Tips for Getting Great Professional Photos of your Toddler
We've all been there -
Because we DESPERATELY wanted that perfect shot, right?
Then, we watched helplessly as our little angel :
a) Ran away.
b) Had a full on temper tantrum.
c) Just plain ignored us!
In fact, I think toddlers should come with a warning - "Must have infinite patience, a sense of humor, and be in excellent physical shape to photograph me. And... you will need to run... fast!"
Seriously, two-year olds are the cutest, but sometimes us parents want SO badly to get that perfect shot for Facebook, Instagram, etc..., that we forget to capture who they truly are at this age. As a professional family photographer here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I've photographed lots of active toddlers, so thought I'd share a few tips to help you out. And scroll down for great examples, and loads of cuteness from sweet Natalie's Two-Year Portrait Session!
5 Tips for Photographing Toddlers
It's Just a Big Playdate
The more you and your photographer can become kids yourselves, getting down to their level, and just laugh and play, the better your pictures will be. Once a toddler realizes it's just a big play date, not a high-pressure portrait session, they'll relax (and so will you) and have way more fun. You'll get a great variety of looks too!
But toddlers move FAST and their expressions can change in a split second, so it's your photographer's job to be ready to capture anything at any moment!
Patience... this was Natalie's serious face which she wore for the first 20 minutes of our session... at her "good" time. Even though it's not a big cheesy smile, I still love her sweet innocent look.
New toys! Natalie loved playing with her brand new tea party set. Mom brought a comfy blanket for her to sit on.
I asked Natalie if she could make her mom a cup of tea... so cute.
And once the dollies got invited, Natalie was very pleased!
Time for a new activity! Headed to the play structure and that's when the real smiles began. This girl is strong!
Showing off her ninja moves... at two!
And saved the running for last. Brings out the smiles every time!
Do you have any tips for getting great pictures of the littles in your family? Please share in the Comments!
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Cheryl Bigman Photography services the entire San Francisco Bay Area including the East Bay cities of Lafayette, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon in Contra Costa County. Dublin, Pleasanton, Sunol, and Fremont in Alameda County. South Bay cities including San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, and Mountain View in Santa Clara County, Peninsula cities including San Mateo, Burlingame, Foster City, Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton, and Redwood City in San Mateo County, San Francisco, and North Bay cities in Marin County including Tiburon, San Rafael, and Sausalito.
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