5 Tips for Getting Better Photos of Your Kids!

I am blessed to have such a wonderful friend in this amazingly talented woman, Kacey Luvi. Literally, she is a quadruple threat: a talented photographer, crazy-good makeup artist, incredible singer, and – most importantly – a beautiful mommy. I love this gal, and I know you will too :). This won’t be the last time I have Kacey on here, I can promise you this!!

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5 Tips to Getting Better Photos of Your Kids
by Kacey Luvi

There may be nothing else on earth more important to a mom than capturing the true personality and cuteness of her child on camera. Unfortunately, there may be nothing else on earth more frustrating either! The good news for moms everywhere is that there are a few simple things to think about when trying to capture your kids! The better news is that I’m not going to say that you need an expensive digital camera to make this happen! Here are 5 helpful tips to getting better photos of your kids!

1. Lighten Up
One of the most important things to think about is light! If you are like me, you use your iPhone for most of the capturing… let’s face it, it’s the most convenient! When shooting indoors, place your subject by a large window or sliding glass door to avoid dark and blurry images. The more light there is on your subject, the faster that shutter can go.. and a faster shutter means less blur! Get outside for the most available light possible! Our access to the sun will make freezing images a piece of cake!

2. No Cheese, Please
Although it is SO cute when your child first learns to “say cheese,” they quickly turn into a face that looks more like someone is pulling their hair out! Go for songs or actions that you know always get a genuine smile out of your kids and have the camera ready!

3. The Right Angle
Nothing can ruin a good photo opportunity faster than a bad angle! Position yourself slightly above eye level on your child and shoot a bit downward. This will give the most realistic and flattering angle on children. For running and playing pictures outside, do your best to get on their level. Get right down on the sand of the sandbox and in the grass while they run through the sprinklers. Even your smart phones have the capabilities of freezing moving kids and the water drops of splashing water!

4. Focus Pocus
This is where the magic happens! A photo that is not technically perfect, but emotionally perfect is still worth keeping. One of the biggest complaints about capturing children is the delay once you pull the trigger! Let’s face it, we don’t have that kinda time to spare! Using a point-and-shoot digital camera, prepare by pushing halfway down on the shutter to focus on your subject and press the rest of the way down when you are ready to snap! The delay you are experiencing is the camera taking it’s sweet time to focus on the subject!

5. Enforce Child Labor
If you have multiple kids, put the oldest child on camera duty! It will not only sharpen their creativity and skills as a photographer in the making, it will get more of the images you are looking for. Siblings have a way of putting each other at ease and capturing what they see without thinking too much about it. You might be surprised and it’s worth a shot (no pun intended).

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  1. Rachel H. - September 9, 2013

    I love having an iPhone for this reason! It’s always with me, and I get the best pictures that way!! Thanks!!

  2. Shannon Smith - August 9, 2013

    I have learned to share all the great ones and make the not so great ones my own personal memories.

  3. Beverly Uerling - August 9, 2013

    I try and take as many photos as possible of my kids, and I’m afraid I am guilty of making them say “cheese”. My other problem is, I don’t know how to store all the pics I take.

  4. Christina - August 9, 2013

    I have a ton of photos of my kids, it’s a challenge to get that perfect shot

  5. kaye husko - August 9, 2013

    I love great photo’s…especially of kids, love natural looks and a photo that is taken and it brings back a memory, feeling etc.

  6. Sam Chauvin - August 9, 2013

    These are great tips! I have a camera that allows multiple shots automatically so when I am shooting something I know is going to be fleeting (sports, play…or just life) I set it to do that and choose the best out of the bunch for keepers.

  7. yvonne ouellette - August 9, 2013

    Thanks for sharing these tips!! It will make photographing my grandkids much better!!

  8. Stefanie White - August 9, 2013

    Love the idea of number 5!

  9. Johnna Tomlinson - August 9, 2013

    Love this info, my son just started using my camera and boy does he have a great eye and he is only 13!

  10. Sara Mazur - August 9, 2013

    Great info!

  11. Sammi - August 9, 2013

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  12. Rose - August 9, 2013

    Love the tips. My best photos of my children are the candid shots They are all grown, (34,31,27 yrs old) But I cherish those moments caught on camera. I have a pic my my red headed son and daughter at the age of 3 and 5 giving each other a kiss while rolling around in a bunch of fall leaves! Priceless!!!!!

  13. Isabelle - August 9, 2013

    Oh and I forgot, your. Moment on no cheese made me laugh so hard as we can actually see the kids saying it on pictures!

  14. Isabelle - August 9, 2013

    Just love the child labor idea! My oldest is 14 and I am sure she would enjoy camera duty!

  15. Lana Shirey - August 9, 2013

    great tips and ♥ the photos! thanks so much

  16. Rachel - August 9, 2013

    Excellent ideas!

  17. patti - August 9, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I really enjoy taking pics of my kids, and while people often tell me what a great job I do of capturing great photos of them, now I can do an even better job! Thanks again!

  18. Lori Mulholland - August 9, 2013

    Great tips!!! I take tons of pictures but I would love to get those great shots!!!

  19. Joleysa - August 9, 2013

    Thanks for posting the tips I wanted to hear on
    Taking photos for kids and to come out good. Very helpful.
    I will stop by again here if there is more to come.

  20. Mindy Gilbert - August 9, 2013

    Thank you for the tips! I have a beautiful new nephew and I want to capture as many of his special moments as I can!

  21. debi - August 9, 2013

    Will remember these snapping pix of grandkids.

  22. Tracy - August 9, 2013

    So true about the cheese I have nephews and when they say cheese it’s more of a silly forced smile then a natural one!! It’s still cute but not natural

  23. Jenn W - August 9, 2013

    Awesome tips!

  24. Shannon Cardona - August 9, 2013

    I love this!! I have two little ones and am always taking pics of them with my iPhone lol. I love that she included tips for moms who do that!! Maybe if I take them right in the first place, I won’t have to Instagram so much 😀

  25. Sarah - August 9, 2013

    Pictures are priceless especially when they are genuine. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Faren - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the great tips

  27. Christi Crawford - August 8, 2013

    I miss my babies being little. I hope to have grandkids one day, but not too soon 😉

  28. Haley - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips 🙂

  29. Kathleen Carpenter - August 8, 2013

    Thank you for the tips!! Even though my girls are now in college I still take their pics and document the amazing young women they have become. Thank You for your inspiration!

  30. Mag - August 8, 2013

    Thank you for the tips I am always trying to capture pictures of my 4 little ones!

  31. Robin - August 8, 2013

    Great tips!! I have a little obsession with taking pictures. Certainly, nothing professional. I have a 12 year old and a son that just turned one. My one year old was our IVF blessing and so I capture every moment I can. My 12 year old rolls his eyes and says “another”. I know it’s bad when even my sons parents say Im the picture taking mom. So blessed!!!

  32. lisa marie - August 8, 2013

    i would love this book more than anything i would love to be on the show.but since the show will never happen books a good win….lol

  33. Jolanta Marzec - August 8, 2013

    Good tips. Thank you

  34. Ashley Langro - August 8, 2013

    Thank you for the advice! Had my mom read because she is the one who takes ll the pictures of her grand babies!

  35. Heather Wolstenholm - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips!

  36. Samantha A - August 8, 2013

    Love the sibling idea! That’s so true the way they are bonded is breathtaking.

  37. stephanie walls - August 8, 2013

    I’m definitely going to try these.

  38. Savannah Zutter - August 8, 2013

    Thank you for the camera tips! I had to print. =)

  39. Brittany Weiser - August 8, 2013

    These are great tips! I have 2 little boys that are always on the go, so getting great pics is always a challenge! Love your articles Heidi! Always very practical and helpful for mommies!

  40. breann - August 8, 2013

    We’re taking our son this week for his 3 year pictures! He usually gets grumpy and very uncooperative. Hoping this works! Thanks!

  41. Amy Anderson - August 8, 2013

    Great tips! Love your blogs!

  42. lindsey palmberg - August 8, 2013

    Great tips. Thanks for the advice, im sure to start using them tomorrow! 🙂

  43. Lindsey - August 8, 2013

    Great and useful stuff! I’m a photographer as well and it’s always good to be reminded 🙂

  44. Jennifer - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the awesome tips!! Just in time to take the camera out tomorrow for a play date and get some practice 🙂

  45. Lisa Hodge - August 8, 2013

    All Great Tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Sarah Strange - August 8, 2013

    Some great tips here, Thanks for posting

  48. Don Abel - August 8, 2013

    Thank you both! We are always challenged with trying to get great pics of the kids regardless of venue.
    Don 😉

  49. ashlee sorenson - August 8, 2013

    great tips! Kids are so photogenic.. Great pics above. I just bought a copy of choose more lose more on my tablet, google books, but it would be FABULOUS to also have a signed physical copy! We shall see. =) Love you guys so much congratuLations on the recent pregnancy xoxo

  50. Bryan - August 8, 2013

    Great tips thanks!

  51. Nikki R - August 8, 2013

    2. This is good to know since I have one four year old, one three year old, and TWO one year olds! PLUS I am a pictureholic!!

  52. Heather - August 8, 2013

    Great tips… My 20 month old has soooo much character that you never know what your going to get with the picture

  53. James Glenn - August 8, 2013

    I love your blog, you and Chris are the best, My Wife is Prego and due a few weeks after you are. This will be our fourth also. Yeah can’t wait for the baby to come. I love the Powell Pack your kids are amazing. Keep up the Good Fight.

  54. Anne N. - August 8, 2013

    Will definitely be using these tips for my son! He’s photogenic, but also the happiest baby, EVER! So snapping pictures is a huge priority!!

  55. Stephanie Rodriguez - August 8, 2013

    Those are some great tips. Thank you for sharing. I have 3 kids and It is always hard to get them all to look and smile at the same time.

  56. Ann M - August 8, 2013

    Love the tips thank you !!

  57. Renee Powell - August 8, 2013

    Love the tips. Heidi I love your website and your amazing heart to help others.

  58. Melissa - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the awesome tips! I’m taking my daughters 1yr photos on Saturday so I will definitely be usin your tips 🙂

  59. Dina - August 8, 2013

    Great pictures and really appreciate the tips.

  60. Christy Murray - August 8, 2013

    Kudos! Love the tips:)

  61. Maureen Varney - August 8, 2013

    I love the tips! I think you’re so right in the tip about “Saying Cheese.” My daughter is no longer a little girl (she’s 20!) but the tips are great for any photo you would like to turn out perfect!

  62. juliana mendez reyes - August 8, 2013

    Thank you for all the helpful tips my son is 3 and he can’t express his self yet alone speak but he can smile and try his best to speak and your tips would help me get his personality and have him look at it when he grows up and see that he was a cute kid and you ans Chris for all your tips and I’m so glad that u guys care about people I love tuning in on Tuesdays here in Phoenix Arizona And i watch you guys on 3tv thank you once again From the bottom of my hart Juliana mendez Reyes

  63. Marcella - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the great tips. I agree that the best pictures are the ones that aren’t intentional.

  64. Kim - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips…

  65. Georgia - August 8, 2013

    thanks for the tips! I love taking pictures!

  66. RHONDA DELAROSA - August 8, 2013

    thanks for the tips, I just signed up for some photography classes and every little bit helps me towards my goal.

  67. Carrie Nelson - August 8, 2013

    There are awesome tips!!

  68. Jessica Lundberg - August 8, 2013

    Love these tips! Now I just need an iPhone or any nice smartphone for that matter!

  69. Tina Thomas - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips been trying to get some good pics of my beautiful grand baby…I am sure this will help.

  70. Michelle - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips!

  71. Bobbi Bouge - August 8, 2013

    Any tips on getting a great picture of an 8 month old! My little man can’t sit still for a second! 🙂 great post and I will use the tips as he gets older. Also, I am crossing my fingers to win Chris’s book. Thanks for the tips!

  72. Jessica jennings - August 8, 2013

    No cheese please made me laugh out loud seriously so true!!!!

  73. Gudny - August 8, 2013

    I have only seen bits and pieces of the show on youtube, since it does not air in my country. But still I absolutely love it! If I could enter I would – but as far as I can see it
    is only for americans 🙁 Oh well – winning the book would be almost as good 😉
    You are seriously my idols, and I wish that our little family – my son and I, had a lifestyle as healthy as yours. And dangit.. we can! Just need a wee bit of help..

    have a nice day 🙂

  74. Samantha Barber - August 8, 2013

    great tips 🙂 have to use them on my 3 kids

  75. Heidi woody - August 8, 2013

    I love the idea if giving your child the phone. My littles love to play with my phone so I’m going to use that!

  76. Sarah - August 8, 2013

    Thanks Heidi for sharing!

  77. Becky - August 8, 2013

    It’s funny about the no cheese :D. My kids always say it out of habit when I take a picture I have to catch them off guard at times to get a really good picture

  78. Stephanie luna - August 8, 2013

    I would love to win a signed copy of Choose More, Lose More for Life from chirs! We havent seen the show for that long but ever since my husband and i did we watch it every night! Its just so amazing what chris does to motivate the people to want to work hard and lose all that weight! Hes a great!

  79. Dawn Thomas - August 8, 2013

    These are great ideas. Thanks

  80. Emily - August 8, 2013

    Just commenting to win a signed copy of Choose More, Lose More for Life! I will remember these tips for the next 20 years until I am a mom.

  81. Beth Benson - August 8, 2013

    With my 4th grandchild (a boy) due in just 26 days I will take all the picture advice I can get! Thanks Heidi & Kacey!

  82. Jessica Brooks - August 8, 2013

    Great ideas!! I will try them, I never get good pictures…my son ALWAYS does the cheese face!!

  83. Marla Casey - August 8, 2013

    Good stuff! Thx!

  84. Lindsay - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the great tips! I just had a baby a few months ago and am always taking pictures of my lil guy!

  85. Nicole Kotze - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your life and your insight on health and wellness with us!
    The Powell’s are a true inspiration to us all!

  86. E.S. Rios - August 8, 2013

    Good tips! Thanks for the info!

  87. Mandy ell - August 8, 2013

    Love this!

  88. Angela - August 8, 2013

    Hello Heidi! This tips are really cool!! I will definitely try next time! Thank you!

  89. Jessica - August 8, 2013

    I think a lot of people forget to photograph kids from their level. My photography professor pushed that over and over.

  90. Liz King - August 8, 2013

    Such good ideas! As a mother of three and a new Aunt to twin girls these tips will come in handy 🙂

  91. Laura - August 8, 2013

    You have such a beautiful family!!!

  92. Lauren Moderow - August 8, 2013

    Great tips!

  93. Joellen - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I have 4 children and getting a good picture is not the easiest task!

  94. Myndi - August 8, 2013

    Great tips! I love the picture of the little girl in her bathing suit with the reflection… so sweet! Thank you for sharing!

  95. Dawn - August 8, 2013

    Thank for the tips! I got some amazing pictures this summer! My 15 year old and I went on a 14 state road trip. It was amazing! Giving a camera to her really let me see from her eyes! Priceless

  96. Leisha - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips. I love taking pis of my kids. I use my iPhone always for pics, cause is always with me.

  97. Lori Lindner - August 8, 2013

    Love taking pictures of the kids. This is a great arrival to help take creative pics of the little ones! <3

  98. Michelle Farside - August 8, 2013

    My SO is like the paparazzi lol He will take 100 pics and maybe get 1 or 2 good ones!

  99. Heidi Putman - August 8, 2013

    I always do my little girl’s photos myself because professional photographers are so expensive and I cant afford it. I usually go to the park with a waterfall and do them there or in the canyon with the scenery is always a good backdrop. I also have my own backdrop stand and I use wrapping paper for the backdrop and it works really good

  100. Michaela T - August 8, 2013

    You look like sisters! Awesome tips, yes my daughters “cheese” face is hilarious, nothing like a smile!

  101. Angela Holmquist - August 8, 2013

    A lot of people don’t realize how important the right angle is! Some of the best shots I have are because of a perfect angle (and a great subject of course).

  102. Kerry K - August 8, 2013

    Great tips. We have 7 children (yes 7 LOL) and it’s a nightmare trying to get good pictures of them all together. There’s always at least one who looks away etc

  103. Jane - August 8, 2013

    I just love this! I’ve been following you all for quite some time. You had trained David a long time ago, and I’m great friends with his ex girlfriend, Megan! Keep it up! Many people don’t realize the importance of eating clean and cutting out processed foods! It’s a great way of life, especially to set that example for your kids!

  104. Tina Francis - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I have a 7 month old and it is so hard to take photos of him 🙂

  105. Bev - August 8, 2013

    I love that your site includes tips that affect my entire life. I keep coming back to it because I learn so much that I can actually use in daily life. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

  106. Rebecca Isdale - August 8, 2013

    I think some of the best pictures I’ve gotten of my children are the pictures that they are not aware I am taking! You see true emotion! It’s a beautiful thing!

  107. Christina Santiago - August 8, 2013

    My kids are all very photogenic. The camera loves them! 🙂

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  109. Amber - August 8, 2013

    Good advice! I can always use photo tips!

  110. Patricia - August 8, 2013

    Great ideas!

  111. Marcy - August 8, 2013

    This is a beneficial post! I will have to try some of these tips on my niece!

  112. Angie Hill - August 8, 2013

    This is a great post. I’m a photographer and childrens portraits are my fave especially candids, and let me tell you…for some reason my own children are the ones I have trouble getting images of. Thanks for this great post, these are great tips for photographers and family members too!

  113. Lauren Rogahn - August 8, 2013

    These are great tips! I love to take pictures, but sometimes struggle with find the proper lighting to make what I am shooting look like more than a dark blob in the photo. Capturing subjects in their natural environment is one of my favorite things to do, unplanned pictures are always my favorite; and the most enjoyable to look back on 🙂

  114. Janet Buckley - August 8, 2013

    Make sure the kidlets are well rested too!! It helps to have happy subjects!

  115. Emily Auman - August 8, 2013

    Great post! With a moving toddler is seems impossible to get those good shots! !

  116. Cheyenne - August 8, 2013

    Great tips! Thanks so much!!!

  117. Renee Tabor - August 8, 2013

    Great tips for picture taking!! Wish I knew this stuff years ago!!

  118. Therese Buford - August 8, 2013

    I love taking pictures of my kids!! Thanks for sharing!

  119. Erin Mele - August 8, 2013

    Fantastic tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  120. Tracy - August 8, 2013

    Great tips! My kids can be photogenic when they want to but nothing is worse than a cheesy, fake smile.

  121. Jo-Anne - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips, I am an amateur photographer.

  122. Bailey jensen - August 8, 2013

    Meet you not new you lol

  123. Jeannie - August 8, 2013

    Love reading your post and i would love to win Chris’s book! Enjoyed extreme weight loss monday and would love to have your help to lose the weight!

  124. Bailey jensen - August 8, 2013

    Thank you so much for being such an empowering woman to a lot of us out here. I absolutely love your blog and will continue to read it everyday. You have inspired me to loose weight myself and have that great reminder from you that just because your a mom doesn’t mean that you need to let yourself go. Taking care of kids is important but taking care of your self first is also important. Thanks for giving that reminder and being such an inspiration. I hope that I can new you one day Heidi. Love bailey

  125. Dee Rushforth - August 8, 2013

    Love to take kids pics when they are just in their moment and have no clue the adults are watching. And then I love to do digital scrapbooking with the pics.

  126. Amanda Kennedy - August 8, 2013

    You and your family are amazing! I am an AZ Mom following the carb cycling and getting everyone I can involved! I would LOVE to win a copy of the book. I purchased the book for kindle and I am struggling going back and forth finding pages that I want to re-read. A physical copy signed would be fantastic! Thanks for inspiring me!

  127. Shelley - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tips. I’m always trying to get good pics of my niece and nephews. I’m going to try some of these suggestions.

  128. Jillian Grenier - August 8, 2013

    Great tips! And beautiful photos!!

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