from: Jennifer Tibbetts of http://www.jennifertibbetts.com/
– Find unique area’s that compliment your style such as nursery’s, farms, barns, etc.
– Use a toy that makes noise so that you are able to distract your child.
– Some of the best props can be found at your local thrift store and even in your own home.
– Don’t take pictures in full sunlight, instead try to find a shaded area. This will keep your children from squinting in the pictures.
– Try not to have a lot of distractions in the background so that your photo will focus on the subject.
– Use coordinating colors for photos, especially family photos.
– Try to take natural poses of your children as this is the way you will remember them.
– Buy a zip drive to store your photos; a computer crash will take away your cherished memories.
– Try to have another person with you to help distract your children.
– Take pictures of your children during their happiest time of the day. Taking pictures during nap time or lunch time makes for a touchy session.
– Be patient and the captured moments will happen.
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