We did our holiday photos this year at McCormick Stillman Railroad park. And let me just say, photoshoots with a toddler are not easy! Last year’s holiday photoshoot was an at-home lifestyle shoot, which didn’t go according to plan because the little one skipped his nap. Then again, does it ever go according to plan with these guys? Probably not. Family photos with a toddler are hard. But, that also kinda makes it fun and makes for some playful shots. I’m sharing a few tips for taking family photos with a toddler at the end of this post.
Family Photos with a Toddler
Pick a fun place. Sebastian is obsessed with trains so we headed to the train park where we could get lots of playful action shots. We got on the train, rode the merry-go-round and there was lots of park space, too. I was worried about heading to the desert or chasing him in a big vast field, and the train park had a good variety of places to take photos and for him to have fun, too.
Take your time. Getting a toddler to sit still is a nightmare. And while it’s good to pick a fun place, it also means their attention span is all over the place! Be patient, keep smiling and take your time.
Find a good photographer. This probably goes without saying but it’s great to pick a photographer who is kid-friendly and ready to chase them down and make them laugh.
Time it right. Last year, I specifically scheduled our shoot right after naptime. Unfortunately, it was one of those rare days where he tried to skip his nap entirely, which meant a totally cranky baby.
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I’m hardly an expert and am all ears for any of your best tips for taking family photos with a toddler! What are some of your favorite ways to wrangle these littles guys into sitting still for a few moments?