1. Don't say cheese
To keep kids looking natural, don't ask them to say cheese or smile at the camera. This makes them look stiff and uncomfortable. Ask them questions or tell jokes to make them giggle.
2. Get on their level
This photo illustrates tip No. 4, “Go with the flow.” Avoid “setting up”?the shot.
Expect shutter lag. In this example, Boyer has set up her camera to capture the shot before the swimmer moves out of frame.
To capture the best shot of your child, get on their level.
Don't be afraid to get down on their level. Also take close-up photos of the little details - eyes, hands, feet, etc.
3. Be silly
Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself. Always have something that will make them laugh!
4. Go with the flow
Let them show you the pretty flower or seashell they've found. Let the moments of wonder or exploration fill your lens. Avoid "setting up"?the shot.
5. Keep shooting
Carry a camera with you at all times, and take many photos daily. As long as you have access to a camera, you're able to capture spontaneous moments in life that you might have otherwise missed. Taking many shots gives you better chances of having one really good photo.
6. Expect shutter lag
Practice shooting with your camera so you get used to the camera's timing. Try to anticipate when something is going to happen and push the shutter release button to catch the moment.
7. Keep it simple
Pay attention to what is in your frame. When the background is cluttered, it takes away from your subject. Ask your subject to move or move yourself.