Here are my top tips to capture those special moments at home.
01. Find some light
Most of us have a window in our front room or kids' bedrooms. It doesn't have to be huge, it just needs to give you some light to work with so that whoever you are photographing has enough light on them to prevent that grain in your image.
We want to try and avoid using the built in flash. This gives harsh light and awful shadows which makes your photos very unappealing. So find that little sliver of light and make some magic happen!
02. Get down on their level
Shoot at their level. If they are sitting on the floor, sit down as well. This keeps your photo looking more natural because we are looking at them from eye level. This will give you beautiful foreground in your images and keep the focus on them.
03. Give them something to do with their hands
Give them something to do with their hands that will keep them still for a moment. This can be playing a game, with blocks, or simply give them some fruit snacks... hey, this is real life + ya gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.
04. Keep them moving
Kids attention spans aren't long and if you are trying to make them sit while you try to capture that perfect shot, they are going to get bored. Instead, tell them to dance, get their wiggles out, or tickle one another. Have some bubbles, sidewalk chalk? capture them while they create.
This keeps it fun + you will be able to capture their authentic smiles and true personalities.
05. Take more photos than you need
Now, for those of us that have been taking photos for a long time, we may not need to take quite as many. For those of you just starting out, take more than you need especially with kids because you never know when they might have moved right when you were snapping and you'll end up with a blurry photo.
It isn't always easy to get your kids to participate repeatedly throughout the day so take more than you think you should the first time around and weed out the images that didn't work.
This shoot was taken in my home and my living room does have a huge window, but it gets a lot of indirect light from the North which doesn't always provide enough. The other side of the room doesn't have a window and it tends to be fairly dark.
I do the best I can to find the light and when the kids want to play a game, they tend to gravitate toward the light so I don't even have to direct them there!
Have fun and make it fun for them. You will learn something new every time you bust out that camera and you will start to see the angles and light that you love best!
If all else fails... except the weather, step outside and have them color with chalk or blow some bubbles, but no matter what you do, have fun and don't stress the small stuff!!
The best thing you can do is just keep practicing and pretty soon it will become second nature + your kids will stop worrying about the camera and that's when you will be able to capture the real moments.