Tip: I always bring toys.. The easiest pose for us to photograph are walking shots. One of her favorite things to do is run after the ball so I always bring a small ball to throw in the direction that we’re walking. You can see in the photo below the yellow ball i’m holding in my right hand. Other toys I have shot with include anything with wheels where she can pull along while walking.
Tip: I make sure I have some sweet snacks on hand for bribery.. yes, I bride my daughter for smiles! One time I even had a popsicle in my handbag! Another bribing trick that totally works with Rylie is when I bring up the “D” word… Disneyland.. She goes all kinds of happy crazy and it makes it easy to photograph her when she’s excited about something.
Tip: When I need Rylie to stand or sit still I always ask her to sing a song or recite her alphabets – homegirl loves to show off!
Tip: I give her breaks to run around and do whatever she wants.. That’s when hubby and I shoot my detail or single shots. I also never take more than 5 minutes to shoot with her.. Her attention span and patience is short so I try to keep our time in front of the camera to less than 5 minutes.
Tip: Overall, just have fun! I do my best to bring everything down to her level and make the environment as happy as possible. She knows when I’m frustrated and disappointed with whatever it is that’s bothering me – lighting, angles you name it… But, when I’m cheerful and happy, she’s also cheerful, happy and willing to pose with mommy.