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Heather House
 

Toddler Photos


I have been asked to take photos in an outdoor setting for their 2-year-old son. Does anyone have any suggestions for toddler shots?


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6/12/2008 7:05:16 AM

 
W.   
"Does anyone have any suggestions for toddler shots?"

Sure, Heather: type 'toddler' in the search box, hit Enter, and read up on the subject.

Have fun!


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6/12/2008 8:22:22 AM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/30/2007
  Heather-
I'm fairly new at "taking" pictures, but the more I take of my just turned 3-year-old son, the more I want to take!! Kids are so much fun. Go to a nice park and just let the child be themselves. Kids are unpredictable ... that's what is so fun about them and why you can really get some amazing shots. Especially around the age of two, their facial expressions are endless, and you never know what your going to get from them.
I have some photos in my gallery if you want to take a look. Nothing too spectacular - still learning my camera. Play around! It'll be so much fun!! :)
Good luck!!


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6/12/2008 9:41:29 AM

 
Kathryn Love
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
  I have 3 grandsons ages 3, 2, and 1. I find that always keeping the camera in my hand or very close is best. And sometimes, it's click, click, click, click ... there are always some goods shots after filling the card :) Posing them is a pain, so spontaneous and candid shots seem to prevail.


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6/12/2008 1:03:17 PM

 
A C
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  Make sure you talk with the parents and have this scheduled for a time of day when the little guy is happy. My toddlers were usually better in the morning rather than evening (unless it was after a nap). If you do some posed shots, make sure to get some of those candid shots in as well. With young children, I get better results and more cooperation if I'm willing to let them choose some of their own poses.
Also, to get the kids warmed up, I sometimes let them take a picture with my camera. I keep the strap on my neck and all ... I just let them look through the viewfinder and push the button. At 2, he may or may not be a bit young; I did this with a 2-year-old a few weeks ago and it really helped break the ice!!!
Make sure Mom and Dad are dressed for the occasion. I know this photo shoot is all about the toddler, but when young children are fussy, they ease up when Mom or Dad holds them. Parents often like these shots a ton because they show that special bond they have with their child (last time I did pics of just the child, Mom wasn't dressed up or with makeup .... one of the larger prints she wanted was the pic with her and son ... I had to do more touch-up work in Photoshop, because she wasn't ready).


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6/12/2008 6:05:01 PM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/30/2007
  Great shots Cherylann! You just gave me a ton of ideas. Looks like you've captured kids in their so called "element" posed or not it looks like it's about the "child" not the picture.

You're great inspiration! I'm leaning to child photography.


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6/12/2008 8:23:40 PM

 
Heather House   I really appreciate everyone's responses! Wow! This information will help a lot. Thanks so much!


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6/13/2008 6:24:22 AM

 
Dennis H. Hernet   And don't forget to use a lot of "reverse psychology" if you want kids to do what you want them to do. Kids will NEVER do what an adult wants, especially during a photo session so just tell them "not to look at the baby" or "don't blow out the candles" and you'll end up with some great shots ... almost guaranteed. And like previous message ... never put the camera down, always stay alert.


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6/17/2008 7:50:34 AM

 
Susan J. Feulner
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  Little ones like to smell the flowers once you have shown them how. And it makes adorable pictures.


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6/17/2008 4:51:59 PM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
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here's a few that I did of the six month old I was talking about. He was sooo much fun!! Captured the drool and snot nose!


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6/17/2008 8:17:31 PM

 
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here's a few that I did of the six month old I was talking about. He was sooo much fun!! Captured the drool and snot nose!


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6/17/2008 8:23:30 PM

 
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As they say: a face only a mother could love...


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6/18/2008 2:12:57 AM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
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  YOU'RE VERY RUDE!! WE COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT YOUR KIDS LOOK LIKE!! :(


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6/18/2008 6:32:42 AM

 
Danea Burleson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/30/2002
  New to posting on the boards and had a couple of comments. To the original poster. Just click away. Remember to get down to their level. Try different angles, above, level, below. Angle your camera for different perspectives. You are bound to get a few great shots!

Mandi your son is adorable! Fun shots too!

As for the w.smith...I have been reading through the forums and noting his comments. It was obvious he had an attitude and then I came upon this and was completely disgusted at his above comment. Not sure how he's getting away with being such a jerk on these forums but he's definitely one to ignore...or report.


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6/22/2008 12:30:48 PM

 

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  W may have an attitude, but he does chim in with some good information at times. If you cut through the static, you may find the results. As for shooting toddlers, keep your camera at the ready. I am supposing that you are going to a park. just be ready for the great frames. IA child in their own element is a wealth of the best photography. Relax and have fun.


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6/23/2008 5:42:00 PM

 
W.   
"YOU'RE VERY RUDE!! WE COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT YOUR KIDS LOOK LIKE!!"

Oh, and shouting at the top of your lungs and posting disgusting details like "Captured the drool and snot nose!" is not?

LOL!


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6/24/2008 12:00:27 PM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/30/2007
  I guess your right. No need to argue with your ignorance is there?? Maybe if you had kids you'd know that, that is in fact part of their nature.

Maybe the lord did ALL of us a favor and didn't let you reproduce!! We can only HOPE!!!
LOL!!!


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6/24/2008 1:59:32 PM

 
W.   
Wrong again, dear. You can also pray. Seeing as you think you have friends in high places.

But FYI: this board is about photography. Not about kids or oversensitive egos. Please stay on topic.

Relax, and have some fun with our common interest: photography. Isn't that why you came here?


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6/24/2008 2:25:03 PM

 
Mandi M. Wiltse
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/30/2007
  maybe you should listen to your own advice.

I posted some photos of a child and you in turn said nothing about the nature of the photos regarding photography. Instead you posted one of your usual "sarcastic" remarks which you are oh so well known for on here. Needless to say picked on an innocent child!

So when you can start giving some constructive criticsm, I'd gladly be willing to take it as a grain of salt.

I'm relaxed. I just wish you'd take some time to think about the things you post. Unless it is your intention to post hurtful things??


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6/24/2008 3:01:54 PM

 
Danea Burleson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/30/2002
  "Wrong again, dear. You can also pray. Seeing as you think you have friends in high places.

But FYI: this board is about photography. Not about kids or oversensitive egos. Please stay on topic.

Relax, and have some fun with our common interest: photography. Isn't that why you came here?"


LOL.

Mandi, he really doesn't get it. He's just trying to push your buttons. This thread actually WAS about kids and you posted in response. I agree that he has a lack of knowledge, most of his responses are of the "search it yourself" nature.

It would be a much more fun a place, without people like this but it looks like we don't have much of a choice were he is concerned. It's just to bad there wasn't an ignore user button as there are on other forums..haha.


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6/24/2008 3:28:47 PM

 
W.   
Relax your gluteus maximus, dear.


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6/24/2008 3:29:47 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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And I got an email about the other thread?


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6/24/2008 9:10:36 PM

 
W.   
If you say so.
What email? What other thread?


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6/24/2008 9:37:43 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  The flash bracket/concert photos thread where I made the joke about English people being grumpy.


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6/24/2008 10:10:19 PM

 
W.   
Seems mothers and grandmothers qualify too, doesn't it?

LOL!


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6/25/2008 3:10:27 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  You know you would've liked that baby if it looked like Winston Churchill.


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6/25/2008 10:31:05 AM

 
W.   
Sadist!
Baby's aren't supposed to smoke cigars!


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6/25/2008 11:07:25 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
There is a lot of info on childrens photography here, try reading
"The Studio Photography Threads"
I'm sure you get a LOT out of them
1-23 parts.
Here is part #1
PART1:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=17534

as you move into the other threads you will see discussions on Posing all age groups,templets, doing business and starting a studio.
I had people asking for this info so I created CDs as well to help, you can see them on Ebay or by emailing me.

I hope this helps,
Debby TAbb


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6/27/2008 10:34:41 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  There is a lot of info on childrens photography here, try reading
"The Studio Photography Threads"
I'm sure you get a LOT out of them
1-23 parts.
Here is part #1
PART1:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=17534

as you move into the other threads you will see discussions on Posing all age groups,templets, doing business and starting a studio.
I had people asking for this info so I created CDs as well to help, you can see them on Ebay or by emailing me.

I hope this helps,
Debby TAbb


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6/27/2008 10:35:44 AM

 
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