5 Tips to Take Better Pictures of Your Kids With Any Camera

happy little girl upside down


Face it: EVERYONE is taking pictures of their kids every single day. It’s now easier than ever to capture moments and experiences to share and keep as family memories. I am guilty of taking pictures of my kids wherever we go. I mean, how long are they going to be building drum sets out of toys and singing silly songs?

Whether professional or recreational, smartphones, point and shoot, super zoom and even professional DSLR cameras are used for taking photos of kids. No matter what kind of camera you use, you can learn to take excellent photos using your camera. Here are a few tips to take better photos of your children.


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5 Ways To Take Better Photos of Your Kids


Turn the flash off – Immediately. The artificial light bounces around the frame and makes subjects look way too bright. Use natural light, it looks much better. The best time of day is when the sun has gone down, but it’s still light out. Completely shaded areas and overcast, cloudy skies are great places to take photos as well.

The photo below was taken at night with no flash…

 Cute kids at Family Christmas Tree Farm, El Cajon


Take plenty of shots – Kids move, twist, jump, and fidget, especially during photo shoots! Use rapid fire, if you have it, and take tons of photos in each setting as the kids move around. The more shots you take, the more you have to choose from.


Interest them – This will depend on your child’s age, likes, and demeanor, you will know best! My preschooler will laugh at fart sounds, but my 7 year old has to be down right bribed to cooperate. Babies and toddlers need some sort of focal point to interest them, dangling tress, high pitch voices, or silly dances tend to work. When you get their attention, SHOOT!


Play with different angles – Instead of hitting the kids straight on, move around them a bit. You can have them face different ways to find the most flattering pose, and choose the best background available. Also, I like moving the subject off to the side a bit. I like how this off center shot turned out, it shows the background and other relevant objects that set the scene. Also, play with the focus of the shot, sometimes, it may capture more light and look better when it’s not on the subject!

 kids snow play and inner tube slides, Big Bear, CA


Keep it natural, don’t pose them – Sometimes, letting your children play, talk and roam can be the best way to get great photos of them. Most kids do not know how to pose without it looking extremely awkward, so if they are having a great time in their own element, you are bound to get some great, natural shots.


I hope that you can apply these tips to your next photo session with your kids, they tend to work for me! I have come a long way, I was a terrible photographer. Practicing, looking at what you like about other people’s pictures, and trying different techniques can do wonders!


{Note: I use the Sony Nex5 camera, it is perfect for beginners, very user friendly, affordable, and takes high quality photos using an interchangeable lens.}


How do you capture good photos of your kids?


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