We live in an Instagram world, which means every photo you snap and share to social media has to be pretty close to perfect. But when the subject of your photo is a temperamental toddler, taking that "perfect" photo requires more effort than finding the right light. You want the shot to be beautiful and your child to be happy (and, ideally, avoid any temper tantrums along the way.) That's why it's important for you to have some photo taking tips for parents in your belt.
Even if you decide to pay a professional photographer to take your child's photo, these tips as good to have on hand. After all, the last thing you want is to waste your money on a meltdown in the studio. "If you tell a lot of kids, especially under the age of three, 'I want to take your picture' or 'lets go do a photoshoot', they don’t really want to do that," Laura Gehring, an on-site photographer for online retailer zulily, tells Romper. As part of her job, Gehring works with children on a daily basis. Sometimes she works with more professional kids, like Instagram stars Ava and Everleigh. (Just check out the work she did on their BoHo Chic shopping shoot.)But she mainly photographs children who don't spend their lives in front of the camera. By developing some tricks over the year, Gehring has perfected the art of photographing children, as well as making the experience enjoyable for everyone involved.
"At the end of the day, at least for me and for the studio team, really creating an incredible model experience for every day people," Gehring says. So how does she keep kids of all ages smiling through hour-long shoots? Here are some of Gehring's photo taking tips that all parents should utilize during their next photo session.