Since I was naughty photographer and neglected my blog last year, I’m starting out strong this year by catching up on past sessions. Yay for procrastination (as I secretly hang my head in shame)! This session is close to my heart because it’s our super adorable, super energetic nephew. And when I say energetic, I’m talking whoa, where does all that energy come from?! With toddlers, the worst thing you can do is expect them to sit still and look at the camera. You just have to immerse yourself in their world for a while and document life as it happens naturally. I came prepared with baseballs and bubbles as well as great location to explore. I even took time out to chase him around through the tall, golden prairie grass, pop bubbles AND have a crazy fun grass throwing fight. You might be wondering how I have all of this energy? Simple-I don’t…I fake it. My heart was racing and I was huffing and puffing by the end of the session, but you know what? He had a blast, I got natural smiles and most importantly, my images were real. When I set out to photograph a child, I want to embrace their wonderful little personalities, and that includes moments of pouting, solitary faces, squealing with joy and everything that comes in between. Why do I always show a couple of images where little ones aren’t smiling? Because that’s part of who they are. Especially during the toddler years. It may be stressful to parents when a child is pouting during a photo-shoot, but I actually love it because I get to preserve that cute little angry face forever.