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50 Toddler Shots to Improve Your Family Photography

In the theatre you never want to work with children or animals; in photography it's a little different. Family photography is a very important part of many professional photographers skill sets. It's also quite a challenging thing to master.

With adults it's easy to tell them what you want them to do. They might not be great at taking direction, but with a bit of effort almost anyone can be made strike a respectable pose. Try convincing a six year old to "squinch".

The flipside of this is that good family photographs are, by their very nature, relatively unposed. To get a good shot of a toddler, you need to take it while they're relaxed, engaged or distracted.  

In order to provide some inspiration I've gathered 50 different portraits of toddlers. You'll be able to see all the different ways photographers have managed to capture stunning images of the most awkward of subjects. Enjoy!

toddler with dandelion via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
toddler legs via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
thejbird via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Bathroom reading via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Who dressed YOU? via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Light, God's eldest daughter via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Aah, lekker zonnetje! via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Forever blowing bubbles via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Engaged 
via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Lost in thought via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Jump via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Young toddler female girl playing in the sand in late evening light via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Erina-25 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Amanda Bowman via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Erina-35 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Amy Treasure via Unsplash. CC BY 2.0.
Aleksandar Popovski via Unsplash. CC BY 2.0.
Shannon Kelley via Unsplash. CC BY 2.0.
Danielle MacInnes via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Carolina Sanchez B via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Max Goncharov via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Gabby Orcutt via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Justin Peterson via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Marjorie Bertrand via Unsplash. Public Domain.
London Scout via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Annie Spratt via Unsplash. Public Domain.
Shoshana via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Toddler via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
More Hugs via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
June 02, 2013 - Adinda via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Toddler and his blankie via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Watching TV via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
sofia-5 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Bubble Bath Boy via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Working Lunch via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Cartoons Are On via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Surfin' Toddler via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Happy Luke via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Bubble Bath Boy via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Sunlight Hairlight via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Sweet Boy - Couch 1 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Family via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Michelle Waspe via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Little Boy in Blue via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Playing in the Sprinkler via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
At The Beach via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Playing in the Sand, 1957 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Lakefront - Sunset via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Chasing the Bubble via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Abigail Batchelder via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

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