Some of my favorite photos that I’ve shot are all photos where the children weren’t looking at the camera. When you force a child to stop what they’re doing, look at the camera, and smile, you get a big, cheesy, completely unnatural smile.
By allowing the child to explore and be themselves, you will capture them in their true essence.
Follow your child around one day. Spy on them, if need be. If they don’t know that you’re watching, you’ll capture the moments that you truly never want to forget.
I had some clients when I lived in Ohio that were SO much fun. We set up the backdrop in their living room, turned on some music (loud!!), and they danced their hearts out. We all had a blast, and I got some amazing photos. So, it’s ok to have fun with this. The more fun you make photos for your kids, the less often you’ll hear, “Aw…. Mom! Do you have to take our pictures again?”
Also, if you are trying to get a group shot, it’s ok if they’re not all looking at the camera. Have them all look at the new baby in the center, or even looking at each other.