With a toddler at home, you can most likely find me discovering new spots to baby proof throughout the home. From outlets to cords, corners to steps, you name it, my son is all about discovering what, why, and how it works. His curious nature keeps him on the move and on-the-go at all times. After setting him by his toy box, he’s across the room (and maybe in the other side of the house) within seconds.
Thankfully, when it comes to photography, I’m all about the perfectly imperfect. A photo album full of toothy grins is definitely cute. However, there are so many other sides, emotions, and characteristics of a toddler that should be captured on film and cherished forever. These moments go by so quickly. It truly is amazing to see and experience how fast a child grows, learns, adapts, and experiments.
Instead of waiting for the moments when your toddler is full of smiles, I want to encourage you to embrace the everyday moments. Those moments are full of your toddler’s personality. Those moments are full of your home life. Those moments are full of the emotions and memories that you never want to forget.
Take for example the photo above. My husband loves to hoist our son into the air. My son will kneel on my husband’s chest and bounce up and down until my husband grabs him on his sides and throws him up in the air. The laughter that comes out of my son is priceless. To see my husband interact with our son makes me fall in love with him all over again. One morning, while they were doing this activity, I grabbed my camera and captured the moment on film.
5 Tips for Photographing Toddlers
1.) Have a camera ready.
2.) Embrace the perfectly imperfect moments.
3.) Stop waiting for a smile.
4.) Capture the everyday moments.
5.) Enjoy the everyday moments.
What’s your favorite tip for capturing everyday toddler moments?