Once your little one becomes mobile, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep them still long enough to snap a good photo. And anyone who has ever been a parent of a two-year old knows just how moody they can be. But, you CAN get a good photograph. Really. Just be thankful we are now in the digital age. I used to burn through film so fast. Ritz Camera and I had a very close relationship - I was in there all the time with new film to develop. Now, thanks to digital cameras, we can instantly see how the photo turns out.
Ok - let's get back to the topic at hand: Just how do you pose a toddler and get them to stay put? One good trick is to confine them. If you're at the park, put them in a tree (have someone else stand nearby!!!). Another good tip is to distract them - a fountain, a garden, even a little potato bug can keep their attention long enough to snap a gorgeous photo. Steps are another great place to photograph - whether you're indoors or out. A toddler-sized chair is also good to have on hand. Large chairs work, too. Just remember - wherever you put the child, ALWAYS have someone near them. Accidents happen, but it's better to be prepared beforehand. Distract them with a game of peek-a-boo, sing a song, play music that they know and enjoy. Make it a fun experience for them, and you'll love the results. And, above all... BE PATIENT. If now isn't a good time, try again later. Forcing a toddler to sit still for pictures is only going to make them act worse.
Also, remember what I said before about photographing toddlers: Let them have fun. Photos don't always have to be completely posed to be fabulous!
And keep that tickle stick on hand. You'll be glad you did!