As a Nashville, TN photographer, one thing I have experienced is how family-oriented people are in this city, which is one reason I love to photograph kids, despite the obvious challenges. There is just no telling what mood a toddler will be in during a kid or family photo shoot. My strategy: Work with the mood they bring and don't be in a rush to force them out of a bad one; go with the flow and prepare the parents before the day of the photo shoot. I explain to the parents my "strategy" and what to expect. I get details about their child's personality so I can be as prepared as possible. I let them know, no matter what, it’s going to all work out and that I will get some fabulous pictures of their precious ones! This usually puts the parents at ease before they arrive and consequently helps to put their little ones at ease too. It really is simple to get the best out of kids for a photo shoot, by not being in a rush, allowing them a lot more freedom, scouting out a safe open space for them to roam and implementing fun and interesting props. Also, I am always ready to snap pictures quickly since kids' attention can often turn on a dime - faster than my camera has time to focus. I don't want to miss some of their cutest looks that often only last for a second. Fortunately, I exercise often which is the only thing I can contribute to being able to keep up with a 2-year-old who's eager to explore during a kid's photography session.