being genuine.

i am not a fiction writer. i am not a fiction photographer. there is no "faking it" with an almost two year old. there is no such thing as reason or bribery or really even instructing them in how to pose.

because almost two year olds (and babies and toddlers and children alike) are always, with no exception, exactly who they are - all the time.

they're honest and genuine and pure. when they're happy, they're laughing and smiling ... and when they're not, that adorably pitiful pouty lip pops out and you know exactly how they're feeling in that moment.

so even though they make us work SO incredibly hard for "the shot", when we get, it's that much sweeter and oh so rewarding.