We've put together a set of simple tips to help you take totally prizeworthy photos of your child.
It's simple: you can't get the shot if you don't have your camera with you. So keep your camera within reach, charged up and ready to shoot. (Of course, this is super-easy if you're using your phone's built-in camera.) That way you'll be prepared for any picture-perfect opportunity that may pop up – and have a better chance of grabbing that winning shot.
Your child should always be the star of your photo. So get in as close as you can, filling the frame with that adorable face.
3more is better
At least when it comes to photos. With a digital camera, there's no reason not to take plenty of photos; if you don't like them, you can simply delete them later on. So don't stop at one or two shots – keep on snapping. Sometimes the best picture turns out to be the third, fourth… even the fifteenth!
4keep it natural
Natural light, that is. Ever wonder why some pictures look artificial, while others look "real"? The reason could be the harsh light of the camera flash. The flash is a handy feature, but nothing beats the look of genuine natural light. Try to take at least some of your pictures using natural light sources: outdoor sun, gentle light through a window, etc.
5plan for success
Unposed, spur-of-the-moment snapshots can be wonderful. But you may also want to try planning an informal "photo shoot." Pick out a nice spot, and give yourself enough time to take a bunch of unhurried photos. Odds are you'll be thrilled with the results.
Let's face it: children are short. So try getting down to their level to take your pictures. You'll discover that your photos will have a more flattering, more natural look.
7timing is important
You know your child's schedule: mealtime, naptime, playtime. So it makes sense to plan your picture taking for a time of day when your little model will be happy and alert. (Nobody likes having their picture taken when they're sleepy or cranky!)
8do a background check
Sometimes we focus so much on the main subject of the photo that we forget to think about what's going on in the background. Try to set up your shots to eliminate crowded, busy, distracting backgrounds.
9get acquainted with your camera
Whether your camera is a smartphone, a high-end DSLR or something in-between, you'll get better results if you're familiar with its features and controls. Give yourself time to practice – you'll be glad you did.
10keep it fun!
Remember, this is supposed to be a fun, enjoyable experience…for you and your child. If that magic picture just isn't "happening," you might want to take a break, relax, play with your little one for a bit – and then get back to taking pictures. You'll see a positive difference right away.