Because I am a videographer, people often ask me if I do photography as well. My answer is I do, but not professionally. Most people seem shocked, but what they don’t realize is that although a lot of the framing techniques and principles behind the two are the same, the overall goal is very different. Video is all about using movement across the screen to tell a story, and photography is about freezing movement to tell a story.
As a mom, I quickly found that the hardest moments to freeze
are of a busy toddler! When I do capture them though, they are some of my favorite photos of all time! I’ve tried a lot of different things to get good pictures of mr. busy body, and I feel like I’ve got it down to a science now so here it is!
1. Give him something to sit on. If I can coax my busy toddler to sit on something, it is way more likely that he’ll stay still long enough for me to snap a non-blurry photo. I use this green couch a lot because it is just his size. If he does happen to stand up, he at least stays near the couch allowing me to have a clean background.
2. Give him something to hold. Before he could walk I had him hold onto this walker because he loved it and give smiles all day! Even now that he can walk though, I’ve found that if he has some sort toy or object in his hands he stays a lot more stationary, stays happy longer, and makes cuter face expressions.
3. Give him someone else to look at. If you’re trying to do a planned photo shoot, always bring along someone else. The other person can try to coax a smile out of your child while you focus on getting the picture. It also helps if your toddler takes off running, he’ll usually run to the other person, and you’ll be able to predict his movements. If you’re just snapping photos with your phone and you’re by yourself, sometimes it also works to point to something else instead of yourself. I often tell my toddler to look at passing cars because he’s much more interested in those then the back of my phone.
It’s still going to take patience and time but if you follow these tips I know you’ll get some good photos!! XOXO