Toddler’s are such fun little people! They are curious, excited, energetic but still also babies in that they are unsure of strange people or experiences and unless they really want to do something, it isn’t going to happen. I know this fact very well as I currently have a toddler! It’s a tough time as you are constantly having to curb their curiosity, especially when they are sticking objects into power outlets or putting small rocks into their mouth. It’s a fun time though as they play peek a boo, are starting to talk, freely give hugs and those oh so sweet open mouth kisses. It’s this combination that makes toddlers super fun to photograph! I love to capture their curiosity, their frustrations and even yes, those little attitudes.
When parents come in with their toddlers, I often hear “I’m sorry he’s not smiling” or if there is a temper tantrum taking place “I’m sorry she’s being so miserable”. It’s not something that needs to be apologized for – it is what it is, a toddler. Life with one can be super loving or super explosive all in the same minute! It’s who they are! They are transforming from babies into somewhat independent little people. I love watching this change and while it can be a challenge to photograph, I also like to add in, it is a reminder of where you are at this time of your life. You are a parent of a toddler and therefore life is never the same one second to the next. Nine months (when stranger anxiety sets in) to two years is a tough time to take a child and put them into an unfamiliar situation. Do I think you should never photograph a child at this time? Absolutely not! They will change so much in this time frame, more so than the first 9 months! I just like to tell my parents to have no expectations coming into a session in this time frame. We may not get super big smiles, but we will make a wonderful portrait to remember the joys of toddler time!
Austin came in for portraits and was really not impressed with the whole process. When we discovered this young man had a good sized fascination with bubbles, Brian put the bubble wand to use and we managed to get some fun portraits of something Austin really enjoys! And who doesn’t have fun with bubbles? We had a great time too!