Let’s talk about Toddlers and photoshoots (and farm animals?)

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

We love them but toddlers can be nuts.   While we try to understand and sympathize with their emotional arcs, it can be hard.  We set out the best of plans and sometimes they just have their own ideas.  As a mom to a 2 year old, I get it.

As a photographer it is much easier for me to coach you to set things up and then just let it happen… and celebrate it.   Your kid wants to run in circles?  Ok!  They want to climb the fence, let’s do it!  I position myself in ways to capture their best light and backgrounds, knowing they will be moving much of the time.  I help you to guide them into positions where the shot might work and then interact with them.  If you are aiming for family photos as well as some lifestyle shots, I take the family shots right away and then look for opportunities to squeeze them in as we go.  This is true for mini shoots, portrait sessions and lifestyle shoots.  You will get a mix of image types, groupings, compositions and backgrounds.  Sometimes the shots are controlled and simple, sometimes it is the organized chaos of ants.  Believe it or not, family portraits with little ones (and animals) it is completely doable!  Just have a good attitude, keep your expectations and stress low, plan ahead and hope for the best.

These two little ones are 2 and 4 years old.  This is their home and these farm animals are theirs.  Kash has a goat, Kennedy seems to have control of the horse, Mia.  Here is a quick peak at 10 minutes in their life!

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