Blurry Toddler Syndrome-Contemporary Portrait Photographer-Melody Moore Photography

What do you do when you have a toddler that has just learned to walk and will not stay still, even for a second, to get a picture of them? More than likely all the pictures turn out  blurry and most of them are of the back of her head.  This is so frustrating and if you have ever tried to take a picture of a toddler, you have had this experience.  Here are a few tricks to help with the blurry toddler syndrome!

Put your camera on the sport setting or high speed continuous shooting (most phones have this now), get some exercise and run out ahead of your toddler, turn around, and start shooting!

Bubbles are always a great way to get them to stay in one general area.

Sit your toddler down on something or someone!

If you want a shot of your toddler with other people and she doesn’t want to be held, have them walk or stand behind her.

My favorite trick- tell them that there is a monkey or some other animal in the lens and they have to look right in the lens to see the monkey.

Finally!  Your toddler is pooped and you can hold them!

Thanks for reading and I hope these tips are helpful!



Maternity Studio Session-NYC/NJ Contemporary Portrait Photographer-Melody Moore Photography

This session took place on a rainy cold day of winter and we were all so happy to be able to stay in the comfortable, dry studio!

Big Brother wasn’t too interested in standing still for photos but we won him over with a fortune cookie, a stool and some building blocks!

The little man was so excited to stand on the stool that he spent lots of time hugging and kissing Mommies belly.

Capturing Mom and baby bump by themselves is a must!  It is very important to make sure your client is comfortable during these sessions.  Feet are often swollen which makes standing for a long period of time less than ideal.  Make sure to offer snacks and plenty of water to your client as well as a chance to get off their feet often.

I love to capture Dad talking or singing to the baby belly and just love this image of big brother unwrapping the present!

Tips for Toddler Photography/Melody Moore Photography-NYC/NJ Contemporary Portrait Photographer

This session was taken at the amazing New York Botanical Gardens in The Bronx. This was done in the terrible cold of winter but you would never know! NYBG has a fantastic indoor Conervatory that we were able to take advantage of, as there were no big shows or events going on. What a joy to see little Anna experiencing all the beautiful plants and atmospheres (jungle, desert, etc.). I thought I would include a few tips in this post for photographing your very active toddlers that I used during this session.

1. I introduced the camera to Anna and told her that a monkey lived in the lens. 🙂 This works for almost any animal and told her she had to look right in the lens to see it. This will work for at least a few shots.

2. Setting-I love choosing parks and outdoor areas for little ones to EXPLORE and capture them having these experiences.

3. I used a lot of different angles. Above, side, on her level…just run around them and capture as many images as you can. YAY for digital cameras!

4. Noises/Squeaky toys. I have a wonderful squeaky penguin that I can hold in my hand along with holding my camera at the same time. This will only work for a while before they become “immune” to the noise.

5. For family pictures it is best for the parents to get on the toddlers level or for the parents to hold the toddler. A great trick is to have the parent tickle the toddler just a little bit to get those great fun smiles.

6. Instead of saying cheese, ask them what their favorite food is, or silly word. Saying PIZZA or MONKEY is a little more fun and honest than just getting them to say cheese.

Toddler photography can be exhausting but it is beyond rewarding. There is nothing better than capturing true discovery and honesty. Toddlers don’t know any other way to be and it is a beautiful thing.
I have MANY more tricks up my sleeves for toddler photography and will be posting them in the coming weeks.

Quinn, Laura and Eric—NYC Contemporary Portait Photographer

Wow!  This family is crazy talented.  Mom is a ballet dancer that was just starting rehearsals for An American in Paris, Dad is a ballet dancer for the Met and toddler Quinn, who had just turned 1, had booked a few print ads himself!  They are truly a beautiful family, both inside and out.  It was a beautiful sunny and WINDY day in Inwood.  The leaves were perfect and they were all great sports about the breezy weather.   A few of the shots were taken with Quinn standing on top of a very special rock that marks the spot where Manhattan was bought by Peter Minuit in 1626 with trinkets and beads!  How cool is that!

Finn is 1!-NYC/NJ Contemporary Portrait Photographer

I can’t believe Finn is already 1!  I started capturing his beautiful smiley face when he was 3 Months old.  We had a great time with Finn and his parents at The Highline Park and Billy’s Bakery.  This was a joint shoot with Andrew Fritz, whom I started BarryMoore Photography with.  We are teaming up to start a branch of BarryMoore that will be dedicated to contemporary lifestyle family/baby/newborn photography.  We are excited start this new adventure together in the Spring!   I think we may end all of our shoots at a bakery.  🙂

The Twins are 2! | NYC/NJ Lifestyle and Contemporary Portrait Photographer

I first got to know the twins Mom by shooting actor head shots for her.  She was a gorgeous red head and was just one of the nicest and most photogenic people I had ever shot.  A few years later she asked me to shoot her wedding!  I was just delving into wedding photography and had another wedding scheduled for the day before hers, so I happily accepted the challenge.  My first two weddings back to back!   They were such a beautiful couple and their families were just amazing as well.  Mom became pregnant with twins soon after and I was so honored to have my first maternity session with her and have since had the pleasure and joy of capturing the first two years of the twins’s life.  This is their most recent session.  2 years old already!  We started out in Madison Square Park and then literally had to run back home because of a huge storm blowing in.  Grandparents and some Aunts and Uncles were there and we shot the twins and family doing what they do best…being an amazingly loving family.  I am so lucky!!