1. Photograph at their level- Get down and shoot the world from their perspective.
2. Talk to your subject- Engage them in conversation. It will help them forget about the camera.
3. Don’t just photograph faces. Not every picture has to show their faces. Try one that shows how little they are compared to dad’s leg or maybe dad’s hand. These can be closeups.
4. Be flexible. Some of the best pictures of kids are not posed. Keep your camera near by. Point-and-shoot cameras are great for that because they’re compact and easy to keep close by.
5. Study the lighting- Before you start taking pictures look at the light on your kids. Is it soft? Is it even? A great way to accent the subject is to have the harsh light behind them and the soft light on the face. This will make your kids stand out and give some separation between them and the background.
6. Focus on the eyes – if you know how to set your focus point, set it on your kids eyes. If the eyes are in focus, your picture will look great! You want sharp, clear photos of the eyes.
7. Don’t cut off body parts – this one is hard, but if you take the time to move your camera around to get a picture, it really helps. You don’t want to make it look like someone is missing an arm because its behind their back, try not to cut off legs in a shot under the thigh, or cutting arms off below the elbow- because it just looks distracting. I try not to cut the picture off at a joint on the body. It’s not always possible, but doesn’t take a whole lot of work to move yourself around to try.
8. Use a DSLR camera- If you want to have a little bit more of an artistic look to your pictures or want more control over what you are shooting then using a DSLR camera instead of a point and shoot will make a huge difference. When you use a DSLR you have the ability to control your settings and get the picture your envisioning.
9. If you can, invest in a good lens- The lens that comes with most DSLR cameras are good, but you will have less control over your depth in your pictures then you might want and less control over how much light you let into your camera and lens, especially indoors.
10. Remember the rule of thirds- You can use the rule of thirds as a guide in the off-center placement of your subjects. Here’s how it works; Before you snap the picture, imagine the area divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The intersections of these imaginary lines give you four options for putting the center of interest for good composition. The spot you select depends upon the subject and how you would like that subject to be photographed.