Aug 30, 2018 | By: Brides, Bumps & babies Photography
So you are a photographer that has the task of photographing a 2 year old toddler huh? ;) Well, after years of working with kids and their families, I've learned a few simple ways to be sure you capture the essence of the toddler in ways that parents will really love.
Instead of trying to pose a toddler, I just let them be a kid and run around, play, jump, roll down a hill, play on the playground, etc. In this example of Evan, a super cute 2 year old toddler, I just let him play with sticks, had the parents talk to him once in a while so he would look towards the camera (parents always should stand behind you as the photographer), but mostly he just got into his own little toddler world and I was there with my long lens to capture these precious images.
Notice the simple yet effective style I work with available light, just have the sun behind Evan to add that dimension on his hair and along the edges of his body. Having the sun behind also helps toddlers and anyone in front of the camera to not squint.
My biggest tip for photographers and for parents alike even if snapping photos off of your phone...GET DOWN ON THE TODDLER'S LEVEL! You want a portrait of this little cutie, not a photo of you towering over them shooting downward where they are diminished in size and in personality too. Once you are on their level, they become a cool little human being that is ready for a portrait...it can happen, trust me!