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Toddler photo tips      Infant photo tips
 from about 9 months to 4 years



Toddlers are fun to photograph

Toddlers are new to walking.   Most children learn to walk around 9 to 12 months
but some learn much earlier than others.   
I think of a toddler as a child up to 2 or 3 years old.

As soon as they are able children constantly explore their environment.   
Because they move around so often and fast photographing them can be exasperating.
The best photos you will get are likely to be candids.    Take lots of shots. 

If you wish to place a toddler in a pose, wait until all your equipment is ready,
because they probably won't stay in position very long.  

Some enjoy being the center of attention, and will act up to please the photographer. 
Others are very shy of strangers.  They are subject to wild mood swings, so work fast. 
Use interesting sounds to provoke responses.   Balloons, balls, and bubbles come in handy.

The most important thing in a portrait is the expression,
 so a photographer's rapport with the subject is crucial.

Candid photos require great patience, lots of shots, and a certain amount of pure luck. 
Having the mothers or other relatives around can be very distracting sometimes.

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Our charming country studio is located near Millerton, NY, in NE Dutchess County, 
near the Connecticut and Massachusetts borders
  917-239-3151 studio   paul@livingpictures.org
I do both location and studio portraits in either color or monochrome.
I can use a variety of backgrounds, or outdoors, with or without props.

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Small props add interest to the photo A long lens keeps distracting backgrounds blurry Children this age make some wild expressions, but they must learn to trust the photographer Keep the child's hands busy with a toy
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