1- Take tons of pictures. I get my best pictures of Princess A when I am just randomly taking pictures. Sometimes I strike gold sometimes Princess A runs out of the frame and bumps into me leaving me with a blurry picture of my kitchen like the one above. I take about 200 pictures a day but usually delete about 170 of those pictures. Thank goodness for digital cameras!
2- Kids are like wildlife so shoot them in their natural habitat. I take pictures of Princess A when she is busy playing. Whenever I try to do a formal shoot she gets bored and fussy.
3- Don’t push it. If your kid is getting upset with the pictures stop and try after their nap or tomorrow. Also, if your kid is in a crummy mood don’t try to get them in a good mood for the sake of a picture. You can even get some cute shots of your kid when they are moody… as mean as it sounds.
4- The less people the better. Princess A is pretty good in front of the camera when it is just myself, The Husband, Freckles, and her but when other people are around she gets nervous and distracted. Also, other people offer unsolicited help and all the sudden you have 10 adults dancing and singing behind the camera trying to get your kid to smile but instead freaking them out and causing a temper tantrum. Not like that has ever happened to me or anything…
5- Appreciate your kid for who they are. Princess A smiles in a lot of pictures but a lot of the time she gives the stink eye. I think the stink eye pictures show more of her personality than the smiling ones. If you always try to get a shot of your kid smiling you might be missing out on some great and unique facial expressions!
So those are my tips. What are yours?