I, like many of us I should think, take the odd photography gig for friends. Last year I photographed a two-year old birthday party, and they asked me back to do the same this year. Last year I had my trusty Nikon, but this year I have moved to M43 and no longer have the DSLR and its amazing focus tracking. I have heard many times that M43 is no good for small lively children, but by adapting my shooting style I managed to produce a portfolio of c.60 good images for my friends documenting the afternoon. When I arrived I feared the worst - the party was held in a big church hall with a very high ceiling. There was no way I could make bounce flash work, which was my initial plan. Plus the parents had rented a boat load of soft-play toys: ball pools, crawl tunnels, slides, scooters and pedal cars - and had plenty of food to keep the kids' energy levels up for the duration. Hyperactive kids, crazy bouncing toys, and me relying on ambient light and the Olympus C-AF modes. I wasn't hopeful. I set up my EM-1 to shoot fine jpg, with the portrait pre-set style, to minimise post processing. I wanted to get things right in camera wherever possible. I set function 1 to ISO, and function 2 to the 2x digital teleconverter. I used my Oly 45mm f1.8, in aperture priority, although I essentially just kept the aperture wide open. After some initial experimenting, I realised that I needed to keep my shutter speed over 1/250 so I tweaked the ISO on the fly as necessary to maintain that speed. I started with the C-AF tracking mode, but found it hunting for focus too often and I missed shots. However, by swapping to the normal C-AF I had much better results. I didn't worry about critical focus every time - the images will mostly be viewed online, and they were sharp enough at the necessary resolution. By using the O45, I concentrated on isolating toddlers from the busy backgrounds and capturing a moment of interaction with the toys, or with the camera. I didn't get any general scene shots, but it made my images simple and easy to compose. Where the action was unfolding further away from me, I swapped to the digital teleconverter. I got down on the floor so I was at the children's level, and this really helped with interaction. Picking the decisive moment was key - this was made easier by shooting at a pause in the action. Patience, with the camera to my eye, yielded good results. I processed the images on my iPad, using Snapseed and facetune. Most of the time I just cropped and added a vignette, but for the shots with the digital teleconverter (which were much more grainy) I converted to black and white and then increased the clarity a touch. I also added a VSCO-style film filter to a few of the images to mix up my processing, giving some a low contrast and nicely split-toned feel. Finally I concentrated on the real gems using Facetune to make some great portrait shots. Processing of all 60 pictures probably took 3 hours - not bad considering the volume and the fact I did bespoke changes to each one. So there you go - successful toddler photography with MFT. What tips do you have for successfully capturing CIF (children in flight) with our chosen set-ups? I can't give many examples because I don't want to post up images of children without checking first, but here are a few that I have been given permission to use. I'm not saying they are stunning as stand-alone images, but they successfully met the brief I was given.