Looking at this photo, you may be wondering how on earth did I get three little toddlers to pose for me like this. Simple! I talk to my clients about their children’s likes. It makes such a difference to go in to a photo session prepared in this way. Knowing what a child likes makes it much easier to get their attention for those images where you want a specific posed look. Having all the adults around shouting at the child to look at the camera only makes them stressed and looking a the adults, not the camera. I prefer to naturally get their attention with something they personally like to see. There is a very short window where you can get a child to look. After that is burned out, it’s on to candids. In this photo shoot posted above, at their age, they were getting into videos. I held my ipad below the strobe light to get all three to look where I wanted. It took very few takes to achieve the look I wanted. By spending a few minutes discussing your children’s likes can save a lot of time, shouting and stress at the photo session.