One of the many things I get to witness during a photo session is a parent’s great love for their kiddos. One of the other things I get to witness is a parent’s hope – plea- cry – that the photos will turn out okay.
The ages from 12 months to 3 years are the hardest to photograph. Kids are moving. Kids are experimenting, learning, soaking it all in. They are determined and they are curious and when you add all of these things together and take them out to an open area where they are not confined to one little space…watch out. Because, really, you can’t reason with them. They want what they want and often we are not able to communicate with them and let them know that if they just sit still for 2 minutes, it could all be over…I speak as a mama/photographer whose own children…far past the ages of 1-3… will hardly sit still for me to take just one little snap. I feel your pain.
But, the crazy thing is, while you’re panic-ing, and stressed out. While you’re running around trying to get them to smile, some sort of magic just happens in between all of those moments that you can’t recognize or see.
It looks a little something like this: