Hi friend! My name is Jessica, I am a family and portrait photographer based in Washington Dc. I am a Christian, wife, and identical twin. I love lilacs, candles, rainy days and honesty. I love finding joy in simple things.
1. Movement Toddlers are always on the move. That’s one reason it can be so difficult to capture them. So move with them. Create fun ways to be moving where you are able to photograph them. Swinging small children is terrific. Mom and Dad are in the shot and it’s sure to bring a smile almost every time.
Tossing them in the air is great especially if there is an older sibling. They usually look and laugh as well. (unless you’re this little guy who looks and smiles)
Even incorporate the child’s favorite new toy or trick. It may not make the best “portrait” but it lets the child be themselves and helps document their age.
2. Distractions. I try not to focus on my camera during a photo session. It’s different and scary at times to a small child. I usually ask them about things that are around them. This image the little girl was talking about the flowers she found in the field. So precious.
Here the little boy was playing with his mother’s neckless. Something all children do when they are young.
3. Family Affection. Little children love touch! Lots of times I ask the parents to kiss the toddler in the center of them. The first photo is never terrific but the last is always a treasure.
Hugs are another thing I use often. It’s a pose you have the whole family in again but also produces lots of laughs. Posed photos are wonderful but these are the kind that mothers frame. They have emotion.
4. Show personality. I try to direct somewhat but most times I go with the flow and you can capture moments like this.
5. Different Angles. I move all around my subjects. Different angles allow you to see people and expressions in different ways. Here the baby wasn’t feeling well and was fussy. The older boys were in good spirits and it’s still a great capture.
6. Keep Shooting. I was almost done with this session but kept shooting these siblings on the bed. While this isn’t a photo you would frame it’s a lovely shot of the relationship between brother and sister.
7. Walking. It’s one of my “go-to” poses. Children do the most unexpected things. That’s whats so beautiful about them. Walking is a great way to explore and find things without thinking about the photographer. Another pose with the whole family.
I hope these tips help in capturing the Joy of Toddlers.