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Ruth S. Ueland

member since: 2/19/2007
 

How to Pose Wiggly Toddlers


I am going to be doing my first session with someone who I am not personal friends with. I am wondering if anyone has any tips and tricks for getting wiggly little toddlers to sit still for their portrait? Also what are some good ways to get kids you don't know to warm up for their photograph ... so they don't look horribly unnatural???
Thanks,
Ruth

7/14/2007 10:21:55 AM

 
Katie Parks
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/23/2006
  A ball. It's that simple, really. You have them sit and watch your magic show. You toss it up turn and it falls. It is funny every time. I also sing silly songs they might know and add their names (add funny animals to Mcdonald's farm). If they are a little bit too young for that, bubbles are silly. To keep them sitting still, you have to be their entertainment to stare at. I recommend some serious caffeine before you start! Good luck.

7/16/2007 11:41:11 AM

 
Shirley Fairley

member since: 3/18/2005
  Hi Ruth,
I have shot alot of young kids. If they are nervous start them off in their parents arms, then they relax and will be more fun.
Try to shoot in a park or somewhere where you can keep moving.
Ask the parents to bring some favorite toys to pull out when you've run out of tricks.
Get the parents to stand behind you and make their favorite goofy faces.
Shoot as much as you can because you will have alot of blurs and funny looks.
I'm sure not all of this is new but I hope it helps.
Shirley

7/17/2007 5:35:32 AM

 
Mary Lyn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/31/2004
 
 
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ISO 100
Shutter 1/125
Aperature 4.5
60mm
Nikon D1x
Studio
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ISO 100
Shutter 1/125
Aperature 4.5
60mm
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Studio
Shot in Raw

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First thing I try to do is have a consultation/meeting appt. so the child will get confortable with me and if you are doing it in a studio, the child is given a tour.
Before meeting the client make sure your lighting is right, and your camera is set. Anytime you spend doing that is taking away from you 20 minutes shoot time.
You need an assistant. Parents are good for that sometimes but they can also be a distraction and they sometimes lose patients quicker then an assistant would.
Depending on their age you can put them up on something where their feet can not touch the ground. Mom standing close and your assistant behind you keeping their attention. It does not last long.
Also a piece of duck tape or double sticky tape in the palm of there hand will keep fingers out of there mouth and their hands together.
Lastly, you need patience, luck and lots of love of what you are doing. They only last about 20 minutes so shoot fast.
Hope this helps

7/17/2007 6:26:52 AM

 
Ruth S. Ueland

member since: 2/19/2007
  Thanks for all your ideas everyone!
They look like they may prove to be very helpful in my session!
Ruth

7/17/2007 8:25:29 AM

 
Dennis H. Hernet

member since: 2/14/2006
  I stumbled across something when attempting a family self portait, which included a wiggly one-year-old ... the blinking light on the timer totally fascinated him. I got four straight super photos (would have had five but dad blinked) and had the shoot done in two minutes.. Like the entertainment, my grandson found the blinking light on the Canon Rebel most entertaining.

7/17/2007 12:49:12 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/4/2004
  Ruth,
Please let me add there is a whole lot of these suggestions on the
Studio Photography Threads as well.
Here is part #1:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=17534

also, Blow just a few bubbles and act as if your eating them, this cracks them up!
as if using a posing table, I set a pooh bear there with them and tell pooh to sit still and have his picture taken as I walk away I turn and tap pooh head so he falls from the table.
Turning and skoolding pooh" bad bear now sit still and have your picture taken, sitting him on the edge again.
do this once or twice they are loving it!
How ever, you really need to be using a remote to expose the shot.
I do hope this helps,
Debby

7/17/2007 10:21:45 PM

 

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