Mothers of toddlers often ask me how I get them to sit still. Well, the truth is, I don’t!
Not even close in fact.
If you are, or have been, a mother of a toddler, you know that they:
know what they want,
will ask “Why?!” a million times a day, and
very rarely ever sit still!
Now, there are exceptions to every rule, but 9 times out of 10, getting any child to sit still is no small feat.
So when I told Sophie (my very beloved 3 year old) I want to take a photo of her, I got told all the poses she wanted to have her photo taken in, then there were a million and one questions as to why I wanted to take a photo.
It took everything in my Mummy bag of tricks, including “Granny will really like to have a nice photo of you!” to get her to sit still and smile.
I only got 3 clicks of the camera done before she wanted to get up and see the photos!
Don’t get me wrong, I have the perfect montage of photos in the strangest of poses, and as her mum it will be a lovely memory I will have of her.
So, back to the question what are the tricks to getting the kids to sit still? I have had a few different mums pull out some pretty interesting ones.
Here are the top three…
Making the Photographer a Superstar
This one was super sweet and worked really well.
The wonderful mum for the week leading up to her shoot had been telling her kids all about this really amazing lady called Diana, she did magic, and she could make really amazing photos like no one else could!
She even showed the kids this website, and made a game of checking my Facebook page to see what I was up to and what magical images I had made that day!
The day before their shoot she set an art task of making a picture for me, showing me what kind of photo they would like me to make. She explained how if they did everything Diana said, maybe and only if they were really good, would I make a magical photo of them.
Not knowing any of this was happening, I had three super quiet, super amazed kids come and meet me. They showed me their pictures, I showed them mine (my portfolio).
They were perfect and the oldest (7 years old) kept his sisters in line, because he wanted his magical image.
Afterwards, I found out what this very insightful mum had done. I felt so amazed, and told her to tell all her friends to do the same.
“Come on, man, you can do it harder than that!”
Every kid’s favourite: how red can you make the photographer’s hand go?
The more you egg them on the better the smiles get. When I meet a new little person, high five are the hand shack of the kid world. And they get a high five for everything they do right.
C: What do you want to do?
The best one and the one that works the best so far, when you have a little person who can understand and talk back to you, the simple question of what do you want to do, how do you want me to take your photo. Getting down on their level and listening and doing it can rep the best results.
Now do all of that while the lights are just perfect, the Camera is ready with all the right settings, and of course a little bit of magic and BOOM, Magic is what I do….LOVE MY VOCATION!!