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5 tips for photographing your toddler

Photographing kids of any age can be hard, but photographing toddlers is particularly challenging since they never sit still. As the mom of a three-and-a-half year old, I know how frustrating that can be! I’ve come up with a few tricks that help me capture my kiddo’s personality even when she’s on the move and my house is a disaster (because let’s face it – it usually is with a toddler around). These tips can be used with any kind of camera – even a smart phone!

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I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember. The less your camera moves, the less blurry the photo will be. To help stabilize yourself, rest your arms on a table or lean on a wall while you shoot. If there are no tables or walls nearby, tuck your elbows in and stabilize them against your body.

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The faster your kid is moving, the more photos you should take and the quicker you should take them. I like to call this “paparazzi mode”. If you are using an iPhone, just hold down the shutter and the camera will take a lot of photos one after the other. If you are using a dSLR, you should be able to set the shutter to take photos in continuous mode. This will allow you to hold the shutter down and “click click click”. I never ask my daughter to sit still for photos because if I know anything about toddlers, it’s that a) they don’t like to sit still and b) they don’t like to do what they’re told. Instead, I take a lot of photos and hope that she will be still for at least a second while I’m snapping pictures. In the photo below, I asked Sadie if she wanted to play with the stick, knowing that she would probably slow down to play in the puddle. That was my opportunity to go into paparazzi mode!

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Try photographing your child up close and from a distance. Take an overhead shot or get on the floor and photograph the scene from their level. The more you experiment, the more variety you will have and the more likely it will be that you take a photo that you LOVE.

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What do you love most about your child? What makes them special? Maybe it’s their freckly nose or their missing two front teeth. Maybe it’s their wild hair or their sense of humor. Whatever it is, that’s probably what you will want to remember for years to come. By focusing on what makes them unique, you are honoring them and helping them feel special.

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My favorite photos of my daughter are the messy ones – the ones where she is covered in chocolate or the house is a mess. Photos that capture real life are more emotional than perfectly posed shots. So don’t worry about wiping your kid’s face or straightening the toys. Embrace life as it is and find the beauty in the mess.

Photography is a great tool for connecting with your child and embracing the beauty (and craziness) of motherhood. The most important thing you can do is relax and enjoy the process. The more fun you’re having taking photos, the more fun your kids will have being photographed!

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springtime at the sculpture park | seattle family photographer

I had the pleasure of spending Saturday afternoon with a lovely family at the Olympic Sculpture Park. And what a beautiful afternoon it was! Spring has arrived prematurely here in Seattle and this family was ready to bask in the sunshine – or in the case of the 2 1/2 year old, RUN in the sunshine! The sweet toddler brought along her little sister, her parents, and grandparents for the adventure. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together.

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