I’ve said it before; one of the best things about being a photographer is watching children grow and families evolve.  You might recognize these guys from the slideshow at the top of the page… minus one!  If it wasn’t difficult enough to photograph two large energetic dogs, how about we add in an 18-month old who doesn’t want to be picked up?  Excellent!  Good thing I spent the last 10 years practicing, so I know if you can’t place the child physically in the photo, you can always do it through composition!  Here’s my favorite from the session…  I love everyone in this photograph!

Depth of field makes difficult family portrait a reality!

Depth of field makes difficult family portrait a reality!

Toddlers are challenging if you don’t know the tricks, but I know most of them and we had a blast playing in the park.  18 months is a great age because language is within reach, children this age are often able to understand what you’re saying and participate in the games you propose like pulling their stuffed bunny in the wagon.  Which, by the way, is a very grown-up and exciting task to be given!  I find that little ones who feel grown up give the best smiles.  Too bad it isn’t this easy with adults!

On-the-go portrait of this adorable toddler!

On-the-go portrait of this adorable toddler!

Do you have a little ball of energy who you just can’t seem to take a good photo of? Have you been fretting over what to get grandma and grandpa for holiday gifts, and wishing you could just get ONE good shot of your little one to frame for them? Or maybe they’d like a story book that features your family. Don’t worry – I still have some availability before the holidays, but it’s filling up fast!

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