Wouldn't it be great to capture a photo of your kids at their most charming selves? Why must they play the "Scaaawy Monster" game the minute you get them dressed in holiday velvet? Photographing your kid -- or at least, doing it well -- is a game of skill and patience. Here are the rules:
Set the Stage
Consider the backdrop: Inside photos can be lovely, but if weather permits, take advantage of natural light in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Professionals, like Sherrie Nickol -- a New York portrait expert who specializes in children's photography -- call it the “golden” time of day because of its flattering softness.
Another reason to head outdoors: "Kids feel more at ease in a natural environment that they're familiar with, as opposed to being constricted in a studio," says Michael Kormos, of Michael Kormos Photography in Queens, NY. "It brings out their genuine nature."
If you are taking an indoor shot, go near a bright window. Use the flash only as a last resort.