A general rule for me and baby/toddler photography has to do with speed – I find that doing shoots quickly makes it easier on everybody. I don’t think children enjoy having someone follow them around with a camera for hours at a time – be you the parent or the photographer. So I like to get in and get out, and do a lot of different kinds of pictures in a short period of time.
It is important to break your own rules sometimes, though – because slowing down and letting everybody get quiet can sometimes allow the most beautiful, sweet moments to occur. And really, it’s not me making decisions about how photoshoots progress – it’s the tiny subjects who make all the real decisions. And that’s a good thing.