1. Timing is everything
You should always make sure that your child is well-rested and happy. You know what times would work best for your kids. The best times to photograph your kids is after a nap, after a snack. Sometimes you can’t control when the funny moments happen, but if you are planning a little photography time, plan the time around their schedule. You’ll be so much happier with the results
2. Prepare to Play
You should capture your child’s natural joyful expressions. When are they happiest? When they are playing! I think adults are the same way If you have large camera, like an DSLR, it’s fun to “hide” your face behind it, then peek out with a “Peek-A-Boo!” This usually gets them smiling a few times.
Remove any distracting items from the shot that will take away from your subject. It might also mean moving yourself or your subject to a spot where that telephone pole isn’t growing out of your child’s head in the background. The second you become aware of what you are seeing through the lens besides your subject.