This week I had a session with a two year-old. It went just the way I expected. I don't think two year-olds are bad. They are usually active, inquisitive and not at all interested in sitting still.
It's a challenge, but one that I readily accept. My goal is to build a rapport with the child so they feel comfortable in this new environment, where they have never been before. This particular little girl responded to me singing happy birthday.
She wasn't comfortable in the studio, so we went outside where she was much happier and began to warm up to me.
In the end, it all worked out (it usually does). But it is an exercise in patience. If you are trying to photograph a toddler, you must give them the freedom to move about. Watch and observe, but be ready with split-second timing where they may pause and give a cute look. My best advice for children is to never, never, never ask a kid to "say cheese".