Taking Pictures of Toddlers and Young Children

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The attention span of young children is usually just a few minutes and typically that is our only window to get ALL those posed smiling pictures that we need. Here are four tips for Taking Pictures of Toddlers and Young Children.

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The first step to a successful photo session is choosing an adorable wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it definitely should be clean, the right size and put together nicely! Step it up from their everyday look. Wardrobe makes a huge difference!

Picture 1-choose a wardrobe


Next, choose a location and set the scene! Props are not necessary, but sometimes they help keep the children interested. It can be as simple as a necklace, a little suitcase, their favorite toy, book or even a flower! When choosing a scene, be creative and make it fun for your toddler.

Picture 2-Set the Scene


Let kids fall into their natural position. Trying to get them into specific poses is frustrating to them and usually turns out looking unnatural. Instead of over-posing children, let them be spontaneous and relaxed. Not only will they be a lot more happy to do what they want, but then you will get those adorable candid shots that truly show off their personality!

Picture 3-Let them be themselvesIMG_5683


Most children will say “cheese!” automatically when they see a camera, but the smiles the word “cheese!” produces are canned and unnatural. To get natural, beautiful smiles the kids need to be distracted from the camera. We have to be unpredictable.

They are expecting “cheese!” so instead tell them to say “pickles!” Tell them not to smile. Ask them to be silly and then be silly back. Give them a grumpy face and then scream. Be as silly as you can. Our goal is not to make them smile, but give them a reason to smile.

Picture 4- Don

xo, Kylee Maughan

Hi, I’m Kylee. I’m a full-time family and wedding photographer based out of Northern Utah. I am also full-time wife and mother of two, part-time cleaner and really part-time cook. My approach to photography is capturing and documenting families, brides, children and all people in natural, real-life ways. The pictures I cherish the most are the candid laughs, kids chasing each other around the room, real snuggles and genuine fun. I also love to teach, write and inspire. Follow along on my Blog, Facebook page, or Instagram. You can sign up for my course “Fab Families” here.


Are you interested in learning more about this subject? Be sure to check out these courses:

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Fab Families with Kylee Ann | Mastering Manual with Brooke Snow | Oh So Composed with Sarah Allred | All the Cool Kids with Jenny Gibson

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Kylee Maughan

Kylee Maughan


I was born and raised in the land of Evergreens, mild temperatures & rain. I am a Washington girl through and through living in hot and cold Cache Valley, Utah. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, majored in Family Life and loved every second!

Family and my faith are everything to me. My favorite things include chocolate, Netflix, deep fried sushi and Costa Vida.

When my husband and I were dating, I shared my dreams of becoming a photographer with him. Two months later, he sold his Xbox and bought me my very first real DSLR camera for Valentine’s Day and thus begun Kylee Ann Photography. I was completely clueless and inexperienced, but I NEVER stopped dreaming. I specialize in a photojournalistic style of shooting. My goal in every session is to capture love in natural, real-life ways. The pictures I cherish the most are the candid laughs, kids chasing each other and other genuine fun. I also love to teach! Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to be an educator online and in-person – teaching several courses, setting up workshops, mentoring sessions, organizing local clubs and writing for national blogs.
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