The trick to a walking 1 year old

Trying to get a walking one year old to stay in one spot is almost impossible.  I photographed 2 one year olds in the last couple of weeks.  It is probably one of the most difficult ages to capture.  You need a sharp fast lens and a few tricks up your sleeve.

I actually got this little guy to stand and then sit in one spot for at least 5 minutes.  Mom left the room so he couldn’t see her.  One year old’s understand what you tell them, they just don’t usually want to listen to you.  The trick with this age is to confuse the heck out of them!  Change up your voice tone constantly.  Make happy sounds, then sad sounds and just keep doing it.  They become so confused that they kind of freeze up.

I got this trick from a photographer’s online course recently and it actually worked with this dude!



  • March 16, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Kaley - Loving your recent work Emily! Beautiful! 🙂 (& thanks for sharing the tip!)ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Heidi Sue - Cuties! Adrian is telling me, "get another Bentwee now, kay?"ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    Sara - haha…love it!! – 'just confuse the heck out of them!' – but i can see how that would work. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Kaitlin - holy smokes I barely even recognized the kid in the top picture, he's getting so big! SO cute!ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Natalie Carolyn - i have still yet to use that trick!!… did you learn it from the sandy puc workshop on creative live, thats where i got the idea from!! 🙂 cute pictures!ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    ~ Jennifer J. - I just want to squeeze him, he's so darn cute!

    ~ JReplyCancel

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