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Tips For Taking “Great” Photos Of Your Kids Are Bogus. Here’s the Only Real Rule

Enough with the stress, please!

With us all in full swing of the holiday season and the end of the year, it’s the perfect time for family photos and capturing those special moments with our kids. Given the access to cameras, we all pretty much always have one in our pockets, snapping a memorable moment to look back at later is one of the joys of this time of year. You don’t need to be a professional to get great photos of our kids—but the rules we’re told to follow in order to take great pics of our kids are a little bogus.

Yep, I said it. We make things too complicated when we share these tips for great photos and then the pressure mounts. An article written by Parents.com is making the rounds on social media, which gives advice on how to capture the perfect photos with our kids. It’s a solid piece and I think it reads perfectly if you’re a professional who is just looking into working with children. But, for parents, these tips may not work for over-sugared, present-hyped-up toddlers and sanity is essential.

Lifestyle photographer Erin Brooks, from Houston, Texas, shared her tips for creating photos of kids that any parent can do, and she says these “simple tips will help you take great photos of your kids with your phone, too.” There is zero doubt that she knows what she’s talking about because the images she shares in the article are stunning. She for sure knows how to follow her own tips, and they’re valid and do make for incredible images – but they’re not realistic or simple.

Toddlers are creatures, unlike no other. They don’t listen to much as they work on finding their voice and independence. They also do not care that you’re trying to find the right light or looking to frame up the perfect background. Asking them to be still while you do becomes even more unrealistic when you add in the buzz of the holidays, the smell of sugar cookies, and the promise of Santa. It adds stress and takes away from the moment that you’re trying to grab.

When it comes to taking a great photo of your kids at any age, there only is one hard-fast rule: Make sure you have your kid’s whole face in the shot. It helps if the photo is clear, too, but really when it comes down to it, we want to be present for these moments and not stressed to the nines.