Okay so MAYBE I didn’t get these in 90 seconds 🙂 These particular images actually span 4 minutes, but I shot this activity 3 different times across a ten minute period. For a toddler that’s the same thing, right?
I also don’t claim to have been genius enough to create this activity. I was looking on the Light Inspired Forum earlier this week and Brittany Putnam posted her work from this blog post. I have done something similar but never to get more than 5 or 6 images at once or for a set period of time. I just love capturing the facial expressions that are SO Chloe. In the last week I have seen a few of these “90 second shoots” on Facebook or Flickr with seniors so I decided to do one Toddler style. I don’t really need to tell you that doing this with a toddler is vastly different than doing it with a Teen/Adult, right? Here is what it took to get these shots.
I bribed her with 2 bags of fruit snacks.
I tickled her face repeatedly with a llama llama.
I made the MOST ridiculous faces from behind my camera (I was cracking up too).
I had to keep reminding her to sit by the window for the “good” light.
Well on second thought maybe doing one of these with a toddler is NOT so different! I am pretty sure I will be trying this out on my next client shoot. Any custom school photographers use this concept?
My tips for doing this with a toddler:
- find a really good light source and a “clean” background
- give them a chair to sit in or mark a spot on the floor for them to sit/stand on
- come prepared with bribes (nothing makes her eyes light up like fruit snacks)
- do silly things to make them giggle so you get some authentic expressions (and maybe ONE cheesy smile)
Are you intrigued? Try it out yourself and see what you get. I know I may make this a monthly challenge because how awesome would it be to have a collection across an entire year 🙂
My friend Kayla Maltese did a 90 second challenge with her son, check it out!