20 minute photo shoot? Impossible!
I actually told them it would be no more than 30 minutes. A formal family photo session with a two-year old is impossible I told both parents. They didn't have to be reminded of their little boy with boundless energy! I suggested a fun area (around a fountain) and we would go for action shots. Go with the flow. My fallback plan was to get dad to give a horsey-back ride and mom close by to get the group shot. A pocket full of candy was on standby. We all agreed early in the day when they were well rested would be the best.
And that's how you have to be when working with young families with children under the age of 4. Tell them your plan of action, what you are looking to get and let mom know that it revolves around what the little one is in the mood for. And nothing more that 30 minutes! The parents are already stressing and wondering if the little one will behave. And make sure to tell mom that everything will turn out ok.
In the end of this session, a formal shot was actually achieved, only because the little one decided to take a rest and watch the men across the street mow the lawn. I had exactly 30 seconds to get this shot in before the young one got bored and wanted to go exploring again.
The impossible did happen! I looked at my watch and we were finished in 20 minutes...
Enjoy your week!
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