Raise your hand if trying to take a photo of your toddler makes you want to pull out your hair. ✋

Why yes, I did raise my hand. Taking photos of your toddler is immensely easier for me than taking photos of my own. And I’ll be honest. When I get a great photo of my own kids, it’s like I can hear a choir of angels singing just for me. But my boys are crazy and don’t ever sit still. Unless they have food. And even then it’s only sometimes.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who has a quiet 2 year old. If so, you are extremely blessed and should thank your lucky stars. Also, I might hate you just a tiny bit.

3 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Photographing your Toddler

If you have a rambunctious toddler like I do, take comfort in knowing that all hope is not lost! It is possible to get a good photo. Even on your phone!

Don’t try to force them to sit still.

Telling Jensen to sit still does not work. He’ll defiantly say “bye” and walk away. Little stinker. But toddlers weren’t made to sit still and trying to force them to do so for a photo will almost always end in frustration.

Toddler boy with balloon and toy truck in blue overalls.

Give them something to do.

The best photos I have of both of my kids are when they’re doing something. Running. Playing with toys. Holding a balloon. When you give a toddler something to do, they may not sit and say cheese, but they’ll often be still long enough for you to get that coveted photo.

Toddler boy in shawl collar sweater outdoors picking flowers and pushing a toy lawn mower.

Embrace the chaos.

I’m pretty sure that the word “toddler” is a synonym for “chaos.” Embrace it! I know that’s often easier said than done, but you will be a lot calmer if you can just let go of the expected perfection you find all over Pinterest and Instagram.

Close up photo of 2 year old boy wearing a gray shawl collar sweater.

Yes, sometimes that means you will get 20+ photos of a blur that slightly resembles your child. But just think. If this were 30 years ago, you would only bring out your camera on Christmas, birthdays, and vacations because you wouldn’t want to waste a single of those 24 precious photos on that film. How lucky are we that we can take photos of our kids to our heart’s content?

Did you find these tips helpful? Any tips of your own for photographing that fast and furious age? Let me know in the comments!

PS - Did I mention that I’m better at taking photos of your toddler than of my own? If you’re ready to leave the picture taking to the professionals, send me a message so we can discuss your photography needs!

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