Need a little help photographing the one year old in your life (or a client)?
They’re full of wiggles and often ready to escape but with these tips you can capture them beautifully with your camera!
1. Don’t expect them to be all smiles and sunshine.
While one year olds are usually a riot, they can also be serious, silly, laughing, crying, and playing. They have a myriad of emotions and they wear them on their proverbial sleeve.
I don’t spend the whole session trying to get them to sit still (or stand still) and smile at the camera. I always try to get at least some smiling, looking, sitting still pictures, but during the session I also let them be the drama queens (or kings) that they are.
2. Let them play in their natural environment and be ready at every moment.
I spend most of a one year old sessions looking through my viewfinder. They are usually very busy (whether they are walking or crawling) and don’t look up at the camera very often, so when they do look up you have to be ready to capture whatever expression they are going to give you.
Usually if they are in their element, they are happier, sillier, and more like themselves then if you were forcing them to sit still.
3. If all else fails, capture their babyhood.
Sometimes the one year olds just don’t plain do not want to look up. They like to do whatever their little mind has in it.
During these times I photograph all their little baby cuteness. This could be their little toes, to their chubby arms. If they aren’t being cooperative with their face, at least you can capture their sweet profiles.
As a mom of three little ones (three, two, and three months), I realize how quickly they lose that tummy roll, and chubby hands and love pictures like that.
4. Learn how to make a good variety of weird noises.
Sometimes when you do want the attention of the tiny tot, it’s very useful to have some funny sounds on hand. You may feel silly squawking like a crow in front of the adult clients, but it really does work for babies to draw attention. However, they get very used to the same noise over and over so make sure you have an arsenal of silly sounds.
5. Get on their level (or even lower).
This is an old tip that is tried and true. I almost always am on my belly or back or leaning over to capture the little ones. I’m tall (5’10 to be exact) and if I would shoot from my vantage point, I would lose a certain sweetness in the photo.
We all see toddlers from a tall angle, so when you get down on the ground, it makes it more visually interesting. It catches the world from their short perspective.