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We all know how difficult it is to take pictures of our busy toddlers and preschoolers. Imagine my surprise, when attempting to take a picture of my son and his two cousins, all of which were almost 3 at the time, I said ‘look at the birdie' and they all froze and looked up.
It was just then that I realized how important props were when taking pictures of toddlers and preschoolers. I decided to start teaching my son to pose for pictures during a time when it is fun for him, using one of his bath toys and the gorgeous light from the window.
He was loving this new way of saying ‘cheese' and was willing to pose for me to get around 30 great shots!
In fact, by the time we were almost done with teaching him how to pose for pictures, he was giggling with delight!
He loved posing for pictures so much that he had to come downstairs and demonstrate this new talent to the rest of the family. Now, at 3 1/2, he loves to be the subject of my photo shoots and he does an excellent job.
If you have a family portrait time coming up, I would take some time and teach your toddlers and preschoolers to pose for pictures.
Here is how you teach toddlers and preschoolers to pose for pictures:
- Use a prop that they will enjoy. You may want to use one that makes sounds or is one of their favorite ones.
- Have an assistant or use a tripod, so you hands are free to move around
- Explain to them that they are to follow this toy with their face, not just the eyes (like in the last photo in this post), for a natural pose.
- Have fun and make them laugh!
- Practice it several times leading up to the photo shoot and be sure to bring that special toy!
- Praise them for a great job and if you can, show them the photos! Kids love to see themselves in pictures