6 Tips for Great Photos of Your Kids

Jul 26, 2022Children, Photo tips, Photography

by Candace Miller Photography, Montrose CO

Have you ever wondered how we children’s photographers get all those kids to look so happy in our photos!? Well, it takes lots of practice but I’m going to let you in on some of my secrets! It’s not as hard as you think!! It probably also helps that I’m NOT their mom or dad asking them to do something…again. At least I know that’s usually the case with my kids!

First of all, pick a spot with great lighting. Make sure you can see the light reflecting in their eyes.

Next, make sure you have a nice background. It can be a solid wall, your carpet, a curtain, a sheet, whatever you have to make your background look nice. If you are outdoors, this one is easy!

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Then, don’t force anything on your kids. If they don’t want to do what you are asking them to do, try something different. Make the photos fun! Kids don’t like to be still for very long so you have to go with the flow. If they are ready to move on, you have to be ready too.


Be creative! Capture fun ideas like blowing bubbles or jumping on the bed! Eating suckers or playing with their favorite toys! All of these things will capture their true personalities and their real emotions.

If you really want that one shot of your child looking at the camera, enlist the help of a friend or family member to make them laugh. Have them stand right next to you and make silly faces or do a silly dance. If you are alone, you can do this yourself. Get them talking and ask them what their funniest joke is. Try telling them not to smile…this almost always has them cracking up! Never ever, tell them “Say cheese!” You will always get a fake, cheesy grin.

If all else fails and you need a bribe, grab the SMARTIES. That’s right, Smarties. Nothing else. Smarties are small, dissolve, and don’t make a mess.

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Don’t be upset if your kids don’t do exactly what you want them to do. It has taken me years to hone my skills as a children’s photographer and sometimes my own kids still don’t like to have their photo taken. But just be patient and flexible and great things will happen.

I’ll be looking for all of your amazing photos on my newsfeed, so connect with me on facebook and let me know how it’s working out!!candacemillerphotography-lifestyle-photos-montroseco-016


your friendly neighborhood montrose lifestyle photographer



  1. Brandi

    Taking pictures of your own kids can be one of the most stressful things! These are great tips to help mama’s get some fun photos of their kiddos!

    • cmphotographyowner

      Thanks Brandi! It’s so hard to get great photos of your own kids…especially once they are old enough to realize what you are doing. Hopefully these tips help!

  2. Jodi Major

    These 6 tips for great photos of your kids are GREAT! What adorable photos of these kids!

  3. Michelle Robertson

    Every mom knows how hard it is to get great photos. Your tips as a professional photographer are spot on and will help all the moms get better pictures of their kids!


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