When someone calls and says, “I’d like you to shoot my two year old,” We can respond with complete honesty when we say, “I understand. We all have those days… How about we photograph him instead?”
Just as it is a challenging age to parent, it’s a tricky age to work with from the perspective of a photographer. Combine fearless curiosity with massive amounts of energy, budding independence and the attention span of a gnat, and you have a recipe for total unpredictability.
What you get is often a child who refuses to take any sort of direction, has no interest in sitting still and has far better things in mind than whatever it is *you’d* like him to be doing at the moment. Bribery can help, though it is usually short-lived, which leaves you with one option: let the child lead.
At this age, we like to take them to a great park with plenty to explore. Let them run, climb, dig and tell us all about their discoveries. We capture who they are in that moment.
A two year old is not a clean and proper, well-behaved little puppet. He is a lively and mischievous breed and in this particular case, ALL boy!