I could also title this "Let them play" as this Photography post encompasses both. I have been blessed for the 2nd time to capture a little one's entire first year. Yes, I have a Baby Plan with a total of 4 sessions over the year as little ones change so much in that time. But this family is special, I get to meet with them every month, even if just for 30 minutes, to capture images of Miss Lennox as she grows. So, I decided to share a few from her 1st 4 sessions with me since she made her debut in April. And little Miss Lennox is already a rockstar for the camera. Making eye contact since the beginning. A little beauty (like her mom and sister) for sure.
Now, we can tackle the "Let them play" part of this post. I was lucky enough to have the same plan with Mr. Cash. Who rocked his entire 1st year and always gave us at least one, sibling shot that was perfection! So, why, Let them play? As parents of toddlers know, toddlers are unpredictable. Parents get nervous the pictures won't turn out because their toddler is just not in the mood. Not wanting to look at the camera, smile, be held (or sit or walk as the case may be). I can see on the parent's faces fear. Mr. Cash is a toddler. He liked me (when I wasn't trying to take his picture), but he didn't want to do what we were doing. But I know a secret.....
See toddlers are discovering their own little selves and 3 is definitely a year of "I do it myself". So, what do you do? Let them play. Make it game. Throw them up, do family races, tickle fights, sing silly songs and even head to the nearby playground. What works is different for every kid. They will smile, laugh and have fun. And the photo shoot won't be as stressful. So, if you have a toddler and are worried about upcoming Birthday milestone or Family portraits, keep in mind, let them play. This too will pass and you can laugh at the tantrum pictures later when they are a teenager.
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