The best expectation for a toddler photo session is to not have one, especially about how the session will go.
Having your toddler’s portraits taken is exciting, you get to have beautiful artistic imagery from this milestone stage in their life. Experienced photographers know how to set the children at ease and have a good time. For me, once the child steps into the studio I make sure they feel at ease by getting down to their level and talking to them in a soft and playful manner.
Finding out what they like, what makes them smile. I want to make sure the child feels comfortable before having their photos taken with my camera. Forcing children to sit still for too long will lead to forced expressions and tire them. This will also make them less cooperative. Don’t worry if the child is not smiling exactly when you want them to. Talking to them, asking silly questions or even making strange noises will eventually have your child smiling naturally.
With babies and toddlers, some parents usually feel the need to be in a corner trying to grab their attention to make sure their child is smiling to the camera but that just makes them look at you preventing the photographer to have the opportunity to interact with them and get a natural expression that will show the essence and personality of the child. Not putting any pressure prior the session or having specific expectations for your child’s session, will put them at ease resulting in them having a good time.
If you’d like more information about a custom photography session, please email me to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call. I’d love to set up a consultation for you!
Visit also my portfolio section for children here https://www.melibphotography.com/children to see more samples of my work.