I’m been a family photographer for almost twenty years.
Before that I was a preschool and kindergarten teacher.
I’m also a mother to twin boys.
At this point in my life I feel it’s safe to say that I “get” kids. And one thing that I know for sure is this… sometimes children, especially toddlers, don’t do what you want them to do!
Shocking, I know!
I also know that this particular character trait can be REALLY frustrating, especially at a photoshoot! So let me tell you how I handle toddlers who do NOT want to cooperate.
I Never Force Them To Do Something They Don’t Want To Do
I have learned over the years that the best way to bring on a meltdown is to try to get a toddle to do something they don’t want to do. So if your toddlers is giving me a hard no, I will respect that.
What I’ve found is when we don’t force the issue, they usually come around.
For example, in the photos below, the mom really wanted a picture of her toddler with the new baby.
Her toddler however, was NOT interested.
So instead of forcing the issue. We just waited. Eventually he decided that he was a little curious about what we were doing. I asked him questions about himself and about the baby. Things like “can you show me where your ear is? Can you show me where the baby’s ear is?”… and eventually we get the shots!
I Try to Make The Photoshoot Fun
I always have lots of toys and things for your toddler to do at the studio. Most of the time, it takes older kids a few minutes to warm up to me, and having fun activities for them to engage with is a great way to get them loosened up and ready for pictures!
I Have LOTS of Stickers and Lollipops
Because a little bribery never hurts, I have a tons of stickers and lollipops on hand!
I Have a Sense of Humor
Like I said, I’ve worked with kids for a really long time. So if your child doesn’t cooperate or has a little melt down, please do not worry about me or what I think. I get it. I’m a mom too!
Remember, photos are meant to capture your child as they are now. There is now right and no wrong. And I’ve been doing this for a really long time… I’m confident that we will get photos you will love!