I am not the most patient person. It isn’t something I am proud of. This weekend, I almost fell to my knees I was so impressed with the patience of a local photographer.
We took our daughter to get her one year pictures taken. Sure she’s almost 14 months but like the photographer said, technically she’s a year old for a whole year.
Our daughter has been quite mobile on her feet since about 10 months so keeping her still in one place for more than three seconds is challenging. Keeping her still to get a good photo of her turned out to be almost impossible.
She checked out the camera. She explored behind the background. She wandered out to the mirror in the lobby and gave herself a kiss. Anything but sit still.
While the husband and I were exasperated and questioning our decision to get her pictures done, the photographer patiently waited for our daughter to come back and sit, even for a split second. After awhile, the whole scene just became comical: Mom and dad chasing down baby while the photographer tried everything to keep her entertained and in one spot.
We weren’t the only ones. A little boy in another studio sounded like he was not having a good time, crying for most of it. I was happy our daughter decided against a complete meltdown.
In the end, we got some great photos, thanks to a patient photographer who wasn’t willing to give up even when I was.
She did tell me, however, the worst age is about 18 months. I think we might skip it.
Do you have an tricks to keeping your kid still during photos?